Cardinals news from a Sabermetric point of view

Holliday ascends on-base streak list

On Wednesday, when Matt Holliday singled in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 9-0 win over the Mets, he extended his on-base streak to 40 games. In doing so, he passed Rogers Hornsby to move into a tie for the 13th-longest streak for a Cardinal player all-time.
Holliday’s streak actually began last season, starting on the penultimate game of the 2014 campaign. Whereas hitting streaks are more well-known, they’re also based more on luck because they rely mostly on BABIP. A batter has a lot of control over BABIP (and therefore batting average) but not as much as OBP, since OBP includes the ability to reach base via walk, a skill that batters can possess. And on-base streaks give credit to batters whom pitchers try to pitch around.
The holders of the longest Cardinal on-base streaks attest to the honor of the statistic. Most of the team’s best hitters are in the top 50 streaks: Rogers Hornsby, Johnny Mize, Stan Musial, Joe Medwick, Ted Simmons, Keith Hernandez, Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds. Holliday has taken his place among them. The top 20 Cardinal on-base streaks:
Rk Name Start End Games
1 Stan Musial 8/8/43 10/1/43 55
2 Ray Blades 5/28/25 8/13/25 54
3 Vince Coleman 4/23/87 6/21/87 50
4 Ray Sanders 7/18/44 9/3/44 48
4 Solly Hemus 5/12/53 6/27/53 48
4 Albert Pujols 7/28/01 9/22/01 48
7 Keith Hernandez 8/6/82 9/26/82 47
7 Jim Edmonds 6/30/04 8/25/04 47
9 Ken Boyer 7/26/59 9/12/59 46
10 Keith Hernandez 9/8/80 5/5/81 45
11 Albert Pujols 9/24/04 5/11/05 42
11 Albert Pujols 4/1/08 5/15/08 42
13 Jack Fournier 5/14/21 6/25/21 40
13 Stan Musial 5/27/52 7/4/52 40
13 Albert Pujols 8/11/11 9/24/11 40
13 Matt Holliday 9/26/14 5/20/15 40
17 Rogers Hornsby 7/21/24 8/29/24 39
18 Ozzie Smith 6/16/87 7/28/87 38
19 Stan Musial 7/17/53 8/23/53 37
19 Mark McGwire 4/17/98 5/31/98 37

Data: Baseball-Reference.com

Holliday now sets his sights on Pujols’s second-best career mark of 42 games, which he set twice.
In case you’re wondering, the all-time record is Ted Williams, who reached in 84 straight games in 1949. Almost halfway there, Matt!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.