Beat the Streak: Weekend, July 17-19



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

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

Yesterday’s results

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


  1. dragbunt104

    As a few have approached the 56 game streak but no one has passed the mark, any thoughts of player selection over the long haul?
    e.g – focus on one team and select a player from that team each day.
    I tired choosing 6 players and picking on of those 6 each day.
    What other theories are out there there guys?

  2. darwri

    Picking randoms from one team isnt a good theory either.. considering teams will have bad games and your player might only get up 3 times… I lost a 17 game hitting streak the other day because Rameriz from Florida only got up 3 times and he batted 3rd…. picking leadoff men for visiting teams is my philosophy.. because they will at least get up 4 times almost guaranteed in a game

  3. dragbunt104

    Hey Big Baller,
    Thanks for weighing in on theories to get a long streak going. I agree with you and thanks for pointing out the problem of picking guys from one team only. I also lost 9 game streak on Hanley Ramirez the same game you did.
    Ramirez was in the on-deck circle as the final out of the game was made. The Marlins got only one hit that night and this further makes your comment about not picking a player from one team only as great advice.
    Like you I’m sticking to guys at the top of the line up who are free swingers at the plate. Walks do us absolutely no good at all!

  4. darwri

    Ya thats why Ichiro is such a good pick.. he never walks and bats # 1 in the lineup. I’m not sure what his stats are on the road this year.. but I would be surprised if he didnt get a hit in at least 90% of the games… I know ive lost a couple streaks with him at home because he only got up 4 times.. throw in a walk and a sac bunt which is rare for Ichiro.. someday someone will win this thing.. but I dont see it happenin this year.

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