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
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