Last week, I wrote about how Matt Olson was on pace to accomplish something only six men have done in MLB History. Now, Olson is pacing the Braves and the majors in a statistic that’s pretty uncommon these days — consecutive games played:
With Whit Merrifield's games played streak coming to an end today, the longest "Ripken" streak belongs to Matt Olson. 221 straight games.
Only four players have played in every single one of their team's games this season: Olson, Dansby Swanson, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman.
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As you can see, Dansby Swanson isn’t far behind Olson. It’s no shock that old friend Freddie Freeman is on this list either. Ripken’s record of consecutive games played will never, and I mean never, be broken. Regardless, it’s still good to see Matt Olson providing some stability for the Braves in the wake of losing a franchise icon. Dansby Swanson has arguably been the best hitter in baseball — both of these guys need to stay healthy if the Braves are going to continue to hawk down the Mets and win another NL East title.
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