Today’s recommended picks
Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
.440 AVG (11-for-25) since ’04 vs. Mets starter Oliver Perez
Chone Figgins, 3B, Angels
.500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. A’s starter Dallas Braden
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
.385 AVG (5-for-13) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad; .378 AVG in July
The first three-plus months of BTS play featured its share of long streaks and nail-biting moments as fans took their best shot at toppling Joe DiMaggio’s magic No. 56.
Shortly after it was announced in early June that the top prize of $1 million would be increased by $10,000 every day, a few contestants made a spirited run at grabbing the jackpot. TannerNielsen ran his streak all the way up to 45 games, the longest of the season and tied for the fourth-longest in history, before it was snapped by a rare hitless day from Joe Mauer on June 23.
June 23 also turned out to be a bad day for paulcmoss84 and crtownse, who saw their respective streaks of 39 and 38 games come to an end that night. FROD, who tied for the second-longest mark of the season at 39 games, wound up back at square one a few days later. Altogether, seven contestants recorded a streak of at least 35 games, and 50 put together a streak of at least 30 games.
Entering the second half, ryancaraher leads the pack with a 32-game streak. rook3256, sportsboom and wfahey are tied for second at 31 games, and Mattie21H rounds out the Top 5 at 30 games.