Back in March, it seemed like Rickie Weeks was a lock to break the Brewers franchise record for getting hit by pitches sometime in the 2011 season – and then he got hit 3 times in April and twice in May. He wasn’t getting hit as much as last year, but he was still on pace to break the record. But then he got through June without a single plunk, and July past with only 1 Rickie Weeks plunk, and it started to look like maybe Rickie Weeks didn’t get hit by pitches any more. Then he got hurt and missed all of August. So he’s spent months in the low 90s for career plunks, so close to the 95 plunk record for Brewers career plunks… but he just wouldn’t go on one of those runs we know he’s capable of – getting hit 3 or 4 times in a week. He just kept building the suspense. Until last night, he finally pulled even with Geoff Jenkins when Ross Ohlendorf hit him in the 5th inning last night. That was the 2nd time Ohlendorf has hit Weeks, and the 10th time Weeks has been hit by the Pirates. Tuesday is Rickie’s 2nd least favorite day of the week to get hit by pitches, with only 11 Tuesday plunks. He has now been hit 45 times at Miller Park.
There were 9 HBPs last night, bringing the season total to 1540 – 9 plunks behind last years total. They’ve got one day of games to try to hit each other 10 times to beat last year’s plunk total, although there may be one or two bonus games since both wild card races are tied. 662 players have pitched in the majors this year, which is the 3rd most ever. 666 players pitched in 2007, and that’s the record.
Ryota Igarashi of the Mets hit Ramon Hernandez, giving the Mets 70 hit batters for the season. That ties the Mets record for HBPs thrown by it’s pitchers in a single season. Tune in tonight to see if 2011′s Mets can hit more batter than the Mets team that hit 70 batters way back in 2008.