Beat the Streak Report: May 11
Derek Jeter (obviously) and Joey Votto (whoops, sorry bout that) each went hitless to combine to eliminate 10.6 percent of our streakers on an otherwise smooth Monday.
The big news came courtesy of Carl Crawford, who went 1-for-6 to extend the streak of our brave hero and leader “cruj” to a Beat the Streak season high 34 games.
“cruj” is now 59.6 percent on his way to the summit of the BTS mountain top and I’m thinking that means he’ll be stocking up on Shreddies, Jaroslav Halak jerseys and Bret “The Hitman” Hart action figures.
That’s because our fearless leader has decided to pull a final scene from “Scobby-Doo!” and unmask himself to the public. And lo and behold, he’s Canadian.
John Gartshore is a manager of the Blackhorse Pub in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Like all Canadian legends, he crew up in a small town, this one called “Asbestos” (that’s right).
To Gartshore’s credit, he successfully escaped the Beat the Streak jinx by continuously writing in his e-mail to me how he was convinced Crawford would go hitless and thus ruin his 15 minutes of fame. Smooth.
Anyway, Gartshore grew up an Expos fan which leaves him without his childhood squad, although he has taken a liking to Evan Longoria and the Rays.
As far as strategy goes, Gartshore tends to look at opposing pitchers with high ERAs and high hits=per-nine-innings ratios when selecting his player for the day.
And obviously, no, he does not read the Beat the Streak Report.
Glad I could help, John. If you weren’t so likeable and, well, Canadian, I’d have the tech department turn your 34-game streak into poutine.
Anyway, best of luck to you John, there couldn’t be a nicer, more mentsch-like guy to have atop our leaderboard.
Time for Tuesday’s picks.
Oh, hello there …
? Ryan Howard: .353 AVG (6-for-17) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook
? Jose Reyes: .385 AVG (15-for-39) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Scott Olsen
? Joe Mauer: .350 AVG (7-for-20) since ’05 vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia
? Miguel Cabrera: .421 AVG (8-for-19) since ’05 vs. Yankees starter Javier Vazquez
? Manny Ramirez: .536 AVG (15-for-28) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Dan Haren
? Ryan Ludwick: .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brett Myers
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Geoff Blum: .625 AVG (5-for-8) since ’05 vs. Cardinals starter Brad Penny. I just don’t see this turning out well.
? Garrett Jones: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto. Is there a more volatile plyer than Garrett Jones?
You’ll thank me later …
? Shin-Soo Choo: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister
? Paul Konerko: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey
? Russell Martin: .115 AVG (3-for-26) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Dan Haren
“jonnygoska” extended his streak to 25 games and lived to see another day thanks to Evan Longoria, who went 2-for-6 vs. the Angels.
Top MLB streakers
? Alex Rios: 11 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)
? Elvis Andrus: 10 games
? Miguel Cabrera: 9 games
? Alfonso Soriano: 9 games
? Kevin Youkilis: 9 games