Anthony Rendon extended his on-base streak to 25-straight games with a seventh inning walk in last night’s series opener with the Minnesota Twins, but Washington’s 29-year-old third baseman was hitless in the Nationals’ 5-0 loss in Target Field.
It was just the third time over the 25-game streak that he didn’t record at least one hit.
Rendon has gone 40 for 98 over the course of the streak, (.408/.482/.735), with 11 doubles, seven home runs, and 14 walks (versus 10 Ks) over that stretch, which goes back to August 13th, and it’s taken him from a .317/.400/.601 line to .335/.417/.628 after last night’s loss.
He currently leads all National League hitters in AVG, is ranked second in OBP, third in SLG, is tied for the lead in doubles (41), is fourth in runs scored (104), is third in RBIs (114), ranks third in wRC+ (161), and is fourth in fWAR (6.8).
Not a bad way to, potentially, go into the free agent market.
Asked if he could make a case for Rendon as the NL MVP, Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez said last month that he though there was one there to be made, along with other accolades.
“I’ll make a case for him right now, MVP, Gold Glove, my man, Anthony,” Martinez said.
As the Nationals’ second-year manager said earlier this season, it’s not just this year either, because Rendon, who does seem to have stepped it up, has been consistently good for a long time now.
“Even when I was on the other side just watching him play, he just — you don’t see a whole lot of emotion from him, he just makes everything look rather easy.”
“His hands are so quick,” Martinez said at another point this season. “Like I said, he puts himself in a position to hit every pitch.”
Rendon might not win the NL MVP this season, but he’s going to get paid, either to stay in D.C., or to move to a new team city playing out the first seven seasons of his big league career with the Nationals, who selected him 6th overall in the first round of the 2011 Draft.
His 25-game on-base streak going into tonight’s game is the third longest of his career, with the longest a 33-game on-base streak between August 21st and September 25th last season and it’s the second longest on-base streak for a Nationals’ player this year, behind only Trea Turner’s 33-game on-base streak between July 23rd and August 27th.