Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, August 10
It was Beat the Streak retro edition on Monday, as long-time BTS
stalwarts Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki were the day’s
most popular picks and each hit safely, combining to extend the streaks
of 26.6 percent of the population worldwide.
This is all peachy keen and (somewhat) normal.
What isn’t normal is that Jason Heyward was our leader’s — “gfc2112” — pick of the day.
Now, Heyward went 1-for-3 and extended our leader’s streak to a stellar 34 games. His hit was even a homer to boot.
But, this selection of Heyward is a little strange. And by strange, I really mean positively insane.
Heyward entered Monday’s game hitting .170 while in the midst of an 8-for-47 slump dating back to July 27.
And to put more molded carrots in this tapioca pudding, the J-Hey kid had gone hitless in seven of his previous 13 games.
I’m not exactly sure what was going through “gfc2112″‘s hit-seeking
noggin, and, yeah, obviously it paid off, and, double yeah, I fully
recognize I look like Donkeylips from “Salute Your Shorts” critiquing
Usain Bolt’s form in the 100 meter here with only a 10-game career-high
streak to my name, but this is too much.
And with that …
Time for Tuesday’s Picks:
Oh, hello there …
? Joe Mauer: .379 AVG (11-for-29) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia
? Ichiro Suzuki: .400 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Brett Anderson
? David Ortiz: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero
? James Loney: .600 AVG (6-for-10) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick
? Troy Tulowitzki: .417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Yuniesky Betancourt: .429 AVG (9-for-21) lifetime vs. Angels starter Dan Haren
You’ll thank me later …
? Alex Rodriguez: .000 AVG (0-for-10) lifetime vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson
? Alex Rios: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker
? Nelson Cruz: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett
We already know what the deal is with “gfc2112”. A full seven games behind our leader is “halmuni”, riding a 27-game streak.
Top MLB streakers
? Raul Ibanez: 16 games
? Juan Pierre: 16 games
? Omar Infante: 12 games
? Howard Kendrick: 11 games
? Albert Pujols: 9 games