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Ethier's chase of DiMaggio at halfway point

Today’s Trivia: Andre Ethier has hit in 28 consecutive games, halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game streak. Who holds the all-time "professional" baseball hit streak record?

A closer look at Andre Ethier’s 28-game hit streak:

He’s hitting .393 with 10 multi-hit games since the streak started on April 2.

He hasn’t waited long to continue the streak, extending it in the first inning eight times and the fourth inning (usually his second at-bat) seven times.

Andre Ethier

Ethier

Since Joe DiMaggio’s streak in 1941, Ethier is the 40th different player to make it halfway to 56 in a single season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 23 made it to 30 straight games, and only six made it to 35.

Assuming he plays each game and there aren't any rainouts, Ethier would tie DiMaggio’s hit streak on June 1 against the Colorado Rockies. Game No. 57 would be on June 3 at the Cincinnati Reds.

Prior to his current streak, Ethier’s longest hitting streak was 16 games, from July 26-Aug. 12 of 2006. That’s his only other double-digit hit streak.

Looking Ahead to Tuesday night:

Evan Longoria -- out since April 2 with a strained left oblique -- is expected to return to the Tampa Bay Rays. There are two ways to illustrate Longoria's value to the Rays.

In terms of basic statistics, Rays’ third basemen in Longoria’s absence hit less than .200 (.188) with 11 RBI and 32 strikeouts.

Using more advanced measures, Longoria led American League position players from 2008-10 in Wins Above Replacement (WAR), which measures a player's offensive and defensive value compared to a player who would be used to replace him. He ranked third in all of baseball in WAR from 2008-10, behind Albert Pujols and Chase Utley.

Most Consecutive Winless Starts
Last 30 Seasons

Jo-Jo Reyes is scheduled to start tonight for the Toronto Blue Jays. Reyes has not won a start since June 13, 2008 when he was with the Atlanta Braves. According to Baseball-reference.com, that's the third longest winless start streak in the last 30 years.

• After hitting three grand slams in 2010, the Florida Marlins already have a major-league leading three following Gaby Sanchez’s first career slam Monday at St. Louis.

Raul Ibanez is hitless in his last 34 at-bats. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three other position players since 2005 had droughts of 0-for-34 or worse within one season: Brad Ausmus was 0-for-40 in 2006; Josh Wilson 0-for-35 in 2007; and Akinori Iwamura was 0-for-34 in 2010.

• The San Diego Padres Mat Latos will take the mound tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dating to last season, Latos has lost nine consecutive starts, tied with Andy Benes (1993-94) Dennis Rasmussen (1991)for the longest losing streak in franchise history.

Trivia Answer: Joe Wilhoit holds the all-time "professional" baseball hit streak record. He hit in 69 consecutive games for the 1919 Wichita Jobbers, who played in the Western League (minor leagues).