May 2009

Beat the Streak: Weekend, May 29-31

 

Today’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
21-G hit streak; 20-for-58 (.345 AVG) lifetime vs. Angels starter John Lackey

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
Had 22-G hit streak from May 2-27

Mark Teixiera, 1B, Yankees
8-for-20 (.400 AVG) lifetime vs. Indians starter Cliff Lee; .415 AVG during 10-G hit streak

Saturday’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
21-G hit streak; .322 AVG lifetime at Angel Stadium

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
Had 22-G hit streak from May 2-27

Mark Teahen, 3B, Royals
19-for-44 (.432 AVG) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Sunday’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.391 AVG during 21-G hit streak

Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals
10-for-20 (.500 AVG) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jamie Moyer; Moyer: .342 AVG against in ’09

Orlando Cabrera, SS, A’s
15-for-39 (.385 AVG) since ’04 vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

We’re up to 35 games now for Choteria, who got a 1-for-4 performance from Chipper Jones to remain at the top of the BTS pack. Sure enough, adnaz remained right on the leader’s tail, getting an identical 1-for-4 effort from Evan Longoria to push his own impressive streak to 34 games.

The subsequent placeholders in the standings couldn’t keep pace, as Miguel Cabrera, Jacoby Ellsbury and Joe Mauer went hitless to end three streaks of at least 28 games. That left room for abetql, cdneaves and megz2312002 to slide into the Top 5 with a full slate of weekend games on tap.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Joe Mauer (MIN): 15.4%, 0-for-4
2. Evan Longoria (TB): 10.8%, 1-for-4
3. Carl Crawford (TB): 8.2%, 2-for-4
4. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 6.3%, 0-for-3
5. Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS): 6.2%, 0-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 28

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Today’s recommended picks

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
3-for-5 (.600 AVG) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett; .425 AVG in ’09

Stephen Drew, SS, Diamondbacks
14-for-27 (.519 AVG) lifetime vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
.340 AVG during 22-G hit streak

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

Choteria continued to chug along at the front of the pack, riding a 1-for-5 performance from Carl Crawford to push his BTS streak to a season-high 34 games. Still, he was unable to get any breathing room in the standings, as adnaz received two hits from Aaron Hill to stay one rung behind, at 33 games.

The rest of the Top 5 contestants also held steady in the rankings. stubs_22 received a three-hit effort from Ichiro Suzuki to push his streak to 29 games, while No Nickname and brett_chance pushed their streaks to 28 games by tabbing Crawford and Justin Morneau (1-for-5), respectively.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Justin Morneau (MIN): 6.9%, 1-for-5
2. Alfonso Soriano (CHC): 6.8%, 1-for-5
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 6.5%, 0-for-2
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 4.2%, 3-for-4
5. Joe Mauer (MIN): 3.4%, 1-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 27

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Today’s recommended picks

Alfonso Soriano, OF, Cubs
14-for-25 (.560 AVG) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke

Hunter Pence, OF, Astros
7-for-18 (.389 AVG) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo; Arroyo: .290 AVG against in ’09

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
.333 AVG during 21-G hit streak

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

There were no changes in the standings at the top of the BTS leaderboard, as each of the Top 5 contestants successfully picked a player who notched at least one hit.

Choteria extended his BTS season-high streak to 33 games with the selection of Carl Crawford (1-for-3), and adnaz remained one game behind thanks to a 2-for-4 night from Dustin Pedroia.

A 1-for-4 effort from Ichiro Suzuki extended stubs_27′s streak to 28 games, while No Nickname and brett_chance remained tied for fourth place, at 27 games, with their respective picks of Aaron Hill (1-for-5) and Crawford.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Albert Pujols (STL): 9.9%, 1-for-3
2. Carl Crawford (TB): 9.2%, 1-for-3
3. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 5.1%, 1-for-2
4. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 4.4%, 2-for-4
5. Alfonso Soriano (CHC): 4.1%, 1-for-3

 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 26

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Today’s recommended picks

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
13-for-33 (.394 AVG) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan

Carl Crawford, OF, Rays
7-for-16 (.438 AVG) lifetime vs. Indians starter Carl Pavano; Pavano: .318 AVG against in ’09

Alfonso Soriano, OF, Cubs
9-for-18 (.389 AVG) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Ian Snell

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

The BTS season-high streak for Choteria is up to 32 games, thanks to the selection of Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (1-for-4). However, adnaz stayed right on the leader’s tail, pushing his own streak to 30 games by getting just enough from Houston shortstop Miguel Tejada (1-for-5).

Third-place contestant stubs_22 didn’t have to wait for his player to eke out a lone hit, as he quickly extended his streak to 27 games when Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki rapped the first of his four base knocks. No Nickname and brett_chance rounded out the Top 5, at 26 games, with their respective picks of Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford (1-for-4) and Boston’s Dustin Pedroia (3-for-5).

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 13.6%, 1-for-4
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 8.5%, 1-for-1
3. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 6.6%, 3-for-5
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 4.2%, 4-for-4
5. Albert Pujols (STL): 3.0%, 0-for-2

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 25

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Today’s recommended picks

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
12-for-34 (.353 AVG) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jamie Moyer; Moyer: .351 AVG against in ’09

Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
5-for-11 (.455 AVG) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa; .378 AVG at Coors Field in ’08

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
Hit safely in 16 of last 17 G; 2-for-3 (.667 AVG) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Brad Penny; Penny: .305 AVG against in ’09

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

Choterita held steady in first place at 31 games as his pick for the day, Felipe Lopez, did not play in Arizona’s loss to Oakland. That left an opening for adnaz to creep one game closer to a tie for the top spot, and Ichiro Suzuki (2-for-4) came through with the goods to push his streak to 30 games. Third-place contestant stubs_22 also picked Ichiro to extend his streak to 26 games.

All in all, it was a good day for the BTS field, as 13 of the Top 15 most selected players delivered at least one hit. With a full slate of action on tap, may the hits keep coming as everyone celebrates a happy Memorial Day!

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Adam Jones (BAL): 5.8%, 1-for-4
2. Ryan Zimmerman (WSH): 4.8%, 1-for-3
3. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 4.5%, 2-for-4
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 4.2%, 0-for-2
5. Miguel Cabrera (DET): 3.6%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak: Weekend, May 22-24

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Today’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.348 AVG during 15-G hitting streak

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
14-G hitting streak; .417 AVG in ’09

Saturday’s recommended picks

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers
10-for-25 (.400 AVG) lifetime at Minute Maid Park; Astros starter Brian Moehler: .355 AVG against in ’09

Victor Martinez, C, Indians
ML-leading .400 AVG in ’09

Sunday’s recommended picks

Adam Jones, OF, Orioles
12-for-23 (.522 AVG) lifetime vs. Nationals; .364 AVG in ’09

Orlando Cabrera, SS, Athletics
13-for-30 (.433 AVG) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Jon Garland; Garland: .291 AVG against in ’09

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 9.6%, 2-for-3
2. Chipper Jones (ATL): 7.3%, 1-for-3
3. Johnny Damon (NYY): 6.0%, 0-for-0
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 4.9%, 1-for-4
5. Albert Pujols (STL): 3.8%, 1-for-3

 

 

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 21

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Today’s recommended picks

Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros
11-for-26 (.423 AVG) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
7-for-17 (.412 AVG) lifetime vs. Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook; Cook: .299 AVG against in ’09

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.355 AVG during 14-G hitting streak

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

Life has been getting dicey for the BTS front-runners, as yesterday’s action resulted in the end of the leader’s streak for the third straight day. This time, it was Chase Utley’s hitless performance that halted the run of redlandsrick at 28 games. Might we have a BTS hex on our hands along the lines of the S.I. Cover Jinx and the Madden Curse? Let’s hope a savvy and fearless contestant proves us wrong.

With redlandsrick back to square one, Choterita took over first place at 28 games after tabbing Cardinals catalyst Skip Schumaker. adnaz and eric.hubler held steady in their positions behind the new leader, pushing their respective streaks to 26 and 25 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Nick Markakis (BAL): 8.0%, 0-for-4
2. David Wright (NYM): 6.4%, 1-for-2
3. Evan Longoria (TB): 3.7%, 1-for-4
4. Johnny Damon (NYY): 3.4%, 0-for-4
5. Torii Hunter (LAA): 2.7%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 20

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Today’s recommended picks

Skip Schumaker, 2B, Cardinals
10-for-24 (.417 AVG) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

David Wright, 3B, Mets
11-G hitting streak; .419 AVG lifetime vs. Dodgers

Mark Teahen, 3B, Royals
10-for-24 (.417 AVG) lifetime vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

It was a rocky day at the front of the BTS pack, as three of the Top 5 contestants saw their streaks snapped due to quiet days from Marlon Byrd (0-for-3), Ryan Braun (0-for-2) and Ian Kinsler (0-for-4).

But redlandsrick was able to steer clear of the 0-for bug, getting just enough from Michael Young (1-for-4) to take over sole possession of first place at 28 games. Choterita and adnaz both scored a winner by tabbing Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-5), leaving them in second and third place with their respective streaks of 27 and 25 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ryan Braun (MIL): 5.9%, 0-for-2
2. Ryan Zimmerman (WSH): 5.6%, 1-for-3
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 4.8%, 1-for-4
4. Ian Kinsler (TEX): 4.8%, 0-for-4
5. Alfonso Soriano (CHC): 3.6%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 19

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Today’s recommended picks

Alfonso Soriano, OF, Cubs
13-for-32 (.406 AVG) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro

Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
3-for-3 (1.000 AVG) lifetime vs. Astros starter Mike Hampton; .347 AVG in May

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
20-for-53 (.377 AVG) during 12-G hit streak

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

The reign at the top of the BTS leaderboard was a short one for dustinhahn29, whose selection of Rays speedster Carl Crawford (0-for-3) ended his streak at 29 games. JohnnyV21 also fell from his perch near the front of the pack, getting a 0-for-3 effort from the normally reliable Albert Pujols to snap his run at 28 games.

That leaves jackstraw0018 and redlandsrick as the new BTS co-leaders with their 27-game streaks. Choterita and tjb0424 are tied for third at 26 games, and khaarer rounds out the Top 5 with a 25-gamer.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Carlos Beltran (NYM): 7.3%, 0-for-4
2. Ryan Zimmerman (WSH): 6.4%, 2-for-5
3. Aaron Hill (TOR): 6.3%, 1-for-3
4. Evan Longoria (TB): 5.4%, 2-for-5
5. Chipper Jones (ATL): 5.2%, 1-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 18

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Today’s recommended picks

Carlos Beltran, OF, Mets
11-for-29 (.379 AVG) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Randy Wolf

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
Hit safely in 13 of last 14 G; 24-for-58 (.414 AVG) in May

Brian McCann, C, Braves
27-for-65 (.415 AVG) lifetime vs. Rockies; 11-for-28 (.393 AVG) in May

BTS all-time leader: Michael Karatzia, 49
MLB all-time leader: Joe DiMaggio, 56

Yesterday’s results

tyrules667 continued to streak through most of the weekend, becoming the first BTS participant of the season to reach the 30-game plateau. Unfortunately, that’s as far as the streak went, as Raul Ibanez went 0-for-4 with a walk yesterday to end tyrules667′s reign at the top.

Former second-place contestant jjdemarest also fell off over the weekend, leaving the path clear for dustinhahn to take over first place at 29 games. JohnnyV21 is a close second at 28 games, and three more enter the work week tied for third at 26 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Albert Pujols (STL): 6.7%, 2-for-3
2. Ryan Braun (MIL): 6.4%, 1-for-3
3. Ryan Zimmerman (WSH): 5.5%, 0-for-3
4. Nick Markakis (BAL): 4.4%, 0-for-2
5. Alfonso Soriano (CHC): 3.0%, 2-for-5

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