Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, July 21
It isn’t often when I put on my sagacious sweater vest and dole out
some advice. But you know what? I’m riding a nine-game streak right and
feeling cocky, so why not?
Two of Tuesday’s most popular selections — Mark Teixeira and Derek
Jeter — went a combined 0-for-5 to give a proverbial wedgie to 12.9
percent of streakers in the galaxy.
The opposing starter Tex and Jeter were facing last night was the
seemingly innocuous Sean O’Sullivan, a 22-year-old right-hander who was
making his first start of the ’10 campaign in place of the Artist
Formerly Known as Scott Kazmir.
Why such a high percentage of streakers would take a swim in the
O’Sullivan pool is insane to me. Yes, I recognize that Sully has a
lifetime 5.15 ERA. But more importantly, I also recognize that these two
Yankees teammates had never, ever in the history of the whole wide
world stepped in batter’s box to face Sully.
Not to get too Robin Williams from “Good Will Hunting” on you but, Tex
and Jete might have known that Sully throws a curveball, but they
definitively had never seen his curveball spin in the flesh. They likely
knew that he throws a 77 miles-per-hour changeup, but they definitively
have never seen how he disguises it. And they may have flipped through a
picture book of Michaelangelo laying around Jorge Posada’s coffee
table, but I’ll bet they can’t tell me what it smells like in the
What I’m getting at is that it’s rarely a bad move to veer away from
batters facing pitcher’s whom they’ve never faced before. You just never
know how certain hitters see certain pitchers.
This game allows you to select any Major League player your angelic
hearts desire — there’s no need to put your fork in the mystery meat
when a filet is sitting their for the taking.
Time for Wednesday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Derrek Lee:
.469 AVG (15-for-32) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brett Myers
Cano: .615 AVG (8-for-13) lifetime vs. Angels starter Joel
? Matt Kemp:
.457 AVG (16-for-35) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito
Suzuki: .474 AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Gavin
? Adam Jones:.474
AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
? Ryan Braun:
.429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke
Infante: .425 AVG (17-for-40) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon
Ramirez: .833 AVG (5-for-6) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jason
Feeling kinda spicy?
Cedeno: .533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Randy
Kotsay: .438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix
You’ll thank me later …
Loney: .050 AVG (1-for-20) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry
Young: .133 AVG (2-for-15) lifetime vs. Indians starter Jake
Pujols: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe
Joe Mauer’s 1-for-5 evening upped “cwlarson”‘s streak to a robust 32
games. That sounds incredible until you realize that 13 other streakers
have reached the 32-game plateu and fell flat on their faces.
Top MLB streakers
Posey: 14 games
Kinsler: 13 games
? Adam Lind:
Polanco: 12 games
Cruz: 9 games
Hudson: 9 games