July 2010

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, July 16-18

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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
second season.

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 …

Friday

? 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

Saturday

? 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

Sunday

? 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?

Friday

? Matt Diaz: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Braves starter Randy Wolf

Saturday

? Ryan Theriot: .357 AVG (5-for-14) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

Sunday

? Adam LaRoche: .385 AVG (5-for-13) lifetime vs. Padres starter Kevin Correia

You’ll thank me later …

Friday

? 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

Saturday

? 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

Sunday

? 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

Leaderboard time!

“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 

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 15

And we’re back.

So how’d you spend your summer vacation? Finally visited that aunt
whose house smells like soup? Finally got around to mowing the backyard
grass in one of those lawnmower golf-cart things from Forrest Gump that
look awesome?

Good. You deserve it. Each and every one of you.

A few things before we get our knees dirty and get down to business:

? I, along with fantasy guru Ian Kay, started a blog called “The Fantasy Goodness”.
It’s pretty much a one-stop shop for all things fantasy baseball, it’s
updated pretty frequently and I know you all are just thirsting for
another outlet to read my stuff. Well cotton mouth no more, click here
for your oasis of liquid information. We’ve tackled a list of
second-half breakout hitters, all first-half value teams, the Yunel
Escobar-Alex Gonzalez deal and we’ll have a full real second-half mock
draft coming up later today. Who doesn’t love mock drafts? Exactly. Oh,
also, if you ever have any fantasy questions or are looking for some
advice, leave them in the comments section of a post or just email me
at david.feldman@mlb.com and I’ll write up a full post for you guys.
I’m just that kind of a guy!

? In the spirit of the All-Star Game (and boredom), I wrote up a blog post unveiling the Beat the Streak All-Star Team. There will be a few surprises in there. LEAVE ICHIRO ALONE!

Alright, alright, time for Thursday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Ichiro Suzuki: 13-game hitting streak.

? Rafael Furcal: .431 AVG last 14 games; .357 AVG (5-for-14) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter.

? Michael Cuddyer: .500 AVG (18-for-36) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

? Vladimir Guerrero: .435 AVG (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield

? Alexei Ramirez: .417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Jamey Carroll: .375 AVG (6-for-18) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

Utility infielder vs. All-Star pitcher? Thanks, but I think I’ll pass.

You’ll thank me later …

? Brian McCann: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush

? Marlon Byrd: .183 AVG (2-for-11) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jaime Moyer

? Paul Konerko: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey

? Ian Kinsler: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield

Leaderboard time!

Our fearsome leader starting off the second half is “respy”, who
is currently rocking a 32-game streak. May your second half be full of
hits, Jamba Juice smoothies and advice from Dick George.

Top MLB streakers

? Miguel Cabrera: 19 games

? Ichiro Suzuki: 13 games

? Jonathan Herrera: 11 games

? Jon Jay: 11 games

? Aaron Cunningham: 10 games 

Beat the Streak Report: All-Star Break Edition

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Let’s face it — not a lot is going on right now.
Baseball’s on break, LeBron’s on the Heat, NFL training camp is a few weeks away, I forgot to write a BTS Report yesterday and The Real Housewives of New York has been on hiatus for a good fortnight or two already.
So what do we do until Thursday night in Streakland?
Why not compile a quick BTS All-Star Team and stir a little debate?
Good, and while you are here — please check out my new blog I just started with MLB.com’s fantasy guru, Ian Kay called “The Fantasy Goodness“.  There’s a lot of good stuff there that I think you all will like so go get your fix in.
Now, on with the BTS All-Stars …
Catcher — Joe Mauer Nobody — When Joe Mauer is batting “only” .293 on the year and goes hitless in almost 30 percent of his games, it’s time to reenact the (almost) never-select-a-catcher BTS rule that we all hold near and dear to our hearts.
First Base — Miguel Cabrera — This one is easy. Cabrera’s .346 leads the Majors, his 19-game hitting streak is the best in baseball right now and he’s shown great consistency by going hitless in only 17 of 83 games. That means that you’ve had about an 80 percent chance success rate with Miggy this year.  Not too shabby.
Second Base — Robinson Cano — Cano edges Martin Prado for the BTS Midseason All-Star nod as he holds the higher batting average (.336 vs. 325) and the lower hitless rate (20.7 percent vs. 24.1 percent). For what it’s worth, Prado has six more hits on the year, as they both have been BTS staples for Streakers all season long.
Shortstop — Rafael Furcal — With an astounding 81 hits in just 58 games to go with a tasty .333 average, Furcal is an easy choice for the top BTS shortstop at the midsummer pause. Yeah, he’s really been that good. Sorry Mr. Jeter, your 26.7 hitless rate will not take you far here. 
Third Base — Adrian Beltre — Few players, let alone hot cornermen, have been as consistent in stimulating the Beat the Streak gravy train as Beltre. Beltre’s .333 batting average is tops among all full-time eligible third basemen, and his 107 hits puts him in second place behind Michael Young’s 109. 
Designated Hitter — Vlad Guerrero – We’re all members of Vlad Guerrero’s rejuvenation nation and there’s nothing we can do about it. The Impaler has been BTS gold this year, sporting a stellar 21.7 hitless rate to go with his .319 average.
Outfield — TIE — Josh Hamilton and Ichiro – I know three players man a normal Major League outfield, but for BTS purposes these two guys are the only ones worthy of the honor. Hamilton’s 20.0 hitless rate means he’s been Cabrerian at the plate and his 23-game hitting streak has been the best in the biz ‘tiz season. Meanwhile, despite earning the ire of the BTS nation seemingly all season long, Ichiro’s gone hitless in only 17 of 88 games, as his 19.3 hitless rate is tops among all BTS All-Stars.  

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, July 9-11

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Who’s got two thumbs and watched Brandon Phillips go 0-for-5 to snap a five-game streak?

This guy. And apparently 10.9 percent of Streakland too.

Phillips, the day’s most popular pick, tag teamed with Jorge Cantu (4.6
percent) and Hanley Ramirez (2.2 percent) to zap the streaks of about
18 percent of the universe combined.

The good news is that our old reliable, Miguel Cabrera, is back
in action tonight and takes his Major League-leading 16-game streak to
Comerica Park to face Francisco Liriano.

And Cabrera (.357 AVG; 5-for-14 lifetime) <3s hitting off Liriano

Over/under on percent of streakers who select Miggy tonight as their choice: 20.5 percent.

I’ll take the over, Johnny.

On to the weekend’s picks …

Oh, hello there …

Friday

? Miguel Cabrera: 16-game hitting streak; .357 AVG (5-for-14) lifetime vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

? Denard Span: .435 AVG (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

? David Ortiz: .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Saturday

? Brian McCann: .419 AVG (13-for-31) lifetime vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

? Martin Prado: .467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

? Miguel Cabrera: .455 AVG (10-for-22) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Sunday

? Matt Diaz: .522 AVG (12-for-23) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana

? Magglio Ordonez: .444 AVG (8-for-18) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

? David Wright: .368 AVG (7-for-19) lifetime vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday

? Ryan Theriot: .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

? Willie Bloomquist: .455 AVG (15-for-33) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Saturday

? Jhonny Peralta: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

? A.J. Pierzynski: .419 AVG (13-for-31) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister

Sunday

? Aaron Rowand: .450 AVG (9-for-20) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

? Milton Bradley: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

You’ll thank me later …

Friday

? Carlos Lee: .043 AVG (1-for-23) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright

? David DeJesus: .181 AVG (13-for-72) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

? Dexter Fowler: .000 AVG (0-for-12) lifetime vs. Padres starter Kevin Correia

Saturday

? Paul Konerko: .161 AVG (5-for-31) lifetime vs. Royals starter Brian Bannister

? Adrian Gonzalez: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jason Hammel

Sunday

? Brandon Phillips: .111 AVG (2-for-18) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

? Alexei Ramirez: .150 AVG (3-for-20) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke

Leaderboard time!

The good news is that Josh Hamilton’s hit fiesta vs. the
Orioles vaulted our Beat the Streak leader, “scott.fredrickson” to a
36-game streak.

The bad news is that our Home Run Beat the Streak Miss Cleo
extraordinaire, “tpw”, is donesky, after Corey Hart was unable to go
yard off Manny Parra and Co.

But a big hearty round of applause for “tpw”, everyone. An eight-game streak is quite the swank accomplishment.

Top MLB streakers

? Miguel Cabrera: 16 games

? Austin Jackson: 11 games

? Ichiro Suzuki: 10 games

Five players tied with eight-game streaks.                              

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 8

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While our Beat the Streak leader (“scott.fredrickson”) pushed pause
on his 35-gamer after watching Justin Morneau sit last night’s contest
out, our Home Run Beat the Streak leader made moves.

For the eighth consecutive day, “tpw” got his Miss Cleo on
(hello, reference from 2004) and used his psychic powers in selecting
Ryan Howard, who proceeded to tater off Kris Medlen in the fifth inning
last night.

With an eight-game homer streak, “tpw” is now riding solo with
the season lead and is in the driver’s seat for two tickets to the 2011
All-Star Game in Phoenix with a shot at $10,000.

Did I mention how unpredictably insane this feat is? Odds “tpw” has been stocking up on Powerball tickets?

As for my debut Ryan Braun Home Run BTS Pick of the Day? Yeah, the other LeBraun went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.

Glad I could help.

Time for Thursday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Brandon Phillips:.455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick

? Jorge Cantu: .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Rodrigo Lopez

? Franklin Gutierrez: .417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte

? Michael Young: .400 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

? Juan Pierre: .347 AVG (4-for-15) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Mark Kotsay: .417 AVG (10-for-24) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana.

Hits in six of last seven games makes me say yes to Kotsay.

You’ll thank me later …

? Paul Konerko: .182 AVG (4-for-22) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

? Prince Fielder: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Giants starter Barry Zito

? Andrew McCutchen: .167 AVG (1-for-7) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt

? Vladimir Guerrero: .059 AVG (1-for-17) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

Leaderboard time!

Our second-place streaker, “trisha0087″, also selected Justin Morneau to freeze a 29-game streak.

What’s going on here? Why all the Morneau love? Has anyone seen
Miguel Cabrera hit lately? Was Brad Bergersen scaring you all THAT
MUCH?

HEY, ALL CAPS, GO AWAY!

THAnks.

Top MLB streakers

? Miguel Cabrera: 16 games

? Clint Barmes: 14 games

? Austin Jackson: 11 games

? Erick Aybar: 10 games

? Jeff Keppinger: 9 games

? Sean Rodriguez: 9 games

? Ichiro Suzuki: 9 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, July 7

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This Miguel Cabrera feller is pretty good.

After tripling and homering in last night’s 7-5 comeback over the
Orioles, Miggy now leads all humans everywhere with a .343 average. And
21 homers. And 73 RBIs.

Triple Crown much?

But enough with Cabrera and enough with Beat the Streak.

It’s time to give credit where credit is due and right now a streaker
who goes by three small letters (“tpw”)is doing very big things in Home
Run Beat the Streak — a game that seems so absurdly difficult and
luck-driven I don’t even pretend to give (below-average) advice.

“tpw” is currently rolling with a seven-game homer streak, thanks to (obviously) Cabrera’s ninth-inning blast last night.

The seven-game streak puts him tied for the season lead with
“holidave”, and if Miggy can just crank one out today it would put
“tpw” in the driver’s seat for two tickets to the 2011 All-Star Game in
Phoenix and an outside shot at $10,000.

This is quite impressive.

Wait, what’s that? You want me to give a HR BTS Pick of the Day?

Oh, stop it. I couldn’t. It would just be too nonsensical. 

Alllllllright fineeee, twist my arm.

Special bonus Home Run Beat the Streak Pick of the Day: Ryan Braun, who has two homers in 13 career at-bats vs. Tim Lincecum.

Consider yourself warned.

Time for Wednesday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Miguel Cabrera: 15-game hitting streak; 1-for-3 lifetime vs. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen

? Ryan Braun: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

? Torii Hunter:.400 AVG (16-for-40) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia

? Andre Ethier: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson

? Troy Glaus: .350 AVG (21-for-60) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jamie Moyer

? Martin Prado: .364 AVG (8-for-22) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jamie Moyer

? Vernon Wells:.545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Franklin Gutierrez: .571 AVG (8-for-14) lifetime vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

You had me at Davies.

You’ll thank me later …

? Dan Uggla: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda

? James Loney: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson

? Matt Holliday: .167 AVG (1-for-6) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jason Hammel

Leaderboard time!

Joe Mauer’s 1-for-4 evening gave our leader, “scott.fredrickson”, a 34-game streak.

Milk might be a bad choice but picking Miguel Cabrera tonight (probably) is not.

Top MLB streakers

? Miguel Cabrera: 15 games

? Clint Barmes: 13 games

? Jason Kendall: 11 games

? Rafael Furcal: 10 games

? Austin Jackson: 10 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, July 6

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Is there a better way to start off a short week fresh off the heels of a Gravy Train Monday?

No there is not.

Villagers of Streakland feasted in a total hits smorgasbord yesterday,
as the the eight most popular selections each got hits to pull their
forces together and extend the streaks of about 55 percent of the
universe combined.

Justin Upton was the day’s biggest annihilator, taking down 2.4 percent of all streaks with an 0-for-4 evening.

Was Justin Upton an MLB.com certified Pick of the Day?

Yes, he was.

Am I the guy who decides which players to feature in said Pick of the Day?

Yes, I am.

Moral of the story?

It’s always fun to ask yourself questions in writing even if you
cost a small nugget of people the chance at $3,000,000 along the way.

Time for Tuesday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Corey Hart: .360 AVG over 20-game hitting streak; has never faced Giants starter Madison Bumgarner

? Chipper Jones: .409 AVG (9-for-22) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

? Vernon Wells: .400 AVG (8-for-20) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

? Juan Pierre: .375 AVG (6-for-16) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

? Michael Cuddyer: .571 AVG (4-for-7) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Tony Gwynn: .357 AVG (5-for-14) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez.

Nepotism much?

You’ll thank me later …

? Paul Konerko: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

? Marco Scutaro: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann

? Jimmy Rollins: .167 AVG (4-for-24) lifetime vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens

? James Loney: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Leaderboard time!

“Wolfenstein35″ didn’t survive the long weekend. This means that
the Beat the Streak bee’s knees for now is “scott.fredrickson”, who is
rocking a 33-gamer after Robinson Cano’s 1-for-4 evening.

Fredrickson is now 57.9 percent on his way to the big bucks. I
would not be opposed to the idea of Scott getting a little ahead of
himself, taking out an advance on his winnings and buying me one of
those hand-held fans with a water spritzer — a spritz-fan.

Oh, spritz-fan, how I need you on this 100-degree New York day.

Top MLB streakers

? Corey Hart: 20 games

? Miguel Cabrera: 14 games

? Clint Barmes: 12 games

? Jason Kendall: 10 games

? Corey Patterson: 10 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, July 2-5

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A rough day in Streakland yesterday, as Josh Hamilton’s 23-game run
came to a close and he took 12.9 percent of BTSers with him. Tack in a
couple 0-fers from Ryan Braun and Adrian Gonzalez, and more than 20
percent of all streakers are now beginning their holiday weekend at 0.

Speaking of holiday weekends …it’s, um, a holiday weekend! So make sure to plan ahead and select your guys through Monday.

The last you want is to see your 24-gamer slip through the
cracks because you were too distracted grilling and keeping your Uncle
Sam beard out of the flaming charcoal.

On to the weekend’s picks …

Oh, hello there …

Friday

? Miguel Tejada: .387 5-year AVG (12-for-31) vs. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield

? Jose Guillen: .500 5-year AVG (5-for-10) vs. Angels starter Joe Saunders

? Torii Hunter: .412 5-year AVG (7-for-17) vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

Saturday

? Alfonso Soriano: .444 5-year AVG (8-for-18) vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto

? Alex Rodriguez: .364 5-year AVG (4-for-11) vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

? Coco Crisp: .667 5-year AVG (8-for-12) vs. Indians starter Jake Westbrook

Sunday

? Chone Figgins: .357 5-year AVG (5-for-14) vs. Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman

? Alex Rios: .353 5-year AVG (6-for-17) vs. Rangers starter Scott Feldman

? Chipper Jones: .464 5-year AVG (13-for-28) vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Monday

? Justin Upton: .400 5-year AVG (4-for-10) vs. Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny

? Adrian Beltre: .421 5-year AVG (8-for-19) vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

? Josh Hamilton: .571 5-year AVG (4-for-7) vs. Indians starter Aaron Laffey

Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday

? Chase Headley: .300 AVG (3-for-10) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt

Saturday

? Mark Reynolds: .333 AVG (3-for-9) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Sunday

? Matt Diaz: .467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Monday

? Juan Rivera: .417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

You’ll thank me later …

Friday

? Martin Prado: .133 AVG (2-for-15) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson

? Josh Hamilton: .143 AVG (1-for-7) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia

Saturday

? Ryan Howard: .118 AVG (2-for-17) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

? Derek Jeter: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Sunday

? Brandon Phillips: .120 AVG (3-for-25) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ted Lilly

? Denard Span: .077 AVG (1-for-13) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

Monday

? Alex Rios: .176 AVG (6-for-34) since ’05 vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

? Carlos Guillen: .083 AVG (2-for-25) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood

Leaderboard time!

You know how we had three streakers atop our leaderboard yesterday with 30-game streaks? Well, now we have one.

“wolfenstein35″ is our lonesome streak now, riding high with a 31-gamer thanks to Derek Jeter 1-for-4 performance.

Odds “wolfenstein35″ plays Castle Wolfenstein over the long weekend? I’ll leave that for you all to discuss.

Be safe, have a good one.

Top MLB streakers

? Corey Hart: 16 games

? Mark Teixeira: 12 games

? Miguel Cabrera : 11 games

? Cody Ross: 11 games

? Russell Branyan : 10 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, July 1

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Let me preface everything I’m about to write with the fact that my
longest streak this season is a mere seven-gamer. I pick with my heart
more than my head 80 percent of the time. If Miguel Cabrera played
everyday, I’d never change my pick. I threw away a four-game streak
just to pick Pedro Alvarez on the day he got called up.

So, sure, criticism from me towards a guy who just completed a 41-game
streak would be like Danny DeVito chastising Yao Ming for not being
tall enough.

With that said, I just don’t get Kyle “kbarr9″ Barr’s selection
of Denard Span yesterday which ultimately wrecked his chances at the
$3,000,000 grand prize.

Let’s get right to the steak and deal with the side dishes later:

Span was facing Tigers rookie southpaw Andy Oliver, a very
talented and highly touted 2009 second-round pick of the Tigers whose
average fastball hovers around 94 mph. Did I mention he’s left handed?
I did? OK, good.

Like everyone else in the Majors who does not play for the
Atlanta Braves, Span had never faced Oliver before. This is not a good
thing, especially when Span is batting only a respectable .284 vs.
southpaws this season.

At best, at the VERY best,  choosing Span vs. a
hard-throwing lefty who he’s never seen before seems like a
below-average choice. And that’s being kind, actually, ya know,
considering we are allowed to select any Major League hitter in this
game — not just someone from the Minnesota Twins (and if this were a
Twins-only BTS game, Span at best would be the second-best choice
behind Justin Morneau and his .343 AVG against lefties).

With that said, again, my highest streak of the year is seven.

What do I know?

Time for Thursday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

  • Josh Hamilton: 23-game hitting streak; .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

? Ichiro Suzuki: .396 AVG (19-for-48) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

? David Wright: .414 AVG (12-for-29) since ’05 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

? Pat Burrell: .632 AVG (12-for-19) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook

? Orlando Cabrera: .389 AVG (14-for-36) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Carlos Silva

? Christian Guzman: .474 AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. Mets starter Johan Santana

Feeling kinda spicy?

? B.J. Upton: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

What we know: Upton is batting .226 this year and Pavano and his ‘stache have been nearly unhittable as of late.

What we don’t know: If Upton will even be in the lineup.

Verdict: Check, please!

You’ll thank me later …

? Carlos Lee: .071 AVG (1-for-14) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland.

? Evan Longoria: .125 AVG (1-for-8) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

? Erick Aybar: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson

Leaderboard time!

With Barr no longer in the equation, we have a new fearsome threesome atop the leaderboard, each with 30-game streaks:

? JohnWillson


? ignaciometcalf


? wolfenstein35

Only 27 more games to go. Call me in four weeks, k?

Top MLB streakers

? Josh Hamilton: 23 games

? Corey Hart: 15 games

? Jose Lopez: 13 games

? Miguel Cabrera : 11 games

? Cody Ross: 11 games

? Mark Teixeira: 11 games 

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