Ichiro Riding 15 Game Hitting Streak

graphs_1101_batter_daily_10_full140280_20060521.pngLast night’s 3-5 performance bumped Ichiro Suzuki‘s batting average up to .314 for the season and marks the 15th game on his current hitting streak.

Over the past month or so, he’s seen a drastic rise in the number of groundballs (green) he’s hit, bringing him back to his typical batted-ball profile. Furthermore, he’s been beating out these same grounders for singles over 20% of the time, the highest at any point in his career. With his groundball percentage nearing a career high, it’s doubtful he’ll reach last year’s 15 home run mark, but I don’t see anyone complaining. Looks like this could be one of his “better” years in the average department.

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David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.

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