HBPs of note: June 29, 2010
Brian Matusz is having an interesting season. He started the year without ever having hit a batter, but he hit Daric Barton on April 18th, and Mark Teixeira on June 1st. Then last night, he hit Daric Barton again. He has 3 career hit batsmen, and two of them are Barton. He’s faced 415 batters this year, so he’s had plenty of chances to hit other batters, but Matusz seems to prefer to plunk Daric Barton. Maybe he doesn’t like the way Daric spells his name or something. Or, he might not like batters from Vermont.
Christian Guzman got his 30th career plunk on a pitch contributed by Jesse Chavez.
James Shields threw his 30th plunk in the Majors, hitting JD Drew. That was Drew’s 51st HBP, and his 10th since joining the Red Sox.
So far this year, 303 different batters have been plunked a total of 727 times. That’s the lowest total June 29th plunk total since 1997.