In last night’s excellent recap (that fan still owes him a dollar!), Kenny noted that Alen Hanson now has as many home runs as walks (8). That’s... a cool combination! It’s in the realm of interesting, to be sure. One of those quirks of baseball. It was also Hanson’s second home run since he last drew a walk... which was on July 15th against Oakland.
Yes, that’s right. Alen Hanson hasn’t drawn a walk in nearly two months. Perhaps oddly, that last walk and the four before it all came as a pinch hitter. Only three walks in his season total have come when he’s started a game, the last one being May 11th. So, Alen Hanson does not draw walks and if by accident he does somehow, it’s because he’s being more or less pitched around.
Meanwhile, Evan Longoria has reached base in eight straight games for the second time this season (his season high is 11-straight), albeit with a measly line of .241 / .303 /.448 and only three walks. That 11-game streak that started at the end of July was a much better-looking .348 / .380 / .587, but again, only three walks.
Longoria and Hanson are the only significant pop in the lineup at this point and their combination of plucky free-swingery (Hanson) and grizzled veteran swingology (Longoria) present the only challenges in the Giants’ lineup.
Which will last the longest this September?
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Evan Longoria’s on base streak
Alen Hanson’s walk-less streak