MILWAUKEE, AUG. 24 -- Going strictly by percentages, Paul Molitor's hitting streak appears safe until Thursday.
But if you went by percentages, Molitor, a career .291 hitter going into this season, wouldn't have a 38-game hitting streak heading into Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.
The Milwaukee Brewers and their hot-hitting designated hitter had today off before starting a three-game series against the Indians.
Cleveland's scheduled starter Tuesday is Ken Schrom, against whom Molitor is hitting .600 (three for five) this season, and .360 (nine for 25) lifetime.
Wednesday night, Rich Yett is the probable starter for the Indians. Molitor has not faced Yett this season, but is one for four lifetime against the right-hander.
But then comes Thursday -- and Scott Bailes. Molitor is one for four this season against the hard-throwing left-hander, and only one for seven lifetime.
"Cleveland's staff is sort of a young staff, and it makes it a little difficult when you haven't faced these pitchers a lot," Molitor said. "But you just try to maintain your own style and not adjust too much to what pitcher is out there on the hill."
During Molitor's hitting streak, the Brewers have quietly climbed within eight games of the first-place Detroit Tigers in the AL East.