Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier(notes) made it through the weekend safely, extending his growing hitting streak to 27 games with an infield single against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
On the other side of the country, Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez(notes) unfortunately kept the complete opposite of Ethier's streak alive, going 0 for 4 in a 2-1 loss to the New York Mets.
The Sunday night 0-fer brought Ibanez's current offensive drought to 34 straight at-bats without a hit. As Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes, that puts Ibanez in the radar area of some all-time ineffective streaks and just another impotent week away from breaking baseball's record for at-bats by a position player without a hit. That mark currently belongs to Brooklyn's Bill Bergen, who went 46 straight at-bats in 1909 without recording a hit of any kind.
In the last 20 years, Ibanez's streak ranks ninth:
1. Dann Howitt — 43 AB (1992)
2. Andy Fox — 40 AB (2004)
3. Rey Ordonez — 37 AB (1997)
4. Mark Smith — 37 AB (1997-98)
5. Gerald Williams — 36 AB (2001-03)
6. Jose Gonzalez — 35 AB (1990-91)
7. Phil Stephenson — 35 AB (1992)
8. Wil Nieves(notes) — 35 AB (2002-07)
With Ibanez's season average weighing an anemic .154 and his OBP resting at a sickly .238, it's safe to say that the 38-year-old has become a sizable anchor on the Phillies lineup. And while I hate to see him struggle as he's one of the classier players in the game, it's probably time to follow CBS Sports' Matt Snyder's advice and do what's best for the team: Admit that Ibanez is a sunk cost at this point, slide Ben Francisco(notes) over to left and restart the Domonic Brown(notes) era in right when he's ready to go.
It certainly can't be any worse than what Philadelphia is struggling with now.