Beat the Streak Report: Monday, August 23
We start this week with “warriorclub” atop the leaderboard with a
30-game streak. 30-game streaks are always attention worthy. There’s
But this edition of the Beat the Streak Report is dedicated to our
season leader, Dick George. Oh, Dick George, how angelic of a human you
Forget for a second that Mr. George is currently riding a 17-game streak
merely weeks after watching his 43-gamer evaporate — come on, we know
with Dick that it’s not and it never was about the money.
No, what makes Dick George a first-ballot Beat the Streak Hall of Famer
can be reflected in the e-mail he sent me over the weekend paying homage
and respect to Geoff Croke and his 43-gamer. I sic’d the daylights out
of this out of respect to my favorite hit oracle:
Naturally I have been following your recent streak closely along with
about 20-30 friends. I felt sure you would take the lead Thursday
night and I was ready to be 100% behind you as you went for the $3M. I
just want to congratulate you for your accomplishment. I know how hard
it is to get to 43 and I know it gets a little more nerve racking each
day when you get that high. My daughter lives in Brooklyn, I would love
to catch a Mets game with you sometime. Maybe when they play the
Giants, my favorite team.
Finished crying yet?
Good, now let’s try to make this little rendezvous a reality.
Time for Monday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Miguel Cabrera: .625 AVG (5-for-8) lifetime vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen
? Ichiro Suzuki: .321 AVG (18-for-56) since ’05 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey
? Johnny Damon: .529 AVG (10-for-19) career vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen
? Howard Kendrick: .583 AVG (7-for-12) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Yuniesky Betancourt: .476 AVG (10-for-21) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman
You’ll thank me later …
? Alberto Callaspo: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields
? Joe Mauer: .182 AVG (2-for-11) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Rich Harden
? Albert Pujols: .167 AVG (1-for-6) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf
As mentioned earlier, “warriorclub” is riding high with a 30-game streak. Not far behind is “sunhudson” with a 29-gamer.
In Home Run Beat the Streak news, “kendo1961” is setting the pace with
an eight-game streak. Eight is currently the season high, so if
“kendo1961” can press his luck for another day, a sole leader atop the
… leaderboard will emerge.
And on that note, my ill-advised HR BTS pick of the day is: Jose Bautista vs. Ivan Nova and the Yankees!
Do with that as you may.
Or not, your choice.
Top MLB streakers
? Elvis Andrus: 12 games
? Omar Infante: 11 games
? Austin Kearns: 11 games
? Juan Pierre: 11 games
? Vladimir Guerrero: 10 games