Ryan Braun (7.7 percent) and Jayson Werth (4.1 percent) were Thursday’s notable dragon slayers, as five of the day’s top six picks each got hits to combine to extend the streaks of about 30 percent of our users combined.
And with that, a graceful warning to all of those sitting at their computers without a seatbelt on:
This weekend is going to be a bit bananas because it’s …Interleague Play!!! Hiyooooo!
And you know what that means: an endless amount of hitters looking absolutely cross-eyed at the plate because they’re facing a bounty of pitchers they’ve never seen before, and likely won’t be seeing again.
Like beating a pinata full of peanut butter M&Ms (how good are those?), this is never not fun.
This would be even more thrilling but for the whole trying to win $3,000,000 thingy.
On to the weekend picks.
Oh, hello there …
? Russell Martin: .500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Dontrelle Willis; 15-game hitting streak.
? Michael Cuddyer: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush
? Raul Ibanez: .375 AVG (14-for-48) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey
? Orlando Cabrera: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona
? Jack Cust: .400 AVG (4-for-10) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain
? Mark Teixeira: .308 AVG (4-for-13) lifetime vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey
? Chipper Jones: .524 AVG (11-for-21) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke
? Derek Jeter: .423 AVG (11-for-23) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana
? Bobby Abreu: .565 AVG (13-for-23) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Jamey Carroll: .455 AVG (5-for-11) since ’05 vs. Tigers starter Dontrelle Willis. Anything goes when it comes to the D-Train.
? David Eckstein: .333 AVG (7-for-21) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Ian Snell. Yeah, why not?
? Martin Prado: .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke. Actually, considering Prado’s .322 average, this one isn’t so crazy. At all.
You’ll thank me later …
? Justin Morneau: .188 AVG (3-for-16) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush
? Jason Bay: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Javier Vazquez
? Ryan Braun: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey
? Prince Fielder: .182 AVG (2-for-11) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey
? Jorge Cantu: .200 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia
? Alex Rodriguez: .217 AVG (5-for-23) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana
Ryan Braun’s 0-fer cut the cord on “blakerockwell”‘s 28-game streak. This means that “pandrews59” is king of the castle with a 26-game run. 31 more consecutive days with hits and “pandrews59” can afford to have one of those gumball machines that has a spiral ramp at the bottom that looks like a waterslide.
A gumball waterslide.
I love those.
Top MLB streakers
? Russell Martin: 15 games
? John Buck: 10 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)
? Jhonny Peralta: 10 games
? J.J. Hardy: 8 games (DL)
? Prince Fielder: 8 games
? Travis Hafner: 8 games
? Derek Jeter: 8 games