Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 29
The kiddy gloves came flying off for our new leader, “kbarr9”, who
took the bull by the horns in his first day atop the Beat the Streak
kingdom by riding Andrew McCutchen (1-for-5) to a 40-game streak.
Despite an uncanny trail of victims who have seen their streaks
vanish within days of agreeing to an interview with yours truly,
“kbarr9” consented to answer a few questions to let the world know
about the man behind the streak.
“kbarr9”, aka Kyle Barr, is a cook at a small restaurant called
the Country Post Inn in Huntington, Indiana. A native of Huntington,
Barr grew up a Cubs fan and his favorite player is Ryne Sandberg except
that it’s really Ichiro Suzuki (huh?).
At this point, I’d like to ask you BTS diehards who have been
playing this game for several aggravating (but enjoyable! Enjoyably
aggravating!) years to clutch a pillow because you will starting hating
yourselves in about five seconds:
This is the first year Barr has ever played Beat the Streak. In
fact, Barr only started playing this game in late April or early May
(he doesn’t remember). And better yet, before his 40-game streak, he
already had a 16-game streak already snap. I mean, what?
Beat the Streak has pretty much been “Candy Land” wrapped in “Chutes in
Ladders” peppered with a dash of “Rummikub” for this guy; he’s been
check-mating Bobby Fisher from birth and we apparently haven’t even
been playing checkers for the last 10 years; we’ve been playing
rock-paper-scissors for beginners.
Imagine what his Salisbury steak must taste like!
Anyway, the good news is that Barr is a frequent reader of the BTS
Report, claims to have frequently taken my advice (hiyoooooo!) and put
in a special request to thank his baseball coach, Josh Schoeff, for
introducing him to Beat the Streak.
Thanks, Josh. Because of you, Free Milk Shake Mondays could soon be eliminated from the MLB.com Fantasy Department budget.
Time for Tuesday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Andre Ethier: .545 AVG (18-for-33) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain
? Joe Mauer: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Armando Galarraga
? Miguel Cabrera: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn
? Cristian Guzman: .615 AVG (8-for-13) since ’05 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe
? Denard Span: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Armando Galarraga
? Magglio Ordonez: .429 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn
Feeling kinda spicy?
? A.J. Pierzynski: .414 AVG (12-for-29) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister
Pierzynski is batting .243 on the year and his average is
sinking like an anvil in an above-ground pool with just one hit over
his last 13 at-bats.
That’s a no for those of you scoring at home.
You’ll thank me later ...
? Kevin Youkilis: .107 AVG (3-for-28) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
? Nick Markakis: .133 AVG (2-for-15) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Dallas Braden
? Manny Ramirez: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain
? Andrew McCutchen: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly
12 games back from Barr is a four-pack of streakers riding 28-gamers.
Yeah, um, good luck with that!
Top MLB streakers
? Josh Hamilton: 21 games
? Corey Hart: 13 games
? Jose Lopez: 11 games
? Chipper Jones: 11 games
? Jonathan Herrera : 10 games