Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, July 30 – August 1
When playing Beat the Streak we do much more than learn about baseball. We learn about life.
We learn why it’s important to not believe in jinxes. We learn why you
should strike while the iron is hot and take your 15 minutes of obscure
fame when you can.
And we learn never to take Martin Prado on the road, where he is a .286 hitter this year.
I’m just so, so, so, SO sorry this whole streak thing didn’t work out for you, Richard Jucksch. It’s really a shame.
Our date of destiny was already painted in the canvas of my dreams, just
waiting for our Ed McMahon moment — arriving at your doorstop, wearing
a tux, holding your over-sized $3,000,000 check. Hugging you. Hugging
your loved ones. Hugging you while hugging your loved ones.
It’s truly been a pleasure dancing with you, hand-in-hand, during our
blissful 39-day journey. This is no time to regret your mistakes of the
past. Rather, this is a time of excitement as you head off on your new
Just remember that every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
I just made that line up. Just now — on the spot. It just came me.
Time for the weekend’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Michael Young: .400 AVG (20-for-50) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana
? Derrek Lee: .778 AVG (7-for-9) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jeff Francis
? Carlos Lee: .529 AVG (9-for-17) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Manny Parra
? Matt Kemp: .447 AVG (17-for-43) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito
? Alex Rodriguez: .467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza
? Corey Hart: .419 AVG (13-for-31) lifetime vs.Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez
? Andre Ethier: .514 AVG (18-for-35) lifetime vs. Giants starter Matt Cain
? Robinson Cano: .438 AVG (14-for-32) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
? Albert Pujols: .421 AVG (16-for-38) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Zuke
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Jose Lopez: .429 AVG (9-for-21) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker
? Mike Napoli: .478 AVG (11-for-23) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Scott Feldman
? Yadier Molina: .345 AVG (10-for-29) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke
You’ll thank me later …
? Josh Hamilton: .111 AVG (2-for-18) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana
? James Loney: .174 AVG (4-for-23) lifetime vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum
? Delmon Young: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez
? Mark Teixeira: .077 AVG (1-for-13) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza
? Nick Swisher: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
? Adrian Beltre: .240 AVG (6-for-25) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander
After Prado’s Mortal Kombat-style fatality of our leader, Jucksch, our
new pious sage heading into the weekend is “vads15” and his 29-game
Hey, 29! That’s the same number Ian Kay reached before he blew his
once-in-a-lifetime chance at fame and a life full of amazingness and
Top MLB streakers
? Nelson Cruz: 17 games
? Justin Upton: 14 games
? Michael Cuddyer: 13 games
? Chris Johnson: 12 games
? Yorvit Torrealba: 12 games