Utley reachs 150 plunks

September 21st, 2012 by pbr

Chase Utley became the 22nd Major Leaguer ever to get hit by 150 pitches in a career, when Josh Edgin hit him with the bases loaded in the 9th inning last night. That was the 4th RBI plunk of Utley’s career, and his 4th at Citi Field. Utley has been hit 21 times by the Mets now, including 3 times this year. Prior to this month he’d never been hit by a pitcher named Josh, but Edgin is the second Josh to hit him this month. Utley’s RBI plunk was the 3rd bases loaded HBP of the day, making yesterday the first day since June 22, 2011 on which three batters were hit without an empty base to take. The Mets threw an RBI plunk in the 1st and 9th inning, making them the first team of the division era to accomplish that.

Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus reached base on a Phil Hughes plunk in the 3rd inning, and then scored when Moises Alou was plunked with the bases loaded.

Ryan Braun got his 11th plunk of the season, the 48th of his career, and the 2nd while facing Jason Grilli. The Brewers are up to 88 plunks this season, making them the 19th team since 1900 to get hit 88 times. They have 13 regularly scheduled games left to improve on that total, and based on their per-game plunk rate this year, they should finish the year around 96 plunks.
Here’s the list of post-1900 teams with 88 or more HBPs:
2008 Indians – 103
1997 Astros – 100 (Biggio’s 34 plunk year)
2006 Phillies – 95
2004 Pirates – 95 (Craig Wilson‘s 30 plunk year)
1903 Giants – 92
1996 Blue Jays – 92
1997 Pirates – 92 (Kendall’s first 31 plunk season)
1998 Pirates – 91 (Kendall’s 2nd 31 plunk season)
2003 Blue Jays – 90
1905 Giants – 90
1901 Cardinals – 90
2007 Phillies – 90
2005 Nationals – 89
2007 Royals – 89
2006 Pirates – 89
2005 Blue Jays – 89
2001 Astros – 89
2001 A’s – 88
2012 Brewers – 88 (13 games left)

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