But for the two Giants, the most important streak they're looking for Sunday against the Padres is a winning streak.
Madison Bumgarner toes the rubber against fellow southpaw Clayton Richard in the rubber match of a three-game set at AT&T Park.
Bumgarner has won his last three starts and has allowed just four runs during that time. It comes after he allowed four runs in his first four innings to start the season. As a result, Bumgarner has lowered his ERA to 2.96.
Offensively, manager Bruce Bochy said Brett Pill and Brandon Belt will share first base while Aubrey Huff is out with an anxiety disorder.
"These two guys can help us with Huff down," Bochy said. "You look for production from that spot and these are guys who can provide that on a consistent basis."
Whoever gets the nod on Sunday will face Richard outside his comfort zone of spacious Petco Park.
The Padres' lefty has a 9.53 ERA in two road starts this season, allowing three home runs to opponents who have a combined on-base percentage of .407. At home, Richard has a 1.35 ERA in two starts.
He allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Nationals in San Diego last week and fixed a flaw in his delivery that was giving him fits.
"I think we made some adjustments that needed to be made," Richard said. "When you're on the side of the ball, bad things happen."
Against Washington, Richard said staying on top of the ball more would help with command and movement of all of his pitches. It certainly worked, as the left-hander retired 11 consecutive hitters from the first to fourth inning.
"I thought his velocity was up and the movement of his pitches was outstanding," manager Bud Black said. "If Clayton can repeat that arm slot, I think you'll see more games like that."
Padres: Tekotte called up as Hermida is DL-ed
The Padres recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte after placing Jeremy Hermida on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left adductor and hip flexor.
"It just wasn't getting any better," Black said.
Hermida was hitting .250 in 24 at-bats but leads the team with four pinch-hits. Hermida indicated that the pain in his groin area started late in Spring Training and that the training staff had been able to prepare him for games.
Tekotte was hitting .278 in his first 79 at-bats with Triple-A Tucson.
Giants: Edlefsen recalled from Fresno
Steve Edlefsen returned to the Major Leagues on Saturday, taking the place of Eric Hacker, who was brought up from Triple-A Fresno to make Friday's start and then sent back there.
"He's a ground-ball guy," Bochy said of Edlefsen. "He has a good sinker and slider. "He's going to help us."
An MRI taken on Friday revealed that Freddy Sanchez's shoulder injury was just a strain and he'll be able to resume his rehab in less than a week.
The Padres are still in search of their first series victory this season and they would earn it with a win Sunday.
Orlando Hudson's 0-for-4 night Saturday snapped a 10-game hitting streak, which was the longest for any Padre this season.
Eighteen of the last 20 games between the Padres and the Giants have been decided by three runs or fewer. San Diego holds the edge in those contests, 10-8.