Since I’m not eligible to win the $3 million Beat the Streak grand prize, I might as well try to help you out. Every weekday, make sure to check out the Beat the Streak Report to improve your odds with all the stats goodness you could ever dream of. You know, assuming you could use an extra three mill.
Dave finally pulled the trigger on that African safari he’s been dreaming about for years, so it’s Ian Kay here to take you through the weekend.
Why should you listen to me? Well, I did put together a nice little 29-game streak from June 27-July 26. You listen to Dave every day and his career high is like 11 games — I expect 2.64 times the respect.
My philosophy on this here Beat the Streak game is pretty simple: it’s process of elimination.
- Never pick against a pitcher with good enough stuff to potentially throw a no-hitter — You could give me 1941 Ted Williams and I’d still pick someone else if Josh Johnson was on the mound.
- Only use elite hitters — I lost my streak with Carlos Gonzalez. He was easily the worst overall hitter I picked in any of those 30 days. Oops.
- Check the splits — Hey, did you know Josh Hamilton is hitting .260 against lefties this season? Or that Martin Prado bats .276 on the road?
- Maximize your at-bats — No platoon guys, nobody who walks a ton and no hitters without enough lineup protection to avoid being pitched around. It’s all fun and games until Matt Diaz gets lifted in the seventh inning because there’s a right-handed reliever on the mound.
None of those rules are exactly groundbreaking, but follow them and you’ll be left with three or four solid options per day.
Of course, it’s not foolproof. CarGo looked pretty good again yesterday before going 0-for-4 and burning 13.3 percent of all gamers in the process. I feel your pain, folks. Believe me, I do.
Sunday is the final day to start a streak with a chance to reach 57 games before the end of the season. With that in mind, let’s go Streaking…
Through the quad, to the gynmasium if you’d like.
Oh, hello there …
- Matt Holliday: .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco
- Michael Young: .417 AVG (7-for-17) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Dallas Braden
- Corey Hart: .400 AVG (14-for-35) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez
- Paul Konerko: .417 AVG (10-for-24) lifetime vs. Braves starter Kevin Millwood
- Rafael Furcal: .457 AVG (16-for-35) since ’05 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez
- Ichiro Suzuki: .474 AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen
- James Loney: .583 AVG (7-for-12) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis
- Nick Markakis: .500 AVG (8-for-16) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle
- Troy Tulowitzki: .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
Feeling kinda spicy?
- Bobby Crosby: .379 AVG (11-for-219) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland
- Aaron Rowand .444 AVG (8-for-18) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson
- Clint Barmes: .579 AVG (11-for-19) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
You’ll thank me later …
- Victor Martinez: .192 AVG (5-for-26) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Jaview Vazquez
- Joey Votto: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny
- Adrian Beltre: .053 AVG (1-for-19) lifetime vs. Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia
- Alex Rodriguez: .091 AVG (3-for-31) since ’05 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey
- Mark Teixeira: .143 AVG (4-for-28) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett
- Nelson Cruz: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Trevor Cahill
Our co-leaders, “gfc2112” and “randy.zimmer”, have each reached the 30-game plateau and earned a free month of MLB.tv for their trouble. They can thank Andre Ethier
and Joe Mauer
for that, respectively.
Just hang on for three more weeks plus six days and the big prize is yours, guys.
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