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Ethier extends streak, but Moseley steals show

Posted on: May 1, 2011 7:16 pm
By Matt Snyder

Leading off the bottom of the seventh, Andre Ethier reached base on an infield single as Padres' first baseman Brad Hawpe was unable to corral the hard grounder down the first base line. It was the right decision to rule it a hit, as it would have taken a pretty great play by the diving Hawpe to get Ethier at first. (Watch it by clicking here )

With that hit, Ethier extended his league-best hitting streak to 27 games. He's now starting to get close to territory where it's going to factor in historically. There have only been 53 hitting streaks in major league history that lasted at least 30 games (Baseball Almanac ). The most recent was Ryan Zimmerman in 2009, who had his streak last exactly 30. The longest streak this generation was Jimmy Rollins' 38-gamer, which was split between 2005 and 2006. The major league record is 56, by Joe DiMaggio in 1941, the NL record is 45 by Wee Willie Keeler in the 1890s and the Dodgers record is 31, by Willie Davis in 1969.

Aside from that streak extension, though, the star of Sunday's Dodgers-Padres tilt -- which the Padres won 7-0 -- was Padres starting pitcher Dustin Moseley. Maybe it's time we start paying attention to him.

Remember, the 0-3 record isn't his fault -- and one of a million reasons I hate judging pitchers on record -- because he entered Sunday with a 1.99 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. After seven shutout innings where he only allowed two hits other than Ethier's infield knock, Moseley's ERA had crept down to 1.81 (and, hey, he finally got a win!). Sure, peripheral measures suggest he's had some good fortune thus far, but 44 2/3 innings isn't the smallest of samples.

Moseley is having a great season, and it's time to take notice -- even if we were only paying attention because of someone else's hitting streak.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:27 pm

Ethier extends streak, but Moseley steals show

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:18 pm

Ethier extends streak, but Moseley steals show

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Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 10:18 pm

Ethier extends streak, but Moseley steals show

Gotta agree with reddog, that's an E3.  Sure he had to dive, BUT the ball was an easy pick and the play should have been made.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2011 8:50 pm

Ethier extends streak, but Moseley steals show

What? There is no way that is an error. He dove just to stop it from being an extra base hit down the line. Plenty of times I have plays where there is a dive just to stop it and the player loses sight of where the ball went and it is always ruled a hit. Once you make a diving a stop and the ball pops away from you while you are on the ground it is hard to relocate it once again. Definitely a hit there and would have been extra bases if not for the stop by Hawpe.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2011 7:43 pm

Ethier extends streak, but Moseley steals show

I gotta disagree, I think that should have been ruled an error and it should have ended Eitheir's hitting streak. Thats a routine play, but the ball takes a bad "Hawpe" landing behind Hawpe and rolling away from him as he turns the wrong direction to try to find it. If he just turns the other way he can still make the play. gotta rule that an error. 

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