I hoped this day would never come.
After 36 consecutive days of stellar selections, our pal and Canadian mentor, John “cruj” Gartshore, saw his streak snap thanks to Albert Pujols’ 0-for-4 performance.
My days of Bret Hart, poutine and Tim Horton’s references have officially come to an end.
John, it’s been a pleasure. Your 36-game streak will be tough to beat. Time to take a bow, eh?
On to the weekend picks.
Oh, hello there …
? Todd Helton: .465 AVG (33-for-71) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez
? Alex Rios: .583 AVG (14-for-24) lifetime vs. Royals starter Gil Meche
? Manny Ramirez: .519 AVG (14-for-27) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland
? Andre Ethier: .533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Padres starter Kevin Correia
? Adam Lind: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Scott Feldman
? Delmon Young: .643 AVG (9-for-14) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte
? Mark Teixeira: 1.000 AVG (6-for-6) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn
? Johnny Damon: .414 AVG (12-for-29) since ’05 vs. Angels starter John Lackey
? Brandon Phillips: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Brad Penny
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Reed Johnson: .700 AVG (7-for-10) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland. You realize Garland has a 1.71 ERA, right?
? Brendan Harris: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte. You realize Harris is batting .203, right?
? Omar Infante: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Dan Haren. This one I actually like. Infante has six hits over his last four games and Haren has been very hittable as of late.
You’ll thank me later …
? Jayson Werth: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf
? Matt Holliday: .056 AVG (1-for-18) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang
? Alex Rios: .083 AVG (1-for-12) lifetime vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar
? Alex Rodriguez: .000 AVG (0-for-7) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker
? Robinson Cano: .000 AVG (0-for-8) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn
? Chase Utley: .153 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Doug Davis
With “cruj” swimming with the fishes, “kevinw23” is now ruler of the universe with a 26-game hitting streak and is officially 45.6 percent on his way to joining the LeBron sweepstakes.
Top MLB streakers
? Elvis Andrus: 13 games
? Miguel Cabrera: 12 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)
? Troy Glaus: 8 games
? J.J. Hardy : 8 games (DL)
? Cristian Guzman: 8 games
? Adam Kennedy: 8 games
? Russell Martin: 8 games