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Shin-Soo Choo extends on-base streak to 48 games

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Shin-Soo Choo drew a walk in the top of the third inning of tonight’s Rangers-Red Sox game and in so doing he extended his on-base streak to 48 games.

His last game, two days ago, was the 47th straight game, and in doing that he broke the Texas Rangers team record. With number 48 he extends that and ties Joey Votto of the Reds for the longest such streak since 2007, when Kevin Millar did it in 52 straight games. That “since 2007” designation came via Jay Jaffe over at FanGraphs the other day. Kay noted that for illustrative purposes regarding Choo’s recent company. If you want to go into all-time territory Choo is nowhere close to the record, held by Ted Williams with a whopping 84 straight games of reaching base. If you want to change the range to, say, the last 25 years, Orlando Cabrera is your huckleberry, sitting at 63 games in 2006.

As of the moment of this writing, Choo is hitting .292/.399/.503 with 17 homers on the year.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.