The St. Louis Cardinals entered Thursday 8-2 in their last 10 and took over first place in the NL Central division.
They came in with a 5.5-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers.
A big part of that red-hot streak can be attributed to outfielder Corey Dickerson.
The veteran has been on quite a groove at the plate in recent games.
“Corey Dickerson’s last 10 at bats: Single, Double, Double, Single, Double, Single, Single, Single, Single, Single. He’s the 13th player in MLB’s expansion era (since 1961) to record a hit in 10 consecutive at bats!” CBS Sports tweeted.
Corey Dickerson's last 10 at bats:
He's the 13th player in MLB's expansion era (since 1961) to record a hit in 10 consecutive at bats!
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 25, 2022
There is not too much power in Dickerson’s bat these days, but when he is healthy and has a starting role, he can still be quite productive.
Ten Straight Hits Is Extraordinary
Hitting MLB pitching is extremely hard: imagine standing there with a bat and having to swing at a 100-mph cutter, or a knee-buckling, 85-mph curveball.
Hitting .280 these days should be considered a success.
Dickerson, however, has been fortunate and skilled enough to collect 10 straight hits, three of them going for extra-bases.
For the season, he has a .268 batting average, 20 runs scored, four homers, 21 RBI and a .716 OPS in limited action.
A left calf strain had cost him around a month of action earlier in the summer, but he is healthy now just in time to help the Cardinals hold off the Brewers and secure a postseason spot.
If he remains healthy over the stretch run, he is a terrific option to start against right-handers and even against some lefties.
He is a really nice piece to have and is showing that age (he is 33) is just a number in MLB.