Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 2
Hi-fives all around Streakland yesterday, as an incredible 13 of the top 15 selections for the day each laced hits, combining to extend the streaks of about 45 percent of the universe.
Magglio Ordonez was the day’s biggest Debbie Downer, going 0-for-4 against the Indians and disproving the common misnomer that despite what most think, Beat the Streak is not like the SATs — you don’t automatically get a hit by just writing in your name and selecting a batter vs. the Indians.
Anyway, my mailbox was incredibly flooded yesterday with e-mails from you folks with stellar ideas, questions and changes you’d like to see with the BTS Report and the BTS game in general. I’ll post a full mailbag edition on the Beat the Streak blog update later in the day, so there is still time for you to send in your splendid and definitely way-smarter-than-anything-I-could-dream-of ideas to me, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time for Wednesday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Robinson Cano: 15-game hitting streak; 0-2 lifetime vs. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen. But, come on, it’s Brad Bergesen.
? Chase Utley: .444 AVG (12-for-27) lifetime vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe
? Chipper Jones: .438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick
? Ryan Doumit: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano
? Denard Span: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Cliff Lee
? Nick Markakis: .353 AVG (6-for-17) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Phil Hughes
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Ryan Theriot: .359 AVG (14-for-39) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke. I could not be more confident in The Riot in this one.
You’ll thank me later …
? Brandon Phillips: .167 AVG (4-for-24) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter
? Brad Hawpe: .107 AVG (3-for-28) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain
? Carlos Gonzalez: .000 AVG (0-for-11) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain
Well, there goes the whole 27-game streak jinx.
“agentstjohn” rode Derek Jeter’s 2-for-3 performance to extend his BTS journey to 28 games.
“agentstjohn” is now officially 49.1 percent on his way to kingdom come.
Top MLB streakers
? Robinson Cano: 15 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)
? Vernon Wells: 10 games
? Derek Jeter: 9 games
? Reed Johnson: 8 games
? Daric Barton: 8 games
? Casey Blake: 8 games
? Jose Lopez: 8 games