Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 17
Dear Kevin Kouzmanoff,
Thank you for going 0-for-3 last night after I lauded you as a can’t-miss pick in yesterday’s Beat the Streak Report.
It must have been really tough to eschew all the sparkling stats and
momentum you had going, just to eliminate the small ounce of
respect I once trotted around Streakland with.
You demonstrated incredible discipline in each of your hit-free
at-bats, conveniently forgetting the swing that brought you a 15-game
hitting streak, the hunger that resulted in a 21-for-42 10-game span,
and the infallible memory which triggered a 5-for-10 lifetime average
vs. opposing pitcher Ryan Dempster, just so that I now have less street
cred than the Jonas Brothers.
Much thanks. I look forward to you hitting for the cycle tonight against Randy Wells.
Time for Thursday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Josh Hamilton: 12-game hitting streak, .458 AVG (27-for-58) for June; has never faced opposing Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.
? Andre Ethier: .368 AVG (7-for-19) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo
? Adrian Beltre: .429 AVG (15-for-35) last 5 seasons vs. D-backs starter Dan Haren
? Marlon Byrd: .375 AVG (6-for-16) since ’05 vs. A’s starter Dallas Braden
? James Loney: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo
? Matt Kemp: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo
? Ichiro Suzuki: Has hit safely in 20-straight Interleague games; the longest active Interleague hitting streak.
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Delmon Young: 1.000 AVG (3-for-3) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
I double-dog dare you.
You’ll thank me later …
? Dustin Pedroa: .000 AVG (0-for-7) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Dan Haren
? Raul Ibanez: .154 AVG (2-for-13) since ’05 vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte
? Chase Utley: .142 AVG (1-for-7) since ’05 vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte
“fromomma”‘s status as this game’s bee’s knees is well intact, as our
fearless leader upped his/her streak to 34 games last night thanks to
Alex Rios’ 2-for-4 performance.
“fromomma” is officially 59.6 percent on the way to the $3 million dollar grand prize, and you know what that means …30,000 MEGA tickets! Woo-hoo!
Not far behind “fromomma” is “dick.george”, who also rode Rios
to a 33-game streak. So it looks like we’re in a good place here,
In Survivor news, a 6-2 Red Sox win over the D-backs last night
resulted in “brentandcam” upping his/her/their streak to an incredible
Eight 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 him/her/them).
But with Dan Haren taking the mound tonight for the D-backs,
I’m thinking “brentandcam” look outside of Beantown for the sure
Top MLB streakers
? Vladimir Guerrero: 12 games
? Josh Hamilton: 12 games
? Jose Guillen: 11 games
? Jeff Mathis: 10 games (DL)
? Robinson Cano: 9 games