Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Ruf Stretch

Phillies' longest streaks of reaching base.

A Ruf Stretch

With a base hit in the fourth inning Sunday night, Phillies rookie Darin Ruf has now reached base safely in 32 consecutive games, dating to Sept. 25 of last season. That is tied for the Phillies' 25th longest streak since 1916, which is how far back we can check with the fabulous database at (By the way, statistically, you "reach base safely" only via a hit, a walk or a hit by pitch.)

Although Ruf could move into the club's top 10 by the end of the week, he is quite a ways from the club record. That was 56 consecutive games set by Mike Schmidt over the 1981-82 seasons.


 Player  G  First Game  Last Game   OBA
 Mike Schmidt  56     Aug. 16, 1981  May 8, 1982  .478
 Chuck Klein  49  May 26, 1930  Aug. 10, 1930  .457
 Bobby Abreu  48  Aug. 15, 2000  April 10, 2001  .446
 Chuck Klein  44  June 4, 1931  July 15, 1931  .472
 Pete Rose  41  May 19, 1982  July 4, 1982  .389
 Don Hurst  41  Aug. 4, 1929  Sept. 18, 1929  .432
 Willie Montanez  40  July 7, 1974  Aug. 18, 1974  .434
 Jimmy Rollins  38  Aug. 23, 2005  April 5, 2006  .437
 Scott Rolen  38  Aug. 30, 1998  April 19, 1999  .415
 Scott Rolen  36  June 28, 1997  Aug. 7, 1997  .484
 Dolph Camilli  36  May 21, 1937  July 1, 1937  .411
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