Colorado Rockies: David Dahl Ties Franchise Hitting Streak Record
The Colorado Rockies lost their third-straight game last night to the Texas Rangers in Arlington by a score of 5-4. However, in the process, rookie outfielder David Dahl tied a franchise hitting streak record to start a MLB career at 16 games.
David Dahl has simply been unbelievable since being called up from Triple-A Albuquerque. With the loss of Trevor Story, and then Carlos Gonzalez to injuries, Dahl has stepped up and with third baseman Nolan Arenado carried the Colorado Rockies offense.
Dahl hit in his 16th-straight game to begin his major league career, which ties the Rockies franchise record, which was set by Juan Pierre from August 8-23, 2000, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Dahl is just one game away from tying the modern day MLB record for the longest streak to begin a career which was set by the Cleveland Indians Chuck Aleno, who set the record at 17 games in 1941.
Dahl is hitting a crazy .373 in his hitting streak, with an OBP of .403 and an OPS of 1.013. And Dahl has not been phased by facing left-handed pitching – he is hitting a whopping .462 and has an OPS of .923 when facing lefties.
Another interesting statistic is that when the Rockies are behind in a game, Dahl is hitting an even .400, with a astronomical 1.279 OPS.
Dahl helped his average last night when he tripled in two runs in the top of the eighth inning which tied the game at 3.
These are gaudy numbers for a veteran batter, not simply a rookie like Dahl who is just mashing the baseball right now.
Dahl has very much caught the eye of his general manager Jeff Bridich.
“Hey, all we expect of him is a hit in every game he plays. If not, then we send him back down,” Bridich said via Saunders.
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Of course Bridich is joking, but you have to shudder to think where the Rockies offense would be without Dahl in the current lineup. Yes, the bullpen is struggling currently, but the offense would be in bad shape too without the contributions of Dahl.
Dahl will have the opportunity to tie the MLB hitting streak record to start a career when the Rockies conclude their four game home-home series against the Rangers at 1:05 p.m. later today.
It would be great to see Dahl match this record and set a new franchise record.
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All statistics, records and accolades courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and MLB.com unless otherwise indicated.