It was a good day for plunk totals that are evenly divisible by 5 yesterday. Matt LaPorta got his 5th career HBP, and Travis Buck got his 10th. Dustin Pedroia received his 25th, Orlando Cabrera recorded plunk number 30 of his career, and Carlos Beltran got number 35. Casey Blake got his 70th, Mith Talbot threw his 10th (at Pedroia) and Joe Blanton threw his 30th (at Beltran).
The Red Sox have hit 6 batters in their first 5 games, making them only the 4th team since 1920 to hit that many batters in the first 5 games of a season. But, they’re the only team in that time span to hit 6 batters and lose 5 games in the first 5 games of the season. All 3 of the other teams who have hit 6 batters in their first 5 games had 3 wins and two losses in that span (the 2009 Rangers, 2002 Devil Rays, and 1997 Reds).
UPDATE: the red sox stat above was based on a database query that wasn’t quite right. The post-1920 record for plunks in the first 5 games of a season is actually 9 by the 2000 Cardinals. The 2006 Mets and 2005 Red Sox both hit 7 batters in their first 5 games, and I left out the 2010 Reds in the list of teams that had previously hit 6 in their first 5 games. But, none of those other teams lost all 5, so the Red Sox are still special there. They’ve got the (post 1920) record for plunks + losses in the first 5 games of a season, with 11.
Tags: HBPs of note