August 9th 1998: John Olerud came to New York & hit .294 in first year getting adjusted in New York. In his second season Olerud displayed just how good of a hitter he was, setting a Mets record for a single season batting average (.354) which had been held by Cleon Jones (.340) since 1969.
One of his highlights that season was setting a Mets record for left hand hitters, with a 23 consecutive game hit strea.
The Olerud streak began back on July 19th at Shea Stadium in game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The streak went through a six game Mets win streak & stretch where they won eight of ten. On July 28th, the Mets hosted the San Diego Padres & Olerud had a three hit day, driving in a run in the 7-1 Mets win. As the month of July ended Olerud hit safely in his 15th straight game, it came during a loss to the L.A. Dodgers.
Olerud hit safely in the four game series split with the Dodgers. Next the West Coast, San Francisco Giants came to Shea & Olerud got even hotter. He would have three straight multi-hit games, collecting seven hits in the three games series, extending the streak to twenty games.
From there the Mets went on the road to Colorado to play the Rockies. There he not only continued the hit streak but also a streak of six straight multi hit games. He would get two hits in each of the first two games getting him to the 22 game hit streak mark.
On August 9th, Olerud had his biggest day during the entire streak, he collected four hits on the day getting his average over the .350 mark amongst the best in the league. The next day the streak would end at 23 games, as he went 0-3 in St. Louis. Olerud collected 40 hits during the streak, 10 doubles, 5 HRs & 19 RBIs.
Olerud still holds the Mets mark for left hand hitters with the 23 game hit streak & his single season batting average of .354 that year, is still the best ever by a Mets player.