May 1, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT
If it wasn’t time before, it’s probably time now to begin taking Andre Ethier‘s hit streak seriously.
From Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News comes word that the 29-year-old outfielder went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday evening’s loss to the Padres, extending his streak to 26 games. Ethier also made a diving catch in the game and two remarkable throws from right field.
This streak already has some history to it, as Ethier broke the major league record last week for most consecutive games with a hit in the month April. Now he’ll be gunning for 27 straight games. Then he’ll be trying for 30. Soon enough, we may even have to line his numbers up alongside some of the best hitting streaks in baseball history.
For now, we’ll sit back and watch as he tries to get halfway (28) to Joe DiMaggio’s magical 56.