May 2009

Beat the Streak: Weekend, May 15-17

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Today’s recommended picks

Torii Hunter, OF, Angels
13-for-30 (.433 AVG) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood

Willy Taveras, OF, Reds
24-for-59 (.407 AVG) during 14-G hit streak; 4-for-8 (.500 AVG) lifetime vs. Padres starter Kevin Correia

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
Put together 30-game hit streak from April 8-May 12

Saturday’s recommended picks

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
6-for-14 (.429 AVG) since ’04 vs. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan

Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks
Hit safely in 18 of last 19 G; .375 AVG in May

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
.468 AVG in May; .370 AVG lifetime vs. Dodgers

Sunday’s recommended picks

Jose Reyes, SS, Mets
8-for-14 (.571 AVG) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain; 12-for-26 (.462 AVG) over last 6 G

Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
6-for-8 (.750 AVG) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Todd Wellemeyer; .389 AVG lifetime at Busch Stadium

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
5-for-11 (.455 AVG) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Manny Parra

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

Yesterday’s results

It was a good day in general for the BTS field, as every one of the Top 15 most selected players collected at least one base hit. Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson was among those players, and his 1-for-5 effort helped leader tyrules667 tie the BTS season-high streak of 29 games.

The day’s onslaught of offense wasn’t enough for second-place contestant jpburnett232, however, as Alfonso Soriano’s 0-for-4 performance ended his streak at 28 games. jjdemarest, dustinhahn and JohnnyV21 extended their respective streaks to 27, 26 and 25 games, and five more are tied for fifth place at 24 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Albert Pujols (STL): 8.8%, 1-for-4
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 6.8%, 1-for-4
3. Joe Mauer (MIN): 5.7%, 1-for-3
4. Carlos Lee (HOU): 4.4%, 1-for-5
5. Evan Longoria (TB): 4.0%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 14

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Today’s recommended picks

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
21-for-38 (.553 AVG) during 10-G hit streak

Carlos Lee, OF, Astros
22-for-47 (.468) AVG since beginning of May

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
10-for-25 (.400 AVG) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

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

Yesterday’s results

Ryan Zimmerman was finally thwarted by the opposition yesterday, going 0-for-3 with a pair of walks to snap his hitting streak at 30 games. The end of that run also spelled an end to the streaks of 8.7 percent of the BTS field.

None of the front-runners picked Zimmerman, though, and it seems the skepticism over his ability to keep streaking paid off. Top dog tyrules667 held steady at 28 games, as his day’s selection, Dustin Pedroia, did not play. That created an opening for jpburnett232 to move into a tie for first on the heels of a 1-for-4 day from Albert Pujols. The following three placeholders also held steady in the rankings, leaving intact five streaks of at least 24 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 8.8%, 1-for-5
2. Ryan Zimmerman (WSH): 8.7%, 0-for-3
3. Evan Longoria (TB): 7.4%, 0-for-6
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 4.6%, 1-for-4
5. Carlos Beltran (NYM): 4.5%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 13

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Today’s recommended picks

Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
Reached base safely in past 18 G; .373 AVG on road in ’09

Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros
20-for-42 (.476 AVG) since ’04 vs. Rockies starter Jason Marquis

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
.381 AVG during 30-G hit streak

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

Yesterday’s results

tyrules made a wise selection of Toronto’s Aaron Hill, getting a homer and single to extend his BTS-high streak to 28 games. jpburnett232 kept pace a game behind by picking Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-4), while jjdemarest took over third place at 25 games thanks to a 2-for-5 performance from sizzling Tampa Bay speedster Carl Crawford.

Oddly, you had to go all the way down to 25th place to find someone who picked Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman. The hot-hitting third baseman extended his own hit streak to 30 games yesterday, but apparently the BTS leaders feel the law of averages will catch up with him before long.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Albert Pujols (STL): 11.8%, 1-for-4
2. Nick Markakis (BAL): 6.5%, 1-for-4
3. Ryan Zimmerman (WSH): 6.4%, 2-for-5
4. Evan Longoria (TB): 5.5%, 2-for-4
5. Ryan Braun (MIL): 2.7%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 12

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Today’s recommended picks

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
14-for-28 (.500 AVG) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke; .386 AVG lifetime at PNC Park

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
.364 AVG during 28-G hit streak

Nick Markakis, OF, Orioles
5-for-12 (.417 AVG) lifetime vs. Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine; .352 AVG in ’09

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

Yesterday’s results

It was a good day for BTS participants to continue their streaks. Although only four games were on the schedule, there was plenty of offense to be found within those games. With the amazing Ryan Zimmerman (4-for-5, 2 HR) leading the way, the Top 8 most selected players of the day all came through for the BTS faithful.

The hit parade helped tyrules667 extend his BTS-high streak to 27 games, and allowed jpburnett232 to keep pace and move up to 26 games. Four more fans now own streaks of at least 22 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ryan Zimmerman (WSH): 13.5%, 4-for-5
2. Victor Martinez (CLE): 10.1%, 1-for-4
3. Carlos Beltran (NYM): 9.1%, 1-for-4
4. Felipe Lopez (ARI): 8.8%, 3-for-4
5. David Wright (NYM): 6.5%, 2-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 11

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Today’s recommended picks

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
.364 AVG during 28-G hit streak

Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks
.393 AVG during 17-G hit streak; 8-for-21 (.381 AVG) lifetime vs. Cincinnati

Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
.376 AVG in ’09; .410 AVG vs. right-handers in ’09

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

Yesterday’s results

There’s been upheaval at the top of the BTS standings following an exciting weekend of action. First, the streak of last week’s leader, bj_hotfox_22, was snapped on Friday night at 28 games. That left room for two contestants, eagles08 and jenner43wilson, to take over first place.

Both stayed in the top spot long enough to set a BTS season-high mark of 29 games, but those streaks came to a sudden end yesterday. For eagles08, Torii Hunter’s defensive wizardry wasn’t enough to make up for a 0-for-3 effort at the plate, and jenner43wilson simply caught the previously hot-hitting Miguel Cabrera on an off day.

As a result, we enter the work week with tyrules667 holding down first place with a 26-game streak. jpburnett232 is in second place at 25 games, and two more are tied for third at 24 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ryan Theriot (CHC): 5.9%, 0-for-2
2. Miguel Cabrera (DET): 5.0%, 0-for-3
3. Chipper Jones (ATL): 4.1%, 0-for-3
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 4.0%, 1-for-5
5. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 4.0%, 2-for-4

Beat the Streak: Weekend, May 8-10

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Today’s recommended picks

Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
14-for-29 (.483 AVG) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito

Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
15-for-41 (.366 AVG) lifetime vs. Indians starter Cliff Lee

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
38-for-107 (.355 AVG) during 25-G hit streak

Saturday’s recommended picks

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
15-for-27 (.556 AVG) lifetime vs. Rays starter Scott Kazmir

Curtis Granderson, OF, Tigers
11-for-26 (.423 AVG) lifetime vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
At Coors Field: .340 AVG lifetime, 8-for-20 (.400 AVG) in ’08

Sunday’s recommended picks

Ryan Theriot, SS, Cubs
8-for-18 (.444 AVG) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan; .411 AVG lifetime at Miller Park

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
8-for-19 (.421 AVG) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
9-for-22 (.409 AVG) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Brett Myers

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

Yesterday’s results

The hit streak of bj_hotfox_22 is up to 28 games, marking the second time this season that a fan has reached the halfway point to Joe D.’s hallowed record. The streak was extended with the pick of Atlanta’s under-the-radar shortstop Yunel Escobar (1-for-4), perhaps a sign that this participant has the know-how to keep this streak going for a long time.

In second place, eagles08 extended his streak to 27 games with the selection of Ian Kinsler (1-for-4), and jenner43wilson is also up to 27 games after tabbing Dustin Pedroia (2-for-4). Two more contestants enter the weekend with 23-game streaks.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Miguel Cabrera (DET): 7.4%, 0-for-4
2. David Wright (NYM): 7.1%, 3-for-3
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 5.2%, 0-for-2
4. Manny Ramirez (LAD): 4.0%, 0-for-0
5. Placido Polanco (DET): 2.9%, 2-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 7

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Today’s recommended picks

Placido Polanco, 2B, Tigers
12-for-29 (.414 AVG) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

David Wright, 3B, Mets
14-for-36 (.389 AVG) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jamie Moyer

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
ML-high 24-G hit streak; 11-for-21 (.524 AVG) in May

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

Yesterday’s results

A hitless performance from Ichiro Suzuki derailed many of the front-runners Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the ensuing crop of leaders from selecting him yesterday. Their faith was rewarded, as the Mariners speedster went 2-for-5 to push the streak of bj_hotfox_22 to a BTS-best 27 games, and to keep jenner43wilson in second place at 26 games. Both remain in the running to top baltimore20’s season-high streak of 28 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Carlos Beltran (NYM): 9.4%, 0-for-4
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 6.7%, 2-for-5
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 5.3%, 4-for-4
4. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 4.5%, 0-for-4
5. Jason Bay (BOS): 4.4%, 0-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 6

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Today’s recommended picks

Nick Markakis, OF, Orioles
Reached base safely in 35 of 36 G; .411 AVG at home in ’09

Carlos Beltran, OF, Mets
.443 AVG during 16-G hit streak

Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
15-for-28 (.536 AVG) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

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

Yesterday’s results

You know the part in “Airplane” where everybody on the plane gets sick from eating the fish for dinner, except for Leslie Nielsen, who ate lasagna? That pretty similar to what happened at the top of the BTS leaderboard.

First off, the 28-game streak of BTS leader baltimore20 came to an end with the pick of Ichiro Suzuki, who went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks vs. Texas. But the selection of Ichiro also spelled an end to the lengthy streaks of nico27945 (26 games) and rbcaliguy009 (25 games). That left room for bj_hotfox_22, who had the foresight to take Hunter Pence (2-for-6) over Ichiro, to slide into first place at 26 games.

Who knew that picking Hunter Pence would be the BTS equivalent of enjoying a lasagna dinner?

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 15.2%, 0-for-2
2. Albert Pujols (STL): 5.5%, 1-for-5
3. Carlos Beltran (NYM): 5.1%, 2-for-4
4. Adrian Gonzalez (SD): 4.4%, 2-for-3
5. Robinson Cano (NYY): 4.0%, 0-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 5

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Today’s recommended picks

Victor Martinez, C, Indians
.422 AVG during 12-G hit streak

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
20-for-37 (.541 AVG) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Vicente Padilla

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres
Reached base safely in 14 of 15 games; 10-for-26 (.385 AVG) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook

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

Yesterday’s results

It’s still early in the season, but we’ve already reached a milestone of sorts: With the selection of Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-5), baltimore20 extended his hit streak to a BTS-high 28 games, the halfway point to Joltin’ Joe’s hallowed record. Immediately behind baltimore20, the leaderboard held steady. nico27945 pushed his second-place streak up to 26 games, and bj_hotfox_22 and rbcaliguy009 remained tied for third at 25 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Manny Ramirez (LAD): 7.5%, 2-for-3
2. Albert Pujols (STL): 7.5%, 0-for-3
3. Evan Longoria (TB): 7.2%, 1-for-4
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 6.7%, 1-for-5
5. Chipper Jones (ATL): 3.4%, 1-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 4

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Today’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
25-for-58 (.431) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood

Manny Ramirez, OF, Dodgers
8-for-10 (.800 AVG) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Doug Davis; .349 AVG in ’09

Bill Hall, 3B, Brewers
16-for-28 (.571 AVG) vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

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

Yesterday’s results

baltimore20 continued to lead the BTS charge, getting just enough from Cleveland slugger Victor Martinez (1-for-4) to extend his streak to a season-high 27 games. baltimore20 also achieved some separation from the pack, as the immediate competition for second place fell off over the weekend. nico27945 currently ranks behind the leader with a 25-game streak, while two more are tied for third at 24 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Albert Pujols (STL): 6.6%, 0-for-0
2. Aaron Hill (TOR): 5.1%, 0-for-4
3. Evan Longoria (TB): 3.5%, 1-for-4
4. Nick Markakis (BAL): 3.5%, 1-for-4
5. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 3.4%, 1-for-4

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