And now I eat humble pie.
In yesterday’s BTS Report, I eschewed my instincts and soliloquized how Ichiro Suzuki was a primo selection for Thursday’s action despite a recent 1-for-11 stretch.
I wiped the slate clean with the Mariners catalyst. I forgave the man for all his previous transgressions and 0-fers and put together some stats that on paper made him look as pristine as ever.
I even put my modest five-game streak on the line and I like to think I had something to do with Ichiro being the day’s most popular selection, as 12.4 percent of all users also came along for the ride.
So how does my metaphorical olive branch get rewarded?
With a cold-blooded 0-for-4 performance against the new Legion of Doom tag team that is Tommy Hunter and Darren Oliver, that’s how.
Sometimes this game just makes you want to cry.
Let’s just get to the weekend picks, OK?
Oh, hello there …
? Hanley Ramirez: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
? Jason Bay: .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie
? Alfonso Soriano: .444 AVG (6-for-16) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Jake Peavy
? Matt Holliday: .357 AVG (5-for-14) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Dan Haren
? Fred Lewis: .857 AVG (6-for-7) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jason Hammel
? Adrian Gonzalez: .714 AVG (5-for-7) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Cliff Lee
? Paul Konerko: .571 AVG (4-for-7) since ’05 vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly
? Kelly Johnson: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter
? Orlando Cabrera: .348 AVG (8-for-23) since ’05 vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Casey Blake: .450 AVG (9-for-20) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro. Blake is 0-for-6 since returning from a five-game absence with back spasms. Next!
? David Eckstein: .333 AVG (4-for-12) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Cliff Lee. Yes, the same Cliff Lee who has a 2.77 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. Next!
? Russell Martin: .412 AVG (7-for-23) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver. Weaver was blasted for 12 hits and six earned runs vs. an unimposing A’s lineup last time out. We have a winner! Show the great people what they’ve won …
You’ll thank me later …
? Torii Hunter: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley
? Prince Fielder: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Rich Harden
? Dustin Pedroia: .188 AVG (3-for-16) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton
? Manny Ramirez: .159 AVG (7-for-44) lifetime vs. Rays starter Scott Kazmir
? Andre Ethier: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver
? Placido Polanco: .067 AVG (1-for-15) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield
The three streakers atop our leaderboard — ya know, the people who actually know what they are doing — guffawed at my Ichiro selection and went with Vlad Guerrero, who’s bat has been made of molten lava lately.
On cue, Vlad rocketed two hits and our leaderboard remains in tact.
So the following threesome now possess 29-game streaks and are 50.9 percent on their way to buying a college athlete for USC:
Meanwhile, in “Survivor”, “brentandcam” continued to roll by correctly predicting a Reds victory over the Giants.
“Brent” and “Cam”‘s 22-game streak looked to be in serious jeopardy until the Reds put up a three-spot in the bottom of the eighth to win their 12th game of the season in their final at-bats.
Top MLB streakers
? Brandon Phillips: 13 games
? Kevin Kouzmanoff: 11 games
? Sean Rodriguez: 11 games
? Chris Coghlan: 10 games
? David DeJesus: 10 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)