Archive for September 10th, 2008

plunks and winning

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Chase Utley has taken 25 plunks for the team this season, but unfortunately the Phillies haven’t been able to put them to very good use. Those 25 plunks have come in 21 games, and the Phillies have just 10 wins against 11 loses in games when Chase Utley has been plunked. Of the 24 players with over 10 hbps this year (as of Sept. 9th), only 2 have a worse winning percentage in games with an hbp. The Phillies are, however 2-1 when Utley gets hit at least twice, and 1-0 when he gets hit 3 times in a game, so obviously he needs to get hit more to help his team win.

Aramis Ramirez has been the best at insuring victory for his Cubs by getting hit by pitches. The Cubs are 10-1 in the 11 games in which Ramirez has been plunked. So he’s won just as many games when he’s been plunked as Utley, but has had 10 less losses while being struck by pitches.
Nate McLouth has seen his efforts at getting hit by pitches wasted the most, with the Pirates winning pct dipping to .272 in the 11 games in which he’s been hit by a pitch. Finding a way to make the Pirates winning percentage even worse is an impressive feat in itself.

Here’s all the players with over 10 hbps (as of Sept 9th), and the win-loss records in games when they get hit:

Player HBP W-L PCT
Aramis Ramirez (CHC) 11 10-1 0.909
Prince Fielder (MIL) 11 7-2 0.778
Kevin Kouzmanoff (SD) 12 9-3 0.75
Jason Kendall (MIL) 12 9-3 0.75
Melvin Mora (BAL) 11 8-3 0.727
Kevin Youkilis (BOS) 11 8-3 0.727
Reed Johnson (CHC) 12 8-3 0.727
Jeff Francoeur (ATL) 10 7-3 0.7
Chris Iannetta (COL) 13 9-4 0.692
Aaron Rowand (SF) 14 8-4 0.667
Alex Rodriguez (NYY) 14 8-5 0.615
Kurt Suzuki (OAK) 10 6-4 0.6
Edwin Encarnacion (CIN) 10 6-4 0.6
Scott Rolen (TOR) 10 6-4 0.6
Carlos Quentin (CHW) 20 12-8 0.6
Josh Willingham (FLO) 12 6-4 0.6
Rickie Weeks (MIL) 14 7-5 0.583
Jason Giambi (NYY) 20 11-8 0.579
Lastings Milledge (WAS) 13 7-6 0.538
Carlos Pena (TB) 11 5-5 0.5
Ryan Garko (CLE) 14 7-7 0.5
Chase Utley (PHI) 25 10-11 0.476
David Dellucci (CLE) 11 5-6 0.455
Nate McLouth (PIT) 12 3-8 0.273

Mark Grudzielanek (KC), Jose Molin (NYY), Mike Napoli (LAA), Marco Scutaro (TOR) and Gerald Liard (TEX) are all tied with the most HBPs this year without having lost a game in which they got hit by a pitch. Surely getting plunked is that much more painful when you lose, but those 5 guys are all 5-0 in the games in which they’ve been hit by pitches.

Kendall reaches 230

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Jason Kendall got hit by a pitch last night, making it 230 for his career, moving him into a tie for 6th place on the all-time list with Dan McGann. McGann got hit 230 times from 1896 to 1908, while Kendall’s career so far has included just as many plunks a century later, from 1996 to 2008.

Also last night, Jason Giambi got hit by the 155th pitch of his career, which moves him past Brady Anderson for sole possession of 16th place on the all time list. He’s just two away 15th place, which is currently held by Fernando Vina with 157 hbps.

And, Josh Hamilton got his 10th career HBP last night, which moves him into a 156 way tie for 2,336th place on the all time HBP list.

Okay, that last one wasn’t so great, but two out of three is pretty good in baseball.