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 Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.