October 2009

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, Oct. 6

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Today’s recommended picks

Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
.462 AVG (18-for-39) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Carlos Guillen, OF, Tigers
.407 AVG (11-for-27) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Jason Kubel, OF, Twins
.727 AVG (8-for-11) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

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

Today’s preview

On the eve of the playoffs, the Tigers and Twins are set to battle for the AL Central title, and BTS fans will look to close out the season on a winning note.

Given that only two teams are playing today, there clearly isn’t a large slate of players to choose from. However, there are a few who’ve enjoyed success against the scheduled starting pitchers, along with the usual hard-hitting suspects such as Joe Mauer and Miguel Cabrera.

stongematt79 stands as the current leader at 21 games, with emld75 one game behind. mike6437 and shane.99 both have the chance to finish the season at 20 games — and even take over the top spot should the other leaders fall — if their final pick comes through with a hit.

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, Oct. 5

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Tuesday’s recommended picks

Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
.462 AVG (18-for-39) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Carlos Guillen, OF, Tigers
.407 AVG (11-for-27) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Jason Kubel, OF, Twins
.727 AVG (8-for-11) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

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

Yesterday’s results

Most of the front-runners fell from the top of the BTS pack over the weekend, leaving the leaderboard with some of its lowest numbers since the beginning of the season.

stongematt79 emerged as the new leader with a 21-game streak, with emld75 just behind him at 20 games.

Any attempts to set new all-time or season records are out the window at this point, but there’s still one more chance for fans to tack on a final game to their streaks with Tuesday’s AL tiebreaker between the Tigers and Twins.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Joe Mauer (MIN): 9.8%, 0-for-3
2. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 8.8%, 1-for-3
3. Derek Jeter (NYY): 4.6%, 2-for-4
4. Magglio Ordonez (DET): 4.4%, 4-for-4
5. Albert Pujols (STL): 3.6%, 1-for-5

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, Oct. 2-4

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Today’s recommended picks

Carlos Beltran, OF, Mets
.455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Aaron Rowand, OF, Giants
.462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Padres starter Kevin Correia

Cristian Guzman, SS, Nationals
.429 AVG (9-for-21) since ’04 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Saturday’s recommended picks

Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
.643 AVG (9-for-14) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke

Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
.438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez

Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers
.529 AVG (9-for-17) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa

Sunday’s recommended picks

Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
.550 AVG (11-for-20) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

Howard Kendrick, 2B, Angels
.625 AVG (5-for-8) lifetime vs. A’s starter Edgar Gonzalez; Gonzalez: .292 AVG against in ’09

James Loney, 1B, Dodgers
.583 AVG (7-for-12) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jason Marquis

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

Yesterday’s results

With the regular season heading into its final weekend, BTS participants are looking to finish up on a winning note by logging the longest streak possible.

Nearly every member of the Top 10 picked Ichiro Suzuki, a smart move considering his knack for making contact and legging out hits. Sure enough, Ichiro came through with a 2-for-4 day to keep his fans alive in the standings.

Co-leaders da_wid and flipperjoints hit the 30-game mark thanks to Ichiro, while golgota33 and janejohn rode the Seattle speedster up to 25 games and a share of fourth place. Third-place contestant rwildi took the bold step of selecting a different player, but Jimmy Rollins’s 1-for-4 effort helped him stay in the running, at 27 games.

mark-henry also avoided Ichiro, but his selection of Dustin Pedroia didn’t work out so well. The normally free-swinging Pedroia collected two walks but no hits in five plate appearances, ending mark-henry’s run at 26 games.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 13.9%, 2-for-4
2. Joe Mauer (MIN): 6.2%, 2-for-4
3. Kevin Youkilis (BOS): 5.7%, 1-for-3
4. Albert Pujols (STL): 5.3%, 0-for-3
5. Vladimir Guerrero (LAA): 5.2%, 1-for-2

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, Oct. 1

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Today’s recommended picks

Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels
.485 AVG (16-for-33) since ’04 vs. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood

Magglio Ordonez, OF, Tigers
.444 AVG (16-for-36) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Carlos Guillen, OF, Tigers
.440 AVG (11-for-25) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

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

Yesterday’s results

The opportunity for contestants to topple Joe D. or even to surpass ’09 season-record holder Tanner Nielsen may have passed, but that hasn’t prevented many of the BTS faithful from attempting to finish the year with the longest active streak.

Going with perhaps the safest picks out there, first-place co-holders da_wid and flipperjoints selected Joe Mauer and Ichiro Suzuki, respectively. Showing why they’ve ranked at the top of the batting average leaderboard all season, Ichiro (2-for-5) and Mauer (1-for-4) came through once again to boost the leaders’ streaks to 29 games.

mark-henry tabbed the surging Troy Tulowitzki (2-for-3) to bump his streak up to 26 games, while rwildi kept pace to hold onto his share of third place by going with hit master Ichiro.

Yesterday’s Top 5 most selected players

1. Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 14.0%, 2-for-5
2. Ryan Howard (PHI): 6.7%, 1-for-2
3. Joe Mauer (MIN): 5.7%, 1-for-4
4. Derek Jeter (NYY): 5.2%, 2-for-2
5. Albert Pujols (STL): 4.8%, 2-for-4

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