Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 18
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
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
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.
Jason Bay ended my streak yesterday at 7 games. He only played through four innings.
For this series, I’m going with all Baltimore players.
Philadelphia 3rd worst pitching staff with 263 hits given up the past 30 days
Baltimore Orioles 2nd best team with 71 hits in the past 7 days
In the last 7 games three Orioles have 9 or more hits:
Aubrey Huff 10 hits
Melvin Mora 9 hits
Nick Markakis 9 hits
I’m starting each of these guys the next three days.
Tanner is now at 44,
Sanchez ended the suspense by getting a hit in the first inning on Sunday against colorado