Streaks continue, streaks end, streaks begin

 

Aristotle streaking behind David Niven

I look at the title of this entry and I feel very philosophical. It turns out that Plato, Rene Descartes, and Aristotle were all huge baseball fans and Epicurus was a Yankee fan, but these are discussions for another time (read:never to be brought up again).

Today philosophical topic is streaks, as in “I streak, therefore I am.”

  1. Dan Uggla is streaking no more. He went 33 straight games getting a hit before he was stopped by the Cubs on Sunday. Uggla came close to a hit but Cubs’ second baseman Darwin Barney Ken Keltner-ed Uggla with an over-the-head diving catch of Uggla’s pop-up in shallow right field. Uggla moved his average up from  .173 at the start of the streak on July 5 to .231. Uggla had 15 homers and 32 RBI in the streak. The Cubs are streaking (kinda), they took two of three from the Braves and have won four straight series for the first time since Sept. 9-21, 2008. The Cubs have produced some of the sloppiest play I’ve seen this season, but I will say that Barney and shortstop Starlin Castro have produced a number of outstanding plays as well.
  2. The Brewers took three straight from the Pirates this weekend and have now won 9-of-10. The Brewers have 70 wins on the season and are a fabulous 44-15 at home. Nyjer Morgan hit a 10th inning walkoff sac fly to give Milwaukee a 2-1 win on Sunday. The Pirates have won only two of  their last 10 and need to go 26-17 to finish over .500. In the words of Nyjer’s alter ego “Tony Plush,” “I gotta go!” The Brewers have won 17 times in their last at bat this season.
  3. The Mariners, ended up taking two this weekend from Boston and ended a key streak for the Red Sox. Over the course of the season, you worry more about series than individual games and Boston had not lost a series since the end of June. Boston’s streak of winning or splitting a series ended at 11, with the Red Sox going 26-10. On the other hand, they are 11-9 in their last 20 games and their lead is now again just a half game over the Yanks. Mike Carp extended his now major league leading hitting streak to 14 games.  Tim Wakefield has now made four straight unsuccessful starts in his attempt to become a 200-game winner.
  4. The Cardinals defeated the Rockies last night 6-2 thanks in part to a massive 435 ft. homer by the NL dinger leader, Albert Pujols. The Rockies are now 2-17 on Sundays and have a 17-Sunday game losing streak.
  5. The Rangers took three straight sweeping the A’s and won their fourth straight road game finishing off Oakland yesterday, 7-6. In the game Yorvit Torrealba extended his hitting streak to 12 games while Michael Young‘s hitting streak ended at 12 games. The Rangers three game winning streak is the longest in the AL.
  6. Arizona has the longest winning streak in the majors now having won six straight. The Diamondbacks completed a three-game series sweep against the Mets but D-backs starter Jason Marquis left the game with a broken shin after being hit by line drive off the philosophical oxymoron Angel Pagan. The Mets now have a five-game losing streak overall and a five-game road game losing streak. On the bright side, the Mets’ have a streak of 12 consecutive games in which they have hit at least one double.
  7. The Astros of Hapless have the longest losing streak six games, after being swept in a three game set by the Dodgers of Los Angeles. Fortunately, Hiroki Kuroda, who has an ERA of 2.88, earned the win (I feared he might commit HK since Kuroda won for only the third time in his last 15 starts and is now 8-14 on the season). The Dodgers’ only other three-game sweep this season came against San Diego in the final series before the All-Star break.
  8. In San Francisco’s 5-2 win over the Marlins, Cody Ross hit a two run homer ending the Giants’ major league-record streak of 21 consecutive solo homers. It was their first homer with a runner on since July 6.
  9. You know who has the longest active hitting streak in the National League? That would be the inactive Buster Posey at 13 games.

“If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” – Bishop George Berkeley (1685 – 1753)

“If a streak ends in the big leagues and no one is there to report it, did it ever exist?” – Billy-Ball, his ownself