Since 1969 when Major League Baseball split the American and National Leagues into divisions, only two pitchers have hit twelve batters before the end of May – Pedro Astacio in 1998, and Doug Fister in 2013. Fister hit his 12th batter of the season last night, with a 90.2mph plunking of Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. The Tigers single season record for hitting batters is 23 plunks, and Fister is the 46th Tigers pitcher to hit a dozen batters in a season.
Lucas Harrell of the Astros hit Rockies batter DJ LeMahieu yesterday, making that the 54th time the Astros have hit the Rockies, but Adam Ottavino of the Rockies hit Ronny Cedeno in that same game, making that the 101st time the Rockies have hit Astros batters. It may take a while to even up that score board.
Homer Bailey hit Asdrubel Cabrera in the Reds-Indians game, making that the 999th plunk in Progressive Field history.
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