Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, Sept. 4

Picks of the day 


vladbts.jpgVladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels

  • 12-for-28 (.429) vs. DET LHP Kenny Rogers
  • 13-for-31 (.419) in last 7 G

Billy Butler, DH, Royals

  • 1-for-1 vs. OAK LHP Dan Meyer
  • .500 AVG during 8-game hit streak

Yesterday’s picks, results

  • Derek Jeter (NYY), 1-for-5
  • Brian Roberts (BAL), 1-for-3

Top 5 current leaders

1. cubdane (Dustin Pedroia)
2. huhino (Albert Pujols)
3. jnay017 (Raul Ibanez)
3. rustyolson56 (Dustin Pedroia)
3. trizzy7 (Albert Pujols)

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

Yesterday’s results


Pedroia_275.jpgThe Top 5 — the last remaining BTS competitors capable of reaching 57 games — all survived to play another day. BTS leader cubdane took another step closer to Joe DiMaggio at 35 games after staying with the hot-hitting Dustin Pedroia, who went 1-for-3 against the Orioles.

Also benefiting from Pedroia’s performance was rustyolson56, whose streak improved to 32 games. Keeping pace were his third-place counterparts jnay017 and trizzy7 (yesterday’s Fan of the Day), thanks to the steady hitting of Raul Ibanez (2-for-4) and Albert Pujols (1-for-4), respectively.

Picking Pujols also kept second-place competitor huhino in the running, right behind cubdane, at 33 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players:
 
1. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 8.6%, 3-for-4
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 7.8%, 1-for-4
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 7.7%, 1-for-4
4. Derek Jeter (NYY): 4.2%, 1-for-5
5. Matt Holliday (COL): 2.9%, 0-for-3

 

1 Comment

It looks like frewerdj has won the MLB.com Survivor contest! The 2nd place runner up at 33 games (1 of only 2 fans to survive the leaderboard cleansing when the Twins lost to the Mariners 3-2, in 11 innings in Seattle with Liriano starting against Batista I believe,) lost with the Brewers today, 5-2 to the Padres.

In retrospect, his pick makes sense, in accordance with the way he’s picked his teams over the last week or so, which emphasized the team, home-field advantage, and hot/cold streaks, regardless of who was pitching. That’s how he came up with the Cubs that huge elimination day, even though the Pirates were starting Jeff Karstens who had only made 4 starts so far this year at that point, all quality starts.

I know the Brewers just got swept by the Mets, but the Brewers at home against the Padres is a tempting proposition, especially with just 6 games to pick from (although you could have used the Royals with the doubleheader and still won with them sweeping, but no one would ever do that for the team contest.)

However, I think the Devil Rays were the core pick today, simply because of a mix of team advantage: Yankees probably won’t sweep IN Tampa Bay and pitching advantage: Kazmir over Darrell Rasner.

No one else on the leaderboard is even active, which means at best, someone’s streak is at 24 games, which still gives them enough time.

However, that 6-8 week period was unlike any in MLB.com Survivor history, so with the last fragment of that group being eliminated, I think frewerdj can breathe a sigh of relief and finally celebrate his victory!

After all, the old Survivor record was only 24 games coming into this season. Now the whole leaderboard is at least tied with that mark. So most likely that period of intense activity will never be reached again…at least not for another 6-7 years.

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