The Streak

The Saint Louis Cardinals have an outfielder by the name of Matt Holiday who is on a record breaking 44 game on-base streak. He has become the first National League player in the history of baseball to reach base in all forty-four games to start a season.  During this streak Matt Holiday has a .318 batting average, ranking sixth in the NL. The Major League record for reaching base to start a season is held by future hall of fame shortstop Derek Jeter; who reached base in fifty-three straight games in the 1996 season with the New York Yankees.  Holiday has also lead the Cardinals to the MLB’s best record so far this season at 32-17.

Streaks of Note:

  • Ted Williams 84 straight games in 1949, which is still the MLB record for a season.
  • In 1941 Joe DiMaggio had a 56 game hitting streak that continues to be a MLB record. Even though his hitting streak ended at 56, his on-base streak continued up to 74 games which is second all time.

Matt Holiday was scratched from the lineup Sunday due to a illness, but should be back in the starting lineup Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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