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Andre Ethier tries to extend streak to 31 games

May 7, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers batter Ethier watches ball after hitting single off New York Mets starting pitcher Niese during their MLB National League baseball game in New York

With another hit Saturday against the Mets, Andre Ethier will overtake Ryan Zimmerman‘s 2009 streak of 30 games and claim the longest hitting streak since Chase Utley hit in 35 straight in 2006.

He’ll also match Willie Davis’ franchise record for the Dodgers, established in 1969.

Trying to stop Ethier tonight will be one of the game’s toughest pitchers to hit against.  Chris Young has limited hitters to a .218 average over the course of 139 career starts.  The league is just 12-for-82 against him this year, good for a .146 average.

Lefties such as Ethier have compiled a .223 career average against Young.  This year, though, they’re just 5-for-48, giving them a .104 average.

Not so encouraging, huh?

Of course, Ethier did take on Young a time or two during the right-hander Padres career.   And he pretty much manhandled him.  Ethier is 12-for-29 with a whoppping six homers versus Young.  He has a .414 average and a crazy 1.603 OPS against him.

So things don’t seem to dire after all. And Ethier typically hasn’t been waiting around to extend his streak. Last night’s early single gave him nine first-inning hits during the 30-game stretch.

  1. uyf1950 - May 7, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    …and it’s not to be. Ethier goes 0-4 against the Mets. Joltin Joe’s 56 game hitting streak is still intact approaching the 70 anniversary of when Joe D got his first hit to start the streak May 15, 1941.

    Aside from Cy Young’s career win record of 511 which I think is safe to say will never be broken. Joltin Joe’s consecutive game hitting streak are 2 MLB records that may never be broken.

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