Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 24
And Ichiro makes 40.
Beat the Streak elader Dick George upped his streak to an incredible 40
games after Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 in the Mariners’ 9-1 win over
the Cubs and starter Randy Wells, who Ichiro had never faced before
heading into the night’s festivities.
I e-mailed George hoping to get the inside scoop on why he selected Ichiro.
Maybe George knew something that we all didn’t; like that Ichiro
has never gone hitless in eight career games vs. the Cubs (this is not
true), or that he’s hit safely in every game he’s ever played on June
23 (also not true; 0-for-4 vs. OAK on 6/23/05), or that George just had
a sneaking suspicion that Ichiro ate an Arby’s Melt before Wednesday’s
game and that in the history of Major League Baseball, anytime anyone
ever eats an Arby’s Melt before gametime, that player always gets at
least one hit in that night’s game (this is entirely possible).
But, alas, here was George’s response when prompted about his
selection: “Ichiro seemed like the best choice because it was a righty
vs. lefty matchup for him against a mediocre pitcher at home.”
That’s it. That’s the huge in-depth analysis. That’s the whole unsolvable, head-spinning Good Will Hunting chalkboard solution.
It was a righty vs. lefty matchup and he was facing a mediocre pitcher at home.
Who said this game was hard, again?
Time for Thursday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Ryan Braun: .600 AVG (6-for-10) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn
? David Ortiz: .625 AVG (5-for-8) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jason Hammel
? Carlos Lee: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain
? Miguel Tejada: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Nate Robertson
? Freddy Sanchez: .435 AVG (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Johnny Peralta:
.391 AVG (9-for-23) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton. Peralta
is two for his last 12, is batting .258 for the year and you’d almost
never want to select him. Except when he is facing Joe Blanton, who has
yielded 71 hits over 53 innings and sports a 10.20 June ERA.
You’ll thank me later ...
? Manny Ramirez: .159 AVG (7-for-44) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir
? Alex Rios: .000 AVG (0-for-10) lifetime vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe
? Nick Markakis: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Nate Robertson
? Prince Fielder: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn
Walking kitty corner from Dick George is “kbarr9”, who also rode Ichiro last night en route to a 37-game streak.
With George at 40 and “kbarr9” at 37, let’s just say we have a lot of
sleepless nights ahead of us here at MLB.com headquarters.
Top MLB streakers
? Jose Guillen: 18 games
? Josh Hamilton: 17 games
? Adrian Gonzalez: 11 games
? Miguel Montero: 9 games
? Corey Hart: 8 games