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Which Cub Can Match Andre Ethier?

By bullpenbrian - May 5, 2011 - 2:00 am Leave a comment.

Which Cub do you think has the most likely chance to surpass Andre Ethier’s 29-game hitting streak (and counting) this year?

My guess is Starlin Castro, whose 41 hits rank fifth in the NL. Yet, despite the hot start from the budding star, he’s followed up a record month of April (40 hits) with a 5-for-29 road trip, including one stretch of three consecutive hitless games.

Still, Castro’s aggressive approach (he’s walked just five times this year) makes him a likely candidate to put the ball in play enough times to conjure up a decent streak.

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Longest Hitting-Streaks Of Recent Memory

By bullpenbrian - May 5, 2011 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Although Andre Ethier sat out Wednesday’s afternoon game nursing a sore elbow against the Cubs , we did get to see him extend his hitting-streak to 29-games with a single against Dempster late Tuesday night.

Yet, while I’m all for following a good hitting-streak, another part of me wanted to see Ethier’s run end against Chicago. But hey, the Cubs still had two games to get him! No dice.

Meanwhile, here’s a quick list of some of the longest hitting-streaks in recent memory:

-36: Jimmy Rollins, 2005   
-35: Chase Utley, 2006
-30: Moises Alou, 2007
-30: Willy Tavarez, 2006
-30: Ryan Zimmerman, 2009
-29: Johnny Damon, 2005
-29: Andre Ethier…in progress

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