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2008 NL HBP award winners

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Since the National League had the courtesy to finish their season on schedule, lets hand out he 2008 awards for outstanding achievement in the field of HBP excellence.

Most Plunkable Player AwardNL (most HBPs by a batter):

Chase Utley (PHI) – 27

Chase Utley set a new record for the Phillies by getting hit by 27 pitches in a season. He set the previous record last year with 25. 27 HBPs is the 3rd most by a left handed batter in major league history. Kevin Kouzmanoff was 2nd with 15 HBPs, and he was the top right-handed National Leaguer in HBPs. Augie Ojeda was the National League’s top switch get-hitter with 10 HBPs.

The Phil Knell Award – NL (most batters plunked by a pitcher):

Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds – 14
Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies – 14
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds – 14

Volquez and Cueto tied for the Reds, along with Kendrick for the Phillies all with 14 hit batters. Randy Wolf of the Padres and Astros was the top left handed pitcher, with 12 batters plunked.

Mitch Williams Award – NL (most hit batters by a relief pitcher):

Aaron Heilman, New York Mets – 9

Heilman finished just ahead of Keiichi Yabu and Billy Sadler – both of the Giants – who had 8 each. Chase Utley led the NL in getting hit by relief pitchers, with 12.

Plunked Rookie of the Year – NL (most HBPs by a rookie):

Ian Stewart, Colorado Rockies – 7

Stewart edged out Houston’s JR Towles and Atlanta’s Gregor Blanco who each got hit 6 times as rookies.

The Gus Weyhig Award – NL (most plunks thrown by a rookie):

Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds – 14

Cueto tied for most hit batters in the NL, along with being the rookie leader. John Lannan of the Nationals was the top left-hander, with 7 hit batters.

Sandy Alomar Award – NL (most plate appearance without an HBP):

Derrek Lee, Chicago Cubs – 698

The Chick Fraser Award – NL (most batters faced without hitting anyone)

Glendon Rusch, Padres and Rockies – 367

Rusch was 81st in the National League in total batters faced, but every other pitcher who faced more than 367 batters hit at least 1 of them.

Most Plunked Team – NL (the plunk pennant):

Florida Marlins – 69
Milwaukee Brewers – 69

(If you hate ties, we can give this one to the Brewers on the head-to-head plunks tie breaker. The Brewers got hit 3 times by the Marlins, and only plunked back twice.)

Least Plunked Team – NL:

New York Mets – 39

Most Plunks Thrown – NL:

New York Mets – 70
San Francisco Giants – 70

(Give it to the Mets on the tie breaker – they hit 3 Giants and the Giants hit only 2 Mets.)

Fewest Plunks Thrown – NL:

San Diego Padres – 39

National League All Plunk Team:

1st Base: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers – 12

2nd Base: Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies – 27

Short Stop: Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins – 8

3rd Base: Kevin Kouzmanoff, San Diego Padres – 15

Left Field: Josh Willingham, Florida Marlins – 14

Center Field: Lastings Milledge, Washington Nationals – 14

Right Field: Jeff Francoeur, Atlanta Braves – 10

Catcher: Chris Iannetta, Colorado Rockies – 14

Pitcher: Mike Pelfrey, New York Mets – 1,
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds – 1,
Garrett Mock, Washington Nationals – 1,
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies – 1,
Collin Balester, Washington Nationals – 1,
Brandon Backe, Houston Astros – 1

Pinch Hitter: Chris Burke, Arizona Diamondbacks – 2

The 2008 Cleveland Indians

Monday, September 29th, 2008

I wrote about this years Cleveland Indians over at Let’s Go Tribe on Friday, but now that the final totals are in, I thought it would be good to go into a little more depth. You know, ’cause I never quite go into enough depth on these various matters of people getting hit by pitches.

First, let’s take a look at those Cleveland Indians who got hit by so many pitches this year:

Ryan Garko – 15
Kelly Shoppach – 11
Grady Sizemore – 11
David Dellucci – 11
Jamey Carroll – 9
Franklin Gutierrez – 8
Casey Blake – 7
Ben Francisco – 6
Shin-Soo Choo – 5
Travis Hafner – 5
Asdrubal Cabrera – 4
Jhonny Peralta – 4
Sal Fasano – 3
Jason Michaels – 1
Andy Marte – 1
Jason Tyner – 1
Victor Martinez – 1

The Indians got the most get-hitting out of the designator get-hitter position, with 16, but another 15 HBPs were racked up by Indians playing 1st Base or Catcher. Really the only part of the defensive lineup that didn’t pull an equal load was the left side of the infield – they got just seven HBPs from their third basemen and four from the shortstops. Every other position had at least 10 HBPs and they got two as pinch hitters. Although, none of the Indians pitchers managed to get hit by a pitch. The Indians at least tied for the American League lead in HBPs at 3 different positions (although Jermaine Dye could take the RF lead today or tomorrow if he gets hit twice). Shin-Soo Choo was there most versatile plunk victim, having been hit by a pitch while playing 4 different positions (RF, LF, DH, PH). He’s tied for the league lead in that category.

The Indians were hit 103 times by 72 different pitchers. Those pitchers were, on average, 28 year and 10 months old, 6 ft 2.9 inches tall, and 208 pounds. They averaged 4.7 years of major league experience before this year, but 19 of their plunks were thrown by pitchers in their first season in the league. 57 of the plunks were thrown by pitchers with 3 years of prior experience of less. The pitches they plunked Indians with left their hands at an average of 86.9 miles per hour, and hit the Indians at an average of 79.8 miles per hour.

Here’s the full list of pitchers with how many Indians they plunked this year:

Justin Verlander (DET) – 6
Josh Beckett (BOS) – 3
Freddy Dolsi (DET) – 3
Armando Galarraga (DET) – 3
John Lackey (LAA) – 3
Kenny Rogers (DET) – 3
Chad Billingsley (LAD) – 2
Daniel Cabrera (BAL) – 2
D.J. Carrasco (CWS) – 2
Alberto Castillo (BAL) – 2
Johnny Cueto (CIN) – 2
Jorge De La Rosa (COL) – 2
Jeff Francis (COL) – 2
Mark Lowe (SEA) – 2
Darren O’Day (LAA) – 2
Darren Oliver (LAA) – 2
Vicente Padilla (TEX) – 2
Scott Richmond (TOR) – 2
Carlos Silva (SEA) – 2
Javier Vazquez (CWS) – 2
Edinson Volquez (CIN) – 2
Jered Weaver (LAA) – 2
Scott Baker (MIN) – 1
Brian Bass (MIN) – 1

Miguel Batista (SEA) – 1
Denny Bautista (DET) – 1
Nick Blackburn (MIN) – 1
Shawn Camp (TOR) – 1
Manny Delcarmen (BOS) – 1
Lenny DiNardo (OAK) – 1
Justin Duchscherer (OAK) – 1
Scott Feldman (TEX) – 1
Keith Foulke (OAK) – 1
Jason Frasor (TOR) – 1
Chad Gaudin (OAK) – 1
Roy Halladay (TOR) – 1
Felix Hernandez (SEA) – 1
Fernando Hernandez (OAK) – 1
Jim Johnson (BAL) – 1
Chris Lambert (DET) – 1
Jon Lester (BOS) – 1
Aquilino Lopez (DET) – 1
Javier Lopez (BOS) – 1
Mike MacDougal (CWS) – 1
Greg Maddux (SD) – 1
Shaun Marcum (TOR) – 1
Dustin McGowan (TOR) – 1
Zach Miner (DET) – 1
Mike Mussina (NYY) – 1
Joel Peralta (KC) – 1
Elizardo Ramirez (TEX) – 1
Clay Rapada (DET) – 1
Dennys Reyes (MIN) – 1
Greg Reynolds (COL) – 1
Josh Rupe (TEX) – 1
Adam Russell (CWS) – 1
Ervin Santana (LAA) – 1
Joe Saunders (LAA) – 1
Bobby Seay (DET) – 1
Greg Smith (OAK) – 1
Joakim Soria (KC) – 1
Justin Speier (LAA) – 1
Ryan Speier (COL) – 1
Matt Thornton (CWS) – 1
Ramon Troncoso (LAD) – 1
Tim Wakefield (BOS) – 1
Chien-Ming Wang (NYY) – 1
Jarrod Washburn (SEA) – 1
Ehren Wassermann (CWS) – 1
Chris Waters (BAL) – 1
Jamey Wright (TEX) – 1
Barry Zito (SF) – 1

Eight of those guys hit Cleveland Indians exclusively this season – Elizardo Ramirez, Scott Richmond (twice), Clay Rapada, Ehren Wasserman, Keith Folke, Jason Frasor, Freddy Dolsi (three times), and Fernando Hernandez. Also, eight of those pitchers threw their first career HBP at the Indians this year – Chris Lambert, Scott Richmond, Clay Rapada, Freddy Dolsi, Armando Galarraga, Zach Miner, Fernando Hernandez and Darren O’Day. The next best team in that category got hit by just 4 pitchers with their first career plunk. There are some repeats in those lists, including Freddy Dolsi who has now hit three batters in his career – all Indians. Also, 5 of those 8 guys who hit an Indian for their first hit batter play for the Detroit Tigers, who plunked the Indians a total of 21 times this season. That’s more than any team has hit any other team since sometime before 1957, if it ever happened at all.

Here’s the list by team:

DET – 21
LAA – 12
CWS – 8
BOS – 7
SEA – 7
TOR – 7
BAL – 6
COL – 6
OAK – 6
TEX – 6
CIN – 4
MIN – 4
LAD – 3
KC – 2
NYY – 2
SD – 1
SF – 1

Detroit’s impressive 21 plunkings of the Indians includes 5 of those pitchers who had never hit a batter before. Detroit’s Justin Verlander hit 6 Indians, for the league lead, and he’s one of only two pitchers to hit an Indian this season that they had also plunked in a previous season. And the other is also a Detroit Tiger.
Kenny Rogers hit Casey Blake on June 7th of this year and on September 23, 2003. Justin Verlander hit Ryan Garko on August 28 and April 17 this year, and July 5th last year… and May 31st last year. But no other time… so far. Garko vs Verlander was the only matchup that resulted in two HBPs for the Indians, even though there were 28 other matchups league-wide where a pitcher hit a batter twice, and one 3 plunk matchup. So Garko was the only Indian to get hit twice by the same pitcher among all 103 HBPs. Also, Detroit’s Christ Lambert was the only pitcher to plunk an Indian in his first Major League appearance. Cleveland only hit the Tigers 7 times, so it remains unclear what the Tigers were so angry about.

Maybe the Tigers wouldn’t have hit the Indians so much if they saw the following stats about how much better the Indians bats work in games in which they get hit by pitches.

HBPs in game Games Runs RBI Hits HR total HBPs
0 90 411 365 788 104 0
1 45 232 214 407 35 45
2 23 131 121 217 27 46
3 4 30 28 42 5 12
1 or more 72 393 363 666 67 103
HBPs in game Games AB Avg SLG OBP OPS
0 90 3085 0.255 0.42o 0.323 0.743
1 45 1530 0.266 0.414 0.347 0.761
2 23 787 0.276 0.443 0.366 0.809
3 4 141 0.298 0.504 0.412 0.915
1 or more 72 2458 0.271 0.428 0.357 0.785

Yes, that’s 365 RBI in 90 games without a plunk and 363 RBI in 72 games with at least 1 plunk. The only they they do slightly worse when they’re getting hit by pitches is hit homers. But, they’re not much better in games when they hit homers than in games when they get hit by a pitch – they were 57-39 (.594) when they hit a home run in 2008, and 42-30 (.583) when they got hit by a pitch. And anyway setting the MLB hit by pitch record is much more important than those wins and loses, and they weren’t going to set any home run records now that they test for steroids.

If you check out the splits page over at you can find out a whole bunch of other interesting stuff about the Indians 103 HBP season. Such as, they got hit 44 times on two strike counts, but only 5 times on 3 ball counts. They never got hit on a 3-0 count, or even during an at-bat that started with 3 balls. Only 17.4% of the Indians plunks occured on the first pitch of the plate appearance, but for the rest of the league, 18.1% of plunks occur on the first pitch. The Indians got hit 25 times in plate apperances that lasted 5 or more pitches – 6 more than the next best team in that category this year.

Once again, it was a great season for the Indians – the 8th best in major league baseball history, and the best in Major League Baseball history (the capitalized version considers such records to begin in the year 1900, except sometimes when the don’t). But they could get hit by even more pitches next season. Ryan Garko, for example, was 5 HBPs short of his career high of 20 last season (when he broke the Indians franchise record). Grady Sizemore was 6 short of his 2007 total. So, we can only hope that 2009 will bring even more amazing HBP achievements for the Cleveland Indians. (As long as they don’t get hurt… nobody sets HBP records from the disabled list.)

HBPs of note – Sept 28, 2008

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Yesterday was the last day of scheduled play for the 2008 major league season, but do to rain-outs and the close race in the AL central, we’ll have one and possible two more games. Brandon Duckworth of the Royals may have swung that race yesterday by plunking Delmon Young and Brendan Harris of the Twins. The Twins were previously 3-0 when they got hit by 2 pitches in a game, and now they’re 4-0 after yesterday’s plunk fueled win. So, we get the rare treat of seeing the the White Sox play the Tigers in a makeup game, with the chance that if Chicago wins they’ll play the Twins in a one game playoff Tuesday. See? Nobody wants the baseball season to end.

Meanwhile, Tim Wakefield hit two batters and Randy Johnson hit 1 batter, which means the two of them have hit a combined 351 batters in their careers, including 25 on days when they have both hit a batter.

HBPs of note – Sept 26, 2008

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Kelly Shoppach and Franklin Gutierrez got hit by pitches for the Indians, extending their MLB team record to 103 HBPs this season.

Jason Giambi got his 22nd of the season, which is a new single season record for left-handed Yankees. Only Don Baylor has been hit by more pitches in a season for the Yankees.

And, David Wright got hit by a Chris Volstad, making that 25 HBPs for Wright’s career.

Mike Pelfrey also got hit for the Mets, which makes that the 5th time this season the Mets got hit at least twice in a game. Kelly Shoppach and Frankin Gutierrez got hit in the same inning for the Indians, making that the 9th time this season Cleveland has had a two plunk inning. Cleveland has been hit at least twice in a game 27 times this season.

For more stuff on the Indians amazing record breaking season, I have a guest post up over at Let’s Go Tribe.

more odds and ends (mostly odds)

Friday, September 26th, 2008

On September 9th when Jason Giambi collected his 155th HBP, he passed Brady Anderson to become the all time HBP leader among players with the astrological sign Capricorn. Jose Guillen (Taurus) is the only other active player who holds the record for his zodiac sign.

Can someone please break the 13 way tie for the season lead in HBPs recorded on Fridays? Kurt Suzuki, Carlos Quentin, Rickie Weeks, Nate McLouth, Hanley Ramirez, Kelly Shoppach, Chase Utley, Jeff Francoeur, Jason Bay, Jason Kendall, Alex Cora, David Eckstein and Melvin Mora all have 3 HBPs on Fridays this year.

Frank Thomas only hit 1 sacrifice fly this season, leaving him still 8 short of the all time sacrifice fly record, and confirming I made the right choice in not starting a sacrifice fly record chase blog. If he had done it though, he’d be the 2nd Frank Thomas to hold the Sacrifice Fly record. So that’s interesting.

So far this year, teams have won about 56.7% of games in which they were hit by a pitch, but they’ve also won 64.9% of games in which they hit a sacrifice fly. Maybe I should have gone with the sacrifice fly blog after all… Oddly, teams that hit into a triple play are 2-0 this season.

The Rays hit 45 batters this season, but only 4 of them scored a run. Only 3 of those were earned runs. On the other end, Baltimore gave up 26 earned runs scored by batters they plunked, which means their team ERA would be 0.17 lower without all those hit batters.

Prince Fielder has hit into one Fielders Choice this season, and only 2 in his career.

Asdrubal Cabrera has batted .255 this season, but in games when he had at least one hit he batted .453. That’s the biggest gap in the league between a batter’s overall average and his batting average on days when he could actually hit. Kenji Johjima is 2nd in that category with a .415 average when he hits, and a .223 average overall, and Jason Giambi is third. Giambi has batted .438 54% of the time and 0.000 46% of the time for a total of .251. (I know, nobody used batting average anymore, but it is – usually – still the measure of how often a batter does what he’s trying to do at the plate when given a fair chance. Except for the smart ones who go up trying to get hit by a pitch.)

The combined batting average of all major league players this season is 0.264, which means that Jeff Keppinger currently has the lead for the most average batting average. Keppinger’s average is actually .263858, which is just 0.000079 off of the league average to six decimal places, which is .263779. But, Rick Ankiel, Robinson Cano, Cesar Izturis, Jose Guillen, Kevin Kouzmanoff, David Ortiz and Brendan Harris all might be close enough to win the average batting title.

Batter AVG Diff from MLB AVG
Jeff Keppinger 0.263858 0.000079
Rick Ankiel 0.263922 0.000143
Robinson Cano 0.26415 0.000371
Cesar Izturis 0.264197 0.000418
Jose Guillen 0.263247 0.000532
Kevin Kouzmanoff 0.263071 0.000708
David Ortiz 0.264563 0.000784
Brendan Harris 0.264775 0.000996
Carlos Gomez 0.262411 0.001368
Dan Uggla 0.262042 0.001737

HBPs of note – Sept 25, 2008

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Grady Sizemore got hit by Jon Lester in Boston last night, making that the 101st HBP for the Indians this year, which is a new MLB record! Being an MLB record means that it’s a post-1900 record, as there are still 7 teams who got hit over 100 times in seasons between 1891 and 1899 in the National League and American Association. But 101 HBPs in this age is absolutely amazing, especially since the league-wide plunk rate as down this season. With only 3 regularly scheduled days left, this season’s batters are 114 HBPs short of last years total of 1755. But still, the Cleveland Indians have been hit by 101 pitches and counting.

In other HBP news, Johnny Cueto hit Geoff Blum in Houston, which give Cueto 14 hit batters on the season, and probably locks up the season lead among rookie pitchers. Josh Rupe is the second most plunk-prone rookie with 10.

AJ Pierzynski got hit by Kevin Slowey, marking the 85th plunking of Pierzynski’s career, and rumors persist that he deserved every one of them.

were you born on a Friday?

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

So far this season, batters born on Fridays have been hit by 313 pitches. Batters born on Thursdays have been hit by only 168 pitches. This might not make much sense to you now, but someday you might come across enough other facts that it will all come together. Then you’ll be glad you read this, assuming you haven’t forgotten it by then… or already.

2008 HBPs by batters’ weekday of birth:
Sunday – 202
Monday – 232
Tuesday – 297
Wednesday – 236
Thursday – 168
Friday – 313
Saturday – 187

2008 HBPs by pitchers’ weekday of birth
Sunday – 247
Monday – 232
Tuesday – 293
Wednesday – 189
Thursday – 240
Friday – 204
Saturday – 230

HBPs of note – Sept 24, 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

The Cleveland Indians didn’t get hit by any pitches last night in Boston, so they’ll have just 4 more games to see if they can pass the 1997 Astros at that 100 HBP mark on the season. But, Fausto Carmona hit Alex Cora in that game, and that was Cora’s 80th career plunk. That’s 10 plunks per letter in his name – which is pretty good, but still well short of Ron Hunt’s mark of 34.7 HBPs per letter in his name.

Jason Giambi got hit by a pitch in Toronto, thrown by Jesse Carlson, bringing his career total to 156 and his season total to 21. If he could get hit 4 more times by Sunday he’d break the Yankees single season record, which currently stands at 24 by Don Baylor in 1985. (Baylor, by the way, set the Yankees record in ’85 and the Red Sox record in ’86). Giambi’s 2008 season currently ranks tied for 3rd among the best HBP seasons for the Yankees, behind Baylor’s 24 in ’85 and Baylor’s 23 plunks in 1984. 3 other Yankees have been hit 21 times in a season – Alex Rodriguez in 2007, Chuck Knoblauch in 1999 and Giambi himself in 2003. One more plunk for Giambi would set a new Yankees record for plunks by a left handed batter in a season.

Josh Whitesell got hit by the first pitch of his career, which means that 440 different batters have been hit by a pitch this season. If pitchers can find 11 more batters to hit, who they haven’t already plunked this season, the league records for most different batters plunked in a season will be broken. 450 different batters were plunked in 2004.

9 of last nights 13 plunks occurred in even numbered innings, but plunks in odd numbered innings still lead 847 to 788 on the season. Batters are getting hit slightly more often, per plate appearance, in even numbered innings this season, but since games are normally scheduled for 9 innings, there have been about 14,000 more odd numbered inning plate appearances.

HBPs of note – Sept 23, 2008

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Not surprisingly, when the team with 99 HBPs this season faced the pitcher who’s hit 160 batters in his career, someone got hit by a pitch. Tim Wakefield hit Kelly Shoppach to push the Cleveland Indians into triple digits for the season. That ties the MLB record held by the 1997 Houston Astros. (This being an HBP record, we’re back to distinguishing “MLB records” from “all time records” – in this case, 100 is the post-1900 record. The Dodgers actually had a 125 plunk season in the pre-MLB national league in 1899, and the defunct pre-1900 National League Baltimore Orioles had 6 seasons over 100 plunks including a ridiculous 160 in 1898). But still, it’s an amazing accomplishment for the Indians, to reach that milestone – 100 HBPs in a single season.

In Houston, Brad Ausmus got hit by the 66th pitch of his career – that leaves him just 5 HBPs away from Mo Vaughn’s career record for players born in Connecticut. Edinson Volquez contributed that one, bringing his own season total to 14.

David Dejesus got hit by a pitch thrown by the Detroit Tigers Freddy Garcia, and that makes this the 2nd consecutive season in which David Dejesus has been plunked by the Detroit Tigers on September 23rd.

In all, 7 batters got hit by pitches in 7 different games yesterday, and 5 of the 7 were in the 5th inning.

pitchers who can plunk and still win

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

If you saw the Red Sox game last night, or the box score, or the note here about Josh Beckett hitting three batters you may have wondered how often a pitcher can his 3 batters in a game and still expect his team to win… well, this year it’s been done just once, by Shaun Marcum. He hit 3 Royals batters on May 26th, but the Blue Jays still won 7-2. Only 5 other pitchers, including Beckett, have hit 3 batters in a game this season, but their teams all lost.

Overall, teams that hit at least one batter are 576-752 (.434) when they hit at least one batter, 95-151 (.386) when they hit two or more, and 9-26 (.257) when the team hits a total of 3 batters or more. But, there are some pitchers who seem to be able to hit batters fairly consistently without costing their team wins. For example, the Cubs are 6-0 when Carlos Zambrano hits a batter. The Indians are 5-0 when Cliff Lee hits a batter, and the Blue Jays are 16-2 when either AJ Burnett or Roy Halladay hits at least one batter.

Here are some lists of the pitchers who have been the best this season at hitting batters without causing their team to lose:

Best win-loss record when a pitcher hits at least one batter, no minimum plunks:

Pitcher W-L* Total HBPs
Carlos Zambrano – CHC 6-0 6
Cliff Lee – CLE 5-0 5
Kyle McClellan – STL 4-0 4
Sidney Ponson – NYY 4-0 5
Todd Jones – DET 4-0 4
Chien-Ming Wang – NYY 3-0 3
Jeremy Bonderman – DET 3-0 3
Joe Blanton – PHI 3-0 3

*these are the win-loss records for the team in those games when the pitcher hit someone, not the pitchers’ personal win-loss record.

Same thing, but with a minimum of 5 HBPs for the pitchers:

Pitcher W-L* Total HBPs
Carlos Zambrano – CHC 6-0 6
Cliff Lee – CLE 5-0 5
Sidney Ponson – NYY 4-0 5
A.J. Burnett – TOR 8-1 9
Roy Halladay – TOR 8-1 12
Daisuke Matsuzaka – BOS 6-1 7
Ryan Dempster – CHC 6-1 7
Dan Haren – ARI 5-1 6
Jonathan Sanchez – SF 5-1 6
Zach Miner – DET 5-1 6

And, here it is in the 10+ plunk category:

Pitcher W-L* Total HBPs
Roy Halladay – TOR 8-1 12
Jamie Moyer – PHI 7-2 11
James Shields – TB 7-3 12
Brandon Webb – ARI 6-3 10
Edinson Volquez – CIN 7-4 13
Roy Oswalt – HOU 5-3 10
Ubaldo Jimenez – COL 5-3 10
Kyle Kendrick – PHI 7-5 14
Daniel Cabrera – BAL 7-7 18
Mike Pelfrey – NYM 6-6 13

So Roy Halladay hasn’t just hit 12 batters this season, he’s done it without losing more than one game. He’s also a very impressive 3-0 when he hits 2 batters in a game. Also, there are only 8 pitchers this season who have hit 10 batters or more while their teams stayed over .500 in those games when they were hitting all those batters. I’m sure there are times, though, when hitting a particular batter just becomes more important than winning. And also, there are certain batters who some pitchers just can’t miss.

Now here’s the guys who just can’t win when they hit a batter:

Pitcher W-L* Total HBPs
Aaron Heilman – NYM 0-8 9
Pedro Martinez – NYM 0-6 6
Luke Hochevar – KC 0-5 5
Jensen Lewis – CLE 0-5 5
Alberto Castillo – BAL 0-5 7
Dennis Sarfate – BAL 0-5 7

I guess that’s not the sort of stat that’s going to help convince the Mets to bring Pedro back next season so he can hit just one Colorado Rocky, and become the first pitcher to hit a batter from all 30 teams.