While Michael Cuddyer extends his league-best hitting streak to 27, the Colorado Rockies aren’t exactly buoyed by his sudden excellence in hitting, losing for the fourth time in six games, dropping once again below .500 as the San Francisco Giants, enjoying some excellent pitching from Madison Bumgarner.
Cuddyer’s been hitting well all year – he was at .321 before his streak began, and just over a month later, which included five consecutive games of not playing during June, he’s at .344, including hitting .347 in the month of June.
Cuddyer now owns the longest hitting streak in Rockies history, and has reached base safely for another franchise record of 45 games. During his streak, Cuddyer has hit six home runs and added 19 RBIs.
On the downside, the Rockies have gone 11-16 during his streak, while his power numbers and on base numbers haven’t changed by much. He’s getting hits, but most of them are in 1-4 or 1-5 bunches, not doing anything truly exceptional for the Rockies to capatilize on as they fall to two games behind the Diamondbacks in the very baffling NL West.
The next series for the Rockies is against the Dodgers, facing Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Chris Capuano. Cuddyer is 2-of-6 against Kershaw with an RBI and two strikeouts, hitting .231 against Capuano, but has also walked five times and is a .257 career hitter against Greinke, but it will be the first time he sees pitches from him this season.
Cuddyer needs three to become the 56th player in baseball history to reach a 30-game hitting streak. In 2011, both Andre Ethier and Dan Uggla notched that feat, with Uggla recording 33 consecutive games with a hit.