Let me preface everything I’m about to write with the fact that my
longest streak this season is a mere seven-gamer. I pick with my heart
more than my head 80 percent of the time. If Miguel Cabrera played
everyday, I’d never change my pick. I threw away a four-game streak
just to pick Pedro Alvarez on the day he got called up.
So, sure, criticism from me towards a guy who just completed a 41-game
streak would be like Danny DeVito chastising Yao Ming for not being
With that said, I just don’t get Kyle “kbarr9” Barr’s selection
of Denard Span yesterday which ultimately wrecked his chances at the
$3,000,000 grand prize.
Let’s get right to the steak and deal with the side dishes later:
Span was facing Tigers rookie southpaw Andy Oliver, a very
talented and highly touted 2009 second-round pick of the Tigers whose
average fastball hovers around 94 mph. Did I mention he’s left handed?
I did? OK, good.
Like everyone else in the Majors who does not play for the
Atlanta Braves, Span had never faced Oliver before. This is not a good
thing, especially when Span is batting only a respectable .284 vs.
southpaws this season.
At best, at the VERY best, choosing Span vs. a
hard-throwing lefty who he’s never seen before seems like a
below-average choice. And that’s being kind, actually, ya know,
considering we are allowed to select any Major League hitter in this
game — not just someone from the Minnesota Twins (and if this were a
Twins-only BTS game, Span at best would be the second-best choice
behind Justin Morneau and his .343 AVG against lefties).
With that said, again, my highest streak of the year is seven.
What do I know?
Time for Thursday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
- Josh Hamilton: 23-game hitting streak; .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver
? Ichiro Suzuki: .396 AVG (19-for-48) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia
? David Wright: .414 AVG (12-for-29) since ’05 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez
? Pat Burrell: .632 AVG (12-for-19) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook
? Orlando Cabrera: .389 AVG (14-for-36) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Carlos Silva
? Christian Guzman: .474 AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana
Feeling kinda spicy?
? B.J. Upton: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano
What we know: Upton is batting .226 this year and Pavano and his ‘stache have been nearly unhittable as of late.
What we don’t know: If Upton will even be in the lineup.
Verdict: Check, please!
You’ll thank me later …
? Carlos Lee: .071 AVG (1-for-14) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland.
? Evan Longoria: .125 AVG (1-for-8) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano
? Erick Aybar: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson
With Barr no longer in the equation, we have a new fearsome threesome atop the leaderboard, each with 30-game streaks:
Only 27 more games to go. Call me in four weeks, k?
Top MLB streakers
? Josh Hamilton: 23 games
? Corey Hart: 15 games
? Jose Lopez: 13 games
? Miguel Cabrera : 11 games
? Cody Ross: 11 games
? Mark Teixeira: 11 games