Paul Goldschmidt's 26-game hitting streak by the numbers

Cameron Spencer

The second-longest hitting streak in team history came to an end yesterday. Here's a look at how it was put together, and where it stands in the record books.

Each hit

Date Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) RBI WPA Play Description
2013-09-10 @LAD Edinson Volquez tied 0-0 2B t1 --- 2 3 (1-1) 0 0.02 Double to CF
2013-09-10 @LAD Edinson Volquez down 2-0 1B t4 --- 1 3 (2-0) 0 0.03 Single to CF
2013-09-11 @LAD Hyun-jin Ryu tied 0-0 1B t1 12- 0 5 (2-2) 1 0.13 Single to RF
2013-09-11 @LAD Hyun-jin Ryu ahead 0-3 1B t5 --- 2 8 (3-2) 0 0.01 Single to LF
2013-09-11 @LAD Brian Wilson ahead 0-3 1B t7 123 1 2 (1-0) 1 0.03 Single to CF
2013-09-11 @LAD Peter Moylan ahead 1-4 1B t9 1-- 2 3 (0-2) 0 0.00 Single to LF
2013-09-13 COL Manny Corpas down 7-2 1B b9 1-- 0 7 (3-2) 0 0.02 Single to LF
2013-09-14 COL Mitchell Boggs ahead 2-5 3B b7 --- 0 1 (0-0) 0 0.02 Triple to RF
2013-09-15 COL Jhoulys Chacin tied 0-0 1B b1 -2- 1 2 (0-1) 1 0.09 Single to LF
2013-09-15 COL Jhoulys Chacin ahead 0-1 HR b3 1-- 0 3 (1-1) 2 0.15 Home Run to Deep CF
2013-09-15 COL Jhoulys Chacin ahead 0-4 2B b4 12- 2 3 (2-0) 2 0.05 Double to CF
2013-09-15 COL Jeff Manship ahead 2-7 1B b7 --- 0 5 (2-2) 0 0.00 Single to RF
2013-09-16 LAD Hyun-jin Ryu tied 0-0 HR b1 1-- 1 1 (0-0) 2 0.18 Home Run to Deep CF-RF
2013-09-17 LAD Zack Greinke down 8-0 1B b4 --- 0 7 (3-2) 0 0.01 Single to CF
2013-09-17 LAD Zack Greinke down 8-2 2B b6 --- 0 5 (2-2) 0 0.02 Double to RF
2013-09-18 LAD Stephen Fife tied 0-0 HR b1 -2- 1 10 (3-2) 2 0.16 Home Run to Deep CF-RF
2013-09-18 LAD Brandon League ahead 2-4 1B b6 1-- 0 3 (1-1) 0 0.03 Single to 3B
2013-09-19 LAD Ricky Nolasco down 3-0 2B b3 1-3 0 3 (0-2) 1 0.13 GR Double to Deep RF Line
2013-09-20 @COL Mitchell Boggs down 6-2 HR t7 --- 2 7 (2-2) 1 0.03 Home Run to Deep RF
2013-09-20 @COL Manny Corpas down 9-3 1B t9 -2- 2 3 (1-1) 1 0.00 Single to CF
2013-09-21 @COL Rob Scahill ahead 2-6 1B t9 --3 1 5 (2-2) 1 0.00 Single to P
2013-09-22 @COL Juan Nicasio ahead 0-4 2B t3 1-- 0 3 (0-2) 1 0.05 Double to LF
2013-09-23 @SDP Eric Stults tied 0-0 2B t1 --- 2 3 (1-1) 0 0.02 Double to LF
2013-09-24 @SDP Tyson Ross tied 0-0 HR t6 --- 2 3 (0-2) 1 0.21 Home Run to Deep RF
2013-09-25 @SDP Ian Kennedy tied 1-1 2B t4 --- 0 1 (0-0) 0 0.08 Double to LF
2013-09-26 @SDP Robbie Erlin down 2-0 1B t4 --- 0 5 (2-2) 0 0.05 Single to RF
2013-09-27 WSN Stephen Strasburg down 5-2 1B b5 1-- 2 2 (1-0) 0 0.02 Single to RF
2013-09-28 WSN Dan Haren tied 0-0 1B b1 --- 2 2 (0-1) 0 0.01 Single to RF
2013-09-29 WSN Ryan Mattheus down 2-1 1B b8 1-- 1 4 (3-0) 0 0.19 Single to RF
2014-03-22 LAD Clayton Kershaw tied 0-0 1B b1 1-- 1 2 (1-0) 0 0.04 Single to LF
2014-03-22 LAD Clayton Kershaw down 3-0 2B b6 --- 0 1 (0-0) 0 0.07 Double to CF
2014-03-23 LAD Hyun-jin Ryu down 1-0 1B b1 --- 2 6 (3-2) 0 0.01 Single to RF
2014-03-23 LAD Chris Withrow down 6-0 1B b6 1-- 0 5 (2-2) 0 0.02 Single to RF
2014-03-31 SFG Madison Bumgarner down 1-0 2B b3 --- 2 5 (1-2) 0 0.03 Double to LF
2014-03-31 SFG Yusmeiro Petit ahead 3-6 1B b6 --- 0 4 (1-2) 0 0.01 Single to CF
2014-04-01 SFG Matt Cain down 4-0 2B b1 1-- 1 2 (0-1) 1 0.09 Double to CF
2014-04-01 SFG J.C. Gutierrez ahead 4-5 1B b7 --- 0 3 (1-1) 0 0.03 Single to CF
2014-04-02 SFG Tim Hudson down 2-0 2B b7 --- 0 6 (3-2) 0 0.10 Double to RF
2014-04-03 SFG Tim Lincecum down 1-0 HR b1 1-- 1 1 (0-0) 2 0.19 Home Run to Deep CF-RF
2014-04-03 SFG Tim Lincecum ahead 1-2 1B b3 --- 2 6 (3-2) 0 -0.01 Single to RF
2014-04-04 @COL Chad Bettis down 10-1 1B t8 -23 1 2 (0-1) 1 0.00 Single to 2B

In Diamondbacks history

Rk Strk Start End #
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Luis Gonzalez 1999-04-11 1999-05-18 30 115 25 46 11 1 7 25 6 16 .400 .466 .696 1.162
2 Paul Goldschmidt 2013-09-10 2014-04-04 26 104 17 41 11 1 6 22 20 8 .394 .439 .692 1.131
3 Tony Womack 2000-05-02 2000-05-29 24 111 23 40 6 0 3 12 13 4 .360 .388 .495 .883
4 Danny Bautista 2004-04-07 2004-04-30 21 82 15 32 7 1 4 15 6 4 .390 .432 .646 1.078
5 Matt Williams 1999-05-26 1999-06-18 19 82 18 33 6 1 5 14 6 3 .402 .424 .683 1.106
6 Miguel Montero 2011-08-20 2011-09-10 18 71 8 25 7 0 3 16 14 4 .352 .395 .577 .972

Justin Upton 2009-04-24 2009-05-11 18 65 17 25 4 0 7 17 15 10 .385 .467 .769 1.236
Junior Spivey 2002-05-31 2002-07-04 18 70 18 26 4 1 3 10 14 9 .371 .439 .586 1.025
Mark Grace 2001-05-18 2001-06-10 18 64 10 27 7 0 4 18 3 13 .422 .519 .719 1.238
10 Paul Goldschmidt 2012-05-19 2012-06-10 17 62 13 26 9 0 6 10 14 9 .419 .500 .855 1.355
Justin Upton 2010-07-10 2010-08-01 17 67 12 27 9 1 2 11 11 9 .403 .468 .657 1.124
Stephen Drew 2008-07-29 2008-08-15 17 75 13 27 8 2 2 7 12 4 .360 .392 .600 .992
Luis Gonzalez 1999-09-18 2000-04-08 17 68 13 30 7 0 4 17 2 9 .441 .506 .721 1.22

In recent MLB history (since 2007)

Rk Strk Start End # AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Dan Uggla 2011-07-05 2011-08-13 33 130 30 49 5 0 15 32 27 12 .377 .438 .762 1.200 ATL
2 Andre Ethier 2011-04-02 2011-05-06 30 116 15 46 10 0 3 17 20 14 .397 .462 .560 1.022 LAD

Ryan Zimmerman 2009-04-08 2009-05-12 30 131 26 50 11 0 8 26 23 11 .382 .427 .649 1.075 WSN
Moises Alou 2007-08-23 2007-09-26 30 119 22 48 8 1 4 17 8 7 .403 .441 .588 1.029 NYM
5 Denard Span 2013-08-17 2013-09-18 29 124 20 46 5 2 2 9 13 7 .371 .406 .492 .898 WSN
6 Michael Cuddyer 2013-05-28 2013-06-30 27 113 17 42 5 0 6 19 22 5 .372 .400 .575 .975 COL
David Ortiz 2012-07-02 2013-05-07 27 97 19 41 11 0 6 23 16 17 .423 .504 .722 1.226 BOS
Ichiro Suzuki 2009-05-06 2009-06-03 27 118 13 47 8 0 3 7 8 6 .398 .432 .542 .974 SEA
9 Paul Goldschmidt 2013-09-10 2014-04-04 26 104 17 41 11 1 6 22 20 8 .394 .439 .692 1.131 ARI
Jose Reyes 2012-07-13 2012-08-08 26 104 21 38 8 2 5 9 9 7 .365 .405 .625 1.030 MIA
Emilio Bonifacio 2011-06-28 2011-07-28 26 100 27 39 4 0 0 5 18 17 .390 .479 .430 .909 FLA
Casey Blake 2007-05-20 2007-06-17 26 104 16 33 7 1 7 18 21 12 .317 .408 .606 1.014 CLE

I think one thing that this really rubs in, is just how insane Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak was - it probably deserves to be considered among the most unbreakable of all MLB records. Only one person has even reached 40 games in over seven decades since then (Pete Rose, who got to 44 in 1978), and I can only imagine what kind of pressure would result on the player concerned these days. It would surely be unbearable. Add the increasing dominance of pitching [BA this year is at .244 - if sustained, this would be the lowest mark since 1968, after which the mound was lowered], and this is likely as untouchable as Cy Young's 511 career wins.

That's even worth taking into account when comparing Goldie's streak to Gonzo's, for 1999 was virtually the peak of the hitting era. The league-wide batting average that season was .268, which remains the highest mark for a season since 1939, two years prior to Di Maggio's run. If we assume four at-bats per game, an average hitter then has a 71.2% chance of getting a hit in each game. A 25-game streak like Gonzo's would occur about one time in 4,725 by chance. If we take last year's BA of .251, the odds of a 25-game streak drop to one time in 12,686. Overall, Luis's is still more impressive, statistically, but it's closer than you'd think.

I'm just hoping this isn't one of those cases like 2004, where the team has a wretched season, but there's an outstanding individual performance - in that awful campaign, Randy Johnson's perfect game - to remember...

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