ARLINGTON, TEXAS - APRIL 11: Left fielder Gabe Kapler #18 of the Texas Rangers stands at the plate during the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas on April 11, 2002. The Rangers won 7-0.
You know it’s been a hideous two-day trip into the mountains when the highlights are a brief 1-0 lead on the first homer of the season by your star slugger and a scoreless inning of white-flag relief pitching by your first baseman.
The singular accomplishments of Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland be damned, the Rangers – fingers crossed – won’t have uglier consecutive games than their stay in the Rockies. Monday and Tuesday nights Colorado bludgeoned Texas at Coors Field to the tune of 20-3 in runs and 34-17 in hits.
The only drama last night was whether or not Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado would extend his hitting streak, which he did in his final at-bat. Arenado turned on an inside pitch and laced a double that skidded off the left-field line in the 7th, upping his streak to 26 games.
It’s a reminder of how amazing and untouchable Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak is. Any time a player flirts with even getting halfway with Joe D’s mark, it makes national headlines.
While Arenado can tie the Rockies’ team mark of 27 set by Michael Cuddyer last season, there’s nothing really positive to focus on from the Rangers’ lost trip to Colorado, so it feels like a good time to remember the longest hitting streaks in their team history. Only one Ranger, Gabe Kapler, has a hitting streak longer than Arenado’s:
28 – Gabe Kapler, 2000
25 – Ian Kinsler, 2008; Michael Young, 2005
24 – Mickey Rivers, 1980
23 – Michael Young, 2008; Josh Hamilton, 2010
22 – Jim Sundberg, 1978
21 – Juan Gonzalez, 1996 (twice); Johnny Grubb, 1979; Buddy Bell, 1980; Al Oliver, 1980
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.