10 batters were hit yesterday, bringing the 2011 season HBP total to 1499. With just 5 days of regular season baseball left, we’ll need to average 10 plunks each day to tie last years total of 1549 plunks. So it’s possible that this will be the first year since 2006 in which more players were hit by pitches than the year before, but it’s going to be close.
Tim Hudson‘s done his part to increase plunks this year by hitting 15 batters to lead the National League. But Dillon Gee is still right behind him with 14 and he’s scheduled to pitch today. Hudson’s plunk of Mike Morse last night was his 15th of the season and 99th of his career. Morse is also having a good year with 13 HBPs, and he has 11 career plunks at Nationals Park now, which ties him with Mike Morse for the park record.
Hudson has now hit 52 batters as a Brave, and that ranks 10th in franchise history, just ahead of Tom Glavine, and 2 plunks behind John Smoltz for 9th place.