I think my least-favorite scenario when it comes to Beat the Streak is when I submit my seemingly fool-proof pick, forget about baseball for a few hours, totally miss out on news that the player who I picked was a late-scratch due to some injury that on the surface looks questionable at best, only to then look at the next morning’s box score and find out that said player heroically scrounged up the strength to pinch-hit for one courageous at-bat, strike out swinging to a pitcher who hasn’t topped 93 on a fastball since forever to simultaneously press reset on my mythological streak button.
Time for Thursday’s picks.
Oh, hello there …
? Robinson cano: .462 AVG (12-for-26) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
? Jason Bartlett: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte
? Ryan Braun: .375 AVG (9-for-24) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
? Dustin Pedroia: .750 AVG (6-for-8) lifetime vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano
? Chase Utley: .667 AVG (6-for-9) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Geoff Blum: .400 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Yeah, I feel totally confident taking a lifetime .251 utility player vs. the unstoppable force that is Ubaldo.
You’ll thank me later …
? Prince Fielder: .081 AVG (3-for-37) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
? Adrian Gonzalez: .105 AVG (2-for-19) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw
? Hanley Ramirez: .125 AVG (2-for-16) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright
? Mark Teixeira: .158 AVG (3-for-19) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
Carlos Gonzalez’s 0-for-5 spot vs. the Astros yesterday sucked all the wind out of “lukehartzeim”‘s 27-game streak, leaving “blakerockwell” all alone atop the leaderboard with a 28-game run thanks to Joe Mauer’s 1-for-4.
“blakerockwell” is officially 49.1 percent on his way to that gold-plated pony.
Top MLB streakers
? Russell Martin: 14 games
? John Buck: 10 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)
? Jhonny Peralta: 9 games
? J.J. Hardy: 8 games (DL)
? Prince Fielder: 8 games