Mookie Betts nearly historic streak


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Dec 16, 2010

The count had run full, the game was out of hand, and the pitch from Orioles reliever Oliver Drake was an 82.1-mph splitter that was up and in. The batter froze and let it pass, home-plate umpire Paul Emmel called strike three, and the Fenway Park crowd, still buzzing from the David Ortiz home run that had just put the Red Sox up,10-2, didn't even realize it had just witnessed something historically significant last Sept. 12:

That was the last time Mookie Betts struck out in a regular-season game.
123 plate appearances ago.

I know I'm jinxing the hell out of him, but still.

Since 2000, the record is Juan Pierre's 147, in expansion era, the record is 223 by Dave Cash.

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Oct 6, 2010
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I mean, he's really due for a strikeout now given you posted this, I mean right? Law of averages and all that.

The all-time record is Joe Sewell's, from 5/19 to 9/29, 1929 a span of 516 PAs, over 115 games.

Sewell was also kind of a master at not striking out: Only two games in existed in the 1903 game, HOF career of Sewell in which he had two strikeouts: 5/13/23 and 5/26/30, in the second game of a doubleheader. With respect to his Sewell's career, I think this is the best perspective: 18 individual player seasons exist with 650+ PAs and 10 or fewer strikeouts. Sewell has five of them, including the best ratio of 699PA:4K. In fact, only one other player, Willie Keeler (1894, 1906) had multiple seasons that fit the above qualification. Got some tough work and standards cut out for you, Mookie!


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Jul 18, 2005
Betts has 45 PA this season with no strikeouts. Every other player with 17 or more PAs has struck out at least once.


Apr 22, 2017
I didn't even notice the streak; and I follow Betts so closely; but this was one of the most amazing baseball statistics I've read in a long while (thanks to twitter).

Cesar Crespo

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Dec 22, 2002
There was talk last year about Mookie's BB% rate and how low it was everything considered. Most people figured he'd eventually start walking more as the league made adjustments and started respecting his power. From September on, he had a 9.5% bb rate and 5.6% k rate in 126 PA. The rest of the season prior to September was 6.12%/12.11% in 604 PA.

This year he has 8bb/3k in 72 PA. Going back to last year, that's 20bb/10k in the last 198 PA.