With another hit Saturday against the Mets, Andre Ethier will overtake Ryan Zimmerman’s 2009 streak of 30 games and claim the longest hitting streak since Chase Utley hit in 35 straight in 2006.
He’ll also match Willie Davis’ franchise record for the Dodgers, established in 1969.
Trying to stop Ethier tonight will be one of the game’s toughest pitchers to hit against. Chris Young has limited hitters to a .218 average over the course of 139 career starts. The league is just 12-for-82 against him this year, good for a .146 average.
Lefties such as Ethier have compiled a .223 career average against Young. This year, though, they’re just 5-for-48, giving them a .104 average.
Not so encouraging, huh?
Of course, Ethier did take on Young a time or two during the right-hander Padres career. And he pretty much manhandled him. Ethier is 12-for-29 with a whoppping six homers versus Young. He has a .414 average and a crazy 1.603 OPS against him.
So things don’t seem to dire after all. And Ethier typically hasn’t been waiting around to extend his streak. Last night’s early single gave him nine first-inning hits during the 30-game stretch.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.
Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.
Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.
With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.