Today’s recommended picks
Brian McCann, C, Braves
.400 AVG (8-for-20) lifetime vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey
Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
.346 AVG (9-for-26) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels; .346 AVG in ’09
Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.360 AVG in ’09; .362 AVG (55-for-152) lifetime at Progressive Field
Saturday’s recommended picks
Victor Martinez, C, Indians
.421 AVG (8-for-19) since ’04 vs. Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn
Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
.364 AVG (12-for-33) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang
Jermaine Dye, OF, White Sox
.500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie; .350 AVG in July
Sunday’s recommended picks
Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates
.538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain
Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies
.533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Andrew Miller
Nick Markakis, OF, Orioles
.500 AVG (8-for-16) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Jose Contreras
The start of the second half didn’t produce favorable results for many of the BTS leaders. To be more specific, it didn’t produce favorable results for those who picked Hanley Ramirez.
The All-Star shortstop went 0-for-3 vs. the Phillies, ending the 32-game run of leader ryancaraher and knocking two other contestants from the Top 5.
Fortunately, not everyone who built up a long streak heading into the break wound up on the short end of a hitless performance by Hanley. rook3256 went with old reliable Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-4) and sportsboom tabbed veteran hit machine Chipper Jones (1-for-4), successful picks that left them in a tie for first place at 32 games.
kd21 went the more unconventional route with his selection of Martin Prado, but he was rewarded with a 1-for-4 effort to take over third place at 30 games. Five more are tied for fourth at 27 games.
Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players
1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 17.4%, 1-for-4
2. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 10.1%, 0-for-3
3. Chipper Jones (ATL): 9.7%, 1-for-4
4. Jimmy Rollins (PHI): 6.0%, 1-for-5
5. Aramis Ramirez (CHC): 4.9%, 0-for-3