May 2010

Beat the Streak Report: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

 

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It was a big gravy train in Streakland yesterday, as six of the top seven picks each got hits to combine to extend the streaks of about 40 percent of the whole wide world.

Justin Morneau was far and away the biggest knight in shining armor, single handedly upping the streaks of a ridiculous 19.7 percent of our users just by his lonesome self.

WARNING TIME:

We have reached Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend is glorious.

There will be tons of traveling, family time, frisbees, etc. But, really, all anybody cares about are the BBQs, hot dogs, hamburgers and the 43 percent chance of baked beans being involved. And baked beans are spectacular.

Anyway, this is no time to lose your focus because you are preoccupied trying to see how many skirt steaks you can fit in your mouth.

The key is to make all your weekend selections beforehand so you can live in a worry-free, skirt-steak self-gorging world.

And isn’t that the kind of world you want to live in?

On to the weekend picks.

Oh, hello there …

Friday

? Chipper Jones: .524 (11-for-21) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke

? Nick Markakis: .450 AVG (9-for-20) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum

? Ryan Braun: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana

Saturday

? Carlos Lee: .405 AVG (15-for-37) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang

? Manny Ramirez: .375 AVG (6-for-16) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook

? Conor Jackson: .563 AVG (9-for-16) lifetime vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

Sunday

? Stephen Drew: .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Giants starter Todd Wellemeyer

? Dustin Pedroia: .571 AVG (5-for-14) lifetime vs. Royals starter Gil Meche

? Ryan Ludwick: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Monday

? Brian McCann: .412 AVG (7-for-17) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton

? Todd Helton: .474 AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

? Ichiro Suzuki: .353 AVG (6-for-17) lifetime vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday

? Ramon Hernandez: .385 AVG (5-for-13) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez. Duck …

Saturday

? Geoff Blum: .600 AVG (12-for-20) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang. Duck …

Sunday

? Skip Schumaker: .419 AVG (13-for-31) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster. Duck …

Monday

? David DeJesus: .439 AVG (9-for-21) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana. Goose!

You’ll thank me later …

Friday

? Miguel Cabrera: .167 AVG (3-for-18) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Ben Sheets

? Chase Utley: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Saturday

? Kevin Youkilis: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke

? Joe Mauer: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson

Sunday

? Troy Tulowitzki: .111 AVG (2-for-18) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

? Shane Victorino: .182 AVG (4-for-22) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez

Monday

? Troy Glaus: .095 AVG (2-for-21) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton

? Brad Hawpe: .231 AVG (6-for-26) lifetime vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

Leaderboard time!

Mark Teixeira’s 2-for-4 evening bumped “kneetgma”‘s streak to an impressive 27 games. “kneetgma” is now officially 47.4 percent on the way to having $3,000,000. Also known as roughly what “MacGruber” took in at the box office last weekend.

MacGruber!

Top MLB streakers

? Adam Jones: 13 games

? Travis Hafner: 12 games

? Michael Young: 12 games

? Troy Tulowitzki: 11 games

? Robinson Cano: 10 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 27

 

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Tough day in the Beat the Streak neighborhood, as about 22 percent of our aspiring multi-millionaires had the rest button pushed on their streaks, thanks to hitless performances from Ichiro Suzuki (11.2 percent), Albert Pujols (3.3 percent), Torii Hunter (3.2 percent), Vladimir Guerrero (2.0 percent) and Justin Morneau (1.8 percent).

As for me, well, I rode Troy Tulowitzki’s 1-for-2 evening to up my streak to a shiny six games which puts me in a tie for third place in “The Bloggers” groups.

I know I wasn’t asked, but I know you care. Admit it, you do. You really do.

And just to make unprovoked predictions, Hunter Pence will ride me to a seven-game streak with a hit this afternoon. Why am I picking Pence? Well his numbers against opposing starter Dave Bush are stellar (.500 AVG, 7-for-14), but truthfully, I have no patience and need instant satisfaction and absolutely positively must take someone playing in that 1:10 EST game.

How you like those strats?

Time for Thursday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Justin Morneau: .353 AVG (12-for-34) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Javier Vazquez; .442 AVG last 14 games.

? Adrian Beltre: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister

? Hunter Pence: .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush

? Mark Teixeira: .800 AVG (8-for-10) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

? Ryan Howard: .440 AVG (11-for-25) lifetime vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Dan Uggla: .333 AVG (11-for-33) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson. Would you ever roll the dice with a career .259 hitter against a guy like Tim Hudson? Think not.

You’ll thank me later …

? Matt Holliday: .000 AVG (0-for-4) lifetime vs. Padres starter Wade LeBlanc

? Evan Longoria: .167 AVG (1-for-6) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

? Ryan Zimmerman: .200 AVG (2-for-10) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito

Leaderboard time!

Wednesday’s leader “postbud32″ saw his 26-game streak disappear under rug swept thanks to an 0-fer from Jayson Werth.

DOES ANYBODY WANT TO WIN THIS GAME?

Whoa, sorry for the ALL CAPS. I get excited sometimes.

Anyway, this means that “kneetgma” is now king of the BTS castle with a 26-game streak of his own.

Let’s see how long that one lasts …

Top MLB streakers

 

? Travis Hafner: 12 games

? Adam Jones: 12 games
? Michael Young: 12 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)
? Troy Tulowitzki: 10 games
? Robinson Cano: 9 games
? Nelson Cruz: 9 games

 

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 26

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Suspended games are one of my favorite things in the whole wide world; the Beat the Streak universe goes absolutely ballistic and reaches DEFCON 5.

And dear sweet sassy, the Yankees and Twins game was suspended after the fifth inning yesterday.

Does my hit count? Does my 0-for-2 count? If my guy gets a hit on Tuesday but goes hitless on Wednesday, is my streak alive? If my guy get 34 hits on Wednesday but strikes out 87 times on Tuesday, is my streak alive? TELL ME NOW!!!

Simmer.

Let’s go to the rule book, shall we?

According to the rules, “In the event any Suspended Game(s) is subsequently completed within three (3) calendar days immediately following the date on which any such game(s) was suspended, for purposes of this Contest, all hits officially scored as hits for such Suspended Game(s) shall count as valid hits for the Game Day on which such Suspended Game(s) was originally scheduled.”

I’m sorry, I don’t speak alien lawyer talk either. How about an example, Mr. Rule Book?

If “participant selects Dustin Pedroia to hit on the May 4th game that is suspended. Pedroia goes 0-for-2 in the first part of the game that is suspended on May 4th, but gets a hit in the portion of the Suspended Game that is resumed the next day, May 5th. In this case, although Pedroia’s hit took place on May 5th, for purposes of this Contest, the hit would count as a valid hit for May 4th, Game Day on which such Suspended Game(s) was originally scheduled.”

THIS I UNDERSTAND!

You give me names, teams, stats and actual dates and I turn into Doogie Howser. You give me sophisticated jargon and weird parenthesis at the end of words and my brain turns into mush.

Bottom line: If you took any player from the Yankees or Twins yesterday and they get a hit in that very same game, whether from last night or tonight, you’re golden.

Time for Wednesday’s picks

Oh, hello there …


? Ryan Braun: .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt

? Carl Crawford: .412 AVG (14-for-34) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

? Corey Hart: .500 AVG (8-for-16) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt

? Joey Votto: .571 AVG (4-for-7) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf

? Luis Castillo: .563 AVG (9-for-16) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Delmon Young: .563 AVG (9-for-16) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte. Oh Delmon, how much you love to torture us all.

You’ll thank me later …

? Dustin Pedroia: .189 AVG (7-for-37) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

? Billy Butler: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Scott Feldman

? Prince Fielder: .147 AVG (5-for-34) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt

Leaderboard time!

Vlad Guerrero’s two-homer fiesta yesterday upped the streak of our leader, “postbud32″ to 26 games. “postbud32″ is now 45.6 percent on the way towards buying a dunk tank to place in his/her house.

Dunk tanks are never not fun.

Top MLB streakers

? Travis Hafner: 12 games

? Adam Jones: 11 games

? Michael Young: 11 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Torii Hunter: 10 games

? Ian Kinsler: 9 games

? Troy Tulowitzki: 9 games

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 25

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We might just get off this island, after all.

Despite a seemingly insurmountable hurdle of a four-game Monday, our fearless streakers prevailed in spades.

Eight of our top nine most popular selections each got hits, combining to extend the streaks of about 65 percent of our users combined.

Atta boy!

Is it possible that those in Streakland become more focused when their selection pool shrinks by 75 percent?

Is it possible that the real reason Monday was Funday was because both Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter, the game’s biggest messengers of doom, had days off?

Is it possible that Jack, Hurley, Locke & co. all died in the initial plane crash in Season 1 and the entire series of Lost was just an account of purgatories and sideways purgatories?

Alright, that’s enough …

Time for Tuesday’s picks

 

Oh, hello there …


? Dustin Pedroia: .462 AVG (12-for-26) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

? Joe Mauer: .467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett

? Ichiro Suzuki: .424 AVG (14-for-33) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

? Michael Young: .383 AVG (18-for-47) lifetime vs. Royals starter Gil Meche

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Humberto Quintero: .667 AVG (4-for-6) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf. Check, please!

You’ll thank me later …


? Nick Markakis: .071 AVG (1-for-14) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Dallas Braden

? Kevin Youkilis: .115 AVG (3-for-26) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

? Joey Votto: .077 AVG (1-for-13) lifetime vs. Reds starter Paul Maholm

Leaderboard time!

Alex “hey, all my former teammates in Toronto are going absolutely bonkers at the plate, so I’ll follow suit and go on a tear even though my newish teammates in Chicago have been colder than Siberia on a Thursday night in December” Rios went 1-for-4 to extend the streak of our leader, “postbud32″, to 25 games.

“postbud32″ is now 43.8 percent on his/her way to buying as many of these that exist in the whole wide world.

Because why not? Right?

Top MLB streakers

? Travis Hafner: 11 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Alex Gonzalez: 10 games

? Torii Hunter: 10 games

? Adam Jones: 10 games

? Michael Young: 10 games

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 24

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The calendar is about to reach June and the highest streak we have right now is 24 games.

Not that getting to 24 isn’t a stellar accomplishment, but come on people! Does anybody want to win $3,000,000?

I know this game takes incredible patience and a tiny bit of research but we’re not trying to solve Good Will Hunting math problems or attempting to put together one of those exile puzzles from Fresh Meat II here; it’s baseball for crying out loud!

Sincerely,

Expert guy who only has a three-game streak right now.

Time for Monday’s picks …and there’s only four games. This should be a doozy

Oh, hello there …

? Ben Zobrist: .500 AVG (14-for-28) over seven-game hitting streak.

? Shin-Soo Choo: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

? Orlando Cabrera: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Brian Burres

? Russell Branyan: .800 AVG (4-for-5) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Victor Martinez: .500 AVG (1-for-2) lifetime vs. Rays starter Wade Davis. Small sample size much?

You’ll thank me later …

? Vernon Wells: .158 (3-for-19) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joe Saunders

? Jason Bartlett: .214 (3-for-14) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

Leaderboard time!

“postbud32″ is enjoying his/her 15 minutes of fame atop the leaderboard with a 24-game streak and is officially 42.1 percent on the way to buying as many KFC Double Down sandwiches he could ever dream of.

That just can’t be a good idea.

Top MLB streakers

? Travis Hafner: 11 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Adam Jones: 10 games

? Michael Young: 10 games

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, May 21-23

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Ryan Braun (7.7 percent) and Jayson Werth (4.1 percent) were Thursday’s notable dragon slayers, as five of the day’s top six picks each got hits to combine to extend the streaks of about 30 percent of our users combined.

And with that, a graceful warning to all of those sitting at their computers without a seatbelt on:

This weekend is going to be a bit bananas because it’s …Interleague Play!!! Hiyooooo!

And you know what that means: an endless amount of hitters looking absolutely cross-eyed at the plate because they’re facing a bounty of pitchers they’ve never seen before, and likely won’t be seeing again.

Like beating a pinata full of peanut butter M&Ms (how good are those?), this is never not fun.

This would be even more thrilling but for the whole trying to win $3,000,000 thingy.

Oh, well…

On to the weekend picks.

Oh, hello there …

Friday

? Russell Martin: .500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Dontrelle Willis; 15-game hitting streak.

? Michael Cuddyer: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush

? Raul Ibanez: .375 AVG (14-for-48) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

 

Saturday

? Orlando Cabrera: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

? Jack Cust: .400 AVG (4-for-10) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

? Mark Teixeira: .308 AVG (4-for-13) lifetime vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

 

Sunday

? Chipper Jones: .524 AVG (11-for-21) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke

? Derek Jeter: .423 AVG (11-for-23) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana

? Bobby Abreu: .565 AVG (13-for-23) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

 

Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday

? Jamey Carroll: .455 AVG (5-for-11) since ’05 vs. Tigers starter Dontrelle Willis. Anything goes when it comes to the D-Train.

Saturday

? David Eckstein: .333 AVG (7-for-21) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Ian Snell. Yeah, why not?

Sunday

? Martin Prado: .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke. Actually, considering Prado’s .322 average, this one isn’t so crazy. At all.

 

You’ll thank me later …

 

Friday

? Justin Morneau: .188 AVG (3-for-16) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush

? Jason Bay: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Javier Vazquez

Saturday

? Ryan Braun: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey

? Prince Fielder: .182 AVG (2-for-11) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey

Sunday

? Jorge Cantu: .200 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia

? Alex Rodriguez: .217 AVG (5-for-23) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana

Leaderboard time!

Ryan Braun’s 0-fer cut the cord on “blakerockwell”‘s 28-game streak. This means that “pandrews59″ is king of the castle with a 26-game run. 31 more consecutive days with hits and “pandrews59″ can afford to have one of those gumball machines that has a spiral ramp at the bottom that looks like a waterslide.

A gumball waterslide.

I love those.

Top MLB streakers

? Russell Martin: 15 games

? John Buck: 10 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Jhonny Peralta: 10 games

? J.J. Hardy: 8 games (DL)

? Prince Fielder: 8 games

? Travis Hafner: 8 games

? Derek Jeter: 8 games

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 20

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I think my least-favorite scenario when it comes to Beat the Streak is when I submit my seemingly fool-proof pick, forget about baseball for a few hours, totally miss out on news that the player who I picked was a late-scratch due to some injury that on the surface looks questionable at best, only to then look at the next morning’s box score and find out that said player heroically scrounged up the strength to pinch-hit for one courageous at-bat, strike out swinging to a pitcher who hasn’t topped 93 on a fastball since forever to simultaneously press reset on my mythological streak button.

Thanks, Manny.

Time for Thursday’s picks.

 

Oh, hello there …

? Robinson cano: .462 AVG (12-for-26) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

? Jason Bartlett: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte

? Ryan Braun: .375 AVG (9-for-24) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

? Dustin Pedroia: .750 AVG (6-for-8) lifetime vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

? Chase Utley: .667 AVG (6-for-9) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Geoff Blum: .400 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Yeah, I feel totally confident taking a lifetime .251 utility player vs. the unstoppable force that is Ubaldo.

You’ll thank me later …

? Prince Fielder: .081 AVG (3-for-37) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

? Adrian Gonzalez: .105 AVG (2-for-19) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

? Hanley Ramirez: .125 AVG (2-for-16) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright

? Mark Teixeira: .158 AVG (3-for-19) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

Leaderboard time!

Carlos Gonzalez’s 0-for-5 spot vs. the Astros yesterday sucked all the wind out of “lukehartzeim”‘s 27-game streak, leaving “blakerockwell” all alone atop the leaderboard with a 28-game run thanks to Joe Mauer’s 1-for-4.

“blakerockwell” is officially 49.1 percent on his way to that gold-plated pony.

Top MLB streakers

? Russell Martin: 14 games

? John Buck: 10 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Jhonny Peralta: 9 games

? J.J. Hardy: 8 games (DL)

? Prince Fielder: 8 games

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 19

 

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Everything pretty much came up Milhouse for Streakers yesterday, as the six most popular picks (Shane Victorino, Ichiro Suzuki, Evan Longoria, Robinson Cano, Jayson Werth and Albert Pujols) each recorded hits to extend about 43 percent of streaks combined.

The day’s biggest grim reaper was Miguel Cabrera, whose 0-for-4 performance sonic boomed 3.1 percent of the population, including myself.

It makes too much sense that the first day I choose to openly challenge our top players, I see my streak get reset to zero. In fact, I even managed to completely ignore one of my golden BTS rules of “Never pick a guy who didn’t play the previous day.”

Well played.

Time for Wednesday’s picks.

 

Oh, hello there …

? Manny Ramirez: .500 AVG (15-for-30) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland

? Shin-Soo Choo: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Royals starter Gil Meche

? Brian McCann: .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang

? Derrek Lee: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jaime Moyer

 

Feeling kinda spicy? 

? Gerald Laird: .417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Dallas Braden. I’m still in the never-take-Gerald-Laird-and-his-.153-batting-average phase of my life.

? Reed Johnson: .700 AVG (7-for-10) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland. Who here knew that Reed Johnson was on the Dodgers and not the Cubs? Thought so.

 

 You’ll thank me later …

? Vladimir Guerrero: .071 AVG (1-for-14) lifetime vs. Jeremy Guthrie

? Billy Butler: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson

? Adam LaRoche: .192 AVG (5-for-26) lifetime vs. Giants starter Todd Wellemeyer

? B.J. Upton: .194 AVG (6-for-31) lifetime vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett

 

Leaderboard time!

Our top two leaders, “blakerockwell” and “lukehartzheim”, whose user names sound straight out 1940s Hollywood, each saw their streaks extended to 27 games thanks to Jayson Werth and Robinson Cano, respectively.

They are now officially 47.4 percent on their way to Everest’s summit.

 

Top MLB streakers

? Russell Martin: 13 games

? Carlos Gonzalez: 12 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? John Buck: 9 games

? Ty Wigginton: 9 games

 

 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 18

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I caught some flack yesterday from the bloggers, and perhaps deservedly so, for referring to Sunday as a rather uneventful day in Streakland.

As for Monday, well, you tell me what to call it when the day’s top two picks, Miguel Cabrera and Chase Utley, don’t record an at-bat, leaving a combined 20.3 percent of BTSers in neutral for another 24 hours.

Add in the fact that Hanley Ramirez, who recorded only one at-bat, was the lone member of the Top 15 most selected players to actually play in a game and go hitless, and you got quite the little Monday on your hands.

Anyway, I’ve always considered myself a man of the people, and with that said, I’d like to ask our great audience for an invite to the BTS group “bloggers,” which so many of our top users have joined. My e-mail address is david.feldman@mlb.com and I’ll post a little recap of my own personal trials and tribulations on a somewhat regular basis.

And with that said I’m going with Miguel Cabrera today. Mostly because I’m a Tigers fan and he is an Adonis at the plate, but also because he’s 5-for-11 lifetime vs. Freddy Garcia. Did I mention he’s facing Freddy Garcia?

Time for Tuesday’s picks.

 

Oh, hello there …

? Kelly Johnson: .400 AVG (4-for-10) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson

? Miguel Cabrera: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia

? Jose Guillen: .438 AVG (14-for-32) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood

? Vernon Wells: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

? Kevin Youkilis: .381 AVG (8-for-21) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

 

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Julio Lugo: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke. I double-dog dare you.

 

You’ll thank me later …

? Dustin Pedroia: .053 AVG (1-for-19) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

? Ryan Braun: .125 AVG (1-for-8) lifetime vs. Reds starter Homer Bailey

? Mark Teixeira: .154 AVG (4-for-26) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

? Brandon Phillips: .133 AVG (2-for-15) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Manny Parra

 

Leaderboard time!

Yesterday’s overall leader, “lukehartzheim,” saw the pause button pressed on his streak thanks to Chase Utley’s day off, while “blakerockwell” rode Justin Morneau to tie “lukehartzheim with 26-game streaks. They are now both officially 45.6 percent on their way to the big bucks and have a .03 percent chance at winning the John Wall lottery tonight.

 

Top MLB streakers

? Russell Martin: 12 games

? Jason Bay: 11 games

? Carlos Gonzalez: 11 games

? Orlando Cabrera: 10 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 17

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A rather uneventful Sunday in Streakland, as the day’s top two picks, Mark Teixeira and Jayson Werth, each hit safely to extend the streaks of 25.6 percent of streakers by them lonesome selves.

The day’s biggest bearer of bad news was Albert Pujols, whose 0-for-3 performance judo chopped the streaks of 6.2 percent of our audience.

A little friendly tip to those jonesing to pick Prince Albert, if I may:

Pujols has gone hitless in two of his last four games and is “only” batting .310 on the year. Add in the fact that teams like to pitch around him, increasing his walks and decreasing his at-bat totals, and you might be looking at a guy who is better in real life than in Beat the Streak.

Time for Monday’s picks.

Oh, hello there …

? Brian McCann: .464 AVG (13-for-28) lifetime vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey. Our Picks of the Day page says McCann is a career .364 hitter vs. Pelfrey for some reason. It’s wrong. We’re fixing it.

? Miguel Cabrera: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia

? Prince Fielder: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto

? Luis Castillo: .533 AVG (8-for-15) since ’05 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

? David Wright: .438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

? Derek Jeter: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka

 

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Ryan Church: .556 AVG (5-for-9) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. Kyle Kendrick …yeah, why not?

 

You’ll thank me later …

? Dustin Pedroia: .000 AVG (0-for-11) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Phil Hughes

? Ryan Braun: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto

? Alex Rodriguez: .063 AVG (1-for-16) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka

? Jason Bartlett: .000 AVG (0-for-15) lifetime vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

 

Leaderboard time!

Tons of new blood atop our leaderboard ,as “lukehartzheim” is now master of the year universe with a 26-game streak and is officially 45.6 percent on his way to buying a few hundred thousand of these. Just like he always dreamed.

 

Top MLB streakers

? Russell Martin: 11 games

? Jason Bay: 10 games

? Carlos Gonzalez: 10 games

? Cristian Guzman: 10 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Orlando Cabrera: 9 games

 

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