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Postseason plunk rates by team

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

When the Arizona Diamondbacks lost their NLDS series to the Brewers, they didn’t just lose the series, they lost their claim as the franchise with the highest plunks per plate appearance rate in the postseason. Prior to this year, they’d been hit once every 73.1 postseason plate appearances, but against the Brewers they only got plunked once in 193 plate appearances, bringing their all-time rate down to one plunk every 80.1 plate appearances.

Here are the all-time postseason HBP rates for each franchise:

Team PA per HBP HBP PA
White Sox 73.3 28 2051
Diamondbacks 80.1 17 1362
Astros 95.5 23 2197
Angels 101.3 23 2330
Brewers 101.9 10 1019
Rockies 103.9 7 727
Indians 105.4 31 3266
Pirates 114 29 3305
Phillies 124.8 31 3867
Mets 127.2 23 2925
Yankees 127.7 111 14176
Tigers 130 26 3379
Marlins 130.3 10 1303
Red Sox 134.2 44 5906
Twins 137.2 23 3156
Padres 140.4 9 1263
Mariners 144.2 9 1298
Rangers 146.6 8 1173
A’s 152 36 5472
Giants 152.7 37 5650
Cardinals 173.8 41 7126
Blue Jays 175.1 9 1576
Braves 180.1 34 6124
Reds 182.7 18 3288
Orioles 186.4 17 3168
Rays 186.4 5 932
Cubs 196.8 16 3148
Dodgers 199.9 32 6396
Royals 399.4 4 1597
Nationals never 0 356

The Rangers have been hit once every 44 plate appearances this year, which is the 10th best rate for a team in a postseason campaign. The eliminated Yankees got hit once every 51.5 plate appearances this year, which is good for 19th best all time, and the Brewers have been hit every 52.8 PAs through NLDS game 2, making that the 20th best rate for a postseason.

Martinez and Cruz plunked in ALCS game 2

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Victor Martinez got his 2nd career postseason plunk yesterday when Derek Holland hit him in the 3rd inning of ALCS game 2. His only other postseason HBP was in game 2 of the 2007 ALDS when he played for Cleveland. That plunk put Martinez on base to score a run that briefly tied the game before Ryan Raburn finished rounding the bases on his home run. Nelson Cruz got hit in the 9th inning to load the bases with no outs, but the Rangers failed to score a run that inning (though they did finish the job in the 11th. He’s the 4th batter to be plunked in the bottom of the 9th inning of an ALCS game.