Tuesday, September 11, 2007

streak plunking

Craig Biggio has been hit by 285 pitches in his major league career (plus twice in the post season and once in the all-star game), but only 47 of those plunks were thrown by a pitcher who had hit a batter in his previous outing. Also, 44 of the pitchers who hit him hit a batter in their next appearance.

On August 18, 2001, Jimmy Anderson plunked Biggio and then hit at least one batter in his next 5 games, for a six games streak with at least one hit-batter. That is the longest streak of consecutive games with a plunk to include at least one plunking of Craig Biggio. Rolando Arrojo hit Biggio with a pitch on June 13, 2000 and then hit batters in his next 4 outings for a 5 game streak, but Shawn Chacon had a slightly better 5 game streak. He hit a batter in each of 5 games between June 1 and June 25, 2001, but he plunked Biggio in both the 2nd and 4th game of that streak.

The longest streak of consecutive games with a hit-batter any pitcher has had entering a game in which they plunked Biggio was 3. Shawn Chacon had 3 games with a plunk before hitting Biggio in the 4th game of the 5 game streak mentioned above, but Jamey Wright and Matt Clement also plunked Biggio to extend a streak to 4 games (Clement hit him twice, just to be sure). Neither of them hit a batter in their next outing though.


At 9/11/2007 06:44:00 PM, Anonymous Thesilenceiskillingme said...

I'm so relieved that when you said "streak," you meant.... never mind.

At 9/11/2007 10:35:00 PM, Anonymous cletus.j."bubba" huckabee jr. said...

Now if you ask me, and plenty folk do now and again, Target getting his 666th Double was fine and dandy because it eased him off that plateau at 665 with George “Hemorrhoids and Pine Tar” Brett. I found that coupling rather uncomfortable to comntenpate and I was eager to see at least one more double just to move him on and away from the Brett curse. I can’t imagine wrapping things up and being stuck there as if stuck in a pile of pine tar. Anywho, now he is at 666 and that is equally discomforting because of the symbolic nature of that number. Let us all cross all our fingers (if we got a full complement) and hope that in the next few games he can not only get himself beyond 666 doubles, but also beyond 287 plunks. This is getting worrisome


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