August 2008

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, Aug. 19

Picks of the day 

pujolsbts.jpgAlbert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals

  • 12-for-27 (.444) vs. PIT SP Ian Snell
  • .348 AVG in ’08

Ty Wigginton, OF, Astros

  • 9-for-25 (.360) vs. MIL SP Ben Sheets
  • .491 AVG during 15-game hit streak

Yesterday’s picks, results
Jermaine Dye (CWS), 2-for-5
Garret Anderson (LAA), 1-for-4

Top 5 current leaders

1. eduneversaydie (Orlando Cabrera)
2. jpsteeleaz69 (Jose Reyes)
3. knightbomb (Jermaine Dye)
3. smithdog52 (Jermaine Dye)
5. scasmflop (Michael Young)

BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results


After overtaking bassman for the top spot, BTS leader eduneversaydie improved on his gains yesterday when Orlando Cabrera went 1-for-5. The White Sox shortstop slugged a two-run homer in the fifth inning of a 13-5 win over Seattle, keeping eduneversaydie’s streak alive at 36 games.

Young_275.jpgA rare day off for Jose Reyes kept second-place jpsteeleaz69 at 33 games, while a 2-for-5 performance from Jermaine Dye pushed both third-place competitors knightbomb and smithdog52 to 31 games. With bruinscup72 dropping to sixth place after picking injured second baseman Ian Kinsler, and kehsiao being eliminated from the Top 5, scasmflop was able to take sole control of fifth place, thanks to a 1-for-5 night from Michael Young. Two other Top 10 competitors were rewarded by Young, including sixth-place pupway10 and ninth-place jfb17.

The number of fans still able to reach 57 games fell to 272.

 

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players:

1. Ian Kinsler (TEX): 8.0%, 0-for-0
2. Jermaine Dye (CWS): 7.8%, 2-for-5
3. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 7.7%, 1-for-4
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 6.7%, 3-for-5
5. Jose Reyes (NYM): 5.6%, 0-for-0

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, Aug. 18

Picks of the day 

dyeBTS.jpgJermaine Dye, OF, White Sox

  • 16-for-35 (.457) vs. SEA SP Jarrod Washburn since ’03
  • .338 home AVG in ’08

Garret Anderson, OF, Angels

  • 3-for-6 vs. TB SP Andy Sonnanstine
  • .386 AVG during 20-game hit streak

 

Yesterday’s pick, result
Manny Ramirez (LAD), 2-for-4

Top 5 current leaders

1. eduneversaydie (Ichiro Suzuki)
2. jpsteeleaz69 (Magglio Ordonez)
3. knightbomb (Magglio Ordonez)
3. smithdog52 (Miguel Tejada)
5. bruinscup72 (Ichiro Suzuki)
5. kehsiao (Ichiro Suzuki)
5. scasmflop (Ichiro Suzuki)

BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

ichiroBTS2.jpgWith bassman out of the running, new BTS leader eduneversaydie leaped into the top spot this past weekend, thanks to the performance of Ichiro Suzuki. The Mariners leadoff man went 2-for-6 in Seattle’s 11-8 loss to Minnesota yesterday, extending eduneversaydie’s streak to 35 games.

BTS leader eduneversaydie wasn’t the only one benefiting from Ichiro’s two-hit performance. Four other Top 10 competitors — bruinscup72, kehsiao, scasmflop and hinnami — picked Ichiro to stay hot on eduneversaydie’s trail.

A day off for Magglio Ordonez kept jpsteeleaz69 and knightbomb at second and third place, respectively, while smithdog52 moved into a tie for third at 30 games, thanks to a 2-for-4 showing from Miguel Tejada. Competitors jwayne714 and pupway10 remained deadlocked at eighth place after tabbing Manny Ramirez (2-for-4, HR) and Alex Rodriguez (3-for-3, HR), respectively, as both sluggers erupted for a combined eight RBIs.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players:

Johnny Damon (NYY): 9.4%, 0-for-4
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 6.9%, 2-for-6
Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 5.6%, 3-for-3
Vladimir Guerrero (LAA): 4.7%, 0-for-4
Magglio Ordonez (DET): (3.3%), 0-for-0

 

Beat the Streak Report: Friday, Aug. 15

Picks of the day

andersonBTS.jpgGarret Anderson, OF, Angels

  • 6-for-13 (.462) vs. CLE LHP Cliff Lee
  • .387 AVG during 18-game hit streak

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners

  • 4-for-7 (.571) vs. MIN LHP Francisco Liriano
  • .319 AVG since All-Star break

Yesterday’s picks, results

Alfonso Soriano (CHC): 1-for-5
Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 2-for-4
    
Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)
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1. bassman, 37 games (Alfonso Soriano)
2. eduneversaydie, 32 (Orlando Cabrera)
3. cali_kid, 31 (Kevin Youkilis)
3. jpsteeleaz69, 31 (Magglio Ordonez)
5. knightbomb, 28 (Randy Winn)
5. theoneuno, 28 (Alfonso Soriano)
   
BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

BTS leader bassman inched closer to the history books yesterday after Alfonso Soriano went 1-for-5 in the Cubs’ win over Atlanta. Soriano blasted a two-run, fourth-inning homer off Tom Glavine to extend bassman’s streak to 37 games, the fourth-longest of the season.

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Two of yesterday’s four fifth-place competitors were cut from the ranks after choosing Conor Jackson and Sean Casey. Jackson went 0-for-4 with a walk against Glendon Rusch and the Colorado bullpen, while Sean Casey grounded out to second in his lone at-bat as a pinch hitter in Boston’s win over the Rangers.

The rest of the Top 5 kept pace with the leader, as second-place competitor eduneversaydie led the way by capitalizing on Orlando Cabrera’s 1-for-4 night against the Royals. Third-place fans cali_kid and jpsteeleaz69 extended their streaks to 31 games on the strength of Kevin Youkilis (2-for-4) and Magglio Ordonez (1-for-3), while fifth-place contestants knightbomb and theoneuno maintained their spots on the leaderboard courtesy of Randy Winn (2-for-4) and Soriano.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 7.9%, 3-for-5
2. Alfonso Soriano (CHC): 5.9%, 1-for-5
3. Lance Berkman (HOU): 5.8%, 2-for-4
4. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 5.3%, 2-for-4
5. Manny Ramirez (LAD): 5.1%, 0-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, Aug. 14

Picks of the day
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Alfonso Soriano, OF, Cubs

  • 8-for-18 (.444) vs. ATL LHP Tom Glavine
  • .337 AVG since All-Star break

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, Red Sox

  • 4-for-10 (.400) vs. TEX RHP Vicente Padilla
  • .409 AVG in August

Yesterday’s picks, results

Stephen Drew (ARI): 2-for-5
Manny Ramirez (LAD): 1-for-3
   
Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)
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1. bassman, 36 games (Matt Holliday)
2. eduneversaydie, 31 (Matt Holliday)
3. cali_kid, 30 (Manny Ramirez)
3. jpsteeleaz69, 30 (Matt Holliday)
5. eanderson, 27 (Dustin Pedroia)
5. howard.liebers 27 (Conor Jackson)
5. knightbomb, 27 (Matt Holliday)
5. theoneuno, 27 (Dustin Pedroia)
   
BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

BTS leader bassman extended his streak to 36 games thanks to Matt Holliday’s 1-for-4 night against the Diamondbacks, but not all Top 5 members were so lucky. Yesterday’s second-place competitor saw his 30-game streak come to an end last night, opening the door for four competitors to jam into a fifth-place tie.

pedroiaBTS3.jpgTwo of the fifth-place co-leaders went with Dustin Pedroia, who delivered a 2-for-5 performance against Luis Mendoza and the Texas bullpen. The other two competitors went with Holliday and Conor Jackson, who slapped a fourth-inning single of Jeff Francis to complete a 1-for-4 effort.

Third-place competitors jpsteeleaz69 and cali_kid broke into 30-game territory yesterday thanks to Holliday and Manny Ramirez, who launched a two-run homer off Joe Blanton in the Dodgers’ win over Philadelphia.
 
Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 8.4%, 2-for-5
2. Lance Berkman (HOU):  5.9%, 1-for-3
3. Manny Ramirez (LAD): 5.3%, 1-for-3
4. Nate McLouth (PIT): 3.9%, 2-for-3
5. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 3.1%, 1-for-4
 

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, Aug. 13

Picks of the day

mannydodgersBTS.jpgManny Ramirez, OF, Dodgers

  • 13-for-21 (.619) vs. PHI RHP Joe Blanton
  • .476 AVG in last 11 G

Stephen Drew, SS, Diamondbacks

  • 7-for-17 vs. COL LHP Jeff Francis
  • .344 AVG during 14-game hit streak

Yesterday’s picks, results

Brian Roberts (BAL): 1-for-3
Garret Anderson (LAA): 1-for-4
    
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Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. bassman, 35 games (I. Suzuki)
2. eduneversaydie, 30 (V. Guerrero)
2. vidrohater, 30 (C. Beltran)
4. cali_kid, 29 (J. Reyes)
4. jpsteeleaz69, 29 (B. Roberts)
   
BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

The Top 5, suddenly the model of consistency, remained intact again yesterday as all five members received key hits to keep their streaks alive. BTS leader bassman maintained his position at the vanguard courtesy of Ichiro Suzuki, who swatted a pair of singles in the Mariners loss to the Angels.

beltran.jpgSecond-place competitors eduneversaydie and vidrohater broke into 30-game territory thanks to Vladimir Guerrero and Carlos Beltran, respectively. Gurrero belted his 22nd homer of the year off Jarrod Washburn, while Beltran went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles against Odalis Perez and the Washington ‘pen.

Fourth-place competitors cali_kid and jpsteeleaz69 moved to just one game shy of the 30-game plateau on the strength of key contributions from Jose Reyes and Brian Roberts. Reyes collected a pair of singles to go 2-for-5, while Roberts added an RBI-single as Baltimore fell to the Indians.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 7.4%, 2-for-5
2. Vladimir Guerrero (LAA): 5.2%, 1-for-4
3. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 5.1%, 5-for-6
4. Jose Reyes (NYM): 4.5%, 2-for-5
5. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 3.7%, 1-for-6 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, Aug. 12

Picks of the day
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Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles

  • 4-for-6 (.666) vs. CLE LHP Jeremy Sowers
  • .370 AVG during 13-game hit streak

Garret Anderson, OF, Angels

  • 9-for-21 (.429) vs. SEA LHP Jarrod Washburn
  • .409 AVG during 16-game hit streak

Yesterday’s picks, results

David Wright: 2-for-5
Aubrey Huff: 1-for-5
    
arodBST3.jpgTop 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. bassman, 34 games (Alex Rodriguez)
2. eduneversaydie, 29 (David Wright)
2. vidrohater, 29 (Joe Mauer)
4. cali_kid, 28 (Joe Mauer)
4. jpsteeleaz69, 28 (Jose Reyes)
   
BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56 

Yesterday’s results

BTS leader bassman inched one step to closer to the record books last night thanks to Alex Rodriguez, who went 1-for-3 in New York’s loss to the Twins. A-Rod swatted a first-inning single off Minnesota hurler Glen Perkins to extend bassman’s streak to 34 games.

mauerBTS2.jpgThe rest of the Top 5 all received key contributions to keep pace with the leader. Second-place fan eduneversaydie capitalized on David Wright’s 2-for-5 night to stretch his streak to 29 games. Fellow second-place competitor vidrohater, along with third-place fan cali_kid, both saw their streaks continue courtesy of Joe Mauer, who delivered a first-inning single of Sidney Ponson in a 1-for-2 effort. Competitor jpsteeleaz69, who shares a tie for fourth place with cali_kid, stayed in the hunt after Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 against Zach Duke and the Pittsburgh ‘pen.

Jpsteeleaz69 was one of 7.6 percent of fans that made Reyes yesterday’s most-picked player. Albert Pujols, who was chosen by 5.4% of fans, was the only one of yesterday’s most-picked players that didn’t pull through. The All-Star first baseman was held hitless in four trips to the dish against Anibal Sanchez and the Marlins relievers.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Jose Reyes (NYM): 7.6%, (2-for-5)
2. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 7.3%, (1-for-3)
3. David Wright (NYM): 6.6%, (2-for-5)
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 5.4%, (0-for-3)
5. Manny Ramirez (LAD): 5.0%, (2-for-3)

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, Aug. 11

Picks of the day
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David Wright, 3B, Mets

  • 3-for-9 (.333) vs. PIT LHP Zach Duke
  • 10-for-22 (.455) during 5-game hit streak

Aubrey Huff, DH, Orioles

  • .403 AVG during 18-game hit streak
  • Career .321 AVG in August

Weekend picks, results

Friday: Garret Anderson (LAA): 1-for-5; Jose Reyes (NYM): 1-for-4
Saturday: Carlos Lee (HOU): 0-for-0, BB
Sunday: Mark Teixeira (LAA): 1-for-2
    
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Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. bassman, 33 games (Chipper Jones)
2. eduneversaydie, 28 (Lance Berkman)
2. vidrohater, 28 (Chone Figgins)
4. cali_kid, 27 (Orlando Hudson)
4. jpsteeleaz69, 27 (Placido Polanco)
   
BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56   

Weekend results

First-place competitor bassman survived his first ever weekend as BTS leader and took a few steps closer to the elusive 57-game mark. The leader stretched his streak to 33 games on Sunday when Chipper Jones laced a first-inning single off Brandon Webb to complete a 1-for-3 performance.

choneBTS.jpgFifth-place fan jpsteeleaz69 made his way onto the leaderboard after user taswanso was unable to last through the weekend. The Top 5 caboose-rider extended his streak to 27 games after Placido Polanco scratched out a 1-for-5 effort against Greg Smith and the Athletics.

Top 5 competitors eduneversaydie and vidrohater both kept pace with the leader over the weekend, using timely hits from Lance Berkman (1-for-3) and Chone Figgins (2-for-5) on Sunday. Fourth-place fan cali_kid kept his place in the Top 5 but lost a game on the leader after his pick, Orlando Hudson, did not play on Sunday due to a wrist injury.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 6.0%, 1-for-4
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 4.0%, 2-for-5
3. Mark Teixeira (LAA): 3.9%, 1-for-2
4. Manny Ramirez (LAD): 2.9%, 1-for-4
5. Jose Reyes (NYM): 2.3%, 2-for-4
 

Beat the Streak Report: Friday, Aug. 8

Weekend Picks

Friday

andersonBTS.jpgGarret Anderson, OF, Angels
.442 AVG during 13-game hit streak
.414 AVG since All-Star break

Jose Reyes, SS, Mets
8-for-15 (.533) vs. FLA RHP Ricky Nolasco
.362 AVG over last 12 G
 
Saturday

Carlos Lee, OF, Astros
10-for-28 vs. CIN RHP Bronson Arroyo
.360 AVG since All-Star break

Sunday

Mark Teixeira, 1B, Angels
10-for-21 (.476) vs. NYY LHP Andy Pettitte
.355 AVG since All-Star break

Yesterday’s picks, results

berkmanbts.jpgPlacido Polanco: 1-for-4
Lance Berkman: 3-for-5

Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. bassman, 30 games (Jose Reyes)
2. taswanso, 26  (Lance Berkman)
3. cali_kid, 25 (Lance Berkman)
3. eduneversaydie, 25 (Lance Berkman)
3. vidrohater, 25 (Lance Berkman)

BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56
 

Yesterday’s results

BTS leader bassman reached the elusive 30-game plateau courtesy of Jose Reyes, who went 1-for-5 in the Mets win over San Diego. Reyes tripled off Padres starter Josh Banks to help bassman maintain his hold on the top spot heading into the weekend.

reyesbts.jpgMeanwhile, yesterday’s five-way, third-place knot was cleared up as two competitors dropped out of the Top 5. One fan fell into sixth place when his pick, Jermaine Dye, did not play in Chicago’s loss to Detroit, while another saw his streak revert to zero after Albert Pujols went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks against the Dodgers.

Four members of the Top 5 were among the 16.8% of contestants who made Lance Berkman Thursday’s most-picked player. The Astros slugger rewarded those who showed faith in him by delivering a stellar 3-for-5 effort against Josh Fogg and the Cincinnati ‘pen.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Lance Berkman (HOU): 16.8%, 3-for-5
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 6.7%, 1-for-4
3. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 6.6%, 0-for-4
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 6.4%, 0-for-2
5. Matt Holliday (COL): 4.3%, 2-for-7

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, Aug. 7

Picks of the day

polancoBTS2.jpgPlacido Polanco, 2B, Tigers

  • 15-for-38 (.395) vs. CWS RHP Javier Vazquez
  • Hit safely in 17 of last 19 G

Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros

  • 11-for-22 (.500) vs. CIN RHP Josh Fogg
  • .345 AVG vs. RHP in ’08

Yesterday’s picks, results

Magglio Ordonez: 1-for-4
Brian Roberts: 1-for-4
    
Top 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)
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1. bassman, 29 games (M. Holliday)
2. taswanso, 25 (R. Braun)
3. cali_kid, 24 (H. Ramirez)
3. eduneversaydie, 24 (M. Ordonez)
3. jpsteeleaz69, 24 (M. Ordonez)
3. medman61, 24 (M. Ordonez)
3. vidrohater, 24 (R. Braun)
   
BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

Only five Florida Marlins managed a hit against Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies last night. Unfortunately for soxwhite24, Jorge Cantu wasn’t one of them.

hollidayBTS3.jpgYesterday’s BTS leader saw his 36-game wash away as Cantu went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Marlins’ loss. With his departure, new leader bassman moved up from second place to take over the top spot. Bassman remains one step away from 30-game territory, however, as Matt Holliday was unable to play in last night’s postponed contest between the Rockies and Nationals.

Five competitors with 24-game streaks used yesterday’s leaderboard upheaval to jump into a third-place knot. Three of those fans went with Magglio Ordonez, who slammed a seventh-inning double to increase his lifetime mark against White Sox hurler John Danks to 9-for-14. The other two third-place competitors kept their streaks alive on the strength of 1-for-5 efforts from Ryan Braun and Hanley Ramirez.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 6.3%, 0-for-4
2. Manny Ramirez (LAD): 4.6%, 2-for-4
3. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 4.4%, 0-for-0
4. Lance Berkman (HOU): 4.2%, 1-for-4
5. Ryan Braun (MIL): 3.7%, 1-for-5

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, Aug. 6

Picks of the day

magglioBTS.jpgMagglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers

  • 8-for-11 (.727) vs. CWS LHP John Danks
  • .373 AVG since All-Star break

    
Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles

  • 7-for-17 (.412) vs. LAA RHP Ervin Santana
  • .324 AVG during 8-game hit streak

Yesterday’s picks, results

Curtis Granderson: 1-for-6
Jose Lopez: 3-for-5
   
nadyBTS.jpgTop 5 current leaders
(yesterday’s pick)

1. soxwhite24, 36 games (Xavier Nady)
2. bassman, 29 (Dustin Pedroia)
3. 92gm, 26 (Alex Rios)
4. taswanso, 24 (Russell Martin)
5. cali_kid, 23 (Chase Utley)
   
BTS season leader:  Robert Paradise, 48
BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

BTS leader soxwhite24 took another step towards immortality last night, extending his streak to 36 games on the strength of Xavier Nady’s 1-for-4 effort against the Rangers. Nady helped soxwhite24 draw within 12 games of season-leader spooky93 after singling in the fourth inning off Texas starter Matt Harrison.

utleybts2.jpgTuesday’s fourth-place contestant, boobsmcoakes, lost his spot on the leaderboard after not making a pick. His departure left the door open for newcomer cali_kid, who joined the Top 5 after Chase Utley went 1-for-3 against Josh Johnson and the Marlins.

The rest of the Top 5 received clutch performances from their players to keep pace with the leader. Second-place contestant bassman put himself one game shy of the 30-game plateau by capitalizing on Dustin Pedroia’s 1-for-5 night against the Royals. Third-place competitor 92gm stayed alive thanks to Alex Rios (1-for-4), while taswanso moved up to the fourth spot after Russell Martin scraped out a 1-for-5 effort against St. Louis.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 8.2%, 1-for-5
2. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 7.9%, 0-for-3
3. Jermaine Dye (CWS): 6.1%, 1-for-6
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 3.2%, 2-for-4
5. Derek Jeter (NYY): 3.1%, 0-for-3

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