- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2006

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The streak is over, but he keeps on hitting. Jimmy Rollins’ run at the National League’s record book ended more than a week ago when his hitting streak was stopped at 38 games — seven games shy of matching Wee Willie Keeler’s NL mark from 1896 to 1897. That hasn’t slowed the Phillies shortstop from swinging a hot bat — he was hitting .354 through yesterday.

Rollins admitted breaking Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak would be a bit easier doing it in one season. Rollins had a long offseason to think about the pressure. Regardless, it stands as the eighth-longest hitting streak in Major League Baseball history.

ATLANTA BRAVES

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at RFK.

George Herbert Walker Bush was still president when the Braves started this amazing run of 14 consecutive division titles.

Every season there is talk as to which team is going to unseat the Braves at the top of the NL East. Every season, pretenders and contenders come and go. The Braves have the potential to extend the streak with a roster loaded with great pitching, fine young talent, and Andruw Jones, the league’s reigning home run king.

Last season, the Nationals led or shared first place in the division for 63 days until the Braves dipped into their immense talent pipeline and used 18 rookies to win another title.

But the Nationals franchise can put an asterisk next to Atlanta’s unprecedented run. The former Montreal Expos led the Braves by six games in 1994 when the season ended Aug. 11 because of the players’ strike.

Ken Wright

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