June 2010

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 30

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Leader Kyle Barr upped his streak to a stellar 41-game clip last
night thanks to Miguel Cabrera, who extended the lives of 14.9 percent
of the BTS universe with a 2-for-3 evening vs. the Twins.

Barr is now 71.9 percent on the way to the big bucks and you
can already smell the white truffles, golden caviar and rich sea urchin
bustling along in his kitchen. Will our fearsome leader start counting
his cash and dare slap some insanely expensive saffron-season lobster
on his menu tonight?

We shall find out soon enough.

Regardless, it’s clear that our cook is on a mission and there is no stopping him*

* = Assuming he doesn’t pick Ichiro

Time for Wednesday’s picks

Dave’s Updated Note: Barr selected Denard Span. Span went 0-for-2. Well, that was fun. How Barr puts his $3,000,000 on Span, who has never faced opposing lefty Andy Oliver — who throws in the low-to-mid 90s by the by — is beyond me. Full post tomorrow. 



Oh, hello there …

? Corey Hart: 14-game hitting streak; .407 AVG (11-for-27) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

? Hunter Pence: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush

? Aubrey Huff: .571 AVG (8-for-14) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla

? Adrian Beltre: .438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

? Matt Kemp: .412 AVG (7-for-17) lifetime vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

? Vladimir Guerrero: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

Feeling kinda spicy?

? A.J. Pierzynski: .400 AVG (16-for-40) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke

Didn’t we see you here yesterday, A.J.? Don’t you get the message?

You’ll thank me later …

? Paul Konerko: .137 AVG (7-for-51) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke

? David DeJesus: .000 AVG (0-for-11) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Jake Peavy

? Ian Kinsler: .115 AVG (3-for-26) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

? Nelson Cruz: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

Leaderboard time!

Objects in Barr’s mirror are further away than they appear, as
our fearsome foursome each survived another day and are all riding
29-game streaks.

Can this pack keep up the pressure on Barr while he’s filleting kobe beef with his eyes closed while making his picks?

We shall find out soon enough.

Top MLB streakers

? Josh Hamilton: 22 games

? Corey Hart: 14 games

? Jose Lopez: 12 games

? Miguel Cabrera : 10 games

? Cody Ross: 10 games

? Mark Teixeira: 10 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 29

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The kiddy gloves came flying off for our new leader, “kbarr9″, who
took the bull by the horns in his first day atop the Beat the Streak
kingdom by riding Andrew McCutchen (1-for-5) to a 40-game streak.

Despite an uncanny trail of victims who have seen their streaks
vanish within days of agreeing to an interview with yours truly,
“kbarr9″ consented to answer a few questions to let the world know
about the man behind the streak.

“kbarr9″, aka Kyle Barr, is a cook at a small restaurant called
the Country Post Inn in Huntington, Indiana. A native of Huntington,
Barr grew up a Cubs fan and his favorite player is Ryne Sandberg except
that it’s really Ichiro Suzuki (huh?).

At this point, I’d like to ask you BTS diehards who have been
playing this game for several aggravating (but enjoyable! Enjoyably
aggravating!) years to clutch a pillow because you will starting hating
yourselves in about five seconds:

This is the first year Barr has ever played Beat the Streak. In
fact, Barr only started playing this game in late April or early May
(he doesn’t remember). And better yet, before his 40-game streak, he
already had a 16-game streak already snap. I mean, what?

Beat the Streak has pretty much been “Candy Land” wrapped in “Chutes in
Ladders” peppered with a dash of “Rummikub” for this guy; he’s been
check-mating Bobby Fisher from birth and we apparently haven’t even
been playing checkers for the last 10 years; we’ve been playing
rock-paper-scissors for beginners.

Imagine what his Salisbury steak must taste like!

Anyway, the good news is that Barr is a frequent reader of the BTS
Report, claims to have frequently taken my advice (hiyoooooo!) and put
in a special request to thank his baseball coach, Josh Schoeff, for
introducing him to Beat the Streak.

Thanks, Josh. Because of you, Free Milk Shake Mondays could soon be eliminated from the MLB.com Fantasy Department budget.

Time for Tuesday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Andre Ethier: .545 AVG (18-for-33) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

? Joe Mauer: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Armando Galarraga

? Miguel Cabrera: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

? Cristian Guzman: .615 AVG (8-for-13) since ’05 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

? Denard Span: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Armando Galarraga

? Magglio Ordonez: .429 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Feeling kinda spicy?

? A.J. Pierzynski: .414 AVG (12-for-29) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister

Pierzynski is batting .243 on the year and his average is
sinking like an anvil in an above-ground pool with just one hit over
his last 13 at-bats.

That’s a no for those of you scoring at home.

You’ll thank me later ...

? Kevin Youkilis: .107 AVG (3-for-28) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

? Nick Markakis: .133 AVG (2-for-15) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Dallas Braden

? Manny Ramirez: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

? Andrew McCutchen: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly

Leaderboard time!

12 games back from Barr is a four-pack of streakers riding 28-gamers.

Yeah, um, good luck with that!

Top MLB streakers

? Josh Hamilton: 21 games

? Corey Hart: 13 games

? Jose Lopez: 11 games

? Chipper Jones: 11 games

? Jonathan Herrera : 10 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 28

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All good things must come to an end. This apparently includes 43-game hitting streaks that carry the weight of $3,000,000.

That’s right, our dear friend and season leader, Dick George, saw his
43-game streak snap yesterday afternoon thanks to an 0-for-4
performance from Ichiro Suzuki.

I guess the old adage is true — you just never know when Chris
Narveson (career 4.68 ERA) is going to hurl an eight-inning shutout.

Anyway, much kudos to Mr. George for his incredible run. His
streak has inspired millions across the nation and has reminded us all
that this game is in fact, perhaps, maybe if everything goes right and
blind luck is totes on your side, actually beatable.

Time for Monday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Jose Reyes: .378 AVG (14-for-37) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

? Matt Kemp: .457 AVG (16-for-35) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito

? David Wright: .386 AVG (17-for-44) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

? Ryan Ludwick: .556 AVG (5-for-9) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Dan Haren

? Carlos Lee: .533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Manny Parra

? Kelly Johnson: .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

? Adam Dunn: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Juan Uribe: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley.

Uribe is batting .184 (7-for-38) over his last 10 games and,
sure, I guess you never know how a pitcher does in his first game back
from the DL. But look, there are seven guys listed above who are
actually quality everyday players and have tasty matchups with great
previous success against their opposing hurlers. If you are still
reading this paragraph after reading the “Uribe is batting .184″ part,
you clearly have no interest in trying to get a hit or win $3 million.
But, yes, your charming audacity is noted and appreciated.

Let’s just move on.

You’ll thank me later …

? James Loney: .050 AVG (1-for-20) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito

? Josh Willingham: .056 AVG (1-for-18) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

? Stephen Drew: .077 AVG (1-for-13) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

? David DeJesus: .171 AVG (12-for-70) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

? Adrian Gonzalez: .167 AVG (4-for-24) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez

Leaderboard time!

Rising from the crowd like a baby Simba clasped in Rafiki’s hands gazing over the mountain top, is our new leader — “kbarr9″.

“kbarr9″ took the lead by doing absolutely nothing and watching his/her
selection, Justin Morneau, sit idly by on the bench in an at-bat-free
game in the Twins’ loss to the Mets.

With a 39-game streak, “kbarr9″ is 68.4 percent on the way to
the big bucks and could single-handedly re-trigger the slaps bracelet
fad across the nation.

I would not be opposed to this.

Top MLB streakers

? Jose Guillen: 21 games

? Josh Hamilton: 21 games

? Corey Hart: 12 games

? Jose Lopez: 11 games

? Chipper Jones: 10 games

? Paul Konerko: 10 games

? Ruben Tejada: 10 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, June 25-27

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And now the magic number is 16.

After Ryan Braun’s third-inning double, Beat the Streak leader Dick
George sits atop his cushy thrown with a wow-that’s-really-high 41-game
hitting streak.

Unlike yesterday, when George’s rational seemed so obvious it could
have come straight from Bill Walton’s lips, he gave a more detailed
analysis with his Braun selection:

“Braun had a great record against [opposing Twins starter Nick
]Blackburn and Blackburn has been pitching especially poorly lately ( I
have him on my rotisserie league team, so I know). Again it’s a home
game for Braun on a field where there can never be a weather issue. I
hesitated a little when I went to the Brewer’s web site and saw that
Braun was opening a new restaurant tonight — would he be focused?”

Now that’s the kind of homework I want to see from a man with a
41-game streak. Enough with this whole “well, it was a lefty-righy
matchup and Ichiro is fast” shenanigans. I need more undercover,
player-X-is-opening-a-restaurant TMZ-style Carmen Sandiego groundwork.

On to the weekend’s picks …

Oh, hello there …

Friday

? Manny Ramirez: .571 AVG (12-for-21) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

? Orlando Cabrera: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Indians starter Aaron Laffey

? Alfonso Soriano: .368 AVG (7-for-19) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Jake Peavy

Saturday

? Paul Konerko: .375 AVG (12-for-32) since ’05 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Silva

? Ryan Zimmerman: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen

? Yunel Escobar: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer

Sunday

? Ian Kinsler: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt

? Aaron Hill: .435 AVG (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jaime Moyer

? Shin-Soo Choo: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday

? Aaron Rowand: .647 AVG (5-for-17) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield

Saturday

? Corey Patterson: .407 AVG (11-for-27) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

Sunday

? Travis Hafner: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

You’ll thank me later ...

Friday

? Josh Hamilton: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brian Moehler

? Alex Rodriguez: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla

Saturday

? Hanley Ramirez: .182 AVG (2-for-11) since ’05 vs. Padres starter Jon Garland

? Nick Markakis: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

Sunday

? Marlon Byrd: .083 AVG (1-for-12) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

? Ryan Zimmerman: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

Leaderboard time!

Our second-place stallion, “kbarr9″, pressed the pause button on a
37-game streak by questionably selecting Joe Mauer, who not-so
shockingly didn’t play because it was a day game after a night game and
the whole Mauer is a catcher and the Twins don’t want to go Enron on
their $184 million investment in year one.

Is it possible “kbarr9″ pulled an Algeria, playing for a tie
while under the pressure of a must-win situation with Dick George
distancing himself with a big lead?

The weekend will tell us a lot.

Top MLB streakers

? Jose Guillen: 18 games

? Josh Hamilton: 18 games

? Corey Hart: 9 games

? Miguel Montero: 9 games

Four tied with eight-game streaks.                                

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 24

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And Ichiro makes 40.

Beat the Streak elader Dick George upped his streak to an incredible 40
games after Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 in the Mariners’ 9-1 win over
the Cubs and starter Randy Wells, who Ichiro had never faced before
heading into the night’s festivities.

I e-mailed George hoping to get the inside scoop on why he selected Ichiro.

Maybe George knew something that we all didn’t; like that Ichiro
has never gone hitless in eight career games vs. the Cubs (this is not
true), or that he’s hit safely in every game he’s ever played on June
23 (also not true; 0-for-4 vs. OAK on 6/23/05), or that George just had
a sneaking suspicion that Ichiro ate an Arby’s Melt before Wednesday’s
game and that in the history of Major League Baseball, anytime anyone
ever eats an Arby’s Melt before gametime, that player always gets at
least one hit in that night’s game (this is entirely possible).

But, alas, here was George’s response when prompted about his
selection: “Ichiro seemed like the best choice because it was a righty
vs. lefty matchup for him against a mediocre pitcher at home.”

That’s it. That’s the huge in-depth analysis. That’s the whole unsolvable, head-spinning Good Will Hunting chalkboard solution.

It was a righty vs. lefty matchup and he was facing a mediocre pitcher at home.

Who said this game was hard, again?

Time for Thursday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Ryan Braun: .600 AVG (6-for-10) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

? David Ortiz: .625 AVG (5-for-8) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jason Hammel

? Carlos Lee: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

? Miguel Tejada: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Nate Robertson

? Freddy Sanchez: .435 AVG (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Johnny Peralta:
.391 AVG (9-for-23) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton. Peralta
is two for his last 12, is batting .258 for the year and you’d almost
never want to select him. Except when he is facing Joe Blanton, who has
yielded 71 hits over 53 innings and sports a 10.20 June ERA.



You’ll thank me later ...

? Manny Ramirez: .159 AVG (7-for-44) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

? Alex Rios: .000 AVG (0-for-10) lifetime vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

? Nick Markakis: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Nate Robertson

? Prince Fielder: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Leaderboard time!

Walking kitty corner from Dick George is “kbarr9″, who also rode Ichiro last night en route to a 37-game streak.

With George at 40 and “kbarr9″ at 37, let’s just say we have a lot of
sleepless nights ahead of us here at MLB.com headquarters.

Top MLB streakers

? Jose Guillen: 18 games

? Josh Hamilton: 17 games

? Adrian Gonzalez: 11 games

? Miguel Montero: 9 games

? Corey Hart: 8 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 23

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And the beat goes on for Dick George.

Our unflappable leader shined through the stardom and successfully
broke the will of the Beat the Streak paparazzi after selecting
Robinson Cano for the second straight day to extend his streak to a
season-high 39 games.

George is now officially 68.4 percent on his way to the
$3,000,000 grand prize and a lifelong supply of Applebee’s steak tips.
What’s better than a steak tip? Nothing is the only correct answer.

Anyway, our streaks of the day don’t end there, as the guys who
actually are on the field — ya know, real-life Major Leaguers — kept
their impressive streaks alive as Josh Hamilton and Jose Guillen each
laced hits last night to extend their respective streaks and tie Cano
and Jorge Cantu with season-high 17-game streaks of their own.

All we need now is for Dick George to select Hamilton tonight
and watch the entire world self-combust into the abyss the exact moment
Hamilton gets his first hit, simultaneously extending the season-high
streaks of both these courageous leaders.

Time for Wednesday’s picks

Oh, hello there ..

? Raul Ibanez: .700 AVG (7-for-10) since ’05 vs. Indians starter Jake Westbrook

? Casey Blake: .438 AVG (7-for-16) since ’05 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

? Edgar Renteria: .405 AVG (15-for-37) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

? Adam Kennedy: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Corey Patterson: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco. Hey, look — it’s Corey Patterson!

You’ll thank me later …

? Freddy Sanchez: .067 AVG (1-for-15) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

? Andre Ethier: .000 AVG (0-for-10) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

? Troy Glaus: .000 AVG (0-for-10) since ’05 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

? Matt Kemp: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

Leaderboard time!

“Kbarr9″ continues to keep the pressure mounting on Dick George, reaching a stellar 36-game streak thanks to Mr. Hamilton.

And as a side note, I’d like to take this time and acknowledge
my incredible blunder in somehow forgetting to mention how the Yankees’
Monday night loss to the D-backs completely obliterated the streaks of
about 72 percent of our Survivor participants.

This will forever be known as the Survivor Massacre of ’10 and I have no idea how this slipped under the cracks.

My most sincere apologies.

Top MLB streakers

? Josh Hamilton: 17 games

? Jose Guillen: 17 games

? Jeff Mathis: 13 games

? Garrett Jones: 12 games

? Adrian Beltre: 11 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 22

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The writing was on the wall as soon as the schedule was released.
Once it was clear that there were only three games on Monday’s bill
with four of the six teams being the Nationals, Royals, Athletics and
D-backs (with the Yankees and Reds being the other options), it was
clear that an absurd amount of the Beat the Streak nation would put all
their eggs in the Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter basket.

I cautioned that such strategy was mighty risky should Arizona
starter Rodrigo Lopez somehow stymie the Bombers and put some extra hot
sauce on his fastball.

I was right. Sort of.

A staggering 67.2 percent of all streakers selected either
Robinson Cano (45.7 percent) or Derek Jeter (21.5 percent) last night.
And as Jeter (0-for-3) fans know, the hot sauce was a comin’.

As for Cano, the man who has shredded opposing pitching all
season long to the tune of a Major League-leading .365 batting average,
he kept his streakers on a full-blown sweaty palms panic attack watch
all night by waiting until his final at-bat in the eighth inning to
loop a single.

Unfortunately, Michael Young and the Rangers were not playing, as
“fromomma” decided to roll the dice with the wrong Yankee for the
night.

Which means for now, Dick George (Cano) is our lone ranger with a 38-game streak.

Time for Tuesday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Kevin Kouzmanoff: .688 AVG (11-for-16) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

? Austin Kearns: .438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jaime Moyer

? Prince Fielder: .412 AVG (7-for-17) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

? Casey Blake: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Juan Uribe:
.545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt. Uribe has
one hit in his last 11 at-bats. Roy Oswalt pitches well for a living. I
say stay away.

You’ll thank me later …

? Hunter Pence: .111 AVG (2-for-18) lifetime vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

? Manny Ramirez: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

? Ryan Braun: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

? Marlon Byrd: .143 AVG (2-for-11) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas

Leaderboard time!

Riding high with a 35-game streak is “kbarr9″ who also selected Cano
last night. “kbarr9″ is 61.4 percent on the way to the $3,000,000. Ya
know, assuming Dick George goes down in flames first.

Top MLB streakers

? Josh Hamilton: 16 games

? Jose Guillen: 16 games

? Jason Kubel: 12 games

? Jeff Mathis: 12 games

? Garrett Jones: 11 games 

Behind the Streaks: 37-game leaders unmasked

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Ask and you shall receive.
After posting today’s BTS Report, I e-mailed our two leaders, “dick.george” and “fromomma” with a bunch of random questions; ya know, the kind of ice-breaking questions you ask when you are in an awkward group situation and you think if only you knew Stacey’s favorite ice cream flavor, this situation wouldn’t be such an inferno of awfulness. 
I love these questions. And apparently, so do our leaders.
“fromomma” Used to Play Shortstop for the Texas Rangers

Except now he plays third base. 
“Fromomma”‘s real name happens to be Michael Young. This is fascinating. Obviously, he isn’t the Michael Young. This does not make it less fascinating. This would be like trying to win one of those mail-in prizes found on the back of cereal boxes and your name just happens to be Cap’n Crunch. 
Or like signing up for one of those this-is-definitely-a-scam-but-I-want-a-free-iPad-so-I’ll-click-away iPad scams you see all across Facebook and your name just happens to be Steve Jobs. THAT DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN. There’s a reason his name is Mike Young and not Adam Everett.
Anyway, Mike Young is a sports videographer who lives in Spring Green, WI. He’s been playing Beat the Streak for three years now and his big BTS secret is that he likes to “stay away from good pitchers.” Um …thanks, Mike. Way to really help us out here.
The good news is that Young reads the BTS Report and has taken some tips from the blog, so I’m fully rooting for his survival and fully expect at least 1/3 of his $3,000,000 cash prize. I mean, how many Silly Bandz or vuvuzelas could you possibly need, Michael?
Oh and Michael’s favorite MLB player is (wait for it …) Michael Young. Alright, onto the next guy before I have to take a cold shower.  Best of luck, Mike.
“dick.george”‘s Name is Dick George

This makes sense.
George is a native of Rock Rapids, Iowa and currently lives as a tax accountant in Mount Vernon, Iowa. He roots for the Giants so obviously his all-time favorite player is Willie Mays. His big time BTS strategy has been to look for “a good hitter against a poor pitcher.”
Ohhhhh, so THAT’s what I’ve been doing wrong this whole time! It all makes so much more sense now! Look at all these exclamation marks!!!
Anyway, Dick reads the BTS Report “sometimes” (I’ll take it!) and is predictably putting his $3 million hopes and dreams into Robinson Cano tonight vs. Rodrigo Lopez.
Best of luck to you both. I really hope your streaks don’t fall apart and launch into oblivion after you both graciously took the time to answer some questions and reveal yourselves. 
Ya know, just like what happened with EVERYONE else before
-Dave

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 21

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Things are starting to seriously heat up here in Streakland. And I’m
talking about that disgusting
wow-I-didn’t-even-realize-I-could-even-sweat-there type of heat.

As things currently stand, we have two streakers –
“dick.george” and “fromomma” — pacing our leaderboard with season-high
37-game streaks (sorry, Cruj) and they don’t look to be slowing down
any time soon.

Except that maybe they do.

Dousing our leaders like a bucket of ice water is a brutal
Monday schedule which consists of only three Interleague
games. That means that only six teams have made themselves available
for the Monday hit buffet.

And just to rub habanero peppers all over an already spicy situation,
four of these six teams are the Nationals, D-Backs, Royals and A’s.

Yikes.

Thankfully, the Yankees are on the slate to face Rodrigo Lopez and the D-backs.

But if Rodrigo decides to bust out the cumin, put some hot sauce
on his fastball and get kinda spicy himself, we might be referring to
June 21, 2010 forever as the Beat the Streak Massacre of ’10. Just warning ya. 

Time for Monday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Derek Jeter: .448 AVG (26-for-58) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Rodrigo Lopez

? David DeJesus: .450 AVG (18-for-40) last 10 games; 2-for-4 lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

? Kevin Kouzmanoff: .442 (31-for-74) AVG for June; has never faced Reds starter Mike Leake

? Jason Kendall: .353 AVG (12-for-34) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Wilson Betemit:
.417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez. All
Wilson Betemit rules fly out the window once Livan Hernandez is
involved — even this season.

You’ll thank me later ...

? Jorge Posada: .115 AVG (3-for-26) since ’04 vs. Diamondbacks starter Rodrigo Lopez

? Mark Teixeira: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Rodrigo Lopez

? Billy Butler: .222 AVG (2-for-9) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

Leaderboard time!

Not far behind our two leaders is “kbarr9″ with a 34-game streak,
“aydinalp1″ and “lfinnberg” with 31-gamers and “death2fowl” at 30.

I told you it’s getting hot!

Top MLB streakers

? Josh Hamilton: 16 games

? Jose Guillen: 15 games

? Jason Kubel: 12 games

? Jeff Mathis: 12 games

? Garrett Jones: 11 games 


Dave’s Note: Yes I read the comments. No, I don’t know why the comment system gets weird and disorganizes everything and sometimes puts things on twice. And, yes, I’m in “The Bloggers” but my screen name has somehow been changed to “Iheartstrazzy”.  Which I do. 


Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, June 18-20

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Robinson Cano (who else?) and Adrian Beltre each laced hits last
night to stomp on the fast forward button for a combined 22.8 percent
of our streakers.

Derek Jeter was the day’s biggest doom’s day device,
extinguishing the lifelines of 9.9 percent of the universe all by his
lonesome self.

Moving on, Interleague Play continues this weekend, as strange uniform
combinations and awkward American League pitchers taking the batter’s
box awaits us.

This is never not fun. I just set a Google alert to notify me every time cousin Scotty heads to the plate for tonight.

On to the weekend’s picks …

Oh, hello there ...

Friday

?  Ian Kinsler: .750 AVG (9-for-12) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Nate Robertson

? Bobby Abreu: .550 AVG (11-for-20) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Carlos Silva

? Scott Rolen: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Cliff Lee

Saturday

? Hideki Matsui: .545 AVG (6-for-11) since ’05 vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly

? Victor Martinez: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla

? Ryan Braun: .500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jeff Francis

Sunday

? Derek Jeter: .433 AVG (13-for-30) lifetime vs. Twins starter Johan Santana

? Jim Thome: .429 AVG (12-for-28) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay

? Nick Markakis: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland

Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday

?  Adam Kennedy: .571 AVG (4-for-7) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

Saturday

? Orlando Cabrera: .500 AVG (16-for-32) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

Sunday

? Luke Scott: .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland

You’ll thank me later …

Friday

? Hanley Ramirez: .200 AVG (2-for-10) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

? Jose Reyes: .188 AVG (3-for-16) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Javier Vazquez

Saturday

? Johnny Damon: .136 AVG (3-for-22) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Edwin Jackson

? Adrian Beltre: .179 AVG (7-for-39) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla

Sunday

? Troy Tulowitzki: .188 AVG (3-for-16) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

? Alex Rodriguez: .192 AVG (5-for-26) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana

Leaderboard time!

“fromomma” hopped on the Michael Young gravy train to extend his streak
to a knee-bending 35 games. “fromomma”is now one more hit away from
tying “cruj” for the season lead.

Expect an e-mail from me, “fromomma”, if you somehow survive
this weekend, so you can succumb to the
I-just-got-featured-on-the-blog,-my-streak-will-now-vanish curse.

Or something like that.

It was a dark day in Surivovr, as our fearless leader(s),
“brentandcam” saw a 29-game streak go down in flames courtesy of the
Yankees’ loss to the Phillies.

Well, that was fun while it lasted. “brentandcam” is/are still in play
for tickets to the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix, if the 29-game streak
turns out to be the longest of the season. So all is not lost just yet.

Top MLB streakers

? Vladimir Guerrero: 13 games

? Josh Hamilton: 13 games

? Jose Guillen: 12 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (no more DL!)

? Robinson Cano: 10 games 

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