A double in the sixth inning Sunday extended Lucas Duda’s streak or reaching base to 20 games. It’s the career-best mark for Duda and he has moved past Josh Thole for the second-longest streak this season, trailing only the 23-game stretch posted earlier by David Wright. It got me wondering what the longest streak in team history is.
It turns out that I was unable to find the career leader, much less a top-10 list, anywhere online. While I found out without even looking for it that ex-Met Gary Sheffield is the career leader for the Braves with a streak of 52, I was unable to find out who held the same place for the Mets.
Baseball-Reference.com, on its game log pages for individual players, lists what their best streak for a given season is. I went through the names of players I thought might be among the best ever for the Mets and compiled the following list. It’s important to note that this list is not complete or definitive. I didn’t check Rey Ordonez, for example, so if he posted an extended streak, it’s not here.
But if nothing else this is a start. Below are all of the players I found with a streak of 30 or more games where they reached base safely.
46 – Darryl Strawberry (1987)
43 – John Olerud (1999)
37 – Jose Reyes (2008)
33 – Kevin McReynolds (1988)
32 – Keith Hernandez (1983)
32 – Carlos Beltran (2006)
32 – Beltran (2011)
31 – Tommie Agee (1970)
31 – Rusty Staub (1973)
31 – Strawberry (1990)
31 – Lance Johnson (1996)
31 – Moises Alou (2007)
30 – Hernandez (1984)
30 – Beltran (2008)
Strawberry’s streak seems very impressive until you consider that the MLB record is the 84 straight by Ted Williams in 1949.
Duda has quite a ways to go before he cracks the top 10 for the Mets. Still, it’s a nice measure of consistency and shows how Duda is living up to the high expectations many had for him coming into the season. He has a .923 OPS during the streak and for the season Duda’s OPS checks in at .790, good for a 120 OPS+.
And if you find a list of the longest streaks elsewhere, please post a link in the comments section. Also, if you know someone else had a streak of 30+, please let me know that, too. But don’t just give me guesses. Please don’t say – What about Bernard Gilkey in 1996? I checked Mr. Gilkey and his longest streak that year was 15 games.