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Buster Posey extends his hitting streak to 21 games

Posted by Andy on July 29, 2010

Buster Posey of the Giants has the longest active hit-streak in the majors at 21 games and is closing in on the longest streak of the season:

Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Josh Hamilton 2010-06-04 2010-06-30 23 94 20 43 9 1 9 29 15 5 .457 .490 .862 1.352 TEX
2 Buster Posey 2010-07-04 2010-07-28 21 84 16 37 5 1 6 23 10 7 .440 .479 .738 1.217 SFG
3 Jose Guillen 2010-06-04 2010-06-27 21 82 8 31 2 1 1 13 11 3 .378 .400 .463 .863 KCR
4 Miguel Cabrera 2010-06-19 2010-07-16 20 73 16 29 8 1 3 19 14 11 .397 .465 .658 1.123 DET
5 Corey Hart 2010-06-14 2010-07-05 20 86 14 31 10 0 2 19 19 4 .360 .389 .547 .935 MIL
6 Robinson Cano 2010-05-17 2010-06-03 17 71 15 33 9 0 3 20 6 2 .465 .473 .718 1.191 NYY
7 Jorge Cantu 2010-04-05 2010-04-24 17 68 12 20 6 0 4 19 14 5 .294 .338 .559 .897 FLA
8 Nelson Cruz 2010-07-08 2010-07-28 16 67 8 27 5 0 3 16 10 4 .403 .437 .612 1.049 TEX
9 Ian Kinsler 2010-07-04 2010-07-23 16 69 9 22 0 1 3 12 10 5 .319 .355 .478 .834 TEX
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Generated 7/29/2010.

Posey's not that far off from the Giants' franchise record:

Rk Strk Start End Games
1 Jack Clark 1978-06-30 1978-07-25 26
2 Al Dark 1953-09-16 1954-05-02 25
3 Willie McCovey 1963-06-25 1963-07-19 24
4 Don Mueller 1955-04-14 1955-05-15 24
5 Bill Terry 1931-09-13 1932-05-02 24
6 Freddie Lindstrom 1930-07-28 1930-08-23 24
7 Willie Mays 1959-09-19 1960-05-02 23
8 Willie McCovey 1959-08-17 1959-09-10 22
9 Al Dark 1952-07-14 1952-08-07 22
10 Buster Posey 2010-07-04 2010-07-28 21
11 Robby Thompson 1993-05-08 1993-06-01 21
12 Willie Mays 1957-05-10 1957-06-02 21
13 Don Mueller 1954-08-22 1954-09-11 21
14 Willie Mays 1954-07-27 1954-08-20 21
15 Mel Ott 1937-08-15 1937-09-06 21
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Generated 7/29/2010.

Raise your hand if you knew Jack Clark held that record. If your hand is up, you're either a liar or a serious Giants fan.

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12 Responses to “Buster Posey extends his hitting streak to 21 games”

  1. Technically, Clark only holds the San Francisco Giants record.

    George Davis 33 games (1893)
    Charles Hickman 27 games (1900)

  2. I think Clark holds the franchise record 1901-present.

  3. Jorge Cantu - a 17 game hitting streak and an OBP of .338 during the streak. OUCH!

  4. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Hall of Famer George Davis, expunged from history by the vagaries of the Gregorian Calendar.

  5. Detroit Michael Says:

    I guessed Jack Clark, and I'm neither a liar nor a Giants fan. I was a baseball fan in 1978 and his streak was long enough that it was starting to make the front page of sports pages throughout the country. There's an aura surrounding these hitting streaks that is hard to convey to those not old enough to remember Rose's or Molitor's streaks. The amount of press attention is about the same as if a guy is threatening the single season home run record, except it starts long, long before he ever gets close to 56 games.

  6. Michael--interesting. Maybe the Steroids Era has spoiled that to some extent since hitting streaks of 25 games are not that rare in recent years. I personally don't really notice until it gets to 30. If the trend this year of less offense continues, a 25-gamer would perhaps get more recognition.

  7. The streak comes to an end. You had to have seen it coming, he has had a couple of one hit days lately. Check out http://www.thefantasybaseballguru.com leave comments ask qs and tell me what you think.

  8. Johnny Twisto Says:

    I didn't see it coming. I wish you had told me. I just lost most of my fortune betting it would continue.

  9. JT,

    That is because you are A fantasy baseball guru, and not THE fantasy baseball guru. I wonder if there is a way to contact him?

  10. I have an email address for the guy.

    I'll tell you something, though. I went ahead and visited his web site. I think he's genuinely trying to write a good blog (although the truth is that it's not great) and I think he tried to make some short, valuable comments here to get some traffic over to his blog. I'm not saying I loved what he did, just that I think he's legitimately trying to get an audience. He's just going to have to try some different things.

  11. How about a different kind of streak for a different rookie this year? Danny Valencia of the Twins had a streak earlier this week of four straight games with 3+ hits (14 H in 19 AB). From my crude understanding of how to use the PI, this may have tied a major league record, and may be a ML record for rookies.

  12. The record for most consecutive games with 3 or more hits is 6, set by Sam Thompson in June of 1895, tied by Jimmy Johnston in June of 1923 and by George Brett in May of 1976. I don't know what the rookie record is.