Merrifield ties longest hitting streak in Royals history

Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield prepares to bat during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) - Whit Merrifield has embraced talking about it. And his hitting streak has now reached a historic mark without jinx.

The Royals star hit a leadoff triple in Tuesday night's game against the Mariners to extend that streak to 30 games. It ties a franchise record for longest hitting streak set by George Brett.

Merrifield's current streak, one that dates back to last season, is the longest one in Major League Baseball since 2016. Before Tuesday's game even started, he said he didn't mind addressing the streak.

"I know in this day and age, when stuff like this happens, you're going to have to talk about it," Merrifield said. "You can't just not talk about it. So I've embraced it."

However, just because he wants to discuss it doesn't mean Kansas City manager Ned Yost wants to.

"You guys can talk about it, he can talk about it, I'm not talking about it." Yost said before the game. "I'm not going to be the one that jinxes the streak. I don't like it, I don't like it, I'm not talking about it. And I'm not superstitious either. I'm not, I'm really not."

So far, each of their approaches have worked. And now Merrifield can solely own the club record with a hit in Wednesday's game vs. Seattle.