Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley threw his 40th and 41st plunks last night, hitting Brewers batters Corey Hart and Edwin Maysonet. Maysonet hadn’t been hit in the majors before, and that makes him the 251st players in Brewers history to get hit by a pitch, and the 14th Brewer this year to take a plunk. The last time a team had 14 different batters get hit by a pitch by the end of may was 2004 when the Blue Jays had 14 and the Royals had 16 different batters plunked before June started. The only other team to do that since the Brewers franchise began was the 2002 Tigers with 14. If the Brewers keep up their current HBP per game pace for the full year, they’ll be hit 105 times, which would be a post-1900 record.
The Brewers returned fire with one plunk by Kameron Loe who hit Alex Castellanos. That was Castellanos’ first career plate appearance, and he didn’t get to bat again in the game. So for now, Castellanos has a perfect 1.000 career OBP, and an even more perfect 1 HBP per plate appearance. We’ll see how long he can keep that pace up.
Tags: HBPs of note