Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 28
All good things must come to an end. This apparently includes 43-game hitting streaks that carry the weight of $3,000,000.
That’s right, our dear friend and season leader, Dick George, saw his
43-game streak snap yesterday afternoon thanks to an 0-for-4
performance from Ichiro Suzuki.
I guess the old adage is true — you just never know when Chris
Narveson (career 4.68 ERA) is going to hurl an eight-inning shutout.
Anyway, much kudos to Mr. George for his incredible run. His
streak has inspired millions across the nation and has reminded us all
that this game is in fact, perhaps, maybe if everything goes right and
blind luck is totes on your side, actually beatable.
Time for Monday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Jose Reyes: .378 AVG (14-for-37) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco
? Matt Kemp: .457 AVG (16-for-35) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito
? David Wright: .386 AVG (17-for-44) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco
? Ryan Ludwick: .556 AVG (5-for-9) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Dan Haren
? Carlos Lee: .533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Manny Parra
? Kelly Johnson: .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter
? Adam Dunn: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Juan Uribe: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley.
Uribe is batting .184 (7-for-38) over his last 10 games and,
sure, I guess you never know how a pitcher does in his first game back
from the DL. But look, there are seven guys listed above who are
actually quality everyday players and have tasty matchups with great
previous success against their opposing hurlers. If you are still
reading this paragraph after reading the “Uribe is batting .184” part,
you clearly have no interest in trying to get a hit or win $3 million.
But, yes, your charming audacity is noted and appreciated.
Let’s just move on.
You’ll thank me later …
? James Loney: .050 AVG (1-for-20) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito
? Josh Willingham: .056 AVG (1-for-18) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson
? Stephen Drew: .077 AVG (1-for-13) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter
? David DeJesus: .171 AVG (12-for-70) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle
? Adrian Gonzalez: .167 AVG (4-for-24) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez
Rising from the crowd like a baby Simba clasped in Rafiki’s hands gazing over the mountain top, is our new leader — “kbarr9”.
“kbarr9” took the lead by doing absolutely nothing and watching his/her
selection, Justin Morneau, sit idly by on the bench in an at-bat-free
game in the Twins’ loss to the Mets.
With a 39-game streak, “kbarr9” is 68.4 percent on the way to
the big bucks and could single-handedly re-trigger the slaps bracelet
fad across the nation.
I would not be opposed to this.
Top MLB streakers
? Jose Guillen: 21 games
? Josh Hamilton: 21 games
? Corey Hart: 12 games
? Jose Lopez: 11 games
? Chipper Jones: 10 games
? Paul Konerko: 10 games
? Ruben Tejada: 10 games