Adam Jones knows how to get seasons started. In 2012, Jones hit in the season’s first 10 games, and got on base in 26 of the first 28 games.
In May, Jones went on a 20-game hitting streak.
This year, Jones started the season with a nine-game streak. He became the first Orioles player to start consecutive seasons with streaks of at least nine games.
As he did last year, Jones reaches base nearly every game. In the first 22 games, he’s hit in 20 and walked in another. He’s been locked out just once.
Jones’ 20-game streak didn’t come close to the longest one in team history, Eric Davis’ 30-game run in 1998.
There have been only 55 30-game streaks in baseball history. Not only have Orioles greats like Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson not hit in 30 straight games, many outstanding hitters haven’t.
Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Rod Carew, Willie Mays and Ted Williams all failed to hit in 30 straight. Luis Castillo, Benito Santiago and Willy Taveras, none of them a Hall of Fame candidate all have hitting streaks of 30 or more.