August 2009

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, Aug. 28-30

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Today’s Recommended Picks

Todd Helton

  • .533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

Magglio Ordonez

  • .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

Nick Swisher

  • .471 AVG (8-for-17) since ’04 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

 

Saturday’s recommended picks

Garret Anderson

  • .412 AVG (7-for-17) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee

Ichiro Suzuki

  • .643 AVG (9-for-14) lifetime vs. Royals starter Gil Meche

David Ortiz

  • .714 AVG (5-for-7) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Sunday’s recommended picks

James Loney

  • .571 AVG (8-for-14) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Adam Dunn

  • .467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright

Michael Cuddyer

  • .429 AVG (9-for-21) since ’04 vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood

 

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

 

Yesterday’s results

Hanley Ramirez was the trendy pick among BTS titans Thursday.  The dynamic shortstop’s 1-for-4 night helped sustain jagzrule77’s perch atop the leaderboard, as his streak reached 37 games. 

Moving into a tie for second — also on the strength of Han-Ram — were cwahl and phadrus74, who pushed their runs of perfection to 35 in a row.

It wasn’t good news all around, though, as thatsawinner didn’t live up to his name for the first time in a long time, incorrectly selecting Albert Pujols to end a formidable 35-game streak.

 

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 12.6%, 0-for-0
2. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 10.8%, 1-for-4
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 8.1%, 0-for-2
4. Ryan Braun (MIL): 5.8%, 1-for-5
5. Prince Fielder (MIL): 5.4%, 1-for-3 

 

Beat the Streak Report: Aug. 27

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Today’s Recommended Picks

James Loney

  • .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa

Prince Fielder

  • .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Reds starter Micah Owings

Ryan Braun

  • .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Reds starter Micah Owings

 

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

 

Yesterday’s results

For the first time all week, each BTS heavy hitter marched on towards the ultimate goal of 57 in a row.  Overall leader jagzrule77 notched his 36th consecutive correct pick by choosing Carlos Lee, who responded with a 3-for-4 night. 

Staying on his tail and in sole possession of second place was thatsawinner, who rode the hot bat of Miguel Cabrera (1-for-5) to a 35-game streak. 

Remaining in a tie for third were cwahl and phadrus74, who went with Derek Jeter (1-for-4) and Joe Mauer (2-for-4), respectively, to extend their runs to 34 games each.

 

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 12.6%, 0-for-0
2. Derek Jeter (NYY): 10.3%, 1-for-4
3. Joe Mauer (MIN): 7.1%, 2-for-4
4. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 6.6%, 1-for-4
5. Chone Figgins (LAA): 4.9%, 2-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Aug. 26

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Today’s Recommended Picks

Chone Figgins

  • .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Edwin Jackson

Dustin Pedroia

  • .400 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

Carlos Lee

  • .500 AVG (9-for-18) since ’04 vs. Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro

 

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

 

Yesterday’s results

A pair of BTS leaders got bumped Tuesday, as a hitless night from Matt Holliday spelled the end for Buhtter and diamondmike.  Both concluded with impressive 34-game streaks. 

That left jagzrule77 — who stretched his streak to 35 games on the strength of Jimmy Rollins’ 2-for-5 effort — on top of the leaderboard all by his lonesome.  Keeping up was thatsawinner, who got a 1-for-5 showing from Joe Mauer to push his run to 34.       

Rounding out the Top 3 are cwahl and phadrus74, who are tied at 33 games apiece. 

 

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 13.4%, 0-for-0
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 10.1%, 1-for-5
3. Vladimir Guerrero (LAA): 4.9%, 0-for-4
4. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 4.7%, 1-for-3
5. Derek Jeter (NYY): 4.6%, 2-for-3

 

Beat the Streak Report: Aug. 25

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Today’s Recommended Picks

Vladimir Guerrero

  • .414 AVG (12-for-29) since ’04 vs. Tigers starter Jarrod Washburn

Kurt Suzuki

  • .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Ryan Rowland-Smith

Hunter Pence

  • .391 AVG (9-for-23) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright

 

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

 

Yesterday’s results

The three fans at the top of the BTS standings were aligned in their thinking Monday, as buhtter, diamondmike and jagzrule each went with Ichiro. However, since baseball’s single-season hit king was scratched from the lineup with a sore calf muscle, all three competitors held onto their 34-game streaks. 
 
The same went for thatsawinner, whose streak remained at 33 games after picking Ichiro. 
 
Heading into Tuesday’s action, thatsawinner stands alone in second place as rbier2000 saw his run come to an end in unlucky fashion when Carl Crawford exited Monday’s game vs. the Blue Jays after two hitless at-bats in the third inning.

 

 

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

 

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 23.1%, 0-for-0            
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 8.1%, 0-for-4                  
3. Carlos Guillen (DET): 5.1%, 2-for-4             
4. Vladimir Guerrero (LAA): 4.3%, 1-for-4           
5. Shin-Soo Choo (CLE): 4.3%, 3-for-5              

 

 
 

Beat the Streak Report: Aug. 24

 

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Today’s recommended picks

Carlos Guillen, DH, Tigers

  • .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels

  • .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Indians

  • .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Royals starter Gil Meche

 

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

 

Yesterday’s results

Two BTS top dogs fell from grace this past weekend, as Nicklarsen84 and Motorhead lost their streaks at 35 and 34 games, respectively.

That paved the way for buhtter, diamondmike and jagzrule77 to pull into a three-way tie atop the leaderboard.  Each rode a different player to 34-game streaks, as buhtter took Hanley Ramirez (3-for-5), diamondmike selected Joe Mauer (2-for-5) and jagzrule77 got a 1-for-4 effort from Andre Ethier. 

Breathing down the necks of the Top 3 are rbier2000 and thatsawinner, who are at 33 games apiece.

 

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 12.7%, 3-for-4
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 11.1%, 1-for-4
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 7.3%, 1-for-3
4. Joe Mauer (MIN): 6.0%, 2-for-5
5. Chipper Jones (ATL): 4.2%, 0-for-2

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, Aug. 21-23

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Today’s recommended picks

Jason Bay, OF, Red Sox
.444 AVG (12-for-27) since ’04 vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte

David DeJesus, OF, Royals
.500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn; Blackburn: .296 AVG against in ’09

Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
.500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Randy Wells

Saturday’s recommended picks

Freddy Sanchez, 2B, Giants
.545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa

Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Mariners
.429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Indians starter Aaron Laffey

Joe Mauer, C, Twins
.421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

Sunday’s recommended picks

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
.526 AVG (10-for-19) lifetime vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
.526 AVG (10-for-19) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Yunel Escobar, SS, Braves
.538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

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

Yesterday’s results

With a couple of BTS heavy hitters having recently fallen from the top, the contestants in the next wave of leaders are looking to prove they have the staying power to reach 40 games and beyond.

Current top dog nicklarsen84 pushed his streak to 34 games with a 1-for-4 game from Ichiro Suzuki. Motorhead went with the hot-hitting Hanley Ramirez (1-for-4) to remain one game behind, while third-place fan diamondmike recived a 2-for-4 effort from Nick Markakis to move up to 32 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 14.5%, 1-for-4
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 10.0%, 1-for-4
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 7.4%, 0-for-4
4. Carl Crawford (TB): 5.4%, 1-for-5
5. Joe Mauer (MIN): 4.5%, 1-for-4

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, Aug. 20

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Today’s recommended picks

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
.500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez; NL-leading .358 AVG in ’09

Nick Markakis, OF, Orioles
.355 AVG (27-for-76) since Aug. 1

Jhonny Peralta, 3B, Indians
.391 AVG (9-for-21) since ’04 vs. Angels starter John Lackey

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

Yesterday’s results

The second-longest streak of the season reached its end yesterday when Joe Mauer wrapped up a 0-for-3 effort against the Rangers. Mike Hamman may one day put together another run for more than a month, but for now, his just-completed 43-game streak will be set in stone in the BTS annals.

Mike’s streak fell two games shy of the season mark set by Tanner Nielsen in June. In an interesting coincidence, Tanner’s streak was also ended by a hitless day from Mauer.

And because Mauer was the choice of the second-place contestant entering yesterday’s action (we’re guessing the Twins catcher may be on the receiving end of a bit of BTS-prompted hate mail), we have a couple of fresh faces at the top of the standings.

nicklarsen84, who received a 2-for-4 day from Derek Jeter, took over the top spot at 33 games. Motorhead slid into second at 32 games thanks to an identical 2-for-4 effort from Ichiro Suzuki, while diamondmike rode a 1-for-4 performance from Carl Crawford to move up to 31 games and claim third place.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 7.6%, 2-for-4
2. Derek Jeter (NYY): 7.5%, 2-for-4
3. Placido Polanco (DET): 6.6%, 1-for-4
4. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 5.8%, 1-for-4
5. Joe Mauer (MIN): 5.2%, 0-for-3

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, Aug. 19

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Today’s recommended picks

Placido Polanco, 2B, Tigers
.500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Ian Snell

Lyle Overbay, 1B, Blue Jays
.714 AVG (5-for-7) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

A.J. Pierzynski, C, White Sox
.432 AVG (16-for-37) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke

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

Yesterday’s results

The march to 56 continued for hammanm, who pushed his streak to 43 games when Ichiro Suzuki collected the first of his four hits yesterday. The BTS leader is just two games shy of the season record set by Tanner Nielsen.

Further underscoring hammanm’s amazing staying power, the two contestants directly behind him in the standings both found themselves starting from scratch at the conclusion of the day’s action. For Sun_Tenshi, who put together an impressive 39-game streak, the end came when Felipe Lopez finished 0-for-4 vs. the Pirates. jprin30571, who was up to 35 games, bid farewell to the streak following a 0-for-4 effort from Mark Teixiera.

As a result, Topiary took over second place at 34 games thanks to three more hits from Joe Mauer. nicklarsen84, who also went with Minnesota’s amazing backstop, moved up to third place at 32 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 12.8%, 4-for-5
2. Alex Rios (CWS): 5.5%, 1-for-4
3. Chipper Jones (ATL): 3.7%, 0-for-3
4. Joe Mauer (MIN): 3.6%, 3-for-5
5. Hanley Ramirez (FLA): 3.6%, 3-for-5

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, Aug. 18

 

Today’s recommended picks

Curtis Granderson, OF, Tigers
.409 AVG (9-for-22) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

David DeJesus, OF, Royals
.393 AVG (11-for-28) since ’04 vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia

Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
.393 AVG (11-for-28) since ’04 vs. Mets starter Oliver Perez

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

Yesterday’s results

Slowly and steadily, hammanm continues to move into highly select territory in the BTS universe.

A 1-for-4 day from Matt Holliday yesterday extended hammanm’s streak to 42 games, tying him with Dick Goulet for the second-highest mark of ’09. Tanner Nielsen set the season record of 45 games back in late June.

Sun_Tenshi isn’t far behind, though. The second-place contestant received a 2-for-4 day from A.J. Pierzynski to move up to 39 games and keep the leader within sight. jprin30571 also kept pace in third place, reaching the 35-game mark following a 3-for-4 showing from Derek Jeter.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Derek Jeter (NYY): 8.2%, 3-for-4
2. A.J. Pierzynski (CWS): 6.0%, 2-for-4
3. Albert Pujols (STL): 6.0%, 1-for-4
4. Alexei Ramirez (CWS): 4.8%, 1-for-2
5. Pablo Sandoval (SF): 4.5%, 1-for-5

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, Aug. 17

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Today’s recommended picks

Alexei Ramirez, SS, White Sox
.417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister

Aubrey Huff, 1B, Orioles
.412 AVG (7-for-17) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

A.J. Pierzynski, C, White Sox
.409 AVG (9-for-22) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister

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

Yesterday’s results

It was a successful weekend for BTS leader hammanm, who surged to 41 games with the selection of Joe Mauer (1-for-4) yesterday. The 41-game streak is tied for the third-longest mark this season.

Mauer also turned out to be the right pick for third-place contestant jprin30571 and fourth-place holder Topiary, who pushed their respective streaks to 34 and 32 games. Second-place fan Sun_Tenshi went with Dustin Pedroia (1-for-5) to move up to 38 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 11.0%, 1-for-5
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 9.7%, 2-for-5
3. Miguel Cabrera (DET): 6.1%, 2-for-5
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 5.2%, 1-for-4
5. Joe Mauer (MIN): 4.6%, 1-for-4

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