Top selection Robinson Cano’s 1-for-3 afternoon pushed the fast forward button on 15.1 percent of streaks nationwide on a crazy, not-so-lazy Sunday that saw seven players launch two home runs a piece, which I’m pretty sure is the final sign of the apocalypse for all Home Run Beat the Streak players.
But enough with the small talk, we have some serious business to address.
Today we are faced with perhaps the most challenging Beat the Streak day on the 2010 calendar.
Not only are we still in the midst of Interleague Play, where hitters are facing unfamiliar opposing pitchers (advantage pitchers), but there are only four games scheduled, slicing away almost three quarters of our player pool.
And while former BTS stalwarts Albert Pujols and, gulp, Ichiro Suzuki are primed for the taking, 2010 BTS reliables like Cano, Miguel Cabrera and Vlad Guerrero each have the day off.
I’m fully aware that the picks below are not for the weak minded.
Today is the day we separate the double decker tacos from the hard shelled.
Time for Monday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Adam Jones: Eight-game hitting streak; .302 AVG for June.
? Aaron Hill: .364 AVG (4-for-11) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland
? Carlos Gomez: .500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joe Saunders
? Erick Aybar: .422 AVG (19-for-45) over last 10 games.
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Juan Rivera: .364 AVG (4-for-11) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf. Last two starts for Wolf: 0-2, 13 ER, 15 H, 10.32 ERA. Don’t mind if I do …
You’ll thank me later …
? Miguel Tejada: .000 AVG (0-for-7) lifetime vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez
? Matt Wieters: .167 AVG (6-for-36) for June; .235 season AVG;
“BsblGeenus” and “ecurryjmp2” each survived the weekend and are now riding stellar 32-game streaks.
That means that they are officially 56.1 percent on their way to buying (roughly) 84 billion of those insanely annoying World Cup vuvuzelas thingies and obliterating mankind ’til kingdom come.
In Survivor news, “brentandcam” are still at it, upping his/her/their streak to 26 games by correctly predicting a Yankees win over the Orioles. Apparently, there is no rule voiding any picks when a team faces Kevin Millwood (0-9, 5.16 ERA).
This needs to change.
Top MLB streakers
? Brandon Phillips: 15 games
? Kevin Kouzmanoff: 14 games
? Sean Rodriguez: 14 games
? Jorge Cantu: 12 games
? Julio Borbon: 11 games
? Shin-Soo Choo: 11 games
? Vladimir Guerrero: 11 games