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Chris Johnson sets Braves record with eighth consecutive multi-hit game

Aug 2, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

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Braves third baseman Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in the Braves’ 6-4 victory over the Phillies tonight, marking the eighth consecutive game in which he has had two or more hits. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms that it is a team record since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966. Johnson entered the night leading the National League in batting average at .346. Tonight’s performance bumped it up to .347.

An obscenely high batting average on balls in play has been the backbone of his offensive success this season. It stands at .430, 38 points above the next-highest BABIP (Joe Mauer, .392) and 65 points above his career average. Per ESPN’s Jayson Stark, if the .430 BABIP holds, it would be the highest mark since Ty Cobb and Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911. According to Baseball Reference, there have been 27 instances of a .400+ BABIP among hitters that had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title. The most recent was accomplished by Jose Hernandez in 2002, but he struck out so often (a league-leading 188 times) he didn’t put the ball in play all that often — his overall batting average was .288.

The full list (bolded averages indicate a league-leader):

Player Year BAbip Age Tm BA
Chris Johnson 2013 .430 28 ATL .346
Jose Hernandez 2002 .404 32 MIL .288
Manny Ramirez 2000 .403 28 CLE .351
Rod Carew 1977 .408 31 MIN .388
Roberto Clemente 1967 .403 32 PIT .357
Luke Appling 1936 .400 29 CHW .388
Bill Terry 1930 .400 31 NYG .401
Rogers Hornsby 1924 .422 28 STL .424
Babe Ruth 1923 .423 28 NYY .393
Harry Heilmann 1923 .414 28 DET .403
George Sisler 1922 .422 29 SLB .420
Ty Cobb 1922 .416 35 DET .401
Rogers Hornsby 1921 .409 25 STL .397
George Sisler 1920 .401 27 SLB .407
Ty Cobb 1919 .401 32 DET .384
Ty Cobb 1917 .400 30 DET .383
Benny Kauff 1914 .400 24 IND .370
Ty Cobb 1913 .415 26 DET .390
Ty Cobb 1912 .424 25 DET .409
Shoeless Joe Jackson 1912 .405 24 CLE .395
Heinie Zimmerman 1912 .400 25 CHC .372
Shoeless Joe Jackson 1911 .434 23 CLE .408
Ty Cobb 1911 .444 24 DET .420
Ty Cobb 1910 .412 23 DET .383
George Stone 1906 .416 29 SLB .358
Nap Lajoie 1901 .418 26 PHA .426
Jesse Burkett 1901 .415 32 STL .376
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  1. apkyletexas - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Hey – that’s the old Astros Chris Johnson. Didn’t know he was a Brave now.

  2. scdocal - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Dude is flat out swinging it right. Couldn’t go to a harder working dude. He is young and has alot of potential if he works on his defense. And he has the toss in for Justin Upton.

  3. 13arod - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Dimoundbacks were stuiped to trade him

  4. mississippimusicman - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Can’t believe the D-Backs threw in Justin Upton on the Chris Johnson-Martin Prado trade, you guys.

  5. Walk - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Hammerin’ hank has eight multi hit games in a row as well for the braves in their Milwaukee days I believe.

  6. mississippimusicman - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Seriously now, for the Stats crowd:

    2013 FanGraphs WAR so far:
    Chris Johnson 2.0
    Justin Upton 1.9
    Martin Prado 0.5
    Randall Delgado 0.8
    Zeke Spruill -0.2

    Prospects to Diamonbacks from Braves, no MLB service time:
    Nick Amhed SS (AA) .220/.278/.298
    Brandon Drury 1B (A) .311/.357/.518

    So far the Braves have netted 2.8 wins in the trade over the Diamondbacks so far. Not bad for a one-year rental on a utility guy, a sixth starter, and three blocked minor-leaguers.

    • dan1111 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:00 AM

      Hindsight is 20/20, but who could have possibly foreseen this being a bad trade?

      Oh, that’s right: everybody.

  7. Charles Gates - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Steroids.

    Am I doing this right?

  8. jbriggs81 - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    How is he still batting sixth in the lineup?

  9. 13arod - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    jbriggs81 he isnt batting 6 he is mainly batting 7 or 8 in the lineup

  10. Walk - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    It took fredi two months to move Justin upton from the heart of the order. During that two month span Justin hit two hr’s total. Bj upton will be back soon, and I am going to laugh when Johnson’s batting average exceeds bj and ugglas average combined.

  11. spacemaker101 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    As long as we keep winning idgaf what the batting order is and I don’t think they mind either. But Uggla is a power hitter he has 20 bombs he isn’t there for avg. obvi.

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