And now the magic number is 16.
After Ryan Braun’s third-inning double, Beat the Streak leader Dick
George sits atop his cushy thrown with a wow-that’s-really-high 41-game
Unlike yesterday, when George’s rational seemed so obvious it could
have come straight from Bill Walton’s lips, he gave a more detailed
analysis with his Braun selection:
“Braun had a great record against [opposing Twins starter Nick
]Blackburn and Blackburn has been pitching especially poorly lately ( I
have him on my rotisserie league team, so I know). Again it’s a home
game for Braun on a field where there can never be a weather issue. I
hesitated a little when I went to the Brewer’s web site and saw that
Braun was opening a new restaurant tonight — would he be focused?”
Now that’s the kind of homework I want to see from a man with a
41-game streak. Enough with this whole “well, it was a lefty-righy
matchup and Ichiro is fast” shenanigans. I need more undercover,
player-X-is-opening-a-restaurant TMZ-style Carmen Sandiego groundwork.
On to the weekend’s picks …
Oh, hello there …
? Manny Ramirez: .571 AVG (12-for-21) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia
? Orlando Cabrera: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Indians starter Aaron Laffey
? Alfonso Soriano: .368 AVG (7-for-19) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Jake Peavy
? Paul Konerko: .375 AVG (12-for-32) since ’05 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Silva
? Ryan Zimmerman: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen
? Yunel Escobar: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer
? Ian Kinsler: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt
? Aaron Hill: .435 AVG (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jaime Moyer
? Shin-Soo Choo: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Aaron Rowand: .647 AVG (5-for-17) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield
? Corey Patterson: .407 AVG (11-for-27) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez
? Travis Hafner: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo
You’ll thank me later ...
? Josh Hamilton: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brian Moehler
? Alex Rodriguez: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla
? Hanley Ramirez: .182 AVG (2-for-11) since ’05 vs. Padres starter Jon Garland
? Nick Markakis: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez
? Marlon Byrd: .083 AVG (1-for-12) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks
? Ryan Zimmerman: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie
Our second-place stallion, “kbarr9”, pressed the pause button on a
37-game streak by questionably selecting Joe Mauer, who not-so
shockingly didn’t play because it was a day game after a night game and
the whole Mauer is a catcher and the Twins don’t want to go Enron on
their $184 million investment in year one.
Is it possible “kbarr9” pulled an Algeria, playing for a tie
while under the pressure of a must-win situation with Dick George
distancing himself with a big lead?
The weekend will tell us a lot.
Top MLB streakers
? Jose Guillen: 18 games
? Josh Hamilton: 18 games
? Corey Hart: 9 games
? Miguel Montero: 9 games
Four tied with eight-game streaks.