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
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
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.