June 2009

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 16

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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

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

Yesterday’s results

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

 

Fan profile

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.

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 15

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Today’s recommended picks

Aaron Rowand, OF, Giants
18-for-48 (.375 AVG) since June 1

Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
17-for-49 (.347 AVG) since June 1; Indians pitching staff: 5.07 ERA in ’09

Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
46-for-123 (.374 AVG) on road; Indians pitching staff: 5.07 ERA in ’09

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

Yesterday’s results

With his ability to put any pitch near the strike zone in play and the speed to beat out seemingly routine ground balls, Ichiro Suzuki has been a favorite of BTS participants for the last eight-plus seasons.

Seattle’s hit machine helped produce another BTS milestone moment yesterday, as his 2-for-4 showing against the Rockies pushed wildtanners’ streak to a BTS season-high 37 games. Only 30 contestants in the game’s history have produced longer streaks.

gregnewprague fell to two games behind the leader with his selection of Carl Crawford, who did not bat, but he still held on to second place in the standings. And the rest of the Top 5 remained intact, as adamcpar, richdempc, wolfenstein35 all went with old reliable Ichiro to push their streaks to 33 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 15.2%, 2-for-4
2. Freddy Sanchez (PIT): 5.5%, 2-for-4
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 3.5%, 0-for-3
4. Andre Ethier (LAD): 3.4%, 1-for-5
5. Carl Crawford (TB): 3.3%, 0-for-0

Beat the Streak: Weekend, June 12-14

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Today’s recommended picks

Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees
10-for-16 (.625 AVG) lifetime vs. Mets starter Livan Hernandez

Lyle Overbay, 1B, Blue Jays
.385 AVG since June 1; Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco: .344 AVG against in ’09

Juan Pierre, OF, Dodgers
5-for-14 (.357 AVG) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Vicente Padilla; .349 AVG in ’09

Saturday’s recommended picks

David Wright, 3B, Mets
8-for-18 (.444 AVG) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte

Carlos Lee, OF, Astros
.351 AVG since June 1; .363 AVG vs. Diamondbacks pitchers since ’04

Stephen Drew, SS, Diamondbacks
.359 AVG since June 1; 5-for-14 (.357 AVG) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt

Sunday’s recommended picks

Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels
10-for-17 (.588 AVG) lifetime vs. Padres starter Chris Young

Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates
10-for-17 (.588 AVG) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Dontrelle Willis

Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers
14-for-35 (.400 AVG) during 9-G hit streak

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

Yesterday’s results

Thursday brought an end to the 33-game streaks of two of the three BTS leaders, as famillehlg and justinleslie were thwarted by hitless efforts from Hunter Pence and Hanley Ramirez. That left an opening for wildtanners to claim the top spot at 34 games with a 1-for-4 night from Chase Utley.

New second-place holder gregnewprague extended his run to 33 games with a 2-for-5 performance from Carl Crawford. Three more contestants — adamcpar, richdempc and wolfenstein35 — head into the weekend with 30-game streaks.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. David Wright (NYM): 13.1%, 3-for-4
2. Chase Utley (PHI): 11.8%, 1-for-4
3. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 8.8%, 2-for-5
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 4.3%, 1-for-4
5. Carl Crawford (TB): 3.7%, 2-for-5

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 11

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Today’s recommended picks

David Wright, 3B, Mets
16-for-38 (.421 AVG) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jamie Moyer; Moyer: .307 AVG against in ’09

Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
8-for-18 (.444 AVG) lifetime vs. Mets starter Tim Redding

Hunter Pence, OF, Astros
8-for-17 (.471 AVG) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

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

Yesterday’s results

Three’s a charm for the BTS leaders, who continued their group march toward Joe D. by pushing their streaks to 33 games. justinleslie went with BTS favorite Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-3) to remain alive, while wildtanners tabbed Ryan Braun (1-for-2) to keep rolling. famillehlg went out on a limb a bit by picking Jhonny Peralta and his sub-.260 average, but Peralta came through with one of only four Cleveland hits for the night.

The rest of the Top 5 also remained intact, as gregnewprague recieved a 1-for-5 performance from Dustin Pedroia to move up to 32 games and wiq_ed reached the 30-game mark with his selection of Ichiro. Three more are tied for sixth at 29 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 13.7%, 1-for-3
2. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 8.6%, 1-for-5
3. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 4.9%, 1-for-4
4. Derrek Lee (CHC): 3.4%, 1-for-4
5. Ryan Braun (MIL): 2.9%, 1-for-2

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 10

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Today’s recommended picks

Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
12-for-24 (.500 AVG) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez; 8-G hit streak

Lyle Overbay, 1B, Blue Jays
15-G hitting streak; 5-for-10 (.500 AVG) since ’04 vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood

Nick Markakis, OF, Orioles
9-for-20 (.450 AVG) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

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

Yesterday’s results

The three contestants who entered Wednesday in a tie for first place, at 31 games, all kept their streaks intact to remain together for at least one more day.

famillehlg and wildtanners were among the 17 percent of BTS contestants who selected Ichiro Suzuki, a fine choice given the hit machine’s 2-for-4 night vs. the Orioles. Fellow leader justinleslie instead went with Vladimir Guerrero, but the result was the same (2-for-4).

gregnewprague kept in close pursuit, extending his hit streak to 31 games thanks to a two-hit effort from Chone Figgins, and wiq_ed rounded out the Top 5 by tabbing Ichiro to move up to 29 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 17.0%, 2-for-4
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 3.6%, 2-for-4
3. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 3.4%, 0-for-4
4. Alfonso Soriano (CHC): 3.2%, 1-for-5
5. Derek Jeter (NYY): 3.1%, 0-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 9

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Today’s recommended picks

Lyle Overbay, 1B, Blue Jays
.444 AVG during 14-G hit streak

Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels
10-for-23 (.435 AVG) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
15-for-30 (.500 AVG) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

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

Yesterday’s results

There were no changes at the top of the BTS leaderboard, as famillehlg, justinleslie and wildtanners all extended their streaks to 31 games.

The wait was over quickly for famillehlg, who received a first-inning blast from Chipper Jones to keep his run alive. But things were a little more tense for justinleslie, who had to wait until the fifth inning for Hanley Ramirez to pick up his lone hit, and especially for wildtanners, who had to wait until the eighth for Derek Jeter to come through with a home run.

Just behind the leaders, gregnewprague also benefited from Jeter’s late dramatics to remain in fourth place at 30 games. kbg_1992 and wiq_ed, who hold joint custody of the fifth spot, extended their streaks thanks to a fifth-inning single from Aaron Hill.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Derek Jeter (NYY): 15.4%, 1-for-4
2. Albert Pujols (STL): 13.2%, 0-for-4
3. Ian Kinsler (TEX): 7.3%, 1-for-4
4. Chipper Jones (ATL): 6.6%, 2-for-5
5. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 4.9%, 0-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 8

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Today’s recommended picks

Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
15-for-30 (.500 AVG) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
.377 AVG vs. Rockies pitchers since ’04

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
9-for-19 (.474 AVG) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke

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

Yesterday’s results

Something unusual appeared to be in the works last week, as several contestants rose through the BTS standings together and took over first place as a group. However, a tidal wave of bad luck washed over the pack in the last couple of days, as all seven fans who entered Friday’s action tied for first place at 30 games were unable to make it through the weekend with their streaks intact.

The result was a much more normal grouping of three at the top of the standings. famillehlg, justinleslie and wildtanners extended their BTS-leading streaks to 30 games with their respective picks of Aaron Rowand (2-for-4), Ichiro Suzuki (2-for-4) and Michael Young. OldmanOil and gregnewprague are just behind them, at 29 games, following their picks of Young and Suzuki.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 11.9%, 2-for-4
2. Michael Young (TEX): 8.2%, 2-for-5
3. Derek Jeter (NYY): 6.1%, 0-for-4
4. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 4.7%, 1-for-3
5. Albert Pujols (STL): 4.5%, 0-for-2

Beat the Streak: Weekend, June 5-7

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Today’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.398 AVG during 27-G hit streak

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
10-for-16 (.625 AVG) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez; .436 AVG in ’09

Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
.433 AVG during 9-G hit streak; Phillies starter Jamie Moyer: .321 AVG against in ’09

Saturday’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.398 AVG during 27-G hit streak

Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees
Multiple hits in 7 of past 8 G; 5-for-14 (.357 AVG) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
.700 AVG (7-for-10) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan

Sunday’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.398 AVG during 27-G hit streak

Michael Young, 3B, Rangers
5-for-8 (.625 AVG) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka; Matsuzaka: .374 AVG against in ’09

Aaron Rowand, OF, Giants
.390 AVG during 14-G hit streak; Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco: .344 AVG against in ’09

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

Yesterday’s results

Houston’s Miguel Tejada was one of the hottest hitters in baseball heading into yesterday’s action, but he was cooled off by three Colorado pitchers. As such, his 0-for-5 performance not only snapped a personal 17-game hitting streak, it ended the runs of the Top 2 BTS contestants. waw_3card and ace21dlr placed their faith in the veteran shortstop, resulting in the finish of their respective streaks of 31 and 30 games.

And so, with a nod to the upcoming Belmont Stakes, a pack of seven contestants are rounding the corner and heading into the weekend in a tie for first at 30 games. We’ll see who can keep surging, and who will fade down the stretch.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Derek Jeter (NYY): 7.0%, 0-for-0
2. Carl Crawford (TB): 5.6%, 2-for-4
3. Jason Kubel (MIN): 5.1%, 3-for-4
4. Jason Bay (BOS): 4.7%, 1-for-5
5. Joe Mauer (MIN): 4.6%, 3-for-4

 

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 4

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Today’s recommended picks

Carl Crawford, OF, Rays
43-for-121 (.355 AVG) in May

Jason Kubel, DH, Twins
8-for-21 (.381 AVG) lifetime vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees

Hit safely in 16 of last 17 G (.405 AVG)

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

Yesterday’s results

It was business as usual yesterday for BTS leader waw_3card, who extended his Major League-leading streak to 31 games thanks to — who else? — Ichiro Suzuki, who singled in three at-bats to extend his streak to 27 games.

Also thanks to Ichiro, ace21dlr remains one game behind waw_3card with a 29-game streak.

All in all, 21 of the Top 25 users advanced by picking Ichiro, but they’ll all have to find someone else to keep their dreams of attaining the $1 million-plus top prize alive, as the Mariners are off today — stay tuned!

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 16.4%, 1-for-3
2. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 7.0%, 2-for-3
3. Orlando Hudson ( LAD): 4.6%, 0-for-0
4. Derek Jeter (NYY): 3.6%, 0-for-4
5. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 3.3%, 2-for-5

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 3

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Today’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.400 AVG during 26-G hit streak

Carlos Lee, OF, Astros
13-for-35 (.371 AVG) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jason Marquis; .349 AVG in May

Stephen Drew, SS, Diamondbacks
10-for-27 (.370 AVG) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

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

Yesterday’s results

There was little suspense for BTS leader waw_3card, who extended his streak to 30 games with the first of Hanley Ramirez’s three hits against Milwaukee. It marked the fourth time this season that a contestant reached the 30-game plateau.

ace21dlr and dlmead8 remained one game behind with their respective picks of Derek Jeter (3-for-4) and Ryan Braun (1-for-3). And while a few fans dropped from the cluster tied for fourth place, 11 were fortunate enough to receive at least one hit and push their streaks to 28 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 9.2%, 2-for-5
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 9.1%, 3-for-3
3. Derek Jeter (NYY): 8.0%, 3-for-4
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 6.0%, 1-for-3
5. Justin Morneau (MIN): 4.2%, 2-for-4

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