Alex Avila got hit by a pitch in game 4 of the ALCS last night, bringing the Tigers postseason total to 6 HBPs. That breaks their franchise record for postseason plunks in a single year. Last year the Tigers got hit 5 times, and they’ve been hit a total of 38 times in postseason play. Felix Dubront threw that one for the Red Sox, who have now hit 73 batters in the postseason. They’ve hit 6 batters this year, but they’re still short of their team record of 10 set in 2004.
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Prince Fielder took a plunk from Jon Lester last night, making that the 5th time Fielder has had an HBP in postseason play. That ties him for 7th place in postseason plunks, tied with 10 other players. Jose Iglesias got his first postseason HBP, and the Red Sox have now thrown 71 plunks in the playoffs. The Tigers have been hit 36 times in postseason play.
Shane Victorino took an HBP from Alexander Torres in the 5th inning and another from Fernando Rodney in the 9th inning last night, setting a Division Series record with 4 HBPs. He now his 8 HBPs in his postseason career, moving ahead of David Eckstein into 2nd place on the all time list. Alex Rodriguez has been hit 9 times in the postseason, but that record appears to be under threat with the Red Sox moving on to the ALCS. Victorino is the first Red Sox batter ever to get hit twice in a postseason game, and the first Red Sox batter to get hit more than twice in a single postseason series, and the first Red Sox batter to get hit more than 3 times in a single postseason campaign. The only other batter to get hit 4 times in a single postseason series was Yankees infielder Miguel Cairo, who got hit 4 times by the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS. Cairo, Victorino, and Carlos Ruiz in 2010 are the only players to get hit 4 times in a single postseason. Victorino will have several chances to break that record as well.
Prince Fielder also got hit by a pitch yesterday, giving him 4 HBPs in his postseason career.
Shane Victorino is now tied for 3rd place on the all time list for postseason HBPs after taking one from Alex Cobb in the 1st inning last night. Victorino now has 6, tying him with Russell Martin and Tino Martinez. Only Alex Rodriguez (9) and David Eckstein (7) have been hit by more pitches in the postseason.
It was Alex Cobb’s birthday yesterday, and he is now the only pitcher ever to throw a plunk in a postseason game on his own birthday.
Francisco Liriano has now thrown a plunk in two playoff rounds, hitting Matt Carpenter in the 3rd inning last night. Liriano didn’t hit any of the 666 batters he faced in the regular season, but now he’s hit a batter in both of his playoff starts. Yesterday’s plunk for Liriano was the 25th time the Pirates have hit a batter in the postseason, and the 55th poststeason plunk for the Cardinals. Matt Carpenter was on the receiving end of that one, his first HBP in postseason play.
In the Braves-Dodgers game, Dodgers 2nd baseman AJ Ellis got plunked by Jordan Walden. Neither of them has experienced a postseason HBP before. Walden is the 16th pitcher to hit a batter for the Braves in a postseason game, and is tied for 4th place on their list for career hit batters in the postseason. Only Greg Maddux (7), Tom Glavine (7), and John Smoltz (3) have hit more than one batter while pitching for the Braves in postseason games.
David Dejesus is making the most of his first trip to the postseason, collecting the 2nd HBP of the 2013 playoffs yesterday. John Lackey hit him in the 5th inning yesterday leading to the Rays second run of the game when Dejesus scored on a James Loney double. Loney got hit in the 7th inning by Craig Breslow.
They Rays have now been hit 8 times in postseason history, and Dejesus is one plunk behind Jason Bartlett for the franchise record.
Lackey and Breslow became the 41st and 42nd pitchers in Red Sox history to hit a batter in a postseason game, joining a list that includes Cy Young, Babe Ruth and Smokey Joe Wood. Those were the 68th and 69th plunks thrown by the Red Sox in the postseason. Lackey has a career total of 2 postseason plunks, and Breslow threw his first.
The first plunk in Red Sox postseason history occurred on October 3, 1903, when Cy Young hit Honus Wagner. That has nothing to do with yesterday’s game, but it’s still a fun sentence to write.
Starling Marte and Shane Victorino were both hit by pitches yesterday, which means that now the top 3 batters in the HBP category in the 2013 regular season have been plunked in the postseason (Shin-Soo Choo was plunked in the NL Wild Card game). Victorino is now up to 5 postseason HBPs, tying him for 6th place all time with a long list of other players. If you want to see the full list it’s in the Bruise Board section in the sidebar of plunkeveryone.com, under the heading All Time Postseason HBP leaders (Batting).
Torii Hunter also got hit by a pitch yesterday, thrown by Bartolo Colon. That’s the 2nd postseason HBP for both of them. Matt Moore threw the plunk that hit Victorino, and he has now plunked 2 batters. Lance Lynn threw the pitch that hit Marte, but he never hit a batter in the postseason before.
AJ Burnett hit Matt Adams with a pitch yesterday, making that the 7th time AJ Burnett has hit a batter in the postseason. He’s the 6th player ever to hit 7 batters in the postseason and 2 behind postseason plunk record holders Greg Maddux and Saint Timothy Wakefield. Pedro Martinez hit 8 batters in postseason games, and Tom Glavine and David Wells are the others with 7 career plunks in the postseason.
Yasiel Puig also got plunked yesterday, by Atlanta’s Kris Medlan. That was the first postseason plunk for both of them. The Brave have now thrown 29 HBPs in the postseason, and that ranks 8th all time. The Pirates have thrown 24, including 2 this year, and that’s tied for 12th most in postseason play. The Cardinals have now been hit by 54 pitches in the postseason, and that’s the most by any National League team. The Dodgers have been hit 33 times
We’ve only had two postseason games, and two plunks in those games, but both the 2013 leader in getting hit by pitches and the 2013 leader in throwing plunks have recorded a postseason HBP. Justin Masterson threw a pitch that hit David DeJesus yesterday, making that the first postseason plunk for both of them. The Rays now have 6 postseason plunks in franchise history, and the Indians have thrown 26.
MLB added a new round to the playoffs this year, and 2013 Most Plunkable Player Shin-Soo Choo became the first player plunked in the new wild card round of the postseason. The one game series between the Reds and Pirates is just the third postseason series ever where two opposing players had a combined 50 regular season plunks. Craig Biggio faced Jeff Blauser in 1997 in the NLDS, with a combined 54 plunks (34 for Biggio), and in 1986 the ALCS featured 52 plunks between Don Baylor (35) and Brian Downing (17). Choo (26) and Starling Marte (24) faced each other last night.
That plunk was Choo’s first postseason plunk and the first for Francisco Liraiano. It was the 22nd postseason plunk in Reds history and the 23rd postseason plunk ever thrown by the Pirates.