Aug 11, 2020

Remebering Mets History: (1998) John Olerud's 23 Game Hit Streak

August 9th 1998: John Olerud came to New York as a big hitter. He hit a fine .294 in first year getting adjusted in New York.

 In his second season as a Met, Olerud displayed just how good of a hitter he was, setting a Mets record for a single season batting average (.354) which had previously been held by Cleon Jones (.340) almost thirty years ago, in 1969. 

One of Olerud's hitting highlights that season was setting a Mets record for left hand hitters, with a 23 consecutive game hit streak.

July 1998: The Olerud streak began on July 19th at Shea Stadium. Olerud hit a HR that night in as extra inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. 

The hit streak went through a six game Mets win streak & a stretch where they won eight of ten. Olerud homered again, in a 7-5 win at Milwaukee. 

As the win streak ended at six, Olerud had two hits with a HR at Wrigley Field.
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. 

The next night, he helped Al Leiter to a victory, driving in two runs in a 7-6 win over the Padres.

As the month of July ended Olerud had hit safely in his 15th straight game.

August 1998: The Mets started the month at Shea, with a four game set against the Dodgers. Olerud hit safely in the series split with the Dodgers, with six hits. 

Next the 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, with a pair of doubles in the second game. He extended the hit streak to twenty games.

From there the Mets went on the road to Colorado to play the Rockies. In the first two games, he had two hits each night. In the August 7th game, he led the club along with Mike Piazza, both driving in three runs.

Two days later, on August 9th, Olerud had his biggest day during the entire streak. Although the Mets lost 11-4, Olerud collected four hits on the day getting his average over the .350 mark amongst the best in the league. The streak was now at 22 games.

The next day the hitting streak would end  at 23 games. 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.

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