As Andre Ethier tries to extend his hitting streak to 30 games today, against Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs, I started thinking about hitting streaks. UPDATE: Ethier has been scratched, with a sore left elbow, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. Elbow problems abound!
Ethier has exactly one hit in each of his last three games -- two infield singles, and a looper just over the outstretched glove of second baseman Darwin Barney last night -- and I wondered, what is the longest LA Dodger streak of getting exactly one hit in each game?
Willy Aybar leads the pack:
|Longest LA Dodger Streak With Exactly One Hit
Ethier is 8-for-18 with a double and two walks against Zambrano in his career. Ted Lilly starts for the Dodgers. Both Lilly and Zambrano pitched in the series in Wrigley Field a week and a half ago, in separate games, and both pitched badly. Each pitcher allowed more runs than innings.
In the least surprising development of the day, Jonathan Broxton has been shut down with elbow pain, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Jay Gibbons and Russ Mitchell become the 19th and 20th Dodgers position players to start a game this season, in their 32nd game of the season.
Game Time: 12:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket