Beat the Streak Report: Monday, July 19
Rough day in Streakland yesterday, as Miguel Cabrera (9.8 percent),
Ichiro Suzuki (6.4 percent) and Albert Pujols (2.1 percent) combined to
vaporize 18.3 percent of all streaks in the universe.
And now, a little public service announcement from yours truly.
Often times when one of you lovely streakers reach a 35-game streak, I
will e-mail you with a little questionnaire filled with questions about
yourself, your streak, your hometown, etc. so that all of Streakland can
learn little chewy morsels about our leader.
Our leader entering Friday was “respy”, aka Ryan Espy, who had a 32-game
streak. Ryan took the initiative and decided to e-mail me and provide
some great details about his life as a grad student at Purdue and a nice
little tale about how his wife begrudgingly let him make his Beat the
Streak picks while on their honeymoon.
It really was a heartfelt tearjerker, one that surely would have fogged
the screens of many Streakers nationwide — except for the part that
Espy only had a 32-game streak and e-mailed me instead of vice versa.
With Espy’s count-my-eggs-before-they-hatch fate now squarely in the
hands of the BTS magical forces, his questionable pick for the day was
Ryan Theriot, who is hitting .246 for July. Furthermore, Espy basically
conceded that his pick was less-than-stellar on the Beat the Streak blog
on Friday, stating that he picked Theriot because he was “anxious at
work and I want[ed] to watch my player get a hit.”
Do you see where this thing is going? Do I need to even say that Theriot
proceeded to go 0-for-4 vs. the Phillies, eliminating Espy and likely
his chances at $3,000,000.
Now, I know with “Inception” dominating the box office this weekend that
we currently live in a society that touts things that sound cool but
really don’t make sense. But I’m afraid Espy might have taken this a
little too far.
Also, did I mention that you all should check out my (and Ian Kay’s) new blog, “The Fantasy Goodness“? It’s really good. Ya know, if you like baseball.
Time for Monday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Derrek Lee
: .438 AVG (14-for-32) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy
? Ryan Braun:
.462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens
Span: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Indians starter Aaron
? Joe Mauer:
.471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Indians starter Aaron Laffey
Feeling kinda spicy?
Hafner: .382 AVG (13-for-34) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott
You’ll thank me later ...
? Corey Hart:
.125 AVG (2-for-16) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens
Soriano: .050 AVG (1-for-20) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy
Guerrero: .208 AVG (5-for-24) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Jeremy
“ftwaynealbert” is the current BTS King of the Castle, rocking a stellar
34-game streak. Should “ftwaynealbert” select a player who gets a hit
tonight, he’ll receive an email from me tomorrow. And that’s how it
Top MLB streakers
Posey: 12 games
Kinsler: 11 games
? Adam Lind:
Polanco: 10 games
Damon: 9 games
? Corey Hart: