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2008 non-hitting streaks

Posted by Andy on February 24, 2009

After yesterday's look at longest hitting streaks in 2008, here are the longest non-hitting streaks. Here are the most consecutive games without a hit (but with at least 1 plate appearance.)

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Jay Bergmann       2008-04-03  2008-09-26    20     40    0    0   0   0   0    0   20    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 WSN                                         

 Mark Sweeney       2008-06-08  2008-07-27    18     19    0    0   0   0   0    0   10    1    0   0  .000  .050  .000  .050 LAD                                         

 Robert Andino      2008-04-12  2008-06-25    17     18    1    0   0   0   0    0   13    4    0   0  .000  .182  .000  .182 FLA                                         
 Mark Sweeney       2008-04-02  2008-04-27    17     15    0    0   0   0   0    0    4    2    0   0  .000  .118  .000  .118 LAD                                         
 Marlon Anderson    2008-04-01  2008-04-23    17     15    0    0   0   0   0    0    6    1    1   0  .000  .063  .000  .063 NYM                                         

Wow, Mark Sweeney makes the list twice. That's pretty impressive given that he had only 92 AB all year. Of course, hitting .130 will do that for you.

Just at home:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Brian Moehler      2008-04-18  2008-09-26    15     26    0    0   0   0   0    0   13    1    0   0  .000  .037  .000  .037 HOU                                         
 Mark Sweeney       2008-08-01  2008-09-25    15     12    0    0   0   0   0    0    3    3    0   0  .000  .200  .000  .200 LAD                                         

 Seth Smith         2008-08-14  2008-09-20    14     12    0    0   0   0   0    0    2    4    0   0  .000  .250  .000  .250 COL                                         
 Braden Looper      2008-06-18  2008-09-11    14     16    0    0   0   0   0    0    9    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 STL                                         
 Kyle Lohse         2008-04-27  2008-09-09    14     26    0    0   0   0   0    0    7    0    0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000 STL                                         
 Johnny Cueto       2008-04-03  2008-09-06    14     21    2    0   0   0   0    0    8    1    0   0  .000  .045  .000  .045 CIN                                         

There's Sweeney again, and now we get some pitchers mixed in too, which makes sense.

And just road games:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Mark Sweeney       2008-05-13  2008-08-08    20     25    0    0   0   0   0    0    8    3    0   0  .000  .107  .000  .107 LAD                                         

 Ubaldo Jimenez     2008-04-03  2008-09-28    17     33    0    0   0   0   0    0   14    2    0   0  .000  .057  .000  .057 COL                                         

 John Lannan        2008-04-06  2008-09-27    15     28    0    0   0   0   0    0   16    0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 WSN                                         

Poor Sweeney.

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8 Responses to “2008 non-hitting streaks”

  1. how about non-onbase consecutive game streaks (no hits, HBP, BBs) for non-pitchers?

  2. A consecutive game hitting streak doesn't end if the hitter gets no at-bats in a game - if, say, he walks every time up. The game just doesn't count toward the streak. I think.

    Similarly, a hitless game shouldn't count toward a non-hitting streak if the batter didn't get an at-bat.

    Anyway, there's something bogus about these lists. None of these players got more than 2 AB per game, indeed, many of them were closer to (in some cases, below!) 1 AB per game. So we're talking about a bunch of, what, pinchhitters? late-inning defensive replacements?

    I'd rather see a list of leaders in consecutive at-bats without a hit. Bergmann's 40 stands out in the lists above, but a regular batter could top that by going 0-for-3, 0-for-4 for a couple of weeks.

  3. I agree, gerry--if the PI had a way to search for that, I'd do it.

  4. Or change it to consecutive hitless games, minimum three AB.

  5. I think that kingturtle's comment wasn't about whether or not games with walks were counted in the steak, but rather he was looking for a list where a game with a walk or HBP would snap the streak - in other words, instead a list of hitless streaks, he'd like to see a list of "on-base-less" streaks. That is, number of consecutive games in which the player made no offensive contribution to his team (after all, a walk or HBP still has a positive offensive value.)

    On another note, I don't consider the lists "bogus" just because they are mostly of pinch hitters, the lists just yield different information. I, too, like to see a list of hitless (and/or on-base-less) streaks among "regulars", but instead of AB > 2, I would suggest a criteria based on either PA > 3 or counting only games the player started.

  6. "Bogus" was a poor choice of words on my part. It wasn't my intention to be critical of Andy for posting the lists, which I enjoyed seeing.

  7. For what it's worth, gerry, I didn't take it as a personal criticism--I took it as what it was--a suggestion that I didn't represent the search very well with my description, about which you are correct.

  8. If you do the search with a minimum of 2 PA per game, the top 10 are all pitchers. If you do the search with a minimum of 3 PA per game, Lance Berkman and John Buck each had a 8 game hitless streak. Looking at the 3 minimums, it's easy to see what kind of players you get. 1 PA = Pinch Hitters mostly. 2 PA = Starting Pitchers. With 3 PA, Starters aren't consistently getting those PA's and Pinch Hitters aren't around enough, so you get weak hitting spots by regulars.