July 2008

Leader up to 46 thanks to Ichiro

Picks of the day

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox

  • 10-for-18 (.556) vs. TB LHP Scott Kazmir
  • .538 AVG during 9-game hit streak

kinslerBTS.jpgIan Kinsler, 2B, Rangers

  • .421 AVG during 14-game hit streak
  • .362 AVG in June

Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. spooky93, 46 (I. Suzuki)
2. dalmeetz048, 28 (J. Damon)
3. mday1018, 26 (D. Jeter)
3. tooley.3, 26 (I. Suzuki)
5. slumley, 25 (C. Guzman)   
   
Season leader: spooky93, 46 games

Yesterday’s results

Beat the Streak leader spooky93 extended his season-high streak to 46 games Tuesday thanks to Ichiro Suzuki, who hit a leadoff single en route to a 2-for-4 night against the Blue Jays.

ichirobts.jpgspooky93 — who’s picked Ichiro more times (10) than any other player — enters Wednesday’s action a mere four games shy of setting the all-time Beat the Streak mark and just 11 short of the $1,000,000 grand prize.

Check out how his streak compares to Joe DiMaggio’s record run.

The four other contestants in the Top 5 all kept pace with the leader. tooley.3, who also picked Ichiro, extended his streak to 26 games, while dalmeetz048 and mday1018 stayed alive with Bronx Bombers Johnny Damon (2-for-5) and Derek Jeter (DNP). Fifth-place contestant slumley was rewarded for showing faith in Major League hit leader Cristian Guzman (2-for-5).

Contestants showed enormous faith in slugger Alex Rodriguez by making him yesterday’s most picked player. Rodriguez, who went into the game with a .429 lifetime average against Kevin Millwood, couldn’t manage a hit in four trips to the dish.

Spooky93’s favorite picks

Player: percentage picked (total times picked)

1. Ichiro Suzuki: 22% (10)
2. Lance Berkman: 20% (9)
3. Chipper Jones: 16% (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)

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 7.0%, 0-for-4
Chipper Jones (ATL): 4.7%, 1-for-3
Lance Berkman (HOU): 4.1%, 0-for-3
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 4.0%, 2-for-5
Chase Utley (PHI): 3.7%, 2-for-6

BTS leader approaching history, counting on Ichiro

Beat the Streak leader spooky93 is closing in on rarefield territory heading into Tuesday night’s action.

ichiro275.jpg
With a season-high 45-game streak, he’s just four games shy of tying
the all-time BTS record and only 12 games short of the $1 million grand
prize.

His immediate fate rests on the bat of Ichiro Suzuki, whose Mariners will take on right-hander Jesse Litsch (8-4, 3.82 ERA, .271 BAA) and the Blue Jays at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field.

Tune in live at 10:10 ET on MLB.TV to find out if baseball’s single-season hit king can help spooky93 inch another step closer to history.