Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 17
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
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