Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 15
Sometimes there’s just nothing like good old fashioned home cooking.
After weeks of consistently getting burned by former Beat the Streak stalwarts, Ichiro Suzuki and Albert Pujols, streakers worldwide went back to the hand that used to feed them for Monday’s Interleague, four-game schedule of doom.
Pujols (26.0 percent) and Suzuki(13.9 percent) were far and away the two most popular selections for the dreaded slate, and rewarded their old faithful by each lacing hits in spades, combining to go 5-for-7 for the evening.
Albert, Ichiro, it’s just so nice to have you two back and playing nice with the others. We’ve missed you both just so, so much.
But now, things get more interesting. Our two leaders entering the night, “BsblGeenus” and “ecurryjmp2”, each put their hopes and dreams in the hands of …Aubrey Huff, who was who we thought he was, and went 0-for-2 to snap both of our leaders’ streaks.
How each of our two leaders put their $3 million meal tickets in the hands of a guy who hit .241 last season and was slated to bat against a pitcher (Chris Tillman) who he had never faced before is absolutely, positively beyond me.
I know Ichiro and Pujols have burned streakers all season long, but I know I’d sleep better at night knowing that one of those two future Hall of Famers snapped my multi-million-dollar hopes, and not Aubrey Huff.
Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.
Time for Tuesday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Manny Ramirez: .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang
? Russell Martin: .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang
? Marlon Byrd: .400 AVG (4-for-10) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Trevor Cahill
? Curtis Granderson: .417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay
? Placido Polanco: .326 AVG (14-for-43) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Rafael Furcal: .467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Reds starter Aaron Harang. The moral of the story is, I like picking against Aaron Harang.
You’ll thank me later …
? Torii Hunter: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush
? Austin Kearns: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana
? Robinson Cano: .208 AVG (10-for-48) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay
Our new leaders are “Raysball8445” and “fromomma”, who each have 32-game streaks and are 56.1 percent on their way to buying enough Silly Bandz to cover the entire state of Texas.
Just because they can.
Moving on to Survivor, “brentandcam” are/is now at 27 games thanks to Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals.
And with Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia facing off against each other, basically squashing the chances of a Yankees or Phillies selection, and David Price facing a Braves squad that sits 10 games over .500, tonight’s choice will not be easy. I’m thinking Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) vs. D-backs (Ian Kennedy) might be the top choice.
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