July 2009

Beat the Streak: Weekend, July 31-Aug. 2

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Today’s recommended picks

Chone Figgins, 3B, Angels
.583 AVG (7-for-12) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
.533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
.455 AVG (10-for-22) over last 5 G; .333 AVG in ’09

Saturday’s recommended picks

Luke Scott, OF, Orioles
.538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
.400 AVG (4-for-10) since ’04 vs. Dodgers starter Randy Wolf

Orlando Hudson, 2B, Dodgers
.385 AVG (10-for-26) since ’04 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Sunday’s recommended picks

Bobby Abreu, OF, Angels
.600 AVG (6-for-10) lifetime vs. Twins starter Glen Perkins

Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals
.500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
.417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

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

Yesterday’s results

For the second day in a row, a hitless day from one player ended the streaks of a good chunk of the BTS field.

This time, the culprit was Ichiro Suzuki. Normally a BTS favorite due to his combination of contact skills and speed, Ichiro couldn’t get anything going on a career day from Texas pitcher Derek Holland. Ichiro’s 0-for-4 effort derailed 21 percent of the day’s contestants, including brian2460 and squallgohan413, who both fell from the Top 5.

But the upheaval didn’t affect leader rbgoulet1, who received an eighth-inning single from Derek Jeter to extend his streak to 38 games. bigshowmarko pushed his second-place streak to 32 games with a 1-for-4 effort from Joey Votto, and eggman3131 took over possession of third, at 29 games, thanks to another big day from Matt Holliday (2-for-3).

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 21.0%, 0-for-4
2. Derek Jeter (NYY): 7.3%, 1-for-4
3. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 6.7%, 0-for-4
4. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 6.1%, 0-for-5
5. Manny Ramirez (LAD): 5.4%, 0-for-5

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 30

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Today’s recommended picks

Manny Ramirez, OF, Dodgers
.556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’04 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Orlando Cabrera, SS, A’s
.462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester

Matt Holliday, OF, Cardinals
.455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda

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

Yesterday’s results

Every once in a while, a quiet game from one player causes serious upheaval in the standings.

Such was the case with Shane Victorino, whose 0-for-3 night ended the streaks of an eye-opening 20.4 percent of the BTS field. Among the casualties were Roscoe1333 and ber92961, who fell from the Top 5 with their respective 31-game and 29-game runs coming to a close.

But there was no slowing rbgoulet1, who pushed his BTS-high streak to 37 games following a 3-for-7 showing from Albert Pujols in the Cardinals’ 15-inning contest. bigshowmarko received a 1-for-4 performance from Miguel Tejada to move up to 31 games and take over sole possession of second place, while brian2460 reached the 30-game plateau on the heels of Ryan Braun’s 1-for-3 effort.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Shane Victorino (PHI): 20.4%, 0-for-3
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 6.3%, 0-for-3
3. Ryan Braun (MIL): 6.0%, 1-for-3
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 4.7%, 2-for-4
5. Prince Fielder (MIL): 3.4%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, July 29

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Today’s recommended picks

Victor Martinez, C, Indians
.474 AVG (9-for-19) since ’04 vs. Angels starter John Lackey

Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates
.438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies
.800 AVG (4-for-5) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Yusmeiro Petit; Petit: .303 AVG against in ’09

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

Yesterday’s results

In general, it was a successful day for the BTS field, as each of the Top 8 most selected players came through with at least one hit.

The success was felt at the top of the standings, where there was no change. Leader rbgoulet1 extended his streak to an impressive 36 games thanks to a 1-for-3 effort from Minnesota’s Joe Mauer.

Roscoe1333 held onto his spot in second place, the owner of a 31-game run following a 1-for-6 performance from Dustin Pedroia. ber92961, bigshowmarko and brian2460 round out the Top 5 with their 30-game streaks.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Chipper Jones (ATL): 10.5%, 1-for-4
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 7.4%, 3-for-4
3. Jorge Posada (NYY): 5.5%, 1-for-4
4. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 5.4%, 1-for-4
5. Ryan Braun (MIL): 4.9%, 2-for-4

 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, July 28

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Today’s recommended picks

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
.563 AVG (9-for-16) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Yunel Escobar, SS, Braves
.500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Jorge Posada, C, Yankees
.455 AVG (10-for-22) since ’04 vs. Rays starter Scott Kazmir

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

Yesterday’s results

One day after becoming just the 10th contestant of the season to reach 35 games, momfannie saw her BTS run come to an end when Cincinnati’s Joey Votto was ejected for arguing with the home-plate umpire after striking out in his first at-bat.

While momfannie no doubt also has a few choice words for that umpire, new leader rbgoulet1 is likely thinking only pleasant thoughts after Ichiro’s 3-for-5 performance pushed his streak to 35 games.

matt1448, who entered the day in third place at 32 games, joined momfannie back at square one when his selection of Scott Podsednik resulted in a 0-for-4 performance. That enabled Roscoe1333, who tabbed Albert Pujols (1-for-4), to slide into a tie for third place with bigshowmarko, who held steady at 29 games with Todd Helton given the day off.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 8.1%, 3-for-5
2. Chone Figgins (LAA): 5.6%, 1-for-5
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 5.5%, 1-for-4
4. Robinson Cano (NYY): 5.3%, 2-for-3
5. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 5.3%, 2-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, July 27

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Today’s recommended picks

Ryan Theriot, SS, Cubs
.476 AVG (10-for-21) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
.444 AVG (12-for-27) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees
.429 AVG (9-for-21) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

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

Yesterday’s results

For the first time in a little while, we’ve had some consistency at the top of the BTS leaderboard.

momfannie continued to chug along at the front of the pack, getting a 2-for-4 effort from the high-flying Shane Victorino to extend her streak to 35 games.

But rbgoulet1 refused to give up ground in the standings, riding a 2-for-4 performance to remain close behind at 34 games. matt1448 held steady in third place, at 32 games, thanks to a 2-for-5 day from David Wright.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Joe Mauer (MIN): 13.1%, 1-for-5
2. Michael Young (TEX): 10.2%, 3-for-4
3. Chase Utley (PHI): 9.2%, 3-for-4
4. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 7.1%, 2-for-4
5. Derek Jeter (NYY): 3.4%, 2-for-4

Beat the Streak: Weekend, July 24-26

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Today’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Indians starter Aaron Laffey

Kendry Morales, 1B, Angels
Batted .377 (29-for-77) during 20-G hitting streak from June 24-July 22

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
Batted .324 (22-for-68) during 17-G hitting streak from June 29-July 22

Saturday’s recommended picks

Chone Figgins, 3B, Angels
.600 AVG (6-for-10) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

David Wright, 3B, Mets
.545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Astros starter Russ Ortiz

Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates
.500 AVG (17-for-34) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Doug Davis

Sunday’s recommended picks

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
.538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
.500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Todd Wellemeyer; Wellemeyer: .320 AVG against in ’09

Michael Young, 3B, Rangers
.375 (6-for-16) since ’04 vs. Royals starter Sidney Ponson; Ponson: .333 AVG against in ’09

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

Yesterday’s results

Mark Buehrle’s perfect game thwarted the 7.7 percent of BTS contestants who picked Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford — who owned a sizzling .474 average vs. Buehrle since ’04 — though it didn’t affect anybody in the Top 5.

momfannie remained the top mom with her selection of Ichiro, who went 2-for-4 to boost her streak to 32 games. rbgoulet1 picked a good day for Joe Mauer to snap out of his slump, getting a 3-for-4 effort from the All-Star catcher to remain one game behind in the standings.

matt1448 held onto third place, moving up to 29 games thanks to a 1-for-3 day from Chase Utley, while bigshowmarko took advantage of Ichiro’s big show to take over sole possession of fourth, at 26 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Albert Pujols (STL): 13.8%, 0-for-0
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 9.2%, 2-for-4
3. Carl Crawford (TB): 7.7%, 0-for-3
4. Chase Utley (PHI): 7.0%, 1-for-3
5. Derek Jeter (NYY): 6.9%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 23

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Today’s recommended picks

Kendry Morales, 1B, Angels
.377 AVG (29-for-77) during 20-G hitting streak

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
.324 AVG (22-for-68) during 17-G hitting streak; .600 AVG (3-for-5) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn

Carl Crawford, OF, Rays
.474 AVG (9-for-19) since ’04 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

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

Yesterday’s results

Two contestants fell from the BTS Top 5, as rockinrick saw his 30-streak end with the selection of Ichiro Suzuki (0-for-4) and davidmata received a 0-for-4 effort from Albert Pujols to snap his 27-game run.

As a result, momfannie took over the top spot with the selection of Cubs catalyst Ryan Theriot (3-for-5), boosting her streak to 31 games. rbgoulet1 slid into second place at 30 games by getting just enough (1-for-4) from the streaking Miguel Cabrera, and matt1448 took over third place at 28 games thanks for a 1-for-3 day from Hanley Ramirez. Three more fans are tied for fourth at 27 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 13.2%, 0-for-4
2. Derek Jeter (NYY): 8.9%, 1-for-5
3. James Loney (LAD): 6.8%, 1-for-3
4. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 5.4%, 0-for-4
5. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 4.7%, 1-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, July 22

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Today’s recommended picks

Kendry Morales, 1B, Angels
.375 AVG (27-for-72) during 19-G hitting streak

James Loney, 1B, Dodgers
.583 AVG (7-for-12) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Jermaine Dye, OF, White Sox
.500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

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

Yesterday’s results

Another day of action produced another change at the top of the BTS leaderboard.

This time, it was btkroos who fell from the top of the pack. The BTS leader went with Colorado’s Todd Helton, who entered the day with a robust .388 average in July, but Helton went 0-for-5 to end btkroos’ run at 31 games.

As a result, momfannie and rockinrick rocked into the top spot, at 30 games, with their respective picks of Miguel Tejada (2-for-3) and Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-5). rbgoulet1 also went with the Seattle hit king to push his streak to 29 games and take over third place.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 14.7%, 1-for-5
2. Derek Jeter (NYY): 8.2%, 1-for-3
3. Scott Rolen (TOR): 4.9%, 2-for-4
4. Ryan Braun (MIL): 4.6%, 1-for-5
5. Joe Mauer (MIN): 3.1%, 2-for-5

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, July 21

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Today’s recommended picks

Kendry Morales, 1B, Angels
.373 AVG (25-for-67) during 18-G hitting streak

Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays
.556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’04 vs. Indians starter Cliff Lee; .318 AVG in ’09

Aaron Rowand, OF, Giants
.500 AVG (10-for-20) since ’04 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

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

Yesterday’s results

It was one of those nights when several BTS front-runners fell from the pack, though it wasn’t because everyone was done in by one superstar’s rare hitless game.

rook3256 went a somewhat unusual route by tabbing B.J. Upton, who went 0-for-3 with a walk to end the leader’s streak at 34 games. Second-place fan kd21 went with Derek Jeter — certainly a reasonable selection, but the Yankees captain matched Upton’s output to end that streak at 33 games. alexanderreynoso picked Robinson Cano, but Cano fared no better than his double-play partner, turning in a 0-for-3 performance to snap alexanderreynoso’s run at 30 games.

The upheaval left btkroos, who went with Joe Mauer (1-for-1), as the owner of first place with his 31-game streak. momfannie and rockinrick took over a share of second place, at 29 games, with their respective picks of Matt Kemp and Albert Pujols (both 1-for-3). rbgoulet1, meanwhile, held steady at 28 games with Chone Figgins and the Angels having their game postponed.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Albert Pujols (STL): 20.0%, 1-for-3
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 8.6%, 1-for-1
3. Derek Jeter (NYY): 5.4%, 0-for-3
4. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 5.4%, 2-for-4
5. Chone Figgins (LAA): 4.9%, 0-for-0

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, July 20

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Today’s recommended picks

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
.667 AVG (6-for-9) since ’04 vs. Astros starter Brian Moehler

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, Red Sox
.500 AVG (6-for-12) since ’04 vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood

Hunter Pence, OF, Astros
.400 AVG (8-for-20) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

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

Yesterday’s results

Many players use the All-Star break as a rejuvenation period, and it seems the same may have held true in the BTS world.

Leader rook3256 has his streak up to 34 games, showing he’s no rookie when it comes to making picks. Yesterday, he went with Seattle hit machine Ichiro Suzuki (3-for-4).

kd21 remained close behind, at 33 games, following Miguel Cabrera’s 2-for-4 effort in the Bronx. alexanderreynoso, btkroos and mhhumm830 all extended their runs to 30 games to round out the Top 5.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 14.2%, 3-for-4
2. Albert Pujols (STL): 11.5%, 1-for-4
3. Shane Victorino (PHI): 5.1%, 1-for-3
4. Nick Markakis (BAL): 5.1%, 0-for-3
5. Joe Mauer (MIN): 4.4%, 0-for-6

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