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To No A'Vail'

I have no reason to write this post, other than that in a blog by the fine writer, Joe Posnanski, he referenced that Mike Vail's 23-game hitting streak was the longest in the majors in 1975.

Some other minutiae about Mets single-season hitting streaks, thanks to Baseball-Reference.

* Catcher Jesse Gonder had the longest Mets hitting streak in 1963, a 14-gamer from July 19 to August 4. That was more than double the length of his next-longest hit streak (6 games) for the Mets.

* In 1968, the year of the pitcher, no Met had a hit streak longer than Tommie Agee's 12-gamer. This streak was a big deal because, as it came in September, it set the tone for Agee's great 1969 season. Agee hit .189 entering the streak, then .422 over the dozen games it spanned.

* The Mets longest hit streak in 1969 was 11 games (Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones). Yes, that's right. The Mets longest hit streak in their championship season was shorter than their longest hit streak in the year of the pitcher.

* Gary Carter's 13-game hit streak to close the 1986 regular season was the Mets longest of that year. Carter than proceeded to go 1-for-his-first-21 in the playoffs before winning Game 5 with a walk-off hit.

* The 1993 Mets were so bad that they only had one player reach a double-digit hit streak (Bobby Bonilla, 10 games). Even Frank Thomas managed an 18-gamer for the 1962 Mets.

* Every Mets player with a hitting streak of 13 games has managed a .300 batting average during that streak, with one exception. Tommie Agee hit .288 during his 20-game hit streak in 1970.

* The hottest Mets during a lengthy hit streak? Lance Johnson hit .479 during a 17-gamer in 1996. John Milner hit .491 over a 16-gamer in 1976. Frank Taveras hit .492 during a 14-gamer in 1980. But Jose Reyes takes the prize, .561 with 31 hits during a 13-game hit streak in 2006.

* The longest Mets hit streak by a pitcher was 6 games, by Jerry Koosman in 1974.


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