Barry Zito is now just 3 HBPs away from the 100 plunk club. He threw plunk number 97 of his career last night, landing it on Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen has 28 plunks to his credit, which hasn’t really lived up to his debut in 2006 when he got began his major league career with a 3 game plunks streak. Zito is 5 plunks behind Carlos Zambrano for the record for most plunks thrown by a pitcher whose last name starts with Z.
The Tigers did not get hit by a pitch yesterday, making that the 21st consecutive game without a plunk. That’s their longest plunk-free streak since 1993, and they haven’t had 22 consecutive plunkless games since 1990.