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:
|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.