Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 16
Streakers successfully went back to the well once again yesterday,
as Ichiro Suzuki (10.5 percent) and Albert Pujols (7.3 percent) were
Tuesday’s most popular selections for the second consecutive day.
After a couple tumultuous months, we’re really starting to look like a family once again.
Anyway, Justin Morneau was the day’s biggest Debbie Downer,
uppercutting 3.9 percent of our users’ streaks and watching them make
fatalistic plunges onto a bed of spikes with an 0-for-4 night.
And with that said, I’d like to officially announce that I am fully on
board with whatever Kevin Kouzmanoff has got going on right now.
Kouz is currently rocking a 15-game streak, is batting a cool
.500 (21-for-42) over his last 10 games, is 4-for-8 lifetime vs.
tonight’s opposing pitcher Ryan Dempster, and arguably has the coolest
nickname (Krushin’ Russian) over any athlete not named Siphiwe
Tshabalala (ya know, the guy who scored for South Africa last week vs.
I know it may be reckless, but I’m putting my one-game streak on the line with the Kouz. Please don’t try to stop me.
Who’s with me?
Time for Wednesday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Kevin Kouzmanoff: 15-game hitting streak, .500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster
? Placido Polanco: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’05 vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett
? Casey McGehee: .429 AVG (3-for-7) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro
? Miguel Cabrera: .344 AVG (11-for-32) since ’05 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Jason Kendall:
.308 AVG (4-for-13) since ’05 vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt. I’d
potentially touch this one but for the fact I took a lifetime oath to
never select Jason Kendall in BTS upon taking this job. Whoops.
You’ll thank me later …
? Jayson Werth: .143 AVG (1-for-7) lifetime vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett
? Adrian Beltre: .222 AVG (4-for-18) since ’05 vs. Diamondbacks starter Rodrigo Lopez
? Prince Fielder: .235 AVG (4-for-17) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro
A rare Michael Young 0-fer dashed the hopes and dreams of “Raysball8455″, whose 32-game streak was vaporized.
This means that “fromomma” stands alone atop the leaderboard
with a swanky 33-game streak, tying “olifante” with the longest streak
of the season behind BTS heartthrob “cruj” (36).
As predicted yesterday, “brentandcam” picked the Red Sox to defeat the
D-backs in Survivor. After an Ian Kennedy AL East meltdown (where have
we seen that one before?), our leader now stands strong with a 28-game
Nine more successful consecutive picks and
“brentandcam” will become eligible to win $10,000 and a trip to the 2011
All-Star Game (assuming no one else passes them).
That doesn’t sound too awful.
Top MLB streakers
? Kevin Kouzmanoff: 15 games
? Sean Rodriguez: 15 games
? Vladimir Guerrero: 12 games
? Josh Hamilton: 11 games
? Delmon Young: 11 games