Today’s recommended picks
Brian McCann, C, Braves
7-for-13 (.538 AVG) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang
David Wright, 3B, Mets
22-for-38 (.579 AVG) during 10-G hit streak
Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros
5-for-9 (.556) since ’04 vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood; .357 AVG since June 1
Although there were only two games on the schedule, the four teams in action combined for enough offense to fuel an entire nation of BTS participants.
The most selected player of the day, Ryan Braun, came through with three hits to push BTS leader wildtanners’ streak to 38 games. Braun was also the choice of the second-place (gregnewprague) and co-third-place (wolfenstein35) contestants, which extended their respective streaks to 36 and 34 games.
richdempc managed to get one hit from Torii Hunter and extend his streak to 34 games before Hunter crashed into the outfield wall and left the game, but there was no such luck for adamcpar, whose daredevil center fielder of choice — Aaron Rowand — went hitless to snap his run at 33 games.
Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players
1. Ryan Braun (MIL): 28.2%, 3-for-5
2. Aaron Rowand (SF): 19.3%, 0-for-3
3. Torii Hunter (LAA): 10.5%, 1-for-3
4. Victor Martinez (CLE): 7.2%, 3-for-4
5. Prince Fielder (MIL): 6.3%, 2-for-3
Known as richdempc to the BTS community, Richard Louis Dempsey has put together an impressive 34-game streak that has him in a tie for third place.
A semi-retired administrator for the Christian Business Men’s Connection and the Columbia Group, Richard lives in Fredericksburg, Va., with his wife. Though he grew up in Pennsylvania and upstate New York, Richard names Atlanta’s Kelly Johnson as his favorite player, underscoring how he has taken to the teams and athletes in his current neck of the woods.
Richard claims to have been a BTS participant for only about two years, which means he’s quickly figured out a successful approach to the game. He says his main strategy for determining which players to pick is by combing though the pitching matchups and going with the hottest bats.
Beat the Streak is a family affair for Richard, as his son and son-in-law keep close tabs on how he fares. And while there are certain players he will never select for personal reasons, he politely declines to say who they are. We can only hope a contestant with such a gentlemanly disposition continues enjoy plenty of success this season.