The young shortstop continued his hot streak Friday with an opposite-field home run to give the Blue Jays a lead on the Tampa Bay Rays in Buffalo. He's now homered in four straight games.
The three-run homer made Bichette the first shortstop in baseball history to record an extra-base hit and an RBI in seven consecutive contests, according to Sportsnet Stats. Hall of Famer Paul Waner set the overall record by doing it in 11 straight games in 1927, according to Stathead. Waner and Chipper Jones (2006) share the record for consecutive games with an extra-base hit at 14.
Bichette's also halfway to tying Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly, and Dale Long 's record for the most consecutive games with a home run.
The 22-year-old is slashing .345/.377/.672 with five home runs and 13 RBIs this season. Seven of his nine extra-base hits have come in the last seven games. Even before Friday's outburst, Bichette's brilliant start to his career had already put him in some elite company.
"I think we're watching a star in the making," manager Charlie Montoyo said postgame, according to Keegan Matheson of MLB.com.
Toronto became the fourth team in history to hit at least six homers in back-to-back games, and the first since the 2012 Washington Nationals, according to ESPN Stats & Info.