Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Biggio update for June 21

Biggio was hitless in 4 at bats and made an error, but the Astros still beat the Twins 5-3.

Biggio update for June 22

Biggio was hitless in 3 at bats but drew a walk as the Astros lost 4-2 to the Twins.

Biggio rising among all-time leaders in hits

Biggio's march toward 3000 hits has moved him steadily up the all-time leaderboard this season. Here is who is around him (through games of June 20)

33. Al Simmons 2927
34. Zack Wheat 2884
35. Frankie Frisch 2880
36. Mel Ott 2876
37. Babe Ruth 2873
38. Craig Biggio 2867
39. Harold Baines 2866
40. Jesse Burkett 2850
41. Brooks Robinson 2848
42. Charlie Gehringer 2839
43. George Sisler 2812

Other than Baines, who is not yet eligible but is not expected to be elected, every other player on the list is in the Hall of Fame. Of the 37 players with more hits than Biggio, only 5 (Pete Rose, Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, and Rafael Palmeiro) are not in the Hall of Fame. Ripken, Gwynn, and Henderson are not yet eligible but are all expected to be elected on the first ballot. Rose is ineligible due to his lifetime ban from baseball for gambling. Palmeiro's future is uncertain due to his involvement in the steroid scandal.

Biggio update for June 18

Biggio had a double in 5 at bats and scored a run as the Astros lost 7-4 to the Royals.

Biggio update for June 20

Biggio singled twice in 5 at bats and scored a run as the Astros lost 6-5 to the Twins in 10 innings.

The Astros did not play on June 19.

The run was Biggio's 1736th, tying him for 20th all time in runs with Honus Wagner.

The singles gave Biggio 2867 hits and 1921 singles, moving Biggio past Harold Baines into sole possession of 38th all time in hits and breaking his tie with Rogers Hornsby to give him sole possession of 56th all time in singles.

Biggio update for June 17

Biggio was hitless in 5 at bats as the Astros beat the Royals 7-2.

Biggio update for June 15

Biggio had a single in 4 at bats and drove in the only 2 runs for the Astros as they lost to the Royals 7-2.

The game was Biggio's 2628th, breaking his tie with Andre Dawson and giving him sole possession of 31st all time in games played.

The single was Biggio's 1919th, moving him past Al Oliver and into a tie with Rogers Hornsby for 56th all time in singles.

Biggio update for June 16

Biggio had a single in 4 at bats and drove in the only 2 runs for the Astros as they lost to the Royals 7-2.

The game was Biggio's 2628th, breaking his tie with Andre Dawson and giving him sole possession of 31st all time in games played.

The single was Biggio's 1919th, moving him past Al Oliver and into a tie with Rogers Hornsby for 56th all time in singles.

Biggio rising among all-time leaders in singles

Since the start of the season, Biggio has moved noticeably up the all-time leaderboard for singles, and become the active leader. Here is who is around him now (through games of June 14):

52. Harold Baines 1945
53. Charlie Gehringer 1935
54. Al Simmons 1932
55. Roberto Alomar 1930
56. Rogers Hornsby 1919
57. Al Oliver 1918
Craig Biggio 1918
59. Brett Butler 1913
Julio Franco 1913
61. Tim Raines 1892
62. Vada Pinson 1889
63. Rusty Staub 1878

Gehringer, Simmons, and Hornsby are in the Hall of Fame. Baines, Alomar, and Raines are not yet eligible, though only Alomar is considered to be a strong candidate for election to the Hall. Franco is still active, but is not considered a serious candidate for induction.

Biggio update for June 14

Biggio had 2 singles in 5 at bats and drove in 2 runs as the Astros beat the Cubs 5-4.

The game was Biggio's 2627th, tying him with Andre Dawson for 31st all time in games played.

The 2 singles gave Biggio 1918, tying him with Al Oliver for 57th all time in singles.

Biggio update for June 13

Biggio was hitless in 4 at bats but drew a walk and scored a run as the Astros beat the Cubs 9-2.

The Astros had the day off on June 12.

Biggio update for June 11

Biggio singled twice and doubled in 4 at bats, scored 2 runs, drove in 1 run, and drew a walk as the Astros beat the Braves 14-4.

Biggio update for June 10

Biggio had the day off as the Braves beat the Astros 4-2.

Biggio update for June 9

Biggio singled and homered in 5 at bats, scored 2 runs, and drove in 1 run in the Astros 7-2 win over the Braves.

The 2 runs give Biggio 1731, breaking his tie with Jim O'Rourke and giving him sole possession of 21st all time in runs.

The single was Biggio's 1914th, breaking his tie with Brett Butler and giving him sole possession of 58th all time in singles.

Biggio update for June 8

Biggio had a double in 4 at bats as the Astros beat the Braves 7-4.

Biggio update for June 7

Biggio had a single in 4 at bats as the Astros beat the Cubs 1-0.

The single was Biggio's 1913th single, tying him with Brett Butler for 58th all-time in singles.

Biggio update for June 6

Biggio had a single in 5 at bats in the Astros 4-1 win over the Cubs.

Biggio update for June 5

Biggio was hitless in 3 at bats as the Cubs beat the Astros 8-0.

The Astros had 1 hit in the game, and it didn't occur until there was 1 out in the 8th inning.

Biggio update for June 4

Biggio had a double in 3 at bats, scored a run, and drove in a run as the Astros lost to the Reds 6-4 in 11 innings.

The run was Biggio's 1729th, tying him for 21st all time in runs with Jim O'Rourke.

The double was Biggio's 625th double and 942nd extra base hit, breaking his tie with Hank Aaron and giving him sole possession of 9th all time in doubles and breaking his tie with Dwight Evans and giving him sole possession of 38th all time in extra base hits.

Biggio update for June 3

Biggio had a single in 4 at bats and a run batted in as the Astros lost 7-5 to the Reds.

The single was Biggio's 1911th, and since Julio Franco went hitless, Biggio retook sole possession of 59th all time and 1st among active players in singles.

Biggio update for June 2

Biggio singled in 3 at bats and drew a walk as the Astros lost 14-3 to the Reds.

The Astros had the day off on June 1.

The game was Biggio's 2617th, breaking his tie with Lou Brock and giving him sole possession of 32nd all time in games.

The 3 at bats gave Biggio 10008, moving him past Frank Robinson and into 23rd all time in at bats.

The single was Biggio's 2851st hit and 1910th single, breaking his tie with Jesse Burkett and giving him sole possession of 39th all time in hits, as well as retying Biggio with Julio Franco for 59th all time and 1st among active players in singles.

Biggio rising among leaders in games played and at bats

Since the start of the season, Biggio has risen steadily on the all-time leaderboards for games played and at bats. Here is who is around him now (through games of May 31):

games:

27. Darrell Evans 2687
28. Paul Molitor 2683
29. Rabbit Maranville 2670
30. Joe Morgan 2649
31. Andre Dawson 2627
32. Lou Brock 2616
Craig Biggio 2616
34. Dwight Evans 2606
35. Luis Aparicio 2601
36. Willie McCovey 2588
37. Ozzie Smith 2573
38. Paul Waner 2549

Molitor, Maranville, Morgan, Brock, Aparicio, McCovey, Smith, and Waner are in the Hall of Fame. Dawson is on the ballot and stands a strong chance of being elected.

at bats:

19. Luis Aparicio 10230
20. Tris Speaker 10195
21. Al Kaline 10116
22. Rabbit Maranville 10078
23. Frank Robinson 10006
24. Craig Biggio 10005
25. Eddie Collins 9949
26. Andre Dawson 9927
27. Harold Baines 9908
28. Reggie Jackson 9864
29. Tony Perez 9778

Aparicio, Speaker, Kaline, Maranville, Robinson, Collins, Jackson, and Perez are in the Hall of Fame. Dawson is on the ballot and stands a strong chance of being elected. Baines is not yet eligible, but is not expected to be elected.

Biggio update for May 31

Biggio pinch hit and made out in his only at bat in the Astros 4-3 loss to the Cardinals in 11 innings.

The game was Biggio's 2616th, tying him with Lou Brock for 32nd all time in games.

Biggio dropped behind Julio Franco in singles, as Franco had his 1910th single, leaving him 1 ahead of Biggio for 59th all time and 1st among active players in singles.

Biggio moving up among leaders in extra base hits

Since the start of the season, Biggio has risen significantly on the all-time leaderboard for extra base hits. Here is who is around him now (through games of May 30):

33. Fred McGriff 958
34. Paul Molitor 953
Willie Stargell 953
36. Mickey Mantle 952
37. Billy Williams 948
38. Dwight Evans 941
Craig Biggio 941
40. Dave Parker 940
41. Eddie Mathews 938
42. Harold Baines 921
Goose Goslin 921
44. Willie McCovey 920

Molitor, Stargell, Mantle, Williams, Mathews, Goslin, and McCovey are in the Hall of Fame. McGriff and Baines are not yet eligible, but are not considered highly likely to be elected. Parker is on the HOF ballot, but is not expected to be elected.

Biggio update for May 30

Biggio doubled and homered in 4 at bats, scoring 1 run and driving in 2 in the Astros 6-3 win over St. Louis.

The 2 hits give Biggio 2850, moving him past Brooks Robinson and into a tie with Jesse Burkett for 39th all time in hits.

The double was Biggio's 624th, tying him with Hank Aaron for 9th all-time in doubles.

The double and home run moved Biggio past Dave Parker and into a tie with Dwight Evans for 38th all time in extra base hits, with 941.

Biggio update for May 29

Biggio was hitless in 3 at bats but was hit by a pitch once in the Astros 3-1 loss to the Cardinals.

He became the 24th player to reach 10000 at bats.

Biggio update for May 28

Biggio pinch hit and made out in his only at bat in the Astros 5-4 win in 10 innings over the Pirates.

Biggio update for May 27

Biggio singled in 4 at bats, scored 2 runs, and drove in 1 run, and walked 5 times in the Astros 8-7, 18-inning loss to Pittsburgh. He was caught stealing once.

The hit tied Biggio with Brooks Robinson for 40th all time in hits, with 2848.

Biggio's single left him tied with Julio Franco, who had 2 singles today, for 59th all time and 1st among active players in singles with 1909.

Biggio update for May 26

Biggio was hitless in 5 at bats in the Astros 12-5 loss to the Pirates.

Biggio update for May 25

Biggio pinch hit and made out in his only at bat as the Astros lost 8-5 to the Nationals.

Biggio update for May 24

Biggio singled in 3 at bats and walked once in the Astros 4-1 loss to the Nationals.

The single moved Biggio past Julio Franco into sole possession of 59th all time and 1st among active players in singles, with 1908.

Biggio update for May 23

Biggio was hitless in 4 at bats in the Astros 4-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Biggio update for May 22 - another great game

Biggio had 4 hits (a double and 3 singles) in 5 at bats, walked once, scored twice, and drove in 3 runs in the Astros 10-3 win over the Nationals.

It was Biggio's 2607th game, breaking his tie with Dwight Evans and giving him sole possession of 33rd all-time in games.

The 3 singles give Biggio 1907, moving him into a tie with Julio Franco for 59th all time and 1st among active players in singles.

The double was Biggio's 939th extra base hit, breaking his tie with Eddie Mathews and giving him sole possession of 40th all-time in extra base hits.

Biggio update for May 21

Biggio had a double in 3 at bats, scored a run, and walked once in the Astros 5-0 win over the Rangers.

The game was Biggio's 2606th, tying him with Dwight Evans for 33rd all-time in games.

The walk was Biggio's 1109th, breaking his tie with Ron Santo and giving him sole possession of 62nd all time in walks.

The double was Biggio's 938th extra base hit, tying him with Eddie Mathews for 40th all-time in extra base hits.

Biggio update for May 20

Biggio had a single and a double in 4 at bats as the Rangers shut out the Astros 6-0.

The 2 hits gave Biggio 2841, moving him out of his tie with Charlie Gehringer and into sole possession of 41st all time in hits.

Biggio update for May 19

Biggio was hitless in 2 at bats but walked twice in the Astros 5-3 win over the Rangers.

The Astros did not play on May 18.

The 2 walks tie Biggio with Ron Santo for 62nd all time in walks, with 1108.

Apologies for a missing season

Other, more pressing matters interfered with publication of the blog for most of last season.
I will be catching up on all the missing game-by-game information and career leaderboard progress.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Biggio update for May 17

Biggio was hitless in 3 at bats and walked once in the Astros 10-1 loss to the Giants. He also made an error.

Biggio update for May 16

Biggio was hitless in 3 at bats and walked once in the Astros 14-3 loss to the Giants.

The game was Biggio's 2602nd, breaking his tie with Luis Aparicio and giving him sole possession of 34th all time in games.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Biggio update for May 15

Biggio singled and doubled in 4 at bats as the Astros lost 10-1 to the Giants.

The 2 hits gave Biggio 2839, tying him with Charlie Gehringer for 41st all time in hits.

The game was Biggio's 2601st, tying him with Luis Aparicio for 34th all time in games.

The single was Biggio's 1903rd. Julio Franco, who started the season at 1903, has 1906 career singles through games of May 15.

Biggio update for May 14

Biggio singled in 4 at bats as the Astros beat the Rockies 3-0.

Biggio update for May 13

Biggio had a double in 3 at bats and walked once in the Astros 2-1 loss to the Rockies.

The 3 at bats give Biggio 9951, moving him past Eddie Collins into 24th place all time in at bats.

The 2 total bases give Biggio 4351, breaking his tie with Eddie Mathews and giving him sole possession of 43rd all time in total bases.

Biggio update for May 12

Biggio singled and homered in 5 at bats, scored 2 runs, and drove in 1 as the Astros beat the Rockies 12-2.

The 2 runs give Biggio 1722, breaking his tie with Jesse Burkett and giving him sole possession of 22nd all time in runs.

The 5 total bases give Biggio 4349, tying him with Eddie Mathews for 43rd all time in total bases.

Biggio update for May 11

Biggio did not play as the Astros beat the Dodgers 4-2.

Biggio update for May 10

Biggio had a single in 5 at bats as the Astros lost to the Dodgers 9-6.

Biggio update for May 9

Biggio had a single in 5 at bats as the Astros lost to the Dodgers 12-7.

Biggio update for May 8

Biggio doubled in 4 at bats, scored a run, and drove in a run in the Astros 7-5 loss to the Giants.

The run broke Biggio's tie with Willie Keeler and put him into a tie with Jesse Burkett for 22nd all time in runs, with 1720.

Biggio update for May 7

Biggio pinch hit and made an out in his only plate appearance as the Astros lost to the Rockies 5-3.

Biggio update for May 6

Biggio was hitless in 4 at bats as the Astros lost 5-0 to the Rockies.

The 4 at bats give Biggio 9928, moving him past Andre Dawson into 25th all time in at bats.

Biggio update for May 5

Biggio singled and doubled in 4 at bats, scored a run, and drove in a run in the Astros 5-4 loss to the Rockies.

The run ties Biggio with Wee Willie Keeler for 23rd all time in runs.

Biggio update for May 4

Biggio had a single in 4 at bats in the Astros 4-3 victory over the Cardinals.

Biggio update for May 3

Biggio had a single in 4 at bats, drew a walk, and scored 2 runs in the Astros 5-4 victory over St. Louis.

Biggio update for May 2

Biggio doubled and scored a run in 5 at bats in the Astros 8-5 win over Milwaukee.

The game was Biggio's 2589th, breaking his tie with Willie McCovey and giving him sole possession of 35th all time in games played.

The 5 at bats give Biggio 9912, moving him past Harold Baines into 26th all time in at bats.

Biggio update for May 1

Biggio singled and doubled in 4 at bats and scored a run in the Astros 4-2 loss to the Brewers.

The game was Biggio's 2588th, tying him with Willie McCovey for 35th all time in games.

Biggio became the 28th player in history to reach base 4200 times.

Biggio update for April 30

Biggio did not play in the Astros 3-2 victory over the Reds.

Biggio update for April 29

Biggio had a double in 4 at bats as the Astros lost to the Reds 6-3.

The double broke Biggio's tie with Sam Crawford, giving hit sole possession of 44th all time in total bases, with 4330.

Biggio update for April 28

Biggio was hitless in 4 at bats and was hit by a pitch as the Astros lost to the Reds 5-4. The Astros had the day off April 27.

The hit by pitch extends Biggio's modern record to 276.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Biggio update for April 26

Biggio had a single in 5 at bats and scored a run in the Astros 8-5 win over the Dodgers.

The single gave Biggio his 4328th total base, tying him with Sam Crawford for 44th all time in total bases.

Biggio update for April 25

Biggio had a double in 6 at bats, walked once, and scored a run as the Astros beat the Dodgers 4-3 in 14 innings.

The two total bases give Biggio 4327, breaking his tie with Goose Goslin and giving him sole possession of 45th all time in total bases.

Biggio update for April 24

Biggio was hitless in 4 at bats as the Astros lost to the Dodgers 6-2.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Biggio update for April 23 - another great game

Biggio had 4 hits (2 singles, a double, and a home run) in 4 at bats, walked once, scored 2 runs, and drove in 1 run in the Astros 7-2 win over the Pirates.

The 8 total bases give Biggio 4325, tying him with Goose Goslin for 45th all time in total bases.

The 2 singles give Biggio 1893, moving him past Tim Raines into 60th place all time in singles.

Biggio update for April 22

Biggio singled, doubled, and homered in 5 at bats, scored 3 runs, and drove in 1 run in the Astros 3-0 win over the Pirates.

Biggio update for April 21

Biggio singled twice and doubled in 4 at bats as the Astros beat the Pirates 3-2.

The Astros had the day off on April 20.

The 3 hits gave Biggio 2813, moving him past George Sisler into 42nd all time in hits.

The 2 singles gave Biggio 1890, moving him past Vada Pinson into 61st all time in singles.

Biggio update for April 19

Biggio was hitless in 3 at bats and drove in a run (with a sacrifice fly) as the Astros lost 7-2 to the Brewers.

The 3 at bats give Biggio 9867, breaking his tie with Reggie Jackson and giving him sole possession of 27th all time in at bats.

Biggio update for April 18

Biggio hit a home run and singled twice in 5 at bats, scored 2 runs, and drove in 3 runs as the Astros beat the Brewers 13-12.

The home run was Biggio's 922nd extra base hit, breaking his tie with Goose Goslin and Harold Baines and giving him sole possession of 41st place in extra base hits.

The 5 at bats give Biggio 9864, tying him with Reggie Jackson for 27th all time in at bats.

Biggio update for April 17

Biggio singled twice and doubled in 5 at bats, scored a run, and drove in a run as the Astros beat the Brewers 8-7.

The double was Biggio's 921st extra base hit, breaking his tie with Willie McCovey and tying him with Harold Baines and Goose Goslin for 41st all time in extra base hits.

Biggio update for April 16

Biggio was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance as the Astros beat the Diamondbacks 8-5.

The hit by pitch extended Biggio's modern record in this category to 275.

Biggio update for April 15

Biggio was hitless in 4 at bats as the Astros beat the Diamondbacks 10-0.

Biggio update for April 14

Biggio was hitless in 4 at bats as the Astros lost to the Diamondbacks 5-1. He also made an error.

It was Biggio's 2574th game, breaking his tie with Ozzie Smith and giving him sole possession of 36th all time in games.

Biggio update for April 13

Biggio had a single in his only at bat as the Astros lost the first game of a doubleheader to the Giants 5-3. In the second game, Biggio had a single in 5 at bats, scored a run, and drove in a run as the Astros beat the Giants 8-0.

The 2 games give Biggio 2573, tying him with Ozzie Smith for 36th all time in games.

Biggio update for April 12

The Astros game was rained out.

Biggio update for April 11

The Astros game was rained out.

Biggio update for April 10

Biggio doubled in 6 at bats and scored the game-winning run as the Astros beat the Nationals 5-4 in 12 innings.

The double was Biggio's 920th extra base hit, tying him with Willie McCovey for 43rd all time in extra base hits.

Biggio update for April 9

Biggio singled in 4 at bats and drew a walk as the Astros beat Washington 7-3.

Biggio update for April 8

Biggio singled in 4 at bats, scored a run, and was hit by a pitch as the Astros lost 12-8 to Washington.

The hit by pitch extended his modern record to 274.

The single was Biggio's 2800th hit.

Biggio update for April 7

Biggio doubled in 3 at bats, walked once, scored a run and drove in a run as the Astros beat the Nationals 6-1.

The Astros had the day off April 6.

Biggio update for April 5

Biggio singled and doubled in 4 at bats, scored 2 runs, drove in 1 run, and stole a base as the Astros beat the Marlins 6-5.

The double was Biggio's 606th, breaking his tie with Paul Molitor and Paul Waner and moving him into sole possession of 10th place all time in doubles.

The stolen base was Biggio's 408th, moving him past Chuck Knoblauch and into a tie with Tommy Harper for 61st all time in steals.

The runs give Biggio 1700 for his career.

Biggio update for April 4

Biggio was hitless in 4 at bats as the Astros lost to the Marlins 6-2.

Let's see if this works.

Blogger has been unable to publish my files for most of the month, so every day I keep trying to do the (now-accumulating) daily updates.

Let's see if this one works.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Biggio update for April 3

Biggio had a double in 4 at bats and scored the game's only run as the Astros beat the Marlins 1-0 on Opening Day.

The double was the 605th of Biggio's career, tying him with Paul Molitor and Paul Waner for 10th all time in doubles.

It was also his 917th extra base hit, moving him past Larry Walker into sole possession of 44th all time in extra base hits.