Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 19
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.”
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
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