Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 18
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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