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
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