Nolan Arenado hitting streak review

Nolan Arenado hits a two run double at Globe Life Park - Rick Yeatts

Looking back at the recently concluded 28-game hitting streak of the Colorado third-baseman.

Nolan Arenado set a Colorado club record with his recently concluded 28-game hitting streak, passing Michael Cuddyer who strung together a 27-game streak in 2013 on the way to winning the National League batting crown (.331 average).

While Arenado is far from claiming this year's batting crown (.301), hitting nearly 100 points behind teammate Troy Tulowitski (.400), the streak marked an impressive start to the 23-year-old's second year in the league—both at the plate and in the field. Commentary on his offensive success in 2014 hasn't been without its detractors between critics of his elevated BABIP (.317, league average .298) and Coors Field park factors (most runs, hits in 2014). Somewhat countering the latter argument are Arenado's splits, as he's hitting better on the road than at home (.333/.263)—the only Colorado batter doing so (must see: Tulo's split—.603/.247).

Streak review:

Streak Date Park Opp Rslt PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP
1 9-Apr Home CHW W,10-4 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 .231 .244
2 11-Apr Away SFG L,5-6 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .267
3 12-Apr Away SFG W,1-0 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .255 .265
4 13-Apr Away SFG L,4-5 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .255 .264
5 14-Apr Away SDP L,4-5 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .281
6 15-Apr Away SDP W,3-2 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 .276 .279
7 16-Apr Away SDP L,2-4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .274 .277
8 17-Apr Away SDP W,3-1 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 .292 .294
9 18-Apr Home PHI W,12-1 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 .286 .288
10 19-Apr Home PHI W,3-1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .288 .289
11 20-Apr Home PHI L,9-10 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 .295 .296
12 21-Apr Home SFG W,8-2 5 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 .301 .302
13 22-Apr Home SFG W,2-1 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .299 .300
14 23-Apr Home SFG L,10-12 6 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .290 .292
15 25-Apr Away LAD W,5-4 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .287
16 26-Apr Away LAD L,3-6 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 .290 .305
17 27-Apr Away LAD W,6-1 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .298 .312
18 28-Apr Away ARI W,8-5 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 .306 .319
19 29-Apr Away ARI W,5-4 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .313 .325
20 30-Apr Away ARI L,4-5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .310 .322
21 1-May Home NYM W,7-4 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 .311 .320
22 2-May Home NYM W,10-3 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .309 .323
23 3-May Home NYM W,11-10 5 1 2 1 1 4 0 0 .313 .326
24 4-May Home NYM L,1-5 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .311 .324
25 5-May Home TEX W,8-2 4 1 1 0 1 2 2 0 .313 .336
26 6-May Home TEX W,12-1 5 1 1 1 0 2 1 0 .314 .338
27 7-May Away TEX W,9-2 5 0 3 2 0 2 0 0 .324 .346
28 8-May Away TEX L,0-5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .322 .344

Comparisons:

Rank Season Player Club Streak
1 2005 Jimmy Rollins PHI 36
2 2002 Luis Castillo FLA 35
3 2006 Chase Utley PHI 35
4 2011 Dan Uggla ATL 33
5 5 players 30

Note: single season streaks of 30+ since 2000

Rollins: 1.7 H/G, .379 AVG, .442 OBP [17.71 RE24, 0.49 RE24]20140503_sng_se7_020.jpg.0_medium

Credit: Eric Hartline

Castillo: 1.8 H/G, .405 AVG, .436 OBP [10.92 RE24, 0.31 RE24/G]20130805_ajl_bm1_478.0_medium

Credit: Robert Mayer

Utley: 1.8 H/G, .405 AVG, .452 OBP [16.21 RE24, 0.46 RE24/G]20140518_ads_sq4_084.jpg.0_medium

Credit: Bill Streicher

Uggla: 1.5 H/G, .377 AVG, .438 OBP [19.40 RE24, 0.59 RE24/G]20140322_jla_af6_079.0_medium

Credit: Rob Foldy

Arenado: 1.4 H/G, .360 AVG, .383 OBP [8.55 RE24, 0.30 RE24/G]20140505_sal_ac4_072.jpg.0_medium

Credit: Ron Chenoy

Of note: the low runs above average by the 24 base/out states (RE24) posted by Arenado throughout his streak—a metric that effectively measures how many runs a player has contributed to his team (in this case calculated both in total over the course of each player's respective streak and on a per game average).

Evidently, Arenado wasn't massively productive in terms of run contribution throughout his streak. Above average, yes (0.00 is average), however, Arenado's 8.55 RE24 over the 28-game span was third-best on the club—dwarfed by MVP front runner Troy Tulowitski's 23.49 and just short of Justin Morneau's 9.63. Ultimately, while extended consecutive game hitting streaks capture headlines, they don't necessarily spell statistical plus-productivity.

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All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.

Joshua Mastracci is a featured writer for Beyond the Box Score. You can follow him on Twitter at @joshuamastracci.

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