Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 9
One day after getting taken to the slaughterhouse by Ichiro Suzuki’s 0-fer, 20 percent of our streakers regrouped and put all their eggs in the Robinson Cano basket; a fantastic basket to be in.
On cue, Cano delivered in spades, going 3-for-4 off Kevin Millwod and the Orioles, just as predicted right here yesterday.
Unfortunately, not everyone was so sagacious, as a combined 13.8 percent of streakers did not pass Go or collect $200, thanks to hit-free performances from Ryan Braun, Ichiro and Miguel Cabrera — the day’s second, third and fifth most popular choices, respectively.
Now, at this point, I’d like to address the bevy of e-mails that have rampaged through my inbox:
No, you cannot select Stephen Strasburg in Beat the Streak.
In other streak news, “brentandcam” upped their Survivor run to 21 games after correctly picking the Rays, who downed the Blue Jays 9-0 behind Jeff Niemann’s complete-game shutout.
16 more correct selections and “brentandcam” will be $10,000 richer and will be joyriding all the way to the the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix, Ariz.
I’m just so happy for him/her/them.
Time for Wednesday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Billy Butler: .435 AVG (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano
? Russell Martin: .438 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright
? Jose Lopez: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson
? Matt Holliday: .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda
? Erick Aybar: .381 AVG (8-for-21) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Dallas Braden
? Jason Kubel: .412 AVG (7-for-17) lifetime vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Yuniesky Betancourt: .385 AVG (5-for-13) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano. Ya know, I’ll give Betancourt the Feldmania stamp of approval on this one. He’s batting .285 on the year and has hit safely in six of his last seven games. Ahthankyou.
You’ll thank me later …
? Justin Morneau: .063 AVG (1-for-16) lifetime vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies
? Kurt Suzuki: .083 AVG (2-for-24) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joe Saunders
? Jorge Cantu: .150 AVG (3-for-20) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay
? Carl Crawford: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum
Dustin Pedroia’s 0-fer put the kibosh on “SLaGFYmanny”‘s 26-game game streak, which means our leaderboard is down to three:
Best of luck. May your Wednesday be chalk full of Justin Masterson implosions, John Lannan hit fiestas and Kenshin Kawakami breakdowns.
Top MLB streakers
? Elvis Andrus: 13 games
? Martin Prado: 12 games
? Jeff Francoeur: 11 games
? Brandon Phillips: 11 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)
? Jeff Keppinger: 10 games