May 2010

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, May 14-16

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I hoped this day would never come.

After 36 consecutive days of stellar selections, our pal and Canadian mentor, John “cruj” Gartshore, saw his streak snap thanks to Albert Pujols’ 0-for-4 performance.

My days of Bret Hart, poutine and Tim Horton’s references have officially come to an end.

John, it’s been a pleasure. Your 36-game streak will be tough to beat. Time to take a bow, eh?

On to the weekend picks.

 

Oh, hello there …

Friday

? Todd Helton: .465 AVG (33-for-71) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

? Alex Rios: .583 AVG (14-for-24) lifetime vs. Royals starter Gil Meche

? Manny Ramirez: .519 AVG (14-for-27) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland

Saturday

? Andre Ethier: .533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Padres starter Kevin Correia

? Adam Lind: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Scott Feldman

? Delmon Young: .643 AVG (9-for-14) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte

Sunday

? Mark Teixeira: 1.000 AVG (6-for-6) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

? Johnny Damon: .414 AVG (12-for-29) since ’05 vs. Angels starter John Lackey

? Brandon Phillips: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Brad Penny

 

Feeling kinda spicy?


Friday

? Reed Johnson: .700 AVG (7-for-10) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland. You realize Garland has a 1.71 ERA, right?

Saturday

? Brendan Harris: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte. You realize Harris is batting .203, right?

Sunday

? Omar Infante: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Dan Haren. This one I actually like. Infante has six hits over his last four games and Haren has been very hittable as of late.

 

You’ll thank me later …


Friday

? Jayson Werth: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

? Matt Holliday: .056 AVG (1-for-18) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang

Saturday

? Alex Rios: .083 AVG (1-for-12) lifetime vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

? Alex Rodriguez: .000 AVG (0-for-7) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Sunday

? Robinson Cano: .000 AVG (0-for-8) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

? Chase Utley: .153 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Doug Davis

 

Leaderboard time!

With “cruj” swimming with the fishes, “kevinw23″ is now ruler of the universe with a 26-game hitting streak and is officially 45.6 percent on his way to joining the LeBron sweepstakes.

Top MLB streakers

? Elvis Andrus: 13 games

? Miguel Cabrera: 12 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Troy Glaus: 8 games

? J.J. Hardy : 8 games (DL)

? Cristian Guzman: 8 games

? Adam Kennedy: 8 games

? Russell Martin: 8 games

 

 

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 13

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Another sunny day in Streakland, as the day’s Top 6 picks (Ichiro Suzuki, Andre Ethier, Michael Cuddyer, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto and Adrian Beltre ) each got on base by virtue of a hit, extending the streaks of about 42 percent of our streakers just by themselves.

It might have been the greatest day in the history of ever for our main man and Quebec native John Gartshore, as “cruj” reached a 36-game hitting streak (thanks to Ichiro) on the same day that the Montreal Canadiens defeated Sidney Crosby & Co. in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

I’m sorry, am I really talking about hockey? Anyway, with a 36-game streak, Gartshore is now 63.2 percent on his way to buying as many pizzas at McDonald’s that he ever could dream of.

That’s right, they serve pizza at some McDonald’s in Canada.

Time for Thursday’s picks.

 

Oh, hello there …

? Nick Markakis: .500 AVG (13-for-26) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

? Derek Jeter: .400 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

? Ichiro Suzuki: .406 AVG (28-for-69) since ’05 vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood

? Asdrubal Cabrera: .450 AVG (9-for-20) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke

? Miguel Cabrera: .625 AVG (5-for-8) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

? Brad Hawpe: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

 

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Gerald Laird: .417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia. Zero chance I’d touch this one.

? Fernando Tatis: .667 AVG (8-for-12) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson. Or this one.

You’ll thank me later …

? Hanley Ramirez: .167 AVG (3-for-18) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana

? Mark Teixeira: .083 AVG (1-for-12) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

? Matt Holliday: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Astros starter Bud Norris

 

Leaderboard time! 

“Bosox19″ (Matt Holliday) and “kevinw223″ (Ichiro) each saw their respective streaks extend to 25 games yesterday and are currently pondering whether to go in together on a “cruj” voodoo doll.

 

Top MLB streakers

? Elvis Andrus: 12 games

? Miguel Cabrera: 11 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Troy Glaus: 8 games

? J.J. Hardy : 8 games (DL)

? Russell Martin: 8 games

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 12

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It was quite the uneventful Tuesday for our streakers, as five of our top seven selections (Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter) each saw their games postponed due to rain, pushing the pause button on about 22 percent of streakers combined.

John Gartshore, a.k.a. “cruj,” a.k.a. our protagonist and fearless leader, tapped Ichiro to extend his streak to an impressive 35 games.

It looks like Gartshore, a native of Asbestos, Quebec, Canada, will be putting my Canadian aptitude to the test here, and frankly, I’m riveted.

So on that note, with a 35-game streak, Gartshore is officially 61.7 percent on his way to earning a lifetime supply of Tim Horton’s Timbits. I went to summer camp in Ontario for 10 years. Gartshore, you’ve been warned.

Time for Wednesday’s picks.

Oh, hello there …

  • Michael Cuddyer: .515 AVG (17-for-33) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks
  • Adrian Beltre: .467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum
  • Joey Votto: .625 AVG (10-for-16) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke
  • Scott Rolen: .438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Duke
  • Franklin Gutierrez: .556 AVG (5-for-9) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen
  • Conor Jackson: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda

Feeling kinda spicy?

  • Ramon Hernandez: .571 AVG (4-for-7) lifetime vs. Duke. It’s always Candy Land when Duke is on the mound.
  • Craig Counsell: .400 AVG (10-for-25) since ’05 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe. This just can’t be a good idea, right?

You’ll thank me later …

  • Dustin Pedroia: .125 AVG (2-for-16) lifetime vs. Marcum
  • Alfonso Soriano: .000 AVG (0-for-9) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad
  • Manny Ramirez: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Edwin Jackson

Leaderboard time!

“jonnygoska” bit the dust thanks to an 0-fer from Jose Reyes (sorry bout that, Jonny). This leaves “Bosox19″ in second place with a 24-game streak. Not too shabby.

Top MLB streakers

Beat the Streak Report: May 11

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Derek Jeter (obviously) and Joey Votto (whoops, sorry bout that) each went hitless to combine to eliminate 10.6 percent of our streakers on an otherwise smooth Monday.

The big news came courtesy of Carl Crawford, who went 1-for-6 to extend the streak of our brave hero and leader “cruj” to a Beat the Streak season high 34 games.

“cruj” is now 59.6 percent on his way to the summit of the BTS mountain top and I’m thinking that means he’ll be stocking up on Shreddies, Jaroslav Halak jerseys and Bret “The Hitman” Hart action figures.

That’s because our fearless leader has decided to pull a final scene from “Scobby-Doo!” and unmask himself to the public. And lo and behold, he’s Canadian.

John Gartshore is a manager of the Blackhorse Pub in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Like all Canadian legends, he crew up in a small town, this one called “Asbestos” (that’s right).

To Gartshore’s credit, he successfully escaped the Beat the Streak jinx by continuously writing in his e-mail to me how he was convinced Crawford would go hitless and thus ruin his 15 minutes of fame. Smooth.

Anyway, Gartshore grew up an Expos fan which leaves him without his childhood squad, although he has taken a liking to Evan Longoria and the Rays.

As far as strategy goes, Gartshore tends to look at opposing pitchers with high ERAs and high hits=per-nine-innings ratios when selecting his player for the day.

And obviously, no, he does not read the Beat the Streak Report.

Glad I could help, John. If you weren’t so likeable and, well, Canadian, I’d have the tech department turn your 34-game streak into poutine.

Anyway, best of luck to you John, there couldn’t be a nicer, more mentsch-like guy to have atop our leaderboard.

Time for Tuesday’s picks.

Oh, hello there …

 

? Ryan Howard: .353 AVG (6-for-17) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook

? Jose Reyes: .385 AVG (15-for-39) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Scott Olsen

? Joe Mauer: .350 AVG (7-for-20) since ’05 vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia

? Miguel Cabrera: .421 AVG (8-for-19) since ’05 vs. Yankees starter Javier Vazquez

? Manny Ramirez: .536 AVG (15-for-28) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Dan Haren

? Ryan Ludwick: .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

 

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Geoff Blum: .625 AVG (5-for-8) since ’05 vs. Cardinals starter Brad Penny. I just don’t see this turning out well.

? Garrett Jones: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto. Is there a more volatile plyer than Garrett Jones?

 

You’ll thank me later …

? Shin-Soo Choo: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister

? Paul Konerko: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey

? Russell Martin: .115 AVG (3-for-26) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Dan Haren

Leaderboard time!

“jonnygoska” extended his streak to 25 games and lived to see another day thanks to Evan Longoria, who went 2-for-6 vs. the Angels.

Top MLB streakers

? Alex Rios: 11 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Elvis Andrus: 10 games

? Miguel Cabrera: 9 games

? Alfonso Soriano: 9 games

? Kevin Youkilis: 9 games

Beat the Streak Report: May 10

 

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It was a nightmare on Elm Street this weekend atop our BTS leaderboard, as our two top streakers, “olifante” and “bowl218″ saw their streaks snap Friday night thanks to Hanley Ramirez’s hitless performance.

Was Hanley my top pick for Friday? Yes, yes, he was.

Sorry kids, you get what you pay for.

Our lone ranger atop the leaderboard now is “cruj”, who is currently rocking a 33-game streak thanks to Jayson Werth’s 1-for-3 day at the yard yesterday.

With “cruj” at 33 games, he is officially 57.9 percent on his way to buying one of the over-sized gigantic walking pianos like from the movie “Big”.

Just because he can.

Time for Monday’s picks.

 

Oh, hello there …


? Stephen Drew: .410 AVG (16-for-39) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

? Joey Votto: .800 AVG (4-for-5) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf

? Brian McCann: .364 AVG (4-for-11) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Doug Davis

? Russell Martin: .500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Rodrigo Lopez

 

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Ronny Paulino: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly. Backup catcher much?

 

You’ll thank me later …

? Hanley Ramirez: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly

? Aaron Hill: .083 AVG (1-for-12) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

? Cristian Guzman: .000 AVG (0-for-13) lifetime vs. Mets starter John Maine

 

Leaderboard time!

A full nine games behind “cruj” is “jonnygoska”, who currently sits with a 24-game streak. Good luck with that.

 

Top MLB streakers

? Brett Gardner: 11 games

? Alex Rios: 11 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Elvis Andrus: 10 games

? Austin Jackson: 10 games

 

 

 

 

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, May 7-9

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Thursday was a beautiful day in the neighborhood for our Beat the Streakers.

Our top five most popular selections each got hits, combining to extend the streaks for about 35 percent of Streakland.

Dustin Pedroia, my, ahem, Pick of the Day, spearheaded “Operation: Hitsville,” going 2-for-4 to extend the streaks of 12.3 percent of our users all by his lonesome self.

It was also all sunshine atop the leaderboard, as “olifante” and “bowl218″ each lived to see another day thanks to hits from Evan Longoria and Placido Polanco, respectively.

With “olifante”‘s streak now at 33 games, he is 57.9 percent on his way to the promised land. And you know what that means: All the infomercial knives that can cut through shoes that he ever dreamed of.

Will our fearless leader survive the weekend?

I have no clue. But I might as well give it a whirl …

Oh, hello there …

Friday

  • Robinson Cano: .362 AVG (17-for-47) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett
  • Albert Pujols: .471 AVG (16-for-34) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke
  • Vernon Wells: .500 AVG (10-for-20) since ’05 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle
  • Hanley Ramirez: .857 AVG (6-for-7) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Craig Stammen

Saturday

  • Michael Young: .500 AVG (10-for-20) since ’05 vs. Royals starter Gil Meche
  • Hanley Ramirez: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Nationals starter John Lannan
  • David Wright: .727 AVG (8-for-11) lifetime vs. Giants starter Todd Wellemeyer
  • Martin Prado: .556 AVG (5-for-9) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton

Sunday

  • Matt Kemp: .409 AVG (9-for-22) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez
  • Albert Pujols: .600 AVG (15-for-25) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
  • Ben Zobrist: .625 AVG (5-for-8) lifetime vs. A’s starter Dallas Braden
  • David DeJesus: .714 AVG (5-for-7) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Scott Feldman

Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday

  • Joe Inglett: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Edwin Jackson. Yes, you can pretty much take anyone going against Edwin Jackson these days.

Saturday

  • Fred Lewis: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Jake Peavy. Yes, Fred Lewis has been on fire as of late.

Sunday

  • Gabe Kapler: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. A’s starter Dallas Braden. Yes, starting sentences this way is getting to be painful.

You’ll thank me later …

Friday

  • Troy Tulowitzki: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda
  • Adam Lind: .000 AVG (0-for-12) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Saturday

  • Stephen Drew: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf
  • Josh Hamilton: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Royals starter Gil Meche

Sunday

  • Matt Holliday: .071 AVG (1-for-14) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
  • Billy Butler: .182 AVG (2-for-11) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Scott Feldman

Leaderboard time!

Joining “olifante” and “bowl218″ in the 30-streak club is “cruj,” who took Justin Morneau yesterday to reach this lovely milestone. Well played.

Top MLB streakers

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 6

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And down goes “dodger_blue.”

One day after being profiled in the Beat the Streak Report, John Phillips saw his 31-game streak go down in flames thanks to Ryan Theriot’s 0-for-4 performance on Wednesday. Thanks for playing John, enjoy that whole veterinarian school thing.

With Phillips out of the way, “olifante” is all alone in first place atop the leaderboard with a 32-game streak after selecting Albert Pujols, who went 1-for-3. “olifante” is now 56.1 percent on his way buying one of those vibrating, insanely comfortable, ridiculously expensive leather massage chairs that everyone sampled at The Sharper Image once upon a time. Those chairs were awesome.

User “bowl218″ lived to see another day, extending his streak to a shiny 31 games thanks to Dustin Pedroia’s 2-for-3 evening.

As for the rest of the BTS world, Theriot and Robinson Cano combined to evaporate 25.4 percent of all streaks in the whole wide world. Eeesh!

Time for Thursday’s picks.

Oh, hello there …

  • Chipper Jones: .520 AVG (13-for-20) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Scott Olsen
  • Dustin Pedroia: .517 AVG (15-for-29) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir
  • Placido Polanco: .412 AVG (7-for-17) since ’05 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse
  • Russell Martin: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush

Feeling kinda spicy?

  • Matt Diaz: .440 AVG (11-for-25) lifetime vs. Olsen. Don’t mind if I do.
  • Willy Aybar: .500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Ryan Rowland-Smith. Don’t mind if I do not.

You’ll thank me later …

  • Edgar Renteria: .000 AVG (0-for-14) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco
  • Adrian Beltre: .111 AVG (2-for-18) lifetime vs. Kazmir
  • Bobby Abreu: .125 AVG (2-for-16) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka
  • Chase Utley: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Lohse

Leaderboard time!

Not far behind our fearsome twosome is “cruj,” who is flashing a 29-game streak after taking Albert Pujols yesterday.

Top MLB streakers

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 5

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It was all sunshine for our streakers on Tuesday, as the seven most popular selections each hit safely to extend the streaks of about 42 percent of the BTS world alone.

The day’s biggest culprit was Aramis Ramirez, who went 0-for-4 to drown the streaks of 2.1 percent of users.

Meanwhile, our two fearless leaders, “dodger_blue” and “olifante,” each extended their runs to 31 games by picking Austin “Danger” Jackson and Ryan Theriot, respectively.

Speaking of which, “dodger_blue” was gracious enough to respond to our inquiries and give us a little information on the man behind the streak.

“dodger_blue,” also known as John Phillips, is an aspiring veterinarian and recent graduate of UCLA who currently lives in Orange County, Calif.

As his user name suggests, he is a Dodgers fan, with his favorite players being Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, James Loney and Russell Martin.

His strategy thus far has been picking players who bat in the top three of their lineups and are on the visiting teams, “so you are guaranteed a potential at-bat in the ninth.”

John has also been looking at lefty-righty matchups and at players who are sizzling at the plate.

One thing that severely stuck a needle in my ego balloon was that John revealed to me that he only read the “Beat the Streak Report” on Monday for the very first time.

Despite my most dogged attempts, I was unsuccessful in trying to hack into our computer database to reset his streak down to two.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to answer us, John, and thanks for the playing Beat the Streak.

Time for Wednesday’s picks.

Oh, hello there …

  • Adrian Gonzalez: .367 AVG (11-for-30) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook
  • Nick Markakis: .344 AVG (11-for-32) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte
  • Aaron Hill: .400 AVG (4-for-10) lifetime vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona
  • Matt Kemp: .435 AVG (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush
  • Jason Kubel: .643 AVG (9-for-14) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

Feeling kinda spicy?

  • Willie Bloomquist: .500 AVG (7-for-14) since ’05 vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia. Come on, it’s Freddy Garcia! I know you’re thinking about it …
  • Fernando Tatis: .800 AVG (4-for-5) lifetime vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto. I double dare you.

You’ll thank me later …

  • Paul Konerko: .160 AVG (4-for-25) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister
  • Miguel Cabrera: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey
  • Hanley Ramirez: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito

Leaderboard time!

Still riding high behind our top two leaders is “bowl218,” who rode a rejuvenated Alex Gonzalez to an impressive 30-game streak.

Top MLB streakers

Four players tied with eight-game streaks.

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 4

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With a full month of baseball in the books, two streakers, “dodger_blue” and “olifante,” have risen above the rest and are soaring like falcons through the desert with 30-game streaks.

That means that these two BTS Adonises are 52.6 percent on their way to the $3 million grand prize. And you know what that means? … 230,946 of these.

As for everyone else, it was a rough night in streakland.

Just when you thought it might be safe to bring Derek Jeter back into your life after he hit safely in five straight games, he breaks your heart (again) with an 0-for-4 performance, snapping the streaks of 12.6 percent of the BTS nation.

If that wasn’t enough, Robinson Cano, who seemingly enters each game with a hit before the opening pitch, followed suit, wiping away 8.3 percent of our streakers with him.

Add on hitless performances by Paul Konerko (4.3 percent) and Johnny Damon (1.3), and well, you get the idea.

What do all of these guys have in common? None of them were advocated in yesterday’s Beat the Streak Report. What do Magglio Ordonez, Ian Kinsler, Nick Swisher and Alex Rios have in common? They were, and they each got hits, going a combined 9-for-15.

I’m trying to help you here, folks.

Time for Tuesday’s picks.

Oh, hello there …

  • Aramis Ramirez: .400 AVG (8-for-20) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
  • Chone Figgins: .353 AVG (6-for-17) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
  • Miguel Cabrera: .400 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn
  • Chris Young: .385 AVG (5-for-13) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt

Feeling kinda spicy?

  • Marcus Thames: .667 AVG (4-for-6) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Brian Matusz. I’m actually going to advocate for Thames here. He kills lefties, Matusz is a rookie. I just like it. So there.

You’ll thank me later …

  • Matt Wieters: .000 AVG (0-for-8) lifetime vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett
  • Alex Rios: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar
  • David Wright: .182 AVG (4-for-22) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Leaderboard time!

Not far behind our two top dogs is “bowl218″, who smartly selected Alex Rios to extend his streak to 29 games. You’re welcome.

Top MLB streakers

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 3

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Sunday was funday, as nine of the day’s Top 10 choices either got hits or didn’t play (Joe Mauer), allowing for most of our streakers to live another day.

Ichiro was the biggest bearer of bad news, as Mr. BTS went 0-for-5 to press the reset button on 3.4 percent of all streaks.

I’m not done with Ichiro just yet. For as long as I can remember, Ichiro was the kingpin in the Beat the Streak hierarchy, the head honcho of the BTS brigade, the old reliable who we all … relied on.

But, it’s time to at least consider that Ichiro turns 37 this season (37!) and might not have that backbreaking speed that allowed him to leg out those infield dribblers for most of his career. Also, he’s now gone hitless in seven of the Mariners’ 25 games, which is to say, you’ve had a better than one-in-four chance of having your streak snapped if you’ve chosen Ichiro.

That’s not good.

To be fair, the lifetime .333 hitter is also a lifetime .299 hitter for April, so let’s just hope he’s off to just another slow start.

But at the very least, put the above trinkets in your back pocket and save them for a rainy day.

Time for Monday’s picks:

Oh, hello there …

  • Alex Rios: .571 AVG (12-for-21) lifetime vs. Royals starter Gil Meche
  • Magglio Ordonez: .489 AVG (22-for-45) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker
  • Nick Swisher: .476 AVG (10-for-21) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie
  • Ian Kinsler: .400 AVG (4-for-10) lifetime vs. A’s starter Dallas Braden

Feeling kinda spicy?

  • Garrett Atkins: .625 AVG (5-for-8) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia. I’m gonna say this one just isn’t a very good idea, ‘k?

You’ll thank me later …

  • Albert Pujols: .125 AVG (1-for-8) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton
  • Kevin Youkilis: .222 AVG (4-for-18) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joe Saunders
  • Dexter Fowler: .000 AVG (0-for-9) lifetime vs. Padres starter Kevin Correia

Leaderboard time!

And then there were three.

The weekend eliminated two from atop our leaderboard, leaving us with three top dogs reigning supreme with 29-game streaks. With that said, the following three BTSers are 50.9 percent on their way to having one of those licorice dispensers from “Wayne’s World” in their cars. Just because they can.

  • dodger_blue
  • kot2
  • olifante

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