Anthony Rendon put together a 17-game hit streak between March 30th and April 19th, going 26 for 65 (.400/.474/.831) with 10 doubles and six home runs over that stretch.
When it ended after a hit-by-pitch knocked him out of the Nationals’ April 20th game in Miami, Rendon, the acerbic wit that he is, dismissed its significance.
“Seventeen games, is that a lot?” he asked rhetorically, as quoted by MLB.com’s Jamal Collier.
“Who cares? What’s the record, 62, something like that? Who cares? It’s one month into the season, not even. It’s awesome. I’m getting hits. But at the same time, really don’t care.”
Going into last night’s game, the 28-year-old infielder had a six-game hit streak, over which he was 10 for 23 (.435/.519/.870) with four doubles and two home runs.
Rendon walked the first time up against Mets’ starter Wilmer Font, and he homered in his second plate appearance, hitting an 0-1 sinker out to left field to extend his hit streak to seven straight games.
Rendon ended the night 2 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored, homering the first time up and doubling to right in his final at bat of the night.
“When he starts hitting balls the other way hard, he’s in a good position to hit, and he’s doing well. His all-around game, his defense and everything, he’s playing really well,” Davey Martinez said after what ended up a 5-3 loss.
On the year, the potential 2019-2020 free agent now has a .342/.433/.708 line, with nine home runs, 17 doubles, 15 walks, and 24 Ks in 141 plate appearances this season.
Will he extend his hit streak tonight? And how about that extension?