Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 22
The bad news is that Wednesday was another tough day in Streakland, with Ichiro Suzuki, Omar Infante, Josh Hamilton and Vlad Guerrero eating donuts for dinner and destroying the hopes and dreams of about 15 percent of our nation-wide audience combined.
The medium news is that Carl Crawford put up an 0-for-0, pressing the pause button 7.5 percent of all streaks — that’s a lot of pausing — an incredible amount of pausation.
The great news is that Derrek Lee went 2-for-5 to extend my streak to a season-high 10 games. Did someone say I’m gaining some street cred around here? Have I possibly started to figure this whole thing out? Am I contemplating quitting my job so that I’ll be eligible for the $3,000,000 grand prize?
These are all good questions to ponder as we look at Thursday’s picks.
Time for Thursday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Mark Teixeira: .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen
? Adrian Gonzalez: .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson
? David Wright: .556 AVG (5-for-9) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda
? Orlando Hudson: .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood
? Ichiro Suzuki: .346 AVG (18-for-52) since ’05 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Nick Punto: .458 AVG (11-for-24) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood.
You had me at Millwood until I did some recon and saw that Punto is hitting .192 over his last 10.
You’ll thank me later …
? Nelson Cruz: .208 AVG (5-for-24) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver
? Albert Pujols: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels
? Ryan Howard: .182 AVG (2-for-11) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright
“cwlarson” kept his gravy train flowing, riding Robinson Cano’s coattails to reach a 33-game streak. And he better keep it up if he wants to avoid the fire breathing out of this hit dragon.
Yeah, I was referring to myself as a mythical creature there. This has to stop.
Side note: The thought of a dragon holding a baseball bat is funnier than I initially imagined.
Top MLB streakers
? Buster Posey: 15 games
? Ian Kinsler: 14 games
? Adam Lind: 14 games
? Nelson Cruz: 10 games
? Orlando Hudson: 10 games