Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 9
Today’s recommended picks
Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
.500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Reds starter Micah Owings
Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
.400 AVG (8-for-20) since ’04 vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook
Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays
.390 AVG (41-for-105) during 25-G hit streak
Illustrating how quickly a stretch of good luck can go sour in the BTS world, the Top 3 contestants all found themselves starting from scratch following yesterday’s action.
Leader greg4263 (32 games) and co-second-place fan racin248 (29) simply picked the wrong day to go with the normally reliable Albert Pujols, who went 0-for-4 vs. the Brewers. And while grebecks (29) made a seemingly smart choice by going with the hot-hitting Chase Utley, he couldn’t have foreseen that the Phils second baseman would be cooled off with an identical 0-for-4 effort.
The upheaval allowed ryancaraher to take over the top spot at 28 games with his selection of Ryan Braun (2-for-4). rook3256, sportsboom and wfahey all went with Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-5), giving them a share of second place at 27 games.
Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players
1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 12.7%, 1-for-5
2. Ryan Braun (MIL): 10.9%, 2-for-4
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 9.7%, 0-for-4
4. Derek Jeter (NYY): 2.5%, 2-for-5
5. Manny Ramirez (LAD): 2.5%, 1-for-5