Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 8
Let’s pretend Monday never happened, OK?
In the biggest single-handed slaughterfest of the season, Ichiro Suzuki’s 0-for-3 performance against Scott Feldman and the Rangers, ransacked the streaks of 20.3 percent of the universe.
Why such an astounding amount of streakers would pick Ichiro when he entered Monday a career .272 hitter against (cousin?) Scott is beyond me, even considering Suzuki’s .462 clip for June.
And just to pour molten lava on our pulsating wounds, Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Michael Bourn, Kevin Youkilis and Alfonso Soriano — the day’s third, fifth, seventh, ninth and 10th most popular selections, respectively — each went hitless to snap a combined 16.5 percent of streaks.
This is not a good thing.
I’m not sure when, but some how, some way, I know we can get past this.
Hey look, Kevin Millwood is pitching tonight!
There, I feel better already …
In other streak news, “holidave” made it seven in a row by selecting Mark Reynolds in Home Run Beat the Streak.
Seven days, seven correct homer predictions. That’s pretty incredible.
Four more days of correct selections and “holidave” wins $10,000.
Not too shabby.
Also, we have some excitement going on in Survivor, as “brentandcam” and “charfdorn” each have 20-game streaks going, marking the highest streaks of the season.
17 more correct selections to win $10,000 AND a trip to the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix, Ariz.
Very exciting stuff.
Time for Tuesday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Ryan Braun: .491 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly
? Ryan Howard: .444 AVG (8-for-18) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad)
? Ichiro Suzuki: .414 AVG (12-for-29) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Colby Lewis
? Matt Holliday: .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda
? Jorge Cantu: .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick
? Alberto Callaspo: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Luke Scott: .600 AVG (6-for-10) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Phil Hughes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Scott is hitless in four of his last eight games. Check please!
You’ll thank me later …
? Billy Butler: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey
? Chase Utley: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad
? Justin Morneau: .192 AVG (5-for-26) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke
? Hanley Ramirez: .222 AVG (4-for-18) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick
Yeah, you know all those users who were tied atop the leaderboard with 30-game streaks yesterday? They all picked Ichiro. Whoops!
That means that our new leaders are a foursome carrying still-pretty-stellar 26-game streaks:
Best of luck. May your Tuesday be rich with a Kevin Millwood shellacking, a Brian Moehler hit buffet and a Vin Mazarro meltdown.
Top MLB streakers
? Vernon Wells: 14 games
? Elvis Andrus: 12 games
? Martin Prado: 12 games
? Freddy Sanchez: 11 games
? Jeff Francoeur: 10 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)
? Brandon Phillips: 10 games