Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera’s 45 game on-base streak came to an end after going 0-4 in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Odubel Herrera is currently batting .344/.411/.544 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, and 24 runs scored in 180 plate appearances. Herrera now leads the National League in batting average.
Odubel Herrera went 0-for-3 during the game and had a chance to continue the streak for at least another game in the 9th inning, but unfortunately, Herrera would strike out swinging to end the streak. The ball did get past catcher Francisco Pena, allowing Herrera to get to first on the dropped third strike, but unfortunately, since he struck out, the streak officially ended.
“It’s part of the game, that’s part of baseball,” Herrera said through an interpreter. “At some point, the streak had to end. Now I’m looking forward to starting a new streak.”
Herrera’s on-base streak is the 4th longest in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history, following Mike Schmidt (56 games), Chuck Klein (49 games), and Bobby Abreu (48 games). The streak was the longest in the Major Leagues since Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman reached base in 46 consecutive games in 2016. Jayson Werth also got to 46 in 2016.
Manager Gabe Kapler also had some words regarding Odubel’s streak:
“What an incredible accomplishment,” Kapler stated. “I was looking at the list before the game of guys who have reached base somewhere in that many games and wow there are some Hall of Famers, some perennial All-Stars on that list, so he’s in good company.”
The Philadelphia Phillies are currently second in the National League East with a 26-18 record and are just 1.5 games back of the National League Leading Atlanta Braves.