Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, July 8

Picks of the day

Pedroia2BTS.jpgDustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox

  • 4-for-8 (.500) vs. MIN RHP Nick Blackburn
  • .485 AVG during 15-game hit streak

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers

  • 8-for-15 (.533) vs. LAA LHP Joe Saunders
  • .462 AVG during 19-game hit streak

Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. dalmeetz048, 34 games (Jose Reyes)
2. mday1018, 32 games (Dustin Pedroia)
3. slumley, 31 games (Ian Kinsler)
4. eazyeric, 29 games (Hanley Ramirez)
4. hdchannell, 29 games (J.D. Drew)

Season leader: spooky93, 48 games

Yesterday’s results

Beat the Streak leader dalmeetz048 took another step toward the record books on the strength of a 2-for-5 effort from Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. The leader’s 34-game streak is the sixth longest this season.

reyesbts.jpgThe second- and third-place contestants rode the scorching bats of Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler. The All-Star second basemen extended their own hit streaks to 15 games and 19 games, respectively, and in the process helped mday1018 and slumley keep pace with the leader.

Meanwhile, eazyeric and hdchannell rounded out the Top 5 by surviving on one-hit efforts from Hanley Ramirez and J.D. Drew.

Fans who made Chase Utley yesterday’s highest-picked player were rewarded when the second baseman went yard off Pedro Martinez in the fourth inning of yesterday’s Phillies-Mets slugfest. Chipper Jones, who leads the Majors with a .384 average and was yesterday’s fourth-most-picked player, was held hitless in three at-bats as Hiroki Kuroda tossed a one-hit gem against the Braves in Los Angeles.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Chase Utley (PHI): 11.3%, 1-for-3
2. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 7.4%, 1-for-5
3. Lance Berkman (HOU): 6.0%, 1-for-4
4. Chipper Jones (ATL): 5.8%, 0-for-3
5. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 5.5%, 2-for-4

Fan of the day

Five years ago, Scott Lumley was a fresh-faced rookie competing in his first fantasy baseball league. Today, the seasoned gamer is using his fantasy baseball knowledge to chase down a $1 million cash prize.

Scott, better known as “slumley” to his Beat the Streak presented by Mitchum competitors, entered Tuesday’s action with a 31-game streak, good for third-longest among active players.

A participant of Beat the Streak presented by Mitchum for two years, Scott also has fantasy teams in the MLB.com 2008 Open, Yahoo and ESPN leagues, and a keeper/auction league with his friends. In fact, the Ontario, Canada, resident has become so ensconced in fantasy baseball that he now favors individual players over one specific team.

“I was at one time a rabid Blue Jays fan,” Scott said. “I’ve been playing fantasy baseball so long, I no longer have a favorite team.”

Scott says his favorite hitters are Hanley Ramirez, Ian Kinsler, Alex Rodriguez, Chase Utley and Matt Holliday. And though he’s managed to keep his streak alive using studs like those listed above, one of his most memorable moments came when he called upon a less-heralded hero. 

On June 30, Scott had come up empty in his search for a promising matchup until he stumbled upon the unsung Mike Aviles. Though the 27-year-old shortstop had fewer than 100 at-bats going into the game, Scott noticed that he was raking against left-handers. With southpaw Brian Burres on the hill for the Orioles that day, Scott decided to gamble on his diamond in the rough. The gritty move paid off, as Aviles ended up swatting a pair of singles and scoring the game’s winning run in the top of the 11th.

“It was really satisfying seeing the leaders’ hitters listed — there was Ichiro and Berkman and A-Rod and Jeter, and I was the only guy on the list with Mike Aviles,” Scott said.

Using lesser-known players like Aviles has helped Scott build his streak into the 30s, but the third-place contestant understands the importance of bona-fide stars as well. He says that Kinsler and Holliday have been “money” for him when he’s used them in the right spots, but one superstar he will never use is Albert Pujols. According to Scott, Prince Albert is just too lethal for his own good.

“Pitchers are perfectly happy to walk him,” reasoned Scott, “because they’re absolutely afraid of him.”

Scott’s impressive streak and extensive fantasy background are far from being the only noteworthy elements of his life. The London native describes himself as a “full-time dad” before anything else. His plan, providing he wins the $1 million grand prize, clearly displays his family-first attitude.

“I’d buy my family a home and set up a college fund for my little boy,” Scott said. “He’s only 11 months old, but you can never start that stuff too early.”

Outside of being a family man, Scott is also a contributor to the film Web site boxofficeprophets.com. And though Scott may liken himself to a prophet of the movie industry now, people may soon consider him a prophet of another sort if he continues his run into the BTS record books.

8 Comments

JUST READ THE SPOOKY93 INTERVIEW. HE ACTUALLY SEEMS LIKE A NICE GUY DESPITE BEING A RED SOX FAN.

HE HAS MADE 3 IN A ROW AFTER HIS STREAK JUST ENDED. IT SEEMS HE WAS SO CLOSE. IF HE CHOSE H. RAMIREZ THAT DAY, HE BE AT 53 GOING INTO TODAY’S GAME AND ALL OF PROBABLY GAVE UP.

I had a horrible nightmare last night that Placedo Polanco went 0 for 4 today ending my streak at 29. I told my friend I would pick all Tigers this year because I watch every game on TV, exept when they have a day off obviously. So far so good, I’m sticking with Placedo despite my horrible dream. Eazy Eric.

I had a streak of 29 that ended back in early May, and that was hard. I can’t imagine getting to 48 and losing. I would be sick. Nice run, spooky. I hope to get back in this thing before the year is out. But if not, I hope the million dollar prize is claimed this year. There was a point when 10 people had streaks of 30 or more, and I was sure someone would run the table. So I quit playing for awhile. Hope to get back in this thing 1 game at a time.

whos everyone have tonight i got carlos Lee who does every1 else have besides guy with nightmare about Polanco

Another day where it looks like everyone from the leaderboard is moving up.

NOT SO FAST. #1 MIGHT GO DOWN. BERKMAN WALKED THREE TIMES SO FAR AND IN IT LOOKS LIKE ONLY ONE AT BAT LEFT. I WOULD LOVE SEE HIM GO. BERKMAN WAS A HORRIBLE PICK. JUST LIKE ELLSBURY 3 DAYS AGO. WITH PICKS LIKE THAT, HE DESERVES TO BE DROPPED.

I agree. I was gonna say the same thing when he took Ellsbury. I was gonna say I don’t think he’d be #1 for long with picks like that. But he’s just one guy, although he is the top guy, I’d like to see at least 5 or so people fall from the leaderboard.

I see Ichiro pulled another 0-4. I wasn’t gonna take him for tomorrow but with his numbers against Blanton, combined with an 0-4, I bet he bounces back with a hit.

Pedroia looking good, doesn’t have a hit off of Hernandez yet, so I don’t know how he will do, or Carlos Guillen batting .520 against Byrd. True Ichiro should come back today. There is always Ian Kinsler. Of course the professional hitter Placedo Polanco. Eazy Eric

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