John Lackey struck again last night, striking Brett Lawrie with a pitch for his 19th hit batter of the season. He’s the 10th player in the 21st century to hit 19 batters. No other pitcher has hit more than 14 batters this year so Lackey has a commanding lead in the race for the AL Phil Knell Award, and the overall major league hit batters title for 2011. That was the 101st plunk Lackey has ever thrown in the Majors.
There are only three active pitchers who have hit more batters than Lackey, and one of them also hit a batter last night. Jamey Wright threw his 142nd career plunk, moving him into a tie for 24th place on the all time list with Frank Foreman. He hit Andruw Jones, who is also no stranger to plunks as that was the 92nd of his career. Wright has now personally plunked Andruw Jones 3 times in his career, but only once this year. That’s only the 2nd hbp this season where both the batter and the pitcher had over 90 career HBPs.
Reed Johnson also took another HBP yesterday, for a career total of 113. He’s 52nd on the all time plunks list, and he’s either 9th or 7th among active players, depending on whether you’re counting Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand as active right now.
Robinson Cano got his 40th career plunk last night, making him the 18th player to get hit that many times for the Yankees.
Tags: HBPs of note