The Carlos Quentin HBP watch is starting to get really interesting this year. Last night he got his 15th plunk of the season, in the 71st game of the year for the White Sox. With last night’s plunk he has now been hit by a pitch on every day of the week this year, and in every inning from 1 to 9. As of this morning, Quentin is on pace to get hit by 34 pitches this year, one plunk short of Don Baylor‘s American League record for plunks in a single season. In the past 40 years, only Jason Kendall has gotten hit 15 times by June 17th, and only Kendall, Craig Biggio, Chase Utley, Don Baylor and Ron Hunt have had 15 plunks in their team’s first 71 games. When Don Baylor set the AL record in 1986, he had 16 HBPs at the 71 game mark, so Quentin is one plunk behind his pace.
Speaking of Chase Utley, he also got hit by a pitch last night. It was his first plunk at Safeco Field, but his 128th overall. That’s 10,000,000 in binary. He’s now tied for 39th place on the all time HBP leader board with Jeff Bagwell.
Ruben Tejeda got has 6th HBP at Citi Field last night, which puts him in a tie with Fernando Tatis for the park record.
Matt Holiday got a third inning plunk from Felipe Paulino, with the bases loaded. He then scored a run after reaching on the rbi plunk. That’s only the 2nd time this year that someone has been hit with the bases loaded, and then came around to score himself. Last year there were 10 such plunkings.
Also, coming up tonight we’re getting a rare pitching matchup – the American League leader in hit batters, Jon Lester, is starting against Randy Wolf, the National League leader in hit batters. The only other time the NL and AL leaders in hit batters have started against each other as June 30, 1998 when Randy Johnson and the Mariners faced Pedro Astacio and the Rockies. Only one batter was hit in that game, but they didn’t have the likes of Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, and Kevin Youkilis playing.