Wednesday, August 22, 2007

made-up records falling

Craig Biggio played the 2,554th game of his career in which he didn't get hit by a pitch last night, but that's not a record of any kind. He also hit his 664th double - which is the post-Nixon administration record, and his 291st homer - which is the most by anyone with with over 268 HBPs, and his 3,036th hit - which is the most hits by anyone since the release of Van Halen's 1984 album. And, he hit the 53rd lead-off home run of his career, which is the National League all-time record for home runs leading off games. But, he didn't get hit by a pitch, and the Astros lost 11-6.

Tonight the Nationals will give the starting pitcher's job to left-hander Mike Bacsik. Bacsik has hit ten batters in his career, but he's never plunked Craig Biggio. If you were looking for someone who has plunked Biggio August 22nd, you'd have to find Chris Hammond - he's the only pitcher who has plunked Biggio on this date, doing so in 2005.


At 8/22/2007 11:11:00 AM, Blogger Eric said...

Do you think there's any chance of Bigs getting his 300th home run? He has 5 HRs in the past 30 days (22 games) and there are about 40 days left. This would put his projected remaining homeruns around 6.67; he needs 9. 3.33 is probably too many to ask, but not impossible... I guess a big obstacle there is that Biggio might play less so that younger talent can be showcased.

At 8/22/2007 11:49:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

300 homers looks like a longshot at this point unless he really goes on a tear. He's probably only got about 25 games left since he's been playing about once per road series, and they've got 20 home games and 5 road series left. Also, he's never had more than 8 homers in a single month.

His fastest 9 homers ever was in 27 games from July 3rd to August 9th last season. So it's not out of the question, but it's not very likely.

It also might depend on when he breaks the HBP record - obviously they'll cut down his playing time once he's reached that historic mark, and let him play as much as possible before then.


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