July 2009

Beat the Streak: Weekend, July 17-19

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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

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 16

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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

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

First-half recap

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.

Beat the Streak: Weekend, July 10-12

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Today’s recommended picks

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
.500 AVG (9-for-18) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

Yunel Escobar, SS, Braves
.625 AVG (5-for-8) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez

Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays
.390 AVG (41-for-105) during 25-G hit streak

Saturday’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.433 AVG (26-for-60) since ’04 vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood; .361 AVG in ’09

Michael Young, 3B, Rangers
.400 AVG (16-for-40) vs. Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn since ’04

Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays
.390 AVG (41-for-105) during 25-G hit streak

Sunday’s recommended picks

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
.667 AVG (6-for-9) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brian Moehler; Moehler: .292 AVG against in ’09

David Wright, 3B, Mets
.600 AVG (6-for-10) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang

Johnny Damon, OF, Yankees
.429 AVG (15-for-35) since ’04 vs. Angels starter John Lackey

 

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

Yesterday’s results

A hitless performance from Albert Pujols ended two of the BTS field’s three longest streaks on Wednesday, but Prince Albert came through for the front-runners yesterday.

Thanks to Pujols’ two hits, ryancaraher pushed his BTS-leading streak to 29 games, sportsboom and wfahey kept pace one game behind and Mattie21H held onto fifth place, at 27 games.

Co-second-place holder rook3256 was the only contestant in the Top 5 to go with a different player, and Carl Crawford’s 1-for-4 effort was just enough to keep him in the running with the rest of the Pujols pack.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Chase Utley (PHI): 11.7%, 2-for-5
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 11.5%, 3-for-4
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 9.2%, 2-for-5
4. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 5.9%, 1-for-1
5. Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS): 4.0%, 0-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 9

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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

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

Yesterday’s results

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

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, July 8

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Today’s recommended picks

Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
.538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Todd Wellemeyer; Wellemeyer: .314 AVG against in ’09

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
.389 AVG (7-for-18) since ’04 vs. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan

Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays
.380 AVG (38-for-100) during 24-G hit streak

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

Yesterday’s results

Once again, hit-maker Ichiro Suzuki was the go-to guy for the BTS front-runners.

The Seattle speedster came through with a single in four at-bats vs. the O’s, pushing the respective streaks of leader greg4263 and co-second-place holder grebecks to 32 and 29 games. Fourth-place contestant ryancaraher also tabbed Ichiro, as did six of the Top 8 fans.

racin248 elected to go a different route, but still held on to a tie for second place thanks to a 2-for-5 night from Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 14.3%, 1-for-4
2. Freddy Sanchez (PIT): 7.7%, 0-for-0
3. Michael Young (TEX): 3.8%, 1-for-4
4. Carl Crawford (TB): 3.7%, 0-for-5
5. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 3.7%, 0-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, July 7

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Today’s recommended picks

Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays
.389 AVG (37-for-95) during 23-G hit streak

Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Pirates
.579 AVG (11-for-19) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brian Moehler

Michael Young, 2B, Rangers
.397 AVG (23-for-58) since ’04 vs. Angels starter John Lackey

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

Yesterday’s results

When in doubt, go with Ichiro; that seemed to be the philosophy of much of the BTS community yesterday.

It’s hard to argue with that approach, especially since the Seattle hit machine came through for his fans again. His 1-for-5 performance extended the streak of BTS leader greg4263 to 31 games, and bumped co-second-place holder grebecks up to 28 games. Altogether, five of the Top 7 fans and 22.6 percent of BTS contestants went with Ichiro.

racin248 was one of the brave few who picked a different player, and his selection of Derrek Lee (2-for-4) helped him remain in a tie for second place. taylorjanney also took a different route by tabbing Kevin Youkilis, but wound up with a 0-for-4 effort to see his run snapped at 27 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 22.6%, 1-for-5
2. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 5.3%, 0-for-4
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS): 5.2%, 0-for-4
4. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 4.0%, 0-for-0
5. Jason Bay (BOS): 3.7%, 1-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, July 6

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Today’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.429 AVG (3-for-7) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen; .362 AVG in ’09

Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels
.444 AVG (12-for-27) since ’04 vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood

Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
.417 AVG (10-for-24) since ’04 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

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

Yesterday’s results

The BTS leaders have had a tough time staying at the front of the pack lately, but greg4263 managed to hold down the top spot through the long weekend. greg4263 went with Albert Pujols yesterday, getting a 1-for-3 effort from the Cardinals masher to push his streak to 30 games.

With greg4263′s former co-leaders dropping from the pack, three contestants took over a share of second place at 27 games. grebecks went with NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez (2-for-4), racin248 picked Pujols and taylorjanney tabbed Dustin Pedroia (3-for-5) to keep pace.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Chipper Jones (ATL): 13.0%, 0-for-2
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 7.7%, 1-for-5
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 7.4%, 1-for-3
4. Ryan Braun (MIL): 5.8%, 1-for-4
5. Aaron Hill (TOR): 4.5%, 2-for-5

Beat the Streak: Weekend, July 3-5

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Today’s recommended picks

Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs
.436 AVG (17-for-39) vs. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan since ’04; Suppan: .307 AVG against in ’09

Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays
.423 AVG (33-for-78) during 19-G hit streak

Jermaine Dye, OF, White Sox
.385 AVG (15-for-39) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke; .447 AVG (17-for-38) over past 10 G

Saturday’s recommended picks

Aaron Hill, 2B, Blue Jays
.556 AVG (10-for-17) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
.444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke

Carl Crawford, OF, Rays
.439 AVG (18-for-41) during 10-G hit streak

Sunday’s recommended picks

Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
.462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly; .433 AVG (26-for-60) vs. left-handed pitchers in ’09

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
.565 AVG (13-for-23) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Scott Olsen

Aubrey Huff, 1B, Orioles
.467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joe Saunders

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

Yesterday’s results

Although Ichiro Suzuki dashed many a streak with his hitless performance on Wednesday, BTS co-leader greg4263 had enough faith in the speedster’s ability to bounce back at the plate yesterday, and Ichiro responded with a pair of doubles in four at-bats to extend greg4263′s streak to 27 games.

Fellow leader redleg ump went somewhat out of the BTS box by selecting Brandon Phillips, but the Reds second baseman came through with a single in five at-bats.

grebecks held onto his share of third place, pushing his streak to 25 games by tabbing Derek Jeter (1-for-4), while wyn11 kept pace with his selection of Ichiro. Five more enter the July 4 weekend tied for fifth place at 24 games.

May there be plenty of fireworks at the plate for all BTS contestants over the next few days!

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Albert Pujols (STL): 19.6%, 0-for-2
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 14.2%, 2-for-4
3. Torii Hunter (LAA): 6.3%, 1-for-4
4. Pablo Sandoval (SF): 5.3%, 0-for-4
5. Derek Jeter (NYY): 4.5%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 2

 

Today’s recommended picks

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.400 AVG (10-for-25) since ’04 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
.556 AVG (5-for-9) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito

Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Giants
.394 AVG (37-for-94) in June; Cardinals starter Todd Wellemeyer: .317 AVG against in ’09

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

Yesterday’s results

It was a tough day for the 19.5 percent of the BTS contestants who picked Ichiro Suzuki, a group that included each of the Top 3 placeholders. Ichiro went 0-for-4 to end his 12-game hitting streak, simultaneously ending the streaks of dizzygst (28 games), misharandolph (28) and tasty_ellis_stu (27).

Fortunately, there were plenty of remaining contestants who went with other players. Albert Pujols (2-for-2), Derek Jeter (1-for-3) and Hanley Ramirez (2-for-3) were the respective picks of greg4263, redleg ump and spark5411, who took over first place at 26 games. grebecks also tabbed Hanley to take over a share of second at 24 games, and wyn11 kept pace by going with Mark Teixeira (2-for-4).

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 19.5%, 0-for-4
2. Miguel Tejada (HOU): 4.3%, 1-for-4
3. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 4.3%, 2-for-3
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 3.4%, 2-for-2
5. Derek Jeter (NYY): 3.3%, 1-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, July 1

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Today’s recommended picks

Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels
.375 AVG (9-for-24) vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood since ’04; .384 AVG (68-for-177) lifetime at Rangers Ballpark

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.463 AVG (25-for-54) during 12-G hit streak; .400 AVG (12-for-30) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte

Torii Hunter, OF, Angels
.406 AVG (13-for-32) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood

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

Yesterday’s results

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann may not want to encounter the people behind the screen names of j.harv8, Braves10 and crowleybs in a dark alleyway. That trio represented the Top 3 BTS contestants entering yesterday’s action, and all finished the day back at square one following McCann’s 0-for-5 showing vs. the Phillies.

And so, BTS play continues with no streaks of at least 30 games for the first time in a while. dizzygst, who picked Ian Kinsler (1-for-5), and misharandolph, who went with Ichiro Suzuki (2-for-4), take over the top spot together with their 28-game streaks. tasty_ellis_stu extended his run to a tasty 27 games with the selection of Derek Jeter (1-for-5), and eight more moved into a tie for fourth place at 25 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 9.3%, 2-for-4
2. Albert Pujols (STL): 8.9%, 2-for-3
3. Brian McCann (ATL): 8.2%, 0-for-5
4. Miguel Cabrera (DET): 7.2%, 2-for-5
5. Ian Kinsler (TEX): 3.8%, 1-for-5

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