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Nolan Arenado extends hitting streak to 27 games, tying a Rockies franchise record

May 7, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado smacked a first-inning double off Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis on Wednesday evening in Arlington, Texas, extending his hitting streak to 27 games and tying Michael Cuddyer for the longest hitting streak in the 21-year history of the Rockies franchise.

(Cuddyer set his 27-game mark in 2013).

Arenado, a budding star at age 23, is now batting .329 with an .894 OPS in 36 games this season while offering elite-level defense at third base. According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, the last time someone 23 or younger had a hitting streak this long was in 2003, when Albert Pujols hit in 30 straight games for the Cardinals. Here is Arenado’s record-tying double from Wednesday …

Joe DiMaggio has the longest hitting streak in major league history at 56 games. He set that in 1941.

  1. johnnysoda - May 7, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Realy makes you think about how unattainable Joe Dimaggio’s streak is: Arenado’s getting a ton of hoopla, and he’s not even halfway there.

    • ezthinking - May 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      He’s probably already seen more different pitchers than Joe did during his whole streak.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 8, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      I don’t think Joe’s 56 is unattainable. It just hasn’t been attained yet. It might not be matched for many years to come, but it’s not impossible. In our modern baseball world, I would rate Cy Young’s 511 wins unattainable, along with Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 K’s, Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 steals, and some other marks too. And when/if someone gets a streak to 50, wow, it will match or top the mania of the 1998 HR chase.

      • 18thstreet - May 8, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Integration, specialty relievers, more use of relievers, better defense, more people valuing getting base (as opposed to getting hits).

        DiMaggio’s hit streak is a relic of an inferior brand of baseball. With all those games against the right-handed pitching staffs of that era, and against *perpetually* gawdawful teams like the Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns and Philadelphia Athletics, a guy like Jacoby Ellsbury would break DiMaggio’s mark today.

        Joe DiMaggio was one of the best hitters of the pre-integration era. And a great player could do amazing things then that a great player today could never replicate. The opposition has gotten a lot better.

  2. renaado - May 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Truly underrated. Hope he keep his streak goin.

    • dondada10 - May 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      He really is. Kid’s got the best glove at third in the National League.

  3. hawkscup2013 - May 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Scary part is that he is better in the field than he is at the plate. Young superstar in the making. What a left side of the infield the Rockies have!

  4. kardshark1 - May 8, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Sorry, just not impressed.

    I know he’s young and might improve, but he has a .768 road OPS with 0 HRs this year. Uh… he’s actually having a below average year. Also, he has a .619 road OPS for his career – which I flat out horrible. I wouldn’t go throwing terms like “budding star” out there just yet when his career road numbers are below replacement level so far.

    You’d think we’d learn by now that Colorado makes contact flyball hitters much better than they actually are.

    • aresachaela - May 8, 2014 at 5:49 AM

      0 HR this year, WHAAATTT!?!?

      http://www.rotoworld.com/player/mlb/6212/nolan-arenado

      Here you go, make sure you take a look ;-).

      • xsherr - May 8, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        i think he meant 0 road home runs, which is correct.

        however, i disagree with everything else he said.

    • nomoreliesfortoday - May 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      He has a .827 road OPS.

    • notsofast10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      The sample size is too small, he is just getting started.

    • kyzslew77 - May 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      BREAKING NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      FROM THE KARDSHARK1 NEWSDESK

      A new and unprecedented report is out claiming that Coors Field is an extreme hitters environment, and that most Rockies hitters show large home/road splits for this reason. The report goes on to claim that even though park-adjusted stats like OPS+ (127) and rWAR (1.6) show that Nolan Arenado is having a great season so far, because he has 0 road home runs in 73 PAs, and bad career road rate stats as a 23 year old with 650 career PAs, he is definitely nothing more than a “contact flyball hitter.”

      Details as the story develops.

      • kardshark1 - May 8, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        If he was playing for any other team, he’d be batting .270 with no power and no on base. This might mean budding star to you, but to me, it means struggling thus far but might improve.

        I know he only has 650 PAs thus far in his career, that’s why I said he still has time to improve above replacement level which is what he’s playing at right now. A .619 career road OPS so far. Think about that.

        Name one budding star in today’s game that was below replacement level in his first 650 PAs. Puig? Harper? Trout? Machado? Posey? Marte? Rizzo? Stanton? Goldschmidt?

      • kyzslew77 - May 8, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        WAR and OPS+ are PARK ADJUSTED stats, dummy. PARK ADJUSTED. That is to say, those stats represent a player’s accomplishments REGARDLESS OF WHICH PARK THEY PLAY IN OR COULD HAVE PLAYED IN. With Coors as his home park, his OPS is 27% better than what league average would be if Coors was every hitter’s home park right now. That percentage would be the same if Petco were his home park and everyone else played half their games at Petco too. It’s not that hard to figure out. Go read a book and stop commenting if you can’t understand it.

  5. peddealer - May 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Been following him since he was @ Tulsa!

    My step daughter threw out the first pitch for them…. Arenado treated her like a princess as well as the rest of the Drillers team….

    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy!

    I knew he was a plus-plus defender, and I love scouting prospects in the minor leagues, but to be honest, I pegged him as a .275-.285 hitter with 15-25 HR potential…

    He has exceeded expectations for him at the big show!

    Wish I could say the same for my teams guy, Jurickson Profar!

    You heard it here first…. Joey Gallo… Gonna be a total badass for the Rangers!

    In the show I predict a lifetime .285-.295 hitter, but his plus plus tool is his power….
    Man this guy is gonna hit 40 annually while driving in over 100 rbi’s for long time… Barring injury of course!

    • notsofast10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      I’ve been following him since he was 10 years old in Lake Forest Little League. He was a man amongst boys and has always exceeded expectations on the field and has always been first class off the field.

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