Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 3

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The roughly 25 percent of streakers who selected Robinson Cano, Ichiro Suzuki or Michael Young feasted like kings yesterday, as each of these sure-swinging batsmen collected hits last night.

Cano is currently riding high with a 16-game streak and is one away from tying Jorge Cantu for the season’s longest run. This leads us to perhaps the biggest dilemma that an aspiring Beat the Streak entrepreneur can face:

Do you keep dancing with the guy/girl you took to the prom, or do you scavenge for other options before your date turns into a pumpkin?

Clearly, Cano is beyond locked in right now, batting .525 over his last 10 games and an absurd .373 for the season. But in all likelihood, he isn’t going to last you the entire 57-game run …right?

So when do you cut bait and look at other options?

I’m not exactly sure, but I can tell you that it won’t be today with Kevin Millwood on the mound.

Gravy train all around! Who’s with me?

Also, if you haven’t already, take a look at yesterday’s Beat the Streak mailbag. I posted it in the late afternoon so there is a pretty decent chance you missed it.

As always, keep the e-mails coming at david.feldman@mlb.com.

Time for Thursday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Robinson Cano: 16-game hitting streak; .381 AVG (8-for-21) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood

? Joe Mauer: .526 AVG (10-for-19) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

? Ryan Zimmerman: .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brian Moehler

? Jose Guillen: .444 AVG (8-for-18) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

? Nick Swisher: .355 AVG (11-for-31) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Garrett Atkins: .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia. Is this even possible?

? Erick Aybar: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke. Yeah, I think I’ll pass.

You’ll thank me later …

? Kevin Youkilis: .111 AVG (1-for-) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Brett Anderson

? Shin-Soo Choo: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

? Hanley Ramirez: .000 AVG (0-for-9) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Chris Capuano

Justin Morneau: .143 AVG (3-for-21) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

Leaderboard time!

Another one bites the dust, as Adrian Beltre’s 0-fer pushed the reset button on “agentstjohn”‘s 28-game streak last night.

This means we now have a six-way tie for the BTS leaderboard, as each of the following villagers of Streakville are rocking 26-game streaks:

? bathetruth

? jshoreyinsurance

? khouryboysan

? lisacco17

? scan15

? steveellis24

May the best streaker win.

Top MLB streakers

? Robinson Cano: 16 games

? Vernon Wells: 11 games

? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)

? Daric Barton: 9 games

? Casey Blake: 9 games

? Jose Lopez: 9 games

28 Comments

Ichiro’s hit in the 10th inning was amazing after all those foul balls he had to keep his At Bat going and theat saved my streak which is now 10. I’m going for Jeter for 11 because has a .481(13 for 27) average over his last 7 games and he went 0 for 3 yesterday and I believe he’ll bounce back today.

Jeter is a good “gravy train” ride, but that train ride doesn’t last as long as one would like. Also, it doesn’t always pull out right away, after its previous stop. I generally like to see it get steaming along down the tracks again before I try to hobo aboard. Kinda fun staying with the “train” theme ;)

wohooo swisher with a hit, i finally break past my 10 mark.

YAY! 1st-Inning double by Cano to extend to 5 games!

seems like I am finally emerging from the slump!!!

By end of day, probably all Yankee starters will have gotten a hit. I think anyone that didn’t select Yankees during this past week, missed a relatively easy 7 game increase in their streaks. As long as CLE & BAL are having such major issues, picking great hitters on really good teams playing against those two ball clubs appear to be sound advice for raising one’s streak. Mental note made.

M Cabrara takes me back to double digits ( finally) with HR in bottom of 7. Thankfully now i dont have to kick myself for not taking a yankee, but i just cant pick against millwood. Not only did he kill my 17, he also 0-fer’d me another day this season.

Whew. On to tomorows pick. GL to anyone else waiting tonight.
M

Being reset right now and 0-fer for past 4 of 5 games, I decided to have a little fun to release the frustration…. So, I picked Ty Wiggington against the Yankees. Top of 9th & Orioles have 3 hits, 1 of them by Ty. Guess I’ll have to start getting serious now :)

jeff keppinger yesterday austin jackson today buster posey tomorrow currently at 2 game streak from jackson and keppinger :)

Rode Cano today to get my steak back on track. May ride him again tomorrow or go with a lefty from CWS against Masterson.

“Being reset right now and 0-fer for past 4 of 5 games, I decided to have a little fun to release the frustration…. So, I picked Ty Wiggington against the Yankees. Top of 9th & Orioles have 3 hits, 1 of them by Ty. Guess I’ll have to start getting serious now :)”——————You missed the 6-day gold rush?

“jeff keppinger yesterday austin jackson today buster posey tomorrow currently at 2 game streak from jackson and keppinger :)”

I think I used Keppinger a while ago or strongly considered it, saw he went 0 for 3, and have stayed away since.

Today’s Top Picks of the current Top2500. ** 2 earliest games’ resets & “no selections” not included as BTS updated before I pulled the data.
Player, Times Picked, Percentage
Robinson Cano, 671, 26.84 (got a hit)
Miguel Cabrera, 235, 9.4 (got a hit)
Ryan Zimmerman, 180, 7.2 (got a hit)
Magglio Ordonez, 173, 6.92 (got a hit)
Derek Jeter, 160, 6.4 (got a hit)
Ichiro Suzuki, 144, 5.76
Joe Mauer, 117, 4.68
Cristian Guzman, 104, 4.16 (got a hit)
Nick Swisher, 90, 3.6 (got a hit)
Josh Hamilton, 51, 2.04
Austin Jackson, 50, 2 (got a hit)
Billy Butler, 47, 1.88 (reset)
Michael Young, 40, 1.6
Alex Rodriguez, 30, 1.2 (got a hit)
Hanley Ramirez, 28, 1.12

“Rode Cano today to get my steak back on track. May ride him again tomorrow or go with a lefty from CWS against Masterson. ”

Oh damn, what a waste!

The White Sox have ABSOLUTELY no one to pick!

So the Indians’ pitching is wasted for the weekend!

Although if Juan Pierre has continued to heat up from a week ago, before Yankee gold-rush, he may be worth a look, but I have a policy of never looking at the next day’s games, until the entire current slate has gone final.

I just comment on posts here that insist on looking ahead.

“Player, Times Picked, Percentage
Robinson Cano, 671, 26.84 (got a hit)
Miguel Cabrera, 235, 9.4 (got a hit)
Ryan Zimmerman, 180, 7.2 (got a hit)
Magglio Ordonez, 173, 6.92 (got a hit)
Derek Jeter, 160, 6.4 (got a hit)
Ichiro Suzuki, 144, 5.76
Joe Mauer, 117, 4.68
Cristian Guzman, 104, 4.16 (got a hit)
Nick Swisher, 90, 3.6 (got a hit)
Josh Hamilton, 51, 2.04
Austin Jackson, 50, 2 (got a hit)
Billy Butler, 47, 1.88 (reset)
Michael Young, 40, 1.6
Alex Rodriguez, 30, 1.2 (got a hit)
Hanley Ramirez, 28, 1.12″

lol, the blog rider screwed over those with Butler!

DeJesus was the much better chance if you wanted to go the Royals’ route.

MLB Survivor: Those that picked the Nats to win gotta be upset. Bottom of 9th, runner on 2nd, 2 outs, lead by 1. Fat Elvis (Big Puma) lines to right field and ERROR, tying run scores. Next batter, El Caballo hits a walk off HR.

I’ve topped my season high today with 8 (picked Cano again). I’m going with Cano again tomorrow since he seems to have dominated Cecil and if I make it through Monday, I’ll be at my career high of 12. Wish me luck!!

Good luck!!!! I may have to take a ride on the Cano gravy train since I’m back to zero. Went with Prado today so hopefully I’ll get back on the board. Fortunately the Yankees won’t be in Detroit, as Jim Joyce has become the Ray Finkle of baseball. :)

At least he apologized and teared up. He could have been all Angel Hernandez like and that would have been cold. He does have a heart.

Congrats and GL nymets1979.

Thanks guys and gals! I have such faith in myself and the players I pick to get hits that I can picture the $3M in my hands right now. I know, don’t get cocky. I won’t, not yet anyway.

The pendulum has swung back in favor of pitchers.
2 + 1 perfect games this year already. No wonder streaks are not as plentiful as last year.
I say Hall of Fame should add Galaraga’s name to the plaque of those who have tossed a perfect game.
Friday? – Matt Holiday, Idhirio, Jose Lopez

I want to jump on the Cano “gravy train” but at the beginning of the year when he had his 14 gamer going I picked him on the day it ended so I am a little hesitant to pick him now even though he is extremely hot right now. I think I’m going with either Cabrera or A. Jackson since they are on the road and both hitting Chen well. Also, Cabrera has been hot since coming back from his daughters birth. I guess I have until 4pm EST to decide. GL to all tomorrow!!!

I have Cano tomorrow as I know he is out and he’s bound to cool off eventually but I doubt it’s tomorrow as he hits Cecil well and he hits lefties better than righties so I’m jumping the bandwagon even though I should of been from the beginning.

How about Torii Hunter v. the hittable M’s hurler Snell?
Cano is tempting – Cecil has done very well in his last 3 starts though.

anyone have the guy that broke up Galaraggas no hitter? LOL

I may not be picking Cano today after what I just read. I was on MLB’s Player page for Cecil and he has been doing incredibly well lately. Guess I may be making another pick even though I so want to stay with Cano. Maybe M Cabrera since I haven’t picked him lately. We shall see.

“anyone have the guy that broke up Galaraggas no hitter? LOL”

I actually considered him, since he is actually the hottest player on the Indians right now, but backed off him, because of Cano’s streak and because I was not really thrilled about picking the # 9 hitter in a weak lineup.

To add onto that point, there was a 1-hitter thrown against the Red Sox and lots of people had Jacoby Ellsbury, who collected the only Red Sox hit.

But that hit came much earlier in the game.

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