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Nolan Arenado extends hitting streak to 28 games

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Nolan Arenado is off to quite the start this season.
Nolan Arenado is off to quite the start this season. (USATSI)

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado collected a single in his second at-bat Thursday night against the Rangers, which was a significant hit.

Arenado has now extended his hitting streak to 28 games. He's now set the Rockies franchise record for the longest hitting streak, breaking Michael Cuddyer's record of 27 which was set last season. The longest hitting streak last season was 28 games, which was accomplished by Denard Span. Arenado's 28 is the high water mark for 2014.

One might also realize that 28 is exactly halfway to the assumed-unbreakable record of 56, set by Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

The top five hitting streaks in MLB history:

1. DiMaggio
2. Willie Keeler, 45 games, 1896-97
3. Pete Rose, 44 games, 1978
4. Bill Dahlen, 42 games, 1894
5. George Sisler, 41 games, 1922

The last time any player reached as many as 30 games came in 2011, when both Andre Ethier (30) and Dan Uggla (33) pulled it off.

The longest hitting streak in the past decade came in 2005-06 when Jimmy Rollins got to 38 games before losing it.

Moving forward, Arenado has a tall order Friday. He's facing Johnny Cueto and the Reds. Cueto has only allowed an MLB-best 4.1 hits per nine innings this season. He's also averaging nearly eight innings per start, so it's not like Arenado can expect to see multiple at-bats against the bullpen.

 
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