Friday, June 5, 2009

Johnson gets 300th win, but not 189th hit batter

HBPs of Note: June 4, 2009

Jacoby Ellsbury got plunked yesterday by Dontrelle Willis. For Ellsbury it was the 10th of his career, and for Willis it was his 54th. Left handed pitchers have hit left handed batters 73 times this season, including Brett Anderson's plunking of Dewayne Wise which was also among yesterday's 4 plunks. Dontrelle Willis has thrown the most HBPs of any left-handed pitcher born in the month of January in California, but he is only 9th on the career list of left-handed Californians in general. The leader in that category, of course, is Randy Johnson, who has hit 188 batters, but failed to become the first pitcher since Tom Seaver to plunk a batter in his 300th win. 83 of his 188 hit batters were thrown during his 300 wins.

Andy LaRoche got his 5th plunk of the season - he's tied with Kevin Kouzmanoff for the major league lead in plunks by third basmen this year.

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