5/6 Streaky shortstop

Ryan Theriot was eager to start a new hitting streak. The Cubs shortstop went 0-for-4 Wednesday to end his streak at 13 games, which tied his career high, set July 3-20, 2008. Theriot joked that he wasn’t even aware of it.

“I knew [Mike Fontenot] had one going and I laughed at him when he had a pinch-hit and got out,” Theriot said of the second baseman, who struck out Tuesday to end his streak at 10 games.

Nobody teased Theriot.

“I don’t think it’s anything significant until you get close to 20 [games] and up,” he said.

Theriot entered Thursday’s game ranked fourth in the National League with a .345 average. He leads the NL with 41 hits and was tied with James Loney with 13 multi-hit games.

“I think the main thing is just keeping the same approach,” Theriot said. “For me, it’s staying consistent with my thought process with my approach. If I do that, I’ll be fine. I made a few changes, nothing too drastic.

“Hitting first also forces you to think differently which is big,” he said. “For me, with my game, I think it helps a lot.”

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

I was doing some research, and it appears that a player with a hitting streak going who appears in just one at-bat as a pinch hitter puts his streak on the line. Is this the case? Has this come up before? I can imagine that a guy with a long streak going- say, 30 games or more- would not appreciate sitting a day and only getting one chance to keep his streak.

(Joe McCarthy to Joe Dimaggio on the last day of his hit streak)
“Hey Dimaggio! Get some rest today, we’ll use you as a pinch hitter in the ninth. Gotta keep you fresh.”
“Uh… huh? Coach? Can uh, we talk?”
Thanks Carrie!

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