Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, July 16-18
Rusty might be the name of a Griswold but it isn’t an appropriate
adjective for our Streakers, as hits were-a-flyin’ in Day 1 of the
Villagers of Streakville put most of their eggs in the Ichiro
Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, Vlad Guerrero, Martin Prado, Albert Pujols and
Alex Rios baskets, and these six delivered to press the forward button
on over 50 percent streaks nationwide.
As if you money-hungry folks needed any better news, Mr. Beat
the Streak himself — Miguel Cabrera — has a tasty matchup tonight,
facing Jake Westbrook, who Miggy has steamrolled over with a .800 AVG
(4-for-5) in his career.
Odds Cabrera extends his streak to 20 games tonight? I like ’em, Johnny.
Time for the weekend’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Miguel Cabrera: 19-game hitting streak; .800 AVG (4-for-5) lifetime vs. Indians starter Jake Westbrook
? Robinson Cano: .448 AVG (13-for-29) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
? Chipper Jones:.392 AVG (20-for-51) lifetime vs. Braves starter Randy Wolf
? Ben Zobrist: .375 AVG (6-for-16) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia
? Lance Berkman: .500 AVG (8-for-16) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf
? Denard Span: .458 AVG (11-for-24) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle
? David Wright:.444 AVG (8-for-18) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain
? Miguel Tejada: .474 AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum
? Brandon Phillips: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook
? Hanley Ramirez:.600 AVG (6-for-10) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Craig Stammen
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Matt Diaz: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Braves starter Randy Wolf
? Ryan Theriot: .357 AVG (5-for-14) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels
? Adam LaRoche: .385 AVG (5-for-13) lifetime vs. Padres starter Kevin Correia
You’ll thank me later …
? Jose Reyes: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito
? Albert Pujols: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley
? Adrian Beltre: .154 AVG (4-for-26) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Cliff Lee
? Adam Dunn: .190 AVG (4-for-21) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson
? Derek Jeter: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo
? Bobby Abreu: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas
“Respy” is alive and kicking after selecting Vlad Guerrero last
night. While it wasn’t such a risky pick to take Vlad considering his
career .480 average vs. opposing pitcher Tim Wakefield, I’m always
leery of picking against a knuckleballer because you just never know
when he’s going to have one of those days when that ball is just
dancing its little seamed heart out.
Perhaps moronic nuances like this one can help explain why my longest streak of the season is just seven games.
Top MLB streakers
? Miguel Cabrera: 19 games
? Ichiro Suzuki: 14 games
? Jon Jay: 12 games
? Jonathan Herrera: 11 games
? Aaron Cunningham: 10 games
? Buster Posey: 9 games