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
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