Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, August 24
Three incredible things manifested yesterday all at the same time. Let’s
rate them on a scale of 1-100 rated by degree of ohmygoodness.
? Jose Bautista hit his 39th and 40th home runs of the season last night. His previous high for homers was 16.
Ohmygoodness scale: 95
Rationale: While obviously incredibly impressive, there seems to
be at least one guy every year who sidesteps into the bigs from Parts
Unknown and goes gangbusters at the plate.
? Home Run Beat the Streak leader, “kendo1961″, actually picked Bautista
yesterday and now has a nine-game home run streak — one away from tying the
longest streak in HR BTS history.
Ohmygoodness scale: 100
Rationale: Ohmygoodness, this is positively insane. I’m
absolutely baffled trying to come up with a corollary for predicting who
will hit a home run for nine days in a row. This is like George
Costanza playing “Frogger” crossed with Michael Jordan dropping 63
points at the old Boston Garden crossed with Ken Jennings going
gangbusters on “Jeopardy!” crossed with my performance when I ate 67
mini eggrolls for dinner in the summer of 1997 at my summer camp.
Something like that.
? I made Jose Bautista my Pick of the Day for Monday.
Ohmygoodness scale: 85
Rationale: I have never seen Larry David’s box-office blunder,
“Sour Grapes”, but I’m pretty sure the plot goes something like: Cousin A
gives Cousin B some petty cash at a casino. Cousin B uses said petty
cash and wins a mega-bucks jackpot. Cousin A thinks he deserves a cut of
mega-bucks jackpot. Cousin B disagrees.
Now, I’m not saying I deserve a huge cut of “kendo1961″‘s $10,000 if the
streak gets to 11, but, for what it’s worth, my e-mail address is
Time for Tuesday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Albert Pujols: .593 AVG (16-for-27) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
? Ryan Theriot: .412 AVG (14-for-34) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Dave Bush
? Andrew McCutchen: .455 AVG (5-for-11) career vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright
? Shin-Soo Choo: .364 AVG (4-for-11) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Adam Kennedy: .385 AVG (5-for-13) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano
You’ll thank me later …
? Matt Holliday: .071 AVG (1-for-14) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
? David Wright: .174 AVG (4-for-23) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson
? Paul Konerko: .190 AVG (4-for-21) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie
? Ichiro Suzuki: .190 AVG (4-for-21) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett
? Ryan Zimmerman: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano
BTS leader “warriorclub” rode Josh Hamilton to a 31-game streak. Yada,
yada, yada. Let’s get to my ill-advised HR BTS Pick of the Day:
Robinson Cano vs. Mark Rzepczynski.
Cano has 13 homers in just 156 at-bats vs. southpaws this year,
Rzepczynski has served up 37 homers over 84 big league innings, and Cano
has gone yard of Rzepczynski before.
Top MLB streakers
? Elvis Andrus: 13 games
? Omar Infante: 12 games
? Vladimir Guerrero: 11 games
? Austin Kearns: 11 games
? Juan Pierre: 11 games