Steve Summer got a little crazy yesterday.
Instead of using a speedy left-handed hitter, as is his stated preference, our season leader risked his 42-game run on a speedy right-handed batter — Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro. Talk about opening up the playbook! Next stop: slow switch-hitters.
Of course, Castro came through with a third-inning single to advance Steve’s run to 43 straight games and move him into a tie for the eighth-longest run in BTS’ 11-year history.
The all-time BTS record of 49 games is definitely in play here. Fifty-seven straight, and the $5.6 million prize that comes with it, is looming on the not-so-distant horizon. Now that Steve is open to batters of any handedness, this thing is about to get real.
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Hideki Matsui: .643 (9-for-14) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fautso Carmona
Albert Pujols: .409 (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo
Ichiro Suzuki: .348 (24-for-68) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana
Jacoby Ellsbury: .345 (10-for-29) since ’06 vs.Yankees starter A.J. Burnett
Derek Jeter: .333 (15-for-45) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester
Hunter Pence: .333 (5-for-15) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Mike Leake
Feeling kinda spicy?
Eric Hinske: .385 (10-for-26) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Chien-Ming Wang
Mike Napoli: .500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann
Coco Crisp: .400 (6-for-15) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona
Mike Carp: .400 (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana
You’ll thank me later
Curtis Granderson: .188 (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester
Jose Bautista: .091 (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Tommy Hunter
Matt Holliday: .167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo
Asdrubal Cabrera: .182 (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez
Adam Lind: .154 (3-for-13) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Tommy Hunter
Top MLB streakers
David Ortiz: 14 games
Mike Moustakas: 14 games
Corey Hart: 13 games
Carlos Lee: 12 games
Erick Aybar: 11 games
Miguel Cabrera: (24 home runs this season) vs. Royals starter Danny Duffy