Archive for July, 2010

Roy Oswalt hits batters for Phillies to keep Astros record intact

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

HBPs of note: July 30, 2010

Roy Oswalt hit 68 batters in his career with Houston. He was 4 plunks short of the franchise record for hitting batters, but that record was held by the late Darryl Kile. It’s a sign of the great respect the Astros players have always held for DK that Roy Oswalt – even though he never played on the same team with Kile – wanted to protect that record, and that meant demanding a trade. So, the Phillies shipped Oswalt off to Philadelphia, where he hit two batters in his first outing for his new team. He has now hit 70 batters in his major league career. He’ll need to hit 81 more batters with the Phillies to break that franchise’s record, currently held by Bill Duggleby, and that could take a while. But, Oswalt is also just 5 plunks behind Willie Mitchell for the record of most plunks thrown by a pitcher born in Mississippi, and that one won’t be avoided by just demanding a trade.

Tim Wakefield doesn’t have that problem, because every time he hits a batter, he’s just breaking his own record. And using the logic above, he has no respect for his own HBP record. He hit Miguel Cabrera, giving himself a career total of 178 plunks, a Red Sox record of 168 plunks since joining the team, and 86 hit batters at Fenway Park.

Kevin Youkilis also got hit in that game, giving him 67 career HBPs, all with the Red Sox. That leaves him 4 plunks behind Mo Vaughn for the team record.

Carlos Quentin also got hit by a pitch yesterday, giving him 68 career plunks and an American League leading 14 on the season.

So, Youkilis got his 67th HBP yesterday, Carlos Quentin got his 68th, Adam Dunn got one of Oswalt’s plunks for his 68th, and Casey Blake got hit twice for his 67th and 68th. So that’s two 67ths and 3 68ths, which makes a full house, if you were playing HBP career total poker yesterday.

Kris Medlan of the Braves got hit by the first pitch of his career, thrown by Johnny Cueto, and that made him the first Braves pitcher to get hit by a pitch since Mike Hampton on August 19, 2005.

Lowe throws 70th

Friday, July 30th, 2010

HBPs of note: July 29, 2010

3,825 pitches were thrown in MLB action yesterday, but only 10 of them hit batters. One of them was a Derek Lowe pitch that hit Mike Morse, and that was Lowe’s 70th career plunk. Another was a Joe Martinez pitch for the Giants, which hit Marlins batter Hanley Ramirez, and that one was the 3900th known plunk in Giants franchise history (though there are probably a couple of hundred plunks the Giants threw prior to the year 1900 which didn’t get accurately recorded). Another pitcher who hit a batter yesterday was CJ Wilson. He hit Cliff Pennington with a pitch, making that 30 career plunks for Wilson. Wilson has hit 22 of those 30 batters at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, which puts him in a tie with Vicente Padilla for 3rd place on the park’s all time HBP list.

Colin Curtis of the Yankees got his first major league HBP yesterday, making him the 541st Yankee batter ever hit by a pitch.

Carlos Pena breaks Rays career record!

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

HBPs of note: July 28, 2010

Carlos Pena got hit by a 4th inning Brad Thomas pitch last night, and that was the 27th time in Rays history that they’d been plunked by a Tigers pitcher. More importantly than that, it was the 700th plunk in Rays franchise history. More importantly than that, it was the 36th plunk of Pena’s Tampa Bay career (52nd overall) which means that he is now the number 1 plunk target in Rays history! Pena’s 36th plunk bests the previous record of 35 by former Ray Johnny Gomes. Now that the Rays record is up to 36 plunks, they are now tied for the lowest career plunk record in the league with the Padres, where Kevin Kouzmanoff got hit by 36 pitches to lead that franchise. Since Pena still plays for the Rays, and Kouzmanoff is no longer a Padre, the Rays appear set to break out of the cellar in the hierarchy of franchise plunk records. If Pena can get hit 6 more times, the Rays will have a better franchise HBP record than the Mets. Also, now that the Rays have a batter with 36 career plunks, that means the Rays career HBP record is higher than the American League single season HBP (35 by Don Baylor in 1986). So that is a big moment for the Rays franchise.

Fausto Carmona hit a Yankee yesterday, giving him his 20th plunk at Progressive/Jacobs Field aka that place where the Indians play home games. That ties him for 2nd place on the park’s HBP records list with CC Sabathia. Charles Nagy holds the park record with 24 hit batters.

Skip Schumaker used a 13th inning HBP for the purpose of winning yesterday. Pedro Feliciano put him on base with a plunk in the top of the 13th, where he moved to 2nd on a walk, and then to third on a fielders choice, which allowed him to easily score the go-ahead run on an Albert Pujols single. That run held up in the bottom of the 13th, and Schumaker’s plunk led the Cardinals to victory.

Miguel Tejada got his 116th career plunk yesterday, moving him into 44th place on the all time list, tied with Aaron Rowand.

Jason Hayward gets 7th to take rookie lead

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

HBPs of note: July 27, 2010

Jason Hayward was supposed to face Stephen Strasburg last night, in a matchup of rookies that people are very excited about, but Strasburg was scratched, and Hayward was instead hit by a pitch by Miguel Batista in the first inning giving him 7 on the season, leading all rookies. Strasburg, on the other hand, still hasn’t hit anyone.

Casey McGahee got hit by a pitch for the Brewers, which brings the HBP total for Brewers not named Prince Fielder or Rickie Weeks to 17. So the Brewers 2010 HBP leaders are Rickie Weeks with 19, Prince Fielder with 17, and the rest of the team with 17 combined. That was Edinson Volquez’s 25th career plunk.

Like Volquez, Bruce Chen also threw his 25th career plunk, hitting Delmon Young.

Beltre gets Red Sox 4000th

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

HBPs of note: July 26, 2010

Adrian Beltre has only been hit by 3 pitches playing for the Red Sox, but last night he was at the plate to record the 4,000th plunk in Red Sox franchise history. Fernando Rodney contributed that one – the 148th thrown by Angels pitching against the Red Sox. The Red Sox are the 12th MLB franchise to reach 4000 plunks, and the 4th to do so in the American League. Beltre joins Alex Rodriguez (Yankees – 9/2/2007), Aramis Ramirez (Cubs – 7/26/2005), Carlos Lee (White Sox – 9/14/2004), Jayson Werth (Dodgers – 8/7/2004), Marcus Giles (Braves – 7/31/2004), Jacque Jones (Twins – 4/25/2004), Doug Glanville (Phillies – 9/23/2001), Sean Casey (Reds – 6/28/2000), Kevin Young (Pirates – 9/10/1999), Tom Lampkin (Cardinals – 6/25/1998), and Mike Benjamin (Giants – 9/24/1991) in the fraternity of players who have recorded the 4000th plunk for a team.

Prince Fielder got hit by another pitch last night, giving him 17 for the season. Bronson Arroyo delivered that one, making it the first time a pitcher named Bronson has ever plunked a batter named Prince. (Bronson Heflin never hit anyone, and Prince Oana never got hit). Fielder leads the league in plunks against starting pitchers with 12 this year. (Rickie Weeks’ 19 plunks include only 8 by starters, and 11 by relief pitchers). That was Arroyo’s 80th career plunking.

Also in that game, Indiana plunk record holder Scott Rolen improved that record to 118 career plunks on a delivery by Randy Wolf. He’s the 43rd most plunked batter ever.

SPAM update

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Aside from being a type of meat credited with winning the 2nd world war, and a nickname for annoying forms of internet advertising, SPAM is also a baseball stat. It was invented last month to measure how apt batters are to get into a prolonged hitless slump, which is why it’s called the Slump Proneness Analytic Metric, or SPAM for short. It’s calculated by assigning a number to each plate appearance (not including intentional walks) which equals how long a hitless streak the batter was on after that plate appearance, and then taking the average of them. If there are two players with the same number of hits and plate appearances, the player who has spaced those hits out more evenly will have a better (lower) SPAM than a player who got all his hits in bunches (as though, perhaps, he had a big series against a bad team, but then was held hitless by a couple of good pitching staffs).
Anyway, here’s an update on the top 25 worst SPAM scores this year, with a minimum of 275 plate appearances (excluding intentional walks). These have been the most slump-prone full time players:

Batter SPAM 15+ PA
hitless streaks
Longest streak HBP
Carlos Pena 4.74 2 29 4
Mark Reynolds 4.72 6 17 8
Drew Stubbs 4.32 4 25 3
Jason Bartlett 4.31 2 30 4
Carlos Quentin 4.21 1 27 13
Chone Figgins 4.18 2 30 1
Jeff Francoeur 4.18 3 26 6
Tony Gwynn 4.13 2 24 1
Aaron Hill 4.12 3 20 5
Adam Lind 4.07 4 22 1
Travis Hafner 4.07 2 26 11
Colby Rasmus 3.95 3 19 1
Aramis Ramirez 3.92 3 21 1
Elvis Andrus 3.88 5 30 1
Yadier Molina 3.88 2 20 4
Stephen Drew 3.77 2 25 3
Mark Teixeira 3.76 3 23 8
Cliff Pennington 3.76 1 30 0
Chris Coghlan 3.75 4 20 4
Dustin Pedroia 3.74 4 21 4
Lance Berkman 3.74 2 15 0
Pedro Feliz 3.72 1 16 1
Hideki Matsui 3.72 3 21 1
Jose Bautista 3.7 1 28 6
Jorge Cantu 3.68 3 26 6

And here are the players who have been the best at avoiding slumps:

Batter SPAM 15+ PA
hitless streaks
Longest streak HBP
Rafael Furcal 2.15 0 12 1
Josh Hamilton 2.17 1 16 1
Miguel Cabrera 2.19 1 17 1
Justin Morneau 2.21 0 14 0
Adrian Beltre 2.25 0 12 2
Robinson Cano 2.27 0 14 5
Michael Young 2.27 0 11 1
Vladimir Guerrero 2.28 0 13 6
Billy Butler 2.29 0 10 3
Corey Hart 2.30 0 11 2
Ichiro Suzuki 2.32 0 13 3
Delmon Young 2.32 0 13 3
Austin Jackson 2.37 0 14 3
Joe Mauer 2.38 0 12 1
Angel Pagan 2.39 0 13 0
Placido Polanco 2.39 0 13 3
Scott Podsednik 2.40 0 13 0
Alberto Callaspo 2.40 0 11 0
Carlos Gonzalez 2.43 1 17 2
Ronny Paulino 2.44 0 13 0
Gaby Sanchez 2.45 0 14 2
Lastings Milledge 2.46 1 15 2
Ryan Howard 2.49 0 13 7
Marco Scutaro 2.53 0 10 3
Michael Cuddyer 2.54 0 13 1

Someone born in 1990 gets hit by a pitch

Monday, July 26th, 2010

HBPs of note: July 25, 2010

Starlin Castro was born on March 24, 1990, but he was hit by a pitch for the first time on July 25, 2010, in the 10th inning by Ryan Franklin. Castro gets the honor of being the first batter born in 1990 to get hit by a Major League pitch, and takes over the title of youngest player with an HBP right now.

Alex Rodriguez made the important decision that his 80th HBP as a Yankee was more important than his 600th career homer, because he got his 80th HBP as a Yankee, and then went home. Clearly an admission that his 152 career HBPs are his only un-tainted stat. Royals pitcher Blake Wood threw that one – his first in the majors. Rodriguez is now the sole owner of 19th place on the all time list, 1 plunk behind Fred Clarke. Rodriguez joined Derek Jeter, Chase Utley, and Rickie Weeks as the only active players who have taken 80 pitches for their current team.

Melvin Mora also got hit by a pitch yesterday, giving him 113 plunks. He’s the 51st player to reach that total.

253 for Kendall!

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

HBPs of note: July 24, 2010

Active career HBP leader Jason Kendall got hit by a pitch yesterday, thrown by Yankee Sergio Mitre giving Kendall a total of 253 HBPs. That was the 74th HBP that resulted in Kendall scoring a run after getting on base. It was the 35th time Kendall has been hit by an American born pitcher in the 1st inning of a game, but it was the first time Kendall had ever been hit by a Yankees pitcher on a Saturday. He’s been hit 4 times by the Yankees now, and 47 times on Saturdays.

2010 HBP leader Rickie Weeks also got plunked yesterday, though it was probably one he should have ducked – a pitch clocked at 93.5mph to his helmet. However, Weeks stayed in the game, and that plunk ties his career high for a single season, with 19. That was Weeks’ 6th plunk on a Saturday this year, and his 7th with 2 strikes in the count.

Jason Bartlett got hit twice yesterday, for his 40th and 41st career HBPs, but his two plunks were thrown by two different pitchers who had never before hit a major league batter. That hasn’t happened since July 17, 2003 when Carlos Febles got the first plunks ever thrown by Aaron Taylor and Rafael Soriano.

Giambi gets 169th

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

HBPs of note: July 23, 2010

Jason Giambi took a plunking from JC Romero last night, moving him up to 169 career HBPs. He’s still 14th on the all time list, and 14 plunks behind Jake Beckley for the most career HBPs for a left-handed batter.

Mark Teixeira got his 73rd career HBP, but more importantly, that was the 100th HBP recorded at the new Yankee Stadium. Teixeira has taken 11 of those 100, and that’s more than any other batter. 12 of the Yankees 44 HBPs this year have occurred on Fridays.

Matt Diaz got his 32nd plunk yesterday, and it was well timed – in a tie game, with the bases loaded in the top of the 9th inning. He plunked in the go-ahead run for Atlanta, but Florida came back in the bottom of the inning to take back the win.

Team vs Team hbp totals – since 1920

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Retrosheet now has game by game stats back to 1920, which means now we can calculate which teams have hit each other for the span of about 90.6 seasons up to yesterday.

Here are the top 5 since 1920:

The Tigers have plunked the Indians 453 times.

The Red Sox have plunked the Yankees 426 times.

The Tigers have plunked the Twins 415 times.

The Indians have plunked the White Sox 397 times.

And, the Tigers have plunked the White Sox 389 times.

Now, here are all the team by team totals, organized by the division of the batting team:

NL Central
Batting team
Pitching Team Cubs Reds Astros Brewers Cardinals Pirates
Angels 2 2 3 85 3 1
A’s 2 5 3 76 3 6
Astros 143 198 0 100 163 181
Blue Jays 4 3 0 58 4 1
Braves 263 277 127 24 216 240
Brewers 65 76 61 0 69 104
Cardinals 369 353 171 90 0 359
Cubs 0 344 168 85 345 368
Diamondbacks 28 32 62 26 39 24
Dodgers 283 303 149 38 297 285
Giants 258 283 165 44 285 249
Indians 2 24 6 99 6 9
Mariners 1 8 1 64 1 0
Marlins 48 45 49 37 35 56
Mets 147 124 143 41 115 153
Nationals 118 98 128 38 105 169
Orioles 1 0 6 58 2 3
Padres 75 125 115 34 89 93
Phillies 320 306 162 46 319 305
Pirates 324 323 192 80 336 0
Rangers 1 5 18 78 0 5
Rays 4 3 1 1 1 7
Red Sox 0 2 1 86 7 7
Reds 306 0 213 82 315 318
Rockies 52 53 93 42 64 60
Royals 1 10 9 85 24 11
Tigers 3 4 7 76 7 9
Twins 6 6 3 88 9 6
White Sox 23 4 6 74 12 6
Yankees 1 3 3 66 3 2
Totals 2850 3019 2065 1801 2874 3037

NL East
Batting Team
Pitching Team Braves Marlins Mets Phillies Nationals
Angels 4 0 2 2 1
A’s 3 5 1 0 3
Astros 128 64 109 138 145
Blue Jays 7 10 4 16 18
Braves 0 71 134 279 118
Brewers 26 30 26 40 24
Cardinals 258 53 155 314 137
Cubs 227 70 138 316 136
Diamondbacks 29 32 19 37 32
Dodgers 279 47 112 307 94
Giants 291 42 119 277 114
Indians 0 4 3 6 0
Mariners 2 0 5 0 3
Marlins 77 0 94 125 109
Mets 164 96 0 209 177
Nationals 147 108 193 186 0
Orioles 9 10 10 13 20
Padres 102 42 87 92 107
Phillies 346 118 222 0 194
Pirates 248 49 153 314 139
Rangers 3 2 2 4 4
Rays 13 56 5 5 5
Red Sox 17 16 11 20 11
Reds 295 50 137 275 100
Rockies 46 58 40 52 60
Royals 1 5 3 2 2
Tigers 12 2 5 7 7
Twins 3 2 3 3 4
White Sox 1 3 0 2 4
Yankees 12 5 23 12 4
Totals 2750 1050 1815 3053 1772

NL West
Batting Team
Pitching Team D-backs Rockies Dodgers Padres Giants
Angels 10 9 24 6 6
A’s 7 9 4 4 18
Astros 25 48 137 136 171
Blue Jays 0 8 3 1 4
Braves 30 41 267 91 322
Brewers 33 39 33 21 31
Cardinals 29 49 256 71 321
Cubs 26 40 248 81 299
Diamondbacks 0 70 85 75 75
Dodgers 73 89 0 133 354
Giants 51 88 308 152 0
Indians 4 3 4 2 1
Mariners 5 10 9 16 4
Marlins 26 67 34 45 32
Mets 38 49 87 82 141
Nationals 19 54 101 94 138
Orioles 4 0 1 2 3
Padres 66 81 123 0 154
Phillies 33 52 309 74 345
Pirates 28 55 264 79 291
Rangers 5 8 7 10 8
Rays 2 1 2 4 5
Red Sox 8 3 4 3 4
Reds 28 38 297 103 296
Rockies 80 0 108 94 104
Royals 6 5 5 1 2
Tigers 4 6 3 5 5
Twins 2 5 1 3 3
White Sox 1 1 5 4 3
Yankees 3 4 2 2 2
Totals 646 932 2731 1394 3142

AL Central
Batting Team
Pitching Team Indians White Sox Tigers Royals Twins
Angels 144 201 159 125 187
A’s 280 376 327 124 347
Astros 7 3 2 5 7
Blue Jays 107 91 87 103 86
Braves 0 3 4 1 1
Brewers 83 90 86 98 109
Cardinals 7 8 4 35 5
Cubs 4 36 6 4 5
Diamondbacks 5 0 7 4 2
Dodgers 3 4 5 1 3
Giants 1 1 1 3 0
Indians 0 397 326 136 387
Mariners 112 106 91 115 114
Marlins 8 5 2 1 2
Mets 1 2 6 0 2
Nationals 2 4 1 6 3
Orioles 283 299 254 71 313
Padres 2 1 2 2 5
Phillies 4 3 2 5 4
Pirates 8 9 7 12 5
Rangers 152 196 173 172 164
Rays 49 46 40 45 33
Red Sox 333 324 328 113 357
Reds 23 7 7 7 6
Rockies 13 6 7 10 1
Royals 123 174 142 0 169
Tigers 453 389 0 129 415
Twins 353 366 317 141 0
White Sox 344 0 314 177 367
Yankees 250 305 268 73 276
Totals 3154 3452 2975 1718 3375

AL East
Batting Team
Pitching Team Orioles Red Sox Yankees Rays Blue Jays
Angels 166 147 143 38 108
A’s 263 304 323 30 115
Astros 3 1 4 4 1
Blue Jays 125 153 156 78 0
Braves 7 12 9 6 12
Brewers 78 94 72 1 63
Cardinals 0 3 1 4 2
Cubs 2 1 4 4 2
Diamondbacks 1 4 4 9 1
Dodgers 0 5 4 1 0
Giants 6 3 3 1 3
Indians 280 329 300 27 94
Mariners 94 109 103 35 116
Marlins 7 11 8 26 9
Mets 11 8 26 6 8
Nationals 9 2 7 7 35
Orioles 0 331 333 74 134
Padres 7 4 2 3 1
Phillies 16 15 10 4 11
Pirates 2 2 9 4 5
Rangers 160 164 150 45 121
Rays 84 112 94 0 101
Red Sox 319 0 426 96 189
Reds 0 0 1 2 6
Rockies 2 6 4 4 3
Royals 105 100 110 32 98
Tigers 334 350 337 26 110
Twins 276 279 303 29 72
White Sox 272 255 277 28 96
Yankees 286 319 0 74 156
Totals 2915 3123 3223 698 1672

AL West
Batting Team
Pitching Team Angels A’s Mariners Rangers
Angels 0 223 129 207
A’s 193 0 123 182
Astros 2 1 3 13
Blue Jays 101 104 95 99
Braves 2 1 2 3
Brewers 89 91 57 69
Cardinals 6 5 1 1
Cubs 2 1 1 0
Diamondbacks 7 7 4 5
Dodgers 24 11 9 2
Giants 4 19 6 6
Indians 149 279 80 131
Mariners 161 150 0 161
Marlins 1 0 2 1
Mets 2 0 2 3
Nationals 1 3 1 2
Orioles 137 235 83 96
Padres 9 11 21 4
Phillies 5 3 2 3
Pirates 1 2 2 6
Rangers 189 191 163 0
Rays 48 48 36 42
Red Sox 145 330 116 160
Reds 2 4 7 4
Rockies 7 1 11 5
Royals 113 125 116 103
Tigers 153 340 82 135
Twins 145 317 83 128
White Sox 154 314 100 144
Yankees 104 281 82 113
Totals 1956 3097 1419 1828 0