Prior to yesterday, if you wanted to find a rookie who got hit by 18 pitches in a season in the National League, you’d have to go back to 1956 when a rookie named Frank Robinson took 20 plunks for the Reds. But now Danny Espinosa is such a rookie. DJ Carrasco hit him in the 6th inning yesterday for Espinosa’s 18th of the season. He leads the NL in HBP by one plunk over Justin Upton, and he’s just the 4th National Leaguer and the 11th player ever to get 18 plunks in a season as a rookie.
From Carrasco’s perspective, that was the 67th time the Mets have hit a batter this season – just three away from their single season record of 70 set in 2008.
Alex Rios took an HBP for the White Sox last night, giving the team 78 HBPs for the season. They’re one plunk away from tying the franchise record for plunks in a season. The White Sox got hit 79 times in 2005 and tied that total in 2010.