Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado just keeps rolling.
Arenado extended his MLB-best hitting streak to 28 games this evening with a single to center field in the third inning against Rangers starter Matt Harrison. In doing so, he set a new Rockies franchise record. The record was previously held by his teammate Michael Cuddyer, who hit in 27 consecutive games last season.
You can watch video of the hit here.
Arenado won a Gold Glove Award as a rookie last season, but he batted .262 with 10 home runs and a .706 OPS in 133 games. After his second-inning single tonight, the 23-year-old is hitting .326 with an .883 OPS this season. We’re watching the rise of a potential star here.
Joe DiMaggio had the longest hitting streak in major league history at 56 games in 1941. As impressive as Arenado’s streak has been, he’s just halfway home.
Tied at a league-leading 10 home runs apiece with Cody Bellinger and Khris Davis, it wasn’t long before Brewers slugger Christian Yelich set himself apart from the competition yet again. During the bottom of the first inning on Friday, the 2018 NL MVP singled out the first pitch he saw from the Dodgers’ Ross Stripling — an 86.5-m.p.h. slider just wide of the strike zone — and returned it to the second deck seats in right field for his 11th home run of 2019.
While Bellinger and Davis will undoubtedly continue to make it difficult for Yelich to claim sole honors at the top of the leaderboard, the 27-year-old outfielder has had a banner year so far. Through the first three weeks of the season, he’s batting a strong .354/.447/.823 with 15 extra-base hits, 29 RBI, and three stolen bases across 94 plate appearances. The 29 RBI (27 entering Friday’s game) he collected between March and April eclipsed Prince Fielder’s previous franchise record of 26 RBI — and there’s no telling how much higher that total will rise by the end of the month, too.
Even with the benefit of Yelich’s immense talents, however, the Brewers are just clinging to a first-place tie with the Pirates atop the NL Central. They dropped their last two games to the Cardinals and Dodgers, respectively, and will need to overturn the remainder of their series against LA to build up their division lead again. They’re currently tied 2-2 with the Dodgers in the seventh.