Saturday, August 14, 2010

Milwaukee Brewers third-baseman Casey McGehee had his streak of hits in nine consecutive at-bats stopped Friday in the first inning against Colorado Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.

As noted in an earlier article marking McGehee's extension of his streak to 9-for-9, "The major league record for consecutive hits is 12, set by Pinky Higgins in 1938 and matched by Walt Dropo in 1952."

I've always felt streaks for consecutive at-bats with hits are underrated. Here, the batter has no margin for error. One out and the streak is over. In a consecutive-games hitting streak (immortalized by Joe DiMaggio), a batter can make outs perhaps a few times per game and still have the streak persist -- as long as he gets at least one hit in a game.

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