Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 24


The calendar is about to reach June and the highest streak we have right now is 24 games.

Not that getting to 24 isn’t a stellar accomplishment, but come on people! Does anybody want to win $3,000,000?

I know this game takes incredible patience and a tiny bit of research but we’re not trying to solve Good Will Hunting math problems or attempting to put together one of those exile puzzles from Fresh Meat II here; it’s baseball for crying out loud!


Expert guy who only has a three-game streak right now.

Time for Monday’s picks …and there’s only four games. This should be a doozy

Oh, hello there …

? Ben Zobrist: .500 AVG (14-for-28) over seven-game hitting streak.

? Shin-Soo Choo: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

? Orlando Cabrera: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Brian Burres

? Russell Branyan: .800 AVG (4-for-5) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Victor Martinez: .500 AVG (1-for-2) lifetime vs. Rays starter Wade Davis. Small sample size much?

You’ll thank me later …

? Vernon Wells: .158 (3-for-19) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joe Saunders

? Jason Bartlett: .214 (3-for-14) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

Leaderboard time!

“postbud32” is enjoying his/her 15 minutes of fame atop the leaderboard with a 24-game streak and is officially 42.1 percent on the way to buying as many KFC Double Down sandwiches he could ever dream of.

That just can’t be a good idea.

Top MLB streakers

? Travis Hafner: 11 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Adam Jones: 10 games

? Michael Young: 10 games


  1. ohwow

    We’re now 50 games in to the season. I have some ‘off-the-wall’ things I track about beat the streak, so I figured I would share. I’d love to know more about others ‘standard percentage of picks correct’.

    In 50 games…..

    I have picked a player who has gotten a hit 40 times
    I have picked a player who has gone 0-fer 8 times
    I have picked a player who did not play twice

    A record of 40-8-2 translates to an 83.3 percent ‘winning percentage’ (discounting the two DNPs and considering the record 40-8).

    I have picked Ichiro 13 times. 12 of those times, he has come through. For the season, Ichiro has 35 games with hits, 9 games without hits, and 6 off nights (including opening night when only the Yankees and RedSox were playing). As near as I can tell, picking Ichiro on any given day – regardless of who is pitching – has about an 80% success rate.

    Last year, I tracked Ichiro as long as I particpated in the contest (which was when I lost a 20-game hit streak on August 28 and was mathematically eliminated from winning a prize). Until that point, Ichiro was performing at an 89 percent success clip, which included a 27-game hitting streak that was snapped on June 5).

    I managed to hit .363 in April and get a .350 trophy. Even though I am 14 correct of my last 15, with Choo screwing up a 10-gamer last Thursday and now having a 4-gamer, I am still only hitting .310 in May. It would be neat to have a .400 month one of these months.

    My “Cabrera Count”

    Asdrubal – 3 correct picks
    Miguel – 1 correct pick
    Orlando – 1 correct pick

    I am 5-for-5 on Cabreras.

    On the other hand, I am 0-for-2 picking Johnny Damon. He has been on hiatus indefinitely since May 3.

    I’ve only had one back to back 0-fer, May 7 and 8.

    If you look at the top 15 players selected every day, those players aggregate to a 73 percent win percentage. At least half of those players have been correct every day except for May 7, when 6 players got hits, 7 went 0-fer, and 2 did not get an official at-bat.

    Love to hear about others win percentages. I am trying to figure out a ‘standard’ correct percentage – which helps me understand the likelihood of winning this game, and also helps me understand the ‘value’ of a particular entry. I’ll post more about that at a later post.

  2. champion_88

    Does anyone know where the resource is that lets you look at the players’ last 10 games worth of AB’s?

  3. nymets1979

    @champion_88 You can get that info from by clicking on mlb at the top and then teams and then roster and then the player. Scroll down the page and it’s there. Also you can get it on the MLB page by clicking on MLB Team Sites and then Roster and Active Roster and the player and it’s at the top right hand side of the page.

  4. champion_88

    I am 30-15 with 5 did not plays so far this season.

    Only a ..667 winning percentage, which describes my weak 7-game high hit streak this season.

    I have been fumbling pretty badly this season, probably my worst ever, which is wasting a great opportunity on the leaderboard, as this is the latest I have ever seen a 36-game hit streak hold up and hold up without challenge.

    Part of my problem may be with trying to either get too specific or not specific enough, but I hope that, worst-case scenario, this season helps me refine my system, so that next year, I can start strong.

    For example, I have only picked Ichiro twice so far, once yesterday and once on April 18th. I am 2 for 2 in Ichiro picks.

    I was 34 for 107, .318 batting average in April.

    I am a pathetic 15 for 73 in May or just a .205 batting average so far in May, but that the front 17 days of the month were primarily occupied by final exams and I only had only very limited time to look at the list of probables to make a pick each day.

    From May 17th onward, I am 8 for 23 or a .348 batting average VS 7 for 50 or just a .140 batting average beforehand.

  5. champion_88

    thanks Mets, but I should have clarified that the resource I saw posted awhile back had all the players listed together, so you can see who is truly hot over the last 10 games.

    I am attempting to integrate my approach here with the hitting-centric approach of the board to see if that improves things at all.

  6. yanksgiantsdevils33

    Reds, Rays, White Sox or Angels? I’m trying to decide who the best choice is to put my “2” game survivor streak on.

  7. champion_88

    In intervals of 5% confidence, these are the chances of winning the contest with a 57-game hit streak:

    5% average chance of getting a hit each day: 1.44 * 10^74 power
    10%: 1.0 * 10^57 power
    15%: 9.18 * 10^46 power
    20%: 6.94 * 10^39 power
    25%: 2.08 * 10^34 power
    30%: 6.37 * 10^29 power
    35%: 9.73 * 10^25 power
    40%: 4.81 * 10^22 power
    45%: 5.85 * 10^19 power
    50%: 1.44 * 10^17 power
    55%: 6.30 * 10^14 power
    60%: 4.42 * 10^12 power
    65%: 4.61 * 10^10 power
    70%: 1 in 675,167,795.9
    75%: 1 in 13,228,420.35
    80%: 1 in 334,095.59
    85%: 1 in 10,546.81
    90%: 1 in 405.67
    95%: 1 in 18.61
    99%: 1 in 1.77

  8. nymets1979

    Try going to the MLB page and click on Stats at the top and then click on League Leaders. That may allow you to get what you want. Or, on that page you can see the previous days hottest performers and for the past 7 days. There is one more place, but that’s my little secret. Not really a secret as it didn’t help yesterday, but I may share that one later.


    I’m 8 for my last 17 with 3 dnp. But in a double header I did get a hit in both games. I just haven’t been able to get a streak past 4 games ever since my highest ever of 10 (its my first year playing) got broken up earlier this year.

  10. champion_88

    “Or, on that page you can see the previous days hottest performers and for the past 7 days.”

    Yeah I have seen that, but there are 2 problems there:

    1) I find that a 4 for 4 or 5 for 5 usually blows out the average way too strongly. Granted that is always going to be a problem, but I think the last 10 days is a good compromise between minimizing outliers, but still capturing recent trends well.

    It is usually really difficult to hit very well over a full month and even if you have, it is even more unlikely that he is about ready to cool off.

    2) I cannot get the thing to load. It says done, but nothing but the MLB background is displayed.

    I think dragbunt was the one who posted the source for the last 10 days.

    Hopefully he gets on today, so I can start using it today.

  11. rip2thecompetition

    Guess I’m gonna go w Carl Crawford today. I know I’ve been burned by this guy before so I’m a little worried.

  12. nymets1979

    2) I cannot get the thing to load. It says done, but nothing but the MLB background is displayed.

    What won’t load? If whatever you are trying to load won’t, then try Much better layout and does the same thing. Usually loads too.

  13. rip2thecompetition

    Crawford has been hot as well, 11 for his last 28. Zobrist 14 for this last 28. Went w Crawford b/c of a slighty better home average, we’ll see if it works out.

  14. nymets1979

    I’m staying with Orlando Cabrera. Even though I have the urge to pick either Crawford, Zobrist, or even Shin-Soo Choo. Tough decisions for a day that has only four games.

  15. ohwow

    If you go to Yahoo! and click on MLB and then Players, you can get the player list. Select any given player, and you will be given the option to get his ‘Game log’. This will give you his performance season-to-date for every individual game this year.

  16. deb23

    I’m going with a visiting team today for that potential top of the 9th AB. Just not 100% sure which visiting player yet.

  17. ohwow

    Today’s pick is Juan ‘Lucky’ Pierre, who is on a six game hitting streak and facing a hittable pitcher.

  18. deb23

    FYI…. Just read the below online: Andy LaRoche is out of the lineup for a third straight game due to back stiffness. Lastings Milledge is out of the starting lineup for Monday’s game against the Reds.

  19. ohwow

    Champion88 – What’s interesting about your chart is the difference in odds between a 75% chance and an 80% chance.

    If you consider Ichiro an 80% chance, or even having an 80% chance per day as being somewhat accurate, then the odds are 1 in 334,000. With the number of people who start streaks every day being independent events, if there really was an 80% chance every day, then the streak should be hit by now.

    However, if there is a 75% chance per day, the odds of 1 in 13.2 million make it not so surprising that the streak hasn’t been hit yet.

    It takes a chart like yours to demonstrate the humongous difference between 75% likelihood of success and 80% likelihood of success.

  20. lavolpe

    Gonna be a good day for most of the Top 2500 BTS players. With the 1st inning in the books in the 3 current games, 52% of the picks have a hit already. We’ll see what bearing the next 8 innings will have.

  21. ohwow

    Wow….that was fast. Nice to have the first hit of the day on the second pitch of the day. “Lucky” Pierre indeed!

  22. nymets1979

    Cabrera gave me my hit on his first at bat of the night. Now if I can keep it going tomorrow and from now on.

  23. nymets1979

    Only two of the most picked players tonight don’t have hits, but there is still lots of time. Zobrist, Crawford, Longoria, and Cabrera all have hits.

  24. deb23

    A.J. Pierzynski (CWS) for the HIT… CWS for the WIN and Doumit (PIT) for the HR. So far, so good!!

  25. champion_88

    “Cabrera gave me my hit on his first at bat of the night. Now if I can keep it going tomorrow and from now on.”

    Me too!

  26. dragbunt104

    My head is spinning after trying to figure out how hard it is to win this thing.
    Your info about needing 10 days player stats is on click on Player and put in the name. You get 10 day player performance, splits on home away etc and you can see the pitcher he will be facing.
    Go to and click on Stats and you will get the hitting, pitching stats. You can click on 7 days and get the best ML hitters for the past week.
    Personally, I think 10 days is too long. I like 7 day info.

  27. lavolpe

    Could my jinx of getting reset when I pick same player as the BTS leader continue today? Hmmm.
    Today: Leader & I picked Rios – reset potential (hurts less with a streak of zero)
    Yesterday: Leader & I picked Padro – reset
    May 19: Leader & I picked CarGonz – reset
    May 17: Leader & I picked Utley – did’nt play. Leader got lucky 🙂
    May 14: Leader & I picked Rios – reset
    May 01: Leader & I picked Pedroia – reset
    Apr 27: Leader & I picked Jeter – reset
    These aren’t all of them. Sometimes there were more than 1 leader at the time, but one of them went down with me. May has been a horrid month; hoping June heats things up quite a bit!

  28. lavolpe

    Finally! Jinx may be broken!!!! Not only did I not get an 0-fer when picking same as Leader, Rios’ Home is the 1st time this year, my pick’s only hit came on last at bat. Prior to that, I just assumed hitless at 3 ABs, going 0-fer for the night. That’s how bad it’s been. But maybe this is a good omen. Fingers are crossed.

  29. lavolpe

    Nice poem! With 1st 3 games done, 1727 Top2500 streakers continued, 433 did not & selected the following (times picked):
    Choo(296), No Selection(43), Rolen(24), Konerko(19), V.Martinez(12), J.Drew(11), Hanigan(5), Jaso(4), Kearns(4), G.Jones(4), Scutaro(2), Kapler(2), Bruce(2), and with 1 pick: Brignac, Church, Blalock, Crowe, Ellsbury

  30. dragbunt104

    Zobrist, Young, Morneau, Cantu, Nelson Cruz
    KC pitcher Menche is hittable – leaning toward a Ranger.
    Vlad Guerrero to go deep. I remember when Guerrero had a “cut’ shape and patrolled RF like he owned it. Now it does not appear that if his house was on fire that he could get up enough speed to get out of the house alive. He is heavy and slow to say the least.
    Survivor – I post my pick as a warning to stay away from whoever I pick and it is the REDS.

  31. dragbunt104

    Stop fall for Shin Soo Cho – He is the best hitter on a terrible team. Why pitch to him?
    FYI – Percentages for hits v. games. Last year I was at 78%.

  32. champion_88

    My head is spinning after trying to figure out how hard it is to win this thing.
    Your info about needing 10 days player stats is on click on Player and put in the name. You get 10 day player performance, splits on home away etc and you can see the pitcher he will be facing.
    Go to and click on Stats and you will get the hitting, pitching stats. You can click on 7 days and get the best ML hitters for the past week.
    Personally, I think 10 days is too long. I like 7 day info.”

    Well I wanted all the ML hitters together for 10 days.

    A good example is Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates. His 10 day average was .368, but if you subtracted his 5 for 5, he was only 9 for 33.

    I can only imagine how much it might overblow only 7 days worth of data.

  33. champion_88

    It was some type of engine that allowed you to customize the length of the time frame, but I cannot remember the website.

    I do remember that you posted it though, dragbunt.

    Maybe it is in your favorites?

  34. vinny1979

    I said earlier today that Ortiz would be a sleeper for today and sure enough he came through yet again. I had McCutchen and I am at 2 now. I posted it yesterday’s blog about Ortiz because the new one wasn’t up yet. Tomorrow I have Jeter but may change it.


    any suggestions?? I have been out of town the last 10 days so i preset all my picks, And I get home and now i am up to 20 hits. Any suggestions for tuesday.

  36. lavolpe

    So, you picked 10 days out with pitchers/lineups not available, and don’t get reset, find yourself on Page 1, and you are looking for advice. Here’s a piece of advice: buy a lottery ticket, because you appear to be one very lucky individual.

  37. dragbunt104

    champion – I never had a site that lets you customize the number of days you want to research. I use ESPN and MLB sites for info.


    i mean advice on who to pick for today. That was just luck, and I don’t want to press my luck.

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