July 2008

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 17

Picks of the day

larocheBTS.jpgAdam LaRoche, 1B, Pirates

  • 2-for-3 (.666) vs. COL RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
  • .450 AVG during last 12 G

Garrett Atkins, 3B, Rockies

  • 5-for-6 (.833) vs. PIT LHP Paul Maholm
  • .461 AVG vs. LHP in ’08

Top 5 current leaders

1. eazyeric, 35 games
2. stormrider1, 33 games
3. anthony.tynan, 29 games
3. yelmurb24, 29 games
5. garykittilsen, 28 games

Fan of the day

Eric Reeder, better known to BTS competitors as eazyeric, has surged into first place on the BTS leaderboard with a 35-game streak.

A resident of Essexville, Mich., Reeder has been relying on timely hits from his hometown Tigers to build his impressive streak.  Reeder likes going with his favorite player, Placido Polanco, as well as other Detroit stalwarts like Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez, although he says he won’t hesitate to use a guy like Ichiro Suzuki when the situation calls for it.

ordonezBTS.jpgAs Reeder has learned, however, favoring the home team in fantasy games has its price. Like the Tigers, Reeder has had his fair share of ups and downs this season, especially in the early going. Reeder went as far as to describe his experience with the game as “very stressful,” a sentiment that legions of other BTS competitors can surely understand.

“I must have started over at least 20 times,” Reeder says, “especially with the way the Tigers started the season.”

But like his beloved Tigers, Reeder seems to finally have found his groove. His 35-game streak is tied for the sixth-longest of the season. And if Detroit’s hitters stay hot and Reeder’s picks keep producing, the newest BTS leader just may give Joe DiMaggio a run for his money.

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, July 14

polancoBTS.jpgTop 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. eazyeric, 35 games (Placido Polanco)
2. stormrider1, 33 (David DeJesus)
3. anthony.tynan, 29 (Alex Rios)
3. yelmurb24, 29 (Ian Kinsler)
5. garykittilsen, 28 (Ichiro Suzuki)

Season leader: spooky93, 48 games

Weekend results

Beat the Streak’s season-long roller-coaster ride showed no signs of slowing down this weekend as four of Friday’s Top 5 competitors were unable to last until Monday. New leader eazyeric, the only member of Friday’s Top 5 to survive the tumultuous weekend, surged into the All-Star break with a 35-game streak when Placido Polanco laced a fifth-inning single off Minnesota righty Nick Blackburn on Sunday.

dejesusBTS.jpgSecond-place contestant stormrider1 celebrated his ascent into the Top 5 by picking Kansas City center fielder David DeJesus on Sunday. DeJesus stretched stormrider1′s streak to 33 games by singling in the bottom of the third against Seattle righty Carlos Silva.

The rest of the Top 5 used a trio of American Leaguers to keep their streaks intact. Third-place competitor anthony.tynan took a rain check when his pick, Alex Rios, did not play in Sunday’s game against the Yankees. Fourth-place competitor yelmurb24 capitalized on the relentless Ian Kinsler, who went 3-for-5 against the White Sox to stretch his own hit streak to 25 games. garykittilsen rounded out the Top 5 by going with BTS stalwart Ichiro Suzuki, who scratched out a 1-for-4 effort with a leadoff single in Seattle’s tilt with the Royals.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Jose Reyes (NYM): 9.2%, 1-for-3
2. Albert Pujols (STL): 8.6%, 0-for-4
3. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 5.2%, 1-for-4
3. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 5.2%, 2-for-4
5. Chipper Jones (ATL): 4.4%, 0-for-2

Beat the Streak Report: Friday, July 11

Weekend picks

Friday

atkinsBTS.jpgGarrett Atkins, 3B, Rockies

  • 5-for-8 (.675) vs. NYM LHP Oliver Perez
  • .479 AVG vs. LHP in ’08

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox

  • 5-for-14 (.357) vs. BAL LHP Brian Burres
  • .349 AVG vs. LHP in ’08

Saturday

Matt Holliday, OF, Rockies

  • .415 AVG during 14-game hit streak
  • 4th in Majors with .343 AVG

Sunday

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox

  • 6-for-13 (.462) vs. BAL RHP Daniel Cabrera
  • .474 AVG during 17-game hit streak

Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. mday1018, 35 games (Derek Jeter)
2. slumley, 34 games (Ian Kinsler)
3. eazyeric, 32 games (Placido Polanco)
3. hdchannell, 32 games (Nick Markakis)
5. hej2duk331, 31 games (Hanley Ramirez)

Season leader: spooky93, 48 games

Yesterday’s results

kinslerBTS2.jpgBeat the Streak leader mday1018 continued his pursuit of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game record by riding the bat of another Bronx legend, Derek Jeter. The Yankees captain singled to lead off New York’s tilt with the Pirates, stretching mday1018′s streak to 35 games.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Top 5 stayed intact for the third straight day. Second-place competitor slumley kept pace thanks to Ian Kinsler, who scratched out a 1-for-5 effort with a second-inning single off Angels starter John Lackey.

Fifth-place contestant hej2duk331 was given a stress-free night compliments of Hanley Ramirez, who went 5-for-6 against Chan Ho Park and the Dodgers. Rounding out the Top 5, eazyeric and hdchannell received just enough from Placido Polanco (1-for-6) and Nick Markakis (1-for-4) to stay alive.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Mark DeRosa (CHC): 8.4%, 1-for-3
2. Ryan Braun (MIL): 7.6%, 2-for-5
3. David Wright (NYM): 5.7%, 2-for-3
4. Chase Utley (PHI): 4.5%, 1-for-4
5. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 4.0%, 0-for-0

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 10

Picks of the day

wrightbts.jpgDavid Wright, 3B, Mets

  • 3-for-7 (.429) vs. SF LHP Barry Zito
  • .402 AVG vs. LHP in ’08

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers

  • 5-for-12 (.417) vs. LAA RHP John Lackey
  • .437 AVG during 21-game hit streak

Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. mday1018, 34 games (Alex Rodriguez)
2. slumley, 33 games (Dustin Pedroia)
3. eazyeric, 31 games (Dustin Pedroia)
3. hdchannell, 31 games (Cristian Guzman)
5. hej2duk331, 30 games (Dustin Pedroia)

Season leader: spooky93, 48 games

Yesterday’s results

arodBTS2.jpgNew BTS leader mday1018 celebrated his first day atop the leaderboard by extending his streak to 34 games. His surge toward the record books continued when Alex Rodriguez singled off Edwin Jackson in the third inning of the Yankees’ win over Tampa Bay.

A trio of other Top 5 competitors rode the bat of red-hot Dustin Pedroia, who went 2-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. His seventh-inning double off Minnesota reliever Brian Bass helped fifth-place contestant hej2duk331 reach the 30-game milestone, putting all contestants of the Top 5 into 30-game territory.

Fans made Lance Berkman the most-picked player just one day after he went  0-for-1 with four walks. The Houston slugger drew two more free passes yesterday, but singled off Pittsburgh starter John Van Benschoten in the fourth inning to finish with a 1-for-2 effort.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Lance Berkman (HOU): 9.5%, 1-for-2
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 5.3%, 3-for-4
3. Carlos Guillen (DET): 5.1%, 1-for-5
4. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 4.4%, 2-for-6
5. Chipper Jones (ATL): 4.3%, 0-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, July 9

Picks of the day

chipperBTS.jpgChipper Jones, 3B, Braves

  • 8-for-15 (.533) vs. LAD SP Derek Lowe
  • .379 AVG leads Majors

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins

  • .324 AVG in July
  • Hit safely in 14 of last 15 G

Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. mday1018, 33 games (Derek Jeter)
2. slumley, 32 games (Matt Holliday)
3. eazyeric, 30 games (Placido Polanco)
3. hdchannell, 30 games (Nick Markakis)
5. hej2duk331, 29 games (Ian Kinsler)

Season leader: spooky93, 48 games

Yesterday’s results

Yesterday’s Beat the Streak leader, dalmeetz048, saw his 34-game streak come to an end after Lance Berkman went hitless in five trips to the dish in Pittsburgh. Berkman’s plate patience proved to be deadly for dalmeetz048, as the hulking first baseman drew four walks in the Astros’ loss to the Pirates.

jeterbts.jpgWith dalmeetz048 forced to regroup, new leader mday1018 claimed the top spot on the strength of a 2-for-4 effort from Derek Jeter. mday1018′s 33-game streak gives him a slim lead over second-place competitor slumley, who extended his streak to 32 games after Matt Holliday singled against CC Sabathia in the southpaw’s National League debut.

Top 5 newcomer hej2duk331 put himself one game away from the 30-game milestone with some help from the sizzling Ian Kinsler. The surging second baseman extended his own hitting streak to 20 games after doubling against Angels lefty Joe Saunders in Texas.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 6.1%, 2-for-4
2. Derrek Lee (CHC): 5.4%, 0-for-2
3. Lance Berkman (HOU): 4.2%, 0-for-1
4. Chase Utley (PHI): 4.1%, 1-for-4
5. Ian Kinsler (TEX): 3.4%, 1-for-4

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.

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, July 7

Check out our profile of spooky93, whose season-high streak of 48 games ended with Ichiro Suzuki’s 0-for-3 day on July 4.

Picks of the day

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers

  • .438 AVG during 18-game hit streak
  • .373 home AVG in ’08

hanleyBTS.jpgHanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins

  • 6-for-11 vs. SD RHP G. Maddux
  • .351 AVG during 13-game hit streak

Top 5 current leaders

1. dalmeetz048, 33 (Josh Hamilton)
2. mday1018, 31 (Alex Rodriguez)
3. slumley, 30 (Matt Holliday)
4. eazyeric, 28 (Placido Polanco)
4. hdchannell, 28 (Nick Markakis)

Season leader: spooky93, 48 games


Yesterday’s results

spooky93′s season-high 48-game streak may be over, but the race for 57 is still on. New leader dalmeetz048 extended his streak to 33
games on the strength of a 2-for-4 effort from Texas All-Star Josh Hamilton.
Second-place contestant mday1018 stayed two games behind the leader
thanks to a 2-for-4 night from Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez.

eazyeric, whose 28-game streak puts him in a tie for fourth place with
hdchannel, stayed alive with a first-inning double by Placido Polanco.
The early hit proved to be a lifesaver for eazyeric, as Polanco didn’t
manage a hit in his remaining six trips to the dish in the Tigers’ 15-inning affair.

Yesterday’s top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 10.4%, 1-for-6
2. Lance Berkman (HOU):  7.5%, 0-for-1
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 4.2%, 1-for-4
4. Matt Holliday (COL): 3.6%, 2-for-5
5. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 3.1%, 2-for-5

BTS leader at 48 games thanks to Hanley

Beat the Streak leader spooky93 extended his season-high hit streak to 48 games Thursday night by picking Florida’s Hanley Ramirez, who went 2-for-5 against the Colorado Rockies.

spooky93 enters Friday’s action a mere two games short of setting the all-time Beat the Streak mark and just nine games shy of the $1,000,000 grand prize.

More updates to follow on Friday morning.

Check out this day-by-day comparison to see how spooky93′s streak stacks up to the record-setting one posted by Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

Hanley_480.jpg

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 3

Wednesday’s results

Beat the Streak leader spooky93
continued to ride the bat of Ichiro Suzuki, who went 3-for-3 against
the Blue Jays. The BTS leader has made Ichiro his go-to-guy, picking
the Seattle center fielder more times (11) than any other player.
spooky93 enters Thursday’s action just 10 games shy of the $1,000,000
grand prize.

ichiro275.jpgThe
rest of the Top 5 also stayed alive thanks to a 25-run rumble between
the Yankees and the Rangers. Capitalizing on the Bronx Bombers’ 18-run
barrage was dalmeetz048 (Derek Jeter), mday1018 (A-Rod) and tooley.3
(Johnny Damon). slumley rounded out the Top 5 by receiving a 1-for-4
effort from Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler.

For the second
straight day, fans picked A-Rod more than any other player. The slugger
turned in a 2-for-3 effort and drilled his 17th long ball of the year.
Albert Pujols was the fourth-most picked player, but he was held
hitless in five at-bats against Pedro Martinez and the Mets bullpen.

Spooky93′s favorite picks

Player: percentage picked (total times picked)

1. Ichiro Suzuki: 24% (11)
2. Lance Berkman: 19% (9)
3. Chipper Jones: 15% (7)
4. Jimmy Rollins: 9% (4)
5. Michael Young: 4% (2)
5. Carl Crawford: 4% (2)
5. Nick Markakis: 4% (2)
5. Vladimir Guerrero: 4% (2)
5. Hanley Ramirez: 4% (2)
10. Hideki Matsui: 2% (1)
10. Yunel Escobar: 2% (1)
10. Cristian Guzman: 2% (1)
10. Ian Kinsler: 2% (1)
10. Grady Sizemore: 2% (1)
10. Brian Roberts: 2% (1)

Top 5 current leaders

1. spooky93, 47 (I. Suzuki)
2. dalmeetz048, 29 (D. Jeter)
3. mday1018, 27 (A. Rodriguez)
3. tooley.3, 27 (J. Damon)
5. slumley, 26 (I. Kinsler)

Season leader: spooky93, 47 games

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 6.7%, 2-for-3
2. Chipper Jones (ATL): 5.7%, 1-for-4
3. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 5.0%, 3-for-3
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 4.4%, 0-for-5
5. Derrek Lee (CHC): 3.9%, 1-for-5

Picks for the holiday weekend

Thursday

Carlos Guillen, 1B, Tigers

  • 17-for-32 (.561) vs. SEA RHP C. Silva

youkBTS.jpgKevin Youkilis, 1B, Red Sox

  • 6-for-13 (.462) vs. NYY LHP A. Pettitte
  • .361 AVG vs. LHP in ’08

Friday

Justin Morneau, 1B, Twins

  • 16-for-38 (.421) vs. CLE RHP P. Byrd

Saturday

David Wright, 3B, Mets

  • 11-for-24 (.458) vs. PHI RHP J. Moyer
  • .407 AVG in last 16 G

Sunday

J.J. Hardy, SS, Brewers

  • 7-for-13 vs. PIT LHP Z. Duke
  • .386 AVG during 14-game hit streak



BTS leader extends streak to 47 thanks to Ichiro

Beat the Streak leader spooky93 extended his season-high streak to 47 games Wednesday night thanks to Ichiro Suzuki, who collected a single in his first at-bat off Toronto’s Dustin McGowan and finished with a 3-for-3 night in Seattle.

spooky93 enters Thursday’s action a mere three games short of setting the all-time Beat the Streak mark and just 10 games shy of the $1,000,000 grand prize.

More updates to follow on Thursday morning, including the experts’ picks of the day and a recap of Wednesday’s other highlights on the BTS leaderboard.

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