Today’s recommended picks
Aaron Hill, 2B, Blue Jays
.467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker
Carlos Lee, OF, Astros
.444 AVG (8-for-18) since ’04 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe
Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
.391 AVG (9-for-23) since ’04 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez
When Matt Holliday attempted to beat out a grounder to third in the third inning of yesterday’s action, he tripped over first base and suffered a nasty bruise.
However, it’s likely the pain he felt paled in comparison to that experienced by the BTS front-runners.
Holliday was pulled a couple of innings later, his day ending with a sacrifice fly and no hits over two plate appearances. Remarkably, that snapped the streaks of each of the Top 5 placeholders in the BTS standings. All five of those fans had compiled streaks of at least 35 games, with the leader, tshalterman, bowing out at 41.
And so, the next round of leaders will look to carry the torch with time running out to topple Joe D.’s magic No. 56. Johnyn and willisbran take over the top spot at 35 games, enronshorttrader and justindoak27 share third place at 32 games and grillmastr rounds out the new Top 5 at 31 games.
Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players
1. Matt Holliday (STL): 13.6%, 0-for-1
2. Derek Jeter (NYY): 6.3%, 3-for-4
3. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 5.6%, 1-for-5
4. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): 5.3%, 2-for-5
5. Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS): 3.8%, 1-for-3