June 2009

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 30

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Today’s recommended picks

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
.429 AVG (9-for-21) lifetime vs. Giants starter Randy Johnson

Brian McCann, C, Braves
.857 AVG (6-for-7) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers
.500 AVG (11-for-22) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joe Saunders

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

Yesterday’s results

While Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp didn’t exactly light up Ubaldo Jimenez and the Rockies, he did manage to collect one hit in five at-bats. That was enough for j.harv8 to extend his BTS-leading streak to 34 games.

bbennett71032, who began the day in second place, didn’t enjoy as much luck. Going with Joe Mauer on a day when the Twins backstop finished with a rare 0-for-4 performance, bbennett71032 watched his 30-game run come to an end.

That enabled Braves10 to take over second place, at 29 games, with his selection of Miguel Cabrera (1-for-3). crowleybs remained one game behind by tabbing Hanley Ramirez (3-for-4), taking over third place with the end of CheckMark’s 28-game streak.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Joe Mauer (MIN): 9.4%, 0-for-4
2. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 6.9%, 3-for-4
3. Matt Kemp (LAD): 6.5%, 1-for-5
4. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 4.8%, 1-for-5
5. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 4.6%, 1-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 29

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Today’s recommended picks

Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
10-for-21 (.476 AVG) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez

Jason Bartlett, SS, Rays
Hit safely in 11 of 12 G in June

Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels
12-for-26 (.462 AVG) since ’04 vs. Rangers starter Vicente Padilla

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

Yesterday’s results

With recently featured contestant FROD having fallen from the top of the pack, j.harv8 took over as the BTS top dog and extended his streak to 33 games with Michael Young’s 1-for-3 performance yesterday.

bbennett71032 got just enough from Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-5) to become only the second BTS player to own a hit streak of at least 30 games. Braves10, who picked Ryan Braun (1-for-3), and CheckMark, who went with Joe Mauer (2-for-5), are tied for third place at 28 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. David Wright (NYM): 9.9%, 0-for-3
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 8.2%, 2-for-5
3. Ryan Braun (MIL): 7.7%, 1-for-3
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 7.3%, 1-for-5
5. Albert Pujols (STL): 7.2%, 1-for-3

Beat the Streak: Weekend, June 26-28

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Today’s recommended picks

Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays
26-for-60 (.433 AVG) during 14-G hit streak; 22-for-61 (.361 AVG) vs. left-handed pitchers in ’09

Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies
.355 AVG since June 1; A’s starter Brett Anderson: .304 AVG against in ’09

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
9-for-25 (.360 AVG) over past 7 G; .344 AVG lifetime vs. left-handers

Saturday’s recommended picks

Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
.358 AVG during June; 5-for-11 (.455 AVG) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
7-for-10 (.700 AVG) lifetime vs. Braves starter Javier Vazquez

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
.395 AVG in ’09; Cardinals starter Todd Wellemeyer: .315 AVG against in ’09

Sunday’s recommended picks

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
9-for-25 (.360 AVG) over past 7 G

Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
22-for-52 (.423 AVG) vs. left-handers in ’09

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
11-for-15 (.733 AVG) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro; .395 AVG in ’09

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

Yesterday’s results

BTS leader FROD was among the 17.5 percent of fans who went with Seattle speedster Ichiro Suzuki, which turned out to be a fine pick. Ichiro racked up an impressive four hits for the day, boosting FROD’s streak to 39 games.

gozags2008 held steady in second place, at 34 games, as his seclection, Evan Longoria, did not play in the Rays’ win over the Phillies. berret (Ichiro), eltarrant (Joe Mauer) and rzeiter (Ichiro) all extended their streaks to 31 games to hold onto a share of third place.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 17.5%, 4-for-5
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 7.8%, 2-for-5
3. Derrek Lee (CHC): 5.9%, 0-for-4
4. Chase Utley (PHI): 4.4%, 1-for-4
5. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 3.1%, 0-for-1

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 25


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Today’s recommended picks

Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
.373 AVG (31-for-83) during 21-G hit streak

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
.426 AVG vs. right-handed pitchers in ’09

Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
.321 AVG (17-for-53) during 12-G hit streak

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

Yesterday’s results

The three BTS leaders each picked a different player last night, and all three selections paid off.

Current leader FROD pushed his streak to 38 games after tabbing Brian Roberts, who delivered with a 2-for-3 performance.

Gozags2008 advanced to 34 games with the ever-popular Joe Mauer, who rebounded from two straight hitless contests with a 1-for-3 night.

In third place, Murdog33 rode Ichiro Suzuki’s 2-for-4 night to his 31st consecutive correct selection.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Joe Mauer (MIN): 12.7%, 1-for-3
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 11.6%, 2-for-4
3. Brian Roberts (BAL): 5.7%, 2-for-3
4. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 3.9%, 1-for-3
5. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 3.1%, 0-for-3

Fan profile

Carl Townsend aka crtownse ran his hit streak to 38 games before Freddy Sanchez derailed his run with an 0-for-4 performance on Monday.

The man in charge of third shift custodial for facilities and services for the University of Illinois, Carl has lived in the Urbana-Champaign area of the Prairie State for almost his entire life. But he doesn’t root for the White Sox or Cubs; having been sucked in by the 1986 World Series champions, Carl is a Mets fan.

Continuing a trend that seems to have emerged lately, Carl first signed on to play Beat the Streak presented by Burger King earlier this year and quickly uncovered methods that worked for him. His main strategy is to find the scheduled starters who have a high ERA and pick the batters with the most success against them.

Carl also is a proponent of following his instinct when it comes to picking a player, and that’s especially true in the wake of his streak-ending selection. Originally planning to go with Brian McCann, Carl couldn’t get past the Braves catcher’s 1-for-12 performance heading into the day. Of course, McCann ended up with three hits while Sanchez delivered his oh-for.

Next time, we’re sure Carl won’t let his brain overrule his gut when it comes to BTS matters.

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 24

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Today’s recommended picks

Mark DeRosa, INF/OF, Indians
7-for-20 (.350 AVG) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke

Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
30-for-81 (.370 AVG) during 20-G hit streak

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
.395 AVG in ’09; 3-for-3 lifetime vs. Brewers starter Braden Looper

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

Yesterday’s results

It was a significant night for BTS play, as not one, but three major streaks came to an end.

First, there was leader TannerNielsen, whose 45-game streak entering the day was tied for fourth longest in BTS history. Tanner went with Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, but the hard-hitting backstop was unable to come through with a hit in five trips to the plate.

Second-place contestant paulcmoss84 also tabbed Mauer, resulting in the culmination of his 39-game streak. And while third-place fan crtownse managed to avoid the Mauer trap, his selection of Pittsburgh’s Freddy Sanchez (0-for-4) brought an end to his 38-game run.

That left FROD as the new top dog in the BTS standings, at 37 games. gozags2008 is now in second place with his 32-game streak, and murdog33 moved up to 30 games to take over third.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Joe Mauer (MIN): 11.9%, 0-for-5
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 11.3%, 2-for-5
3. Chipper Jones (ATL): 6.6%, 0-for-3
4. Carl Crawford (TB): 4.7%, 1-for-3
5. David Wright (NYM): 3.5%, 0-for-2

Fan profiles

Paul Ryan aka. paulcmoss84 ran his hit streak to 39 games — the second-longest mark of the 2009 season — before Joe Mauer’s rare hitless day brought his impressive run to an end yesterday.

Born and bred in Iowa, Paul is a financial accountant in the town of Oskaloosa. He began playing Beat the Streak presented by Burger King this year after a couple of his co-workers turned him on to the game, and he quickly got hooked. Paul said he originally picked players who were playing in hitter-friendly ballparks, but as his streak grew, he put more time into researching how well the hitters and pitchers involved in his selections had fared in recent games.

While Paul no doubt is unhappy to see his streak snapped, a bit of insight he shared before yesterday’s action suggests he’ll get some relief as well.

“Once the streak is over, I’ll be able to enjoy my night without hovering over MLB.com, checking in on my selection of the night,” he said via e-mail. “Making the picks has been nerve-racking the past couple weeks.”

To which we say: Paul, take a well-deserved breather, then come back for more.

Norbert Moskovits, or 0nmoskovits, was among the bevy of contestants who fell from the top of the leaderboard yesterday. He reached 33 games before David Wright’s 0-for-2 performance brought the ride to a halt.

That this cardiologist from Lawrence, N.Y., went with Mr. Wright is not surprising; he began following baseball in large part because his three sons developed into avid Mets fans. Norbert credited one of his sons, Josh, as the one who got him involved in BTS by helping him select players each day.

Having been recognized by New York magazine as one of the best doctors in the region for four consecutive years, Norbert is in the midst of another noteworthy streak. We’re sure this medicine man’s wounds will heal quickly, giving him the strength to make another run at Joe D’s record.

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 23

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Today’s recommended picks

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
.407 AVG in ’09; Brewers starter Jeff Suppan: .299 AVG against in ’09

David Wright, 3B, Mets
5-for-12 (.417 AVG) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro in ’09; Pineiro: .299 AVG against in ’09

Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks
11-for-21 (.524 AVG) over last 5 G; Rangers starter Matt Harrison: .307 AVG against in ’09

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

Yesterday’s results

Had David Wright not collected a hit last night, there would have been major upheaval at the top of the BTS standings.

But Mr. Wright came through with a single in his first at-bat, pushing leader TannerNielsen’s streak to 45 games. The single also extended the streaks of each of the subsequent seven contestants in the standings.

Second-place fan paulcmoss84 moved up to 39 games, one ahead of crtownse. FROD is up to 36 games, while 0nmoskovits and jrjbears share fifth place with their 33-game streaks.

 
Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Albert Pujols (STL): 37.7%, 1-for-4
2. David Wright (NYM): 19.2%, 1-for-3
3. Derrek Lee (CHC): 6.9%, 1-for-4
4. Carlos Beltran (NYM): 4.6%, 0-for-0
5. Chone Figgins (LAA): 2.8%, 0-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 22

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Today’s recommended picks

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
11-for-27 (.407 AVG) lifetime vs. Mets starter Tim Redding

Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
.365 AVG (27-for-74) during 18-G hit streak

Juan Rivera, OF, Angels
14-for-31 (.452 AVG) vs. Rockies pitchers since ’04

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

Yesterday’s results

Front-runner TannerNielsen reached another BTS milestone yesterday, and it had little to do with him officially changing the screen name (wildtanners) that accompanied his rise up the charts.

With Freddy Sanchez’s first-inning single against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa, TannerNielsen extended his season-high hit streak to an amazing 44 games. That “ties” the National League record set by Wee Willie Keeler in 1897 and later matched by Pete Rose in 1978. Only Joe DiMaggio compiled a longer streak in Major League history, and only four contestants have lasted longer in BTS history.

Behind TannerNielsen in the standings, paulcmoss84 extended his own impressive hit streak to 38 games thanks to a 3-for-4 effort from Ichiro Suzuki, while crtownse remained one game behind with his selection of Shane Victorino (2-for-3).

 
Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Freddy Sanchez (PIT): 8.7%, 2-for-4
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 8.1%, 3-for-4
3. David Wright (NYM): 6.2%, 3-for-5
4. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 4.9%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Friday, June 19

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Today’s recommended picks

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
5-for-7 (.714 AVG) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
17-for-45 (.378 AVG) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Jon Garland

David Wright, 3B, Mets
24-for-59 (.407 AVG) in June

Saturday’s recommended picks

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
19-for-43 (.442 AVG) during 10-G hitting streak

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
Leads AL with .349 AVG

Pablo Sandoval, C/CI Giants
22-for-55 (.400 AVG) in June

Sunday’s recommended picks

Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates
22-for-55 (.400 AVG) lifetime at Coors Field

Adrian Beltre, 3B, Mariners
21-for-63 (.333 AVG) in June

David Wright, 3B, Mets
24-for-59 (.407 AVG) in June

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

Yesterday’s results

With his selection of Rangers third baseman Michael Young on Thursday, BTS leader Tanner Nielson extended his streak to a season-high 41 games, putting him just 16 picks away from the $1 million-plus grand prize.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 10.4%, 1-for-5
2. David Wright (NYM): 5.5%, 0-for-4
3. Lance Berkman (HOU): 5.1%, 0-for-4
4. Michael Young (TEX): 4.8%, 2-for5
5. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 4.7%, 1-for-2

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 18

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Today’s recommended picks

Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
20-for-56 (.357 AVG) during 14-G hitting streak

Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros
10-for-18 (.556 AVG) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Vicente Padilla

Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles
4-for-8 (.500 AVG) lifetime vs. Mets starter Livan Hernandez

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

Yesterday’s results

If life does indeed begin at 40, then BTS leader wildtanners has a great many things to look forward to. Perhaps a payout of over $1 million will be one of those things. wildtanners became just the 20th contestant in the eight-plus years of BTS play to reach the 40-game plateau yesterday when Freddy Sanchez laced a first-inning single en route to a 2-for-5 day. wildtanners is now just 10 games away from setting a new BTS record, and 17 shy of toppling Joe DiMaggio’s mark for the top prize.

Of course, he isn’t the only one with eyes on the Yankee Clipper’s record. richdempc continued his own impressive run yesterday, extending his streak to 36 games with a 1-for-4 effort from Ichiro Suzuki. Furthermore, he took over sole possession of second place when wolfenstein35’s selection, Albert Pujols, was limited to two walks in four plate appearances vs. the Tigers.

Pujols’ hitless performance also spelled an end to the 34-game run of trkmn94. That allowed paulcmoss84, who tabbed Ichiro, to take over third place at 34 games. crtownse went with .400 hopeful Joe Mauer (1-for-4) to move up to 33 games, while beowolf49 and darla019 pushed their streaks to 32 games with their respective picks of Marco Scutaro (3-for-4) and Pat Burrell (1-for-4).

 
Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 11.0%, 1-for-4
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 5.4%, 1-for-4
3. Ryan Zimmerman (WSH): 4.2%, 0-for-4
4. Ryan Braun (MIL): 4.1%, 2-for-4
5. Carl Crawford (TB): 3.9%, 1-for-4

 

Fan profile

Jongkun (Timothy) Kim was making waves in the BTS standings before his 35-game run came to an end yesterday.

Timothy was born in Korea and moved to Toronto in 1998. A University student, it’s not surprising that he’s put a lot of thought into his BTS strategy. Timothy focuses on the day’s starters with a high ERA and the hitters with a strong average against them. If he’s having a tough time deciding, he looks to see if it’s a home game for the batter. He also feels that a player coming off a hitless game will be motivated to bounce back and have a successful day at the plate.

Timothy roots for both the Blue Jays and Red Sox, and names Kevin Youkilis as his favorite player. He hopes his hometown Jays make the playoffs this year, so maybe when he’s not busy studying the BTS batter-pitcher matchups, he can devise a way to help the Toronto pitching staff stay healthy.

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 17

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Today’s recommended picks

Pat Burrell, OF, Rays
11-for-16 (.688 AVG) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook; .362 AVG lifetime at Coors Field

Marco Scutaro, SS, Blue Jays
11-for-29 (.379 AVG) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jamie Moyer; Moyer: .313 AVG against in ’09

Mark DeRosa, INF/OF Indians
4-for-11 (.364 AVG) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan; .368 AVG over last 10 G

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

Yesterday’s results

There’s no slowing wildtanners, who extended his BTS season-high streak to 39 games yesterday. He was right on the money with his pick of Joe Mauer, who knocked four hits in the Twins’ victory.

But while wildtanners continued to run wild, second-place contestant gregnewprague saw his luck run out. Carlos Beltran was unable to come through with a hit in five at-bats, ending gregnewprague’s streak at 36 games.

The next five fans in the standings all had the Wright stuff with their selections, as the Mets third baseman continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-5 night. That enabled richdempc — who was featured in yesterday’s blog entry — to remain in a tie with the aptly named wolfenstein35 at 35 games. trkmn94 moved up to fourth place, at 34 games, and paulcmoss84 rounded out the Top 5 at 33 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. David Wright (NYM): 10.5%, 2-for-5
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 10.4%, 0-for-4
3. Derek Jeter (NYY): 7.2%, 0-for-3
4. Brian McCann (ATL): 4.7%, 2-for-4
5. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 4.2%, 1-for-4

 

Fan profile

Under the user name of gregnewprague, Gregory Allan Lindahl of New Prague, Minn., rung up an impressive 36-game streak before receiving a 0-for-5 game from Carlos Beltran yesterday.

A lifelong Minnesotan, Gregory roots for his hometown Twins and their superstar catcher, Joe Mauer, but he also admits to keeping tabs on the Yankees and Reds.

Gregory is a new kid on the block in the BTS world — he says he first logged on to play in April, after a friend told him he heard Twins broadcaster Dan Gladden mention the game on the radio. If Gregory can put together such a lengthy streak after only a few weeks, then it’s likely we’ll be seeing him back on top of the BTS leaderboard before long.

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