September 2010

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, September 30

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Thursday’s picks

? Buster Posey: .556 AVG (5-for-9) lifetime vs. Diamondbacks starter Barry Enright

? Vladimir Guerrero: .500 AVG (8-for-16) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

? Adrian Gonzalez: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Jose Lopez: .444 AVG (8-for-18) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez

You’ll thank me later…

? Ian Kinsler: .143 AVG (4-for-28) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

? Evan Longoria: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke  

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, September 29

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Oh, hello there …

? Dan Uggla: .429 AVG (12-for-28) lifetime vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

? Brian Roberts: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann

? Andre Ethier: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin

? Joe Mauer: .529 AVG (9-for-17) lifetime vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Mark Ellis: .455 AVG (10-for-22) since ’05 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

You’ll thank me later…

? Billy Butler: .080 AVG (2-for-25) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

? Paul Konerko: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Top MLB streakers

? Trevor Crowe: 13 games

? Victor Martinez: 13 games 

? Corey Hart: 12 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, September 28

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Oh, hello there …

? Carlos Quentin: .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

? Kelly Johnson: .583 AVG (7-for-12) lifetime vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

? Chase Utley: .480 AVG (12-for-25) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

? Jose Reyes: .423 AVG (11-for-26) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Ryan Ludwick: .444 AVG (12-for-27) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

You’ll thank me later…

? Jay Bruce: .059 AVG (1-for-17) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

? James Loney: .067 AVG (1-for-15) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jeff Francis

? Ian Kinsler: .174 AVG (8-for-46) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

Top MLB streakers

? Trevor Crowe: 13 games

? Victor Martinez: 12 games

? Jonny Gomes: 11 games

? Corey Hart: 11 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, September 27

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Oh, hello there …

? Chase Utley: .478 AVG (11-for-23) lifetime vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

? Joe Mauer: .417 AVG (10-for-24) lifetime vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

? Victor Martinez: .357 AVG (20-for-56) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Jay Payton: .474 AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

You’ll thank me later…

? Nick Markakis: .077 AVG (1-for-13) lifetime vs. Rays starter Wade Davis

? Billy Butler: .125 AVG (2-for-16) lifetime vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey

Top MLB streakers

? Trevor Crowe: 12 games

? Jonny Gomes: 11 games

? Corey Hart: 11 games

? Victor Martinez: 11 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, September 23

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Oh, hello there …

? Pablo Sandoval: .500 AVG (11-for-22) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

? Ian Kinsler: .414 AVG (12-for-29) lifetime vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

? Aaron Hill: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Rays starter Wade Davis

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Chris Snyder: .529 AVG (9-for-17) lifetime vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

You’ll thank me later…

? Andre Ethier: .150 AVG (3-for-20) lifetime vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto

? Dan Uggla: .125 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Padres starter Tim Stauffer

Top MLB streakers

? Matt Holliday: 14 games

Derek Jeter: 11 games  

? Joey Votto: 10 games 

Carlos Gonzalez: 9 games

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, September 22

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Oh, hello there …

? Hunter Pence: .500 AVG (11-for-22) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

? Vladimir Guerrero: .414 AVG (12-for-29) lifetime vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

? Robinson Cano: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Rays starter Wade Davis

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Jhonny Peralta: .529 AVG (9-for-17) lifetime vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

You’ll thank me later…

? Ryan Braun: .150 AVG (3-for-20) lifetime vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto

? Rafael Furcal: .125 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Padres starter Tim Stauffer

Top MLB streakers

? Matt Holliday: 13 games 

? Joey Votto: 10 games 

Derek Jeter: 10 games 

Trevor Crowe: 8 games 

Carlos Gonzalez: 8 games 

Curtis Granderson: 8 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, September 21

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And down goes “srinivasan.sr.”

Monday’s leader saw a 37-game streak go down in flames thanks to A-Rod’s 0-fer vs. the Rays.

With our new leader “only” at a 31-game streak, time is running out for those trying to make a crack at the $10,000.

Time for Tuesday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Albert Pujols: .600 AVG (18-for-30) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

? Miguel Cabrera: .583 AVG (7-for-12) lifetime vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen

? Johnny Damon: .520 AVG (13-for-25) lifetime vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Travis Hafner: .378 AVG (14-for-37) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

You’ll thank me later…

? Martin Prado: .000 AVG (0-for-11) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay

? Nick Markakis: .118 AVG (2-for-17) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

Top MLB streakers

? Michael Brantley: 19 games

? Matt Holliday: 12 games

? Nelson Cruz: 11 games

? Adrian Beltre: 9 games

? Joey Votto: 9 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, September 20

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 It turns out that 50,000,000 Elvis fans can be wrong, so the Beat the
Streak $3,000,000 grand prize money will safely stay in the BTS piggy
bank for another year.

I’m sorry, my fellow BTSers, but our final hope — “mattgolbeck” — saw
his dreams fade away, as his 39-game streak melted on Ichiro’s 0-fer
Sunday afternoon.

The bad news is that our new leader, “srinivasan.sr”, “only” has a
37-game streak and doesn’t have enough time left on the calendar to take
home the grand prize.

The good news is that is he/she is just six games away from tying Dick George and Geoff Croke atop our leaderboard.

Yeah, there’s still $10,000 on the line here, folks.

Time for Monday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Omar Infante: .385 AVG (10-for-26) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

? Brian Roberts: .444 AVG (8-for-18) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Daisuke Marsuzaka

? Alex Rodriguez: .450 AVG (9-for-20) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Gerald Laird: .353 AVG (6-for-17) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke

You’ll thank me later…

? Alex Rios: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez

? Ryan Braun: .214 AVG (3-for-14) lifetime vs. Reds starter Homer Bailey

Top MLB streakers

? Michael Brantley: 19 games

? Nelson Cruz: 11 games

? Matt Holliday: 11 games

? Adrian Beltre: 9 games

? Joey Votto: 9 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, Sept. 17-19

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Get out that limbo stick because it looks like “mattgoldbeck” wants to dance.

Our streak leader and only remaining hope is now rocking a 37-game streak after Paul Konerko’s big night at the yard.

All Goldbeck needs to do is string together a 20 game streak and pray
for a three-way tie atop the NL West and $3,000,000 will be his.

That doesn’t sound too improbable or anything.

Speaking of Paul Konerko, Pauly Walnuts’ golden bat went yard Thursday
night to extend our Home Run Beat the Streak Leader, “stealth47″, to an
eight-game streak.

If “stealth47″ can successfully predict a homer for tonight, we’ll have a two-way tie atop the overall HR BTS leaderboard.

Yes, things are getting saucy here in Streakland.

Time for the weekend’s picks

Friday

? Chase Utley: .480 AVG (12-for-25) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

? Robinson Cano: .440 AVG (11-for-25) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood

? Adrian Gonzalez: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Saturday

? Ryan Zimmerman: .500 AVG (8-for-16) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick

? Joe Mauer: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Dallas Braden

? Carlos Beltran: .373 AVG (25-for-67) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

Sunday

? Shin-Soo Choo: .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

? Ichiro Suzuki: .400 AVG (8-for-20) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Tommy Hunter

? Adrian Beltre: .391 AVG (9-for-23) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum

Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday

? Jack Cust: .533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Saturday

? Jose Lopez: .360 AVG (9-for-25) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Cliff Lee

Sunday

? Mark Reynolds: .615 AVG (8-for-13) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke


You’ll thank me later …

Friday

? David Wright: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tommy Hanson

? Omar Infante: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Mets starter Jon Niese

Saturday

? Paul Konerko: .118 AVG (4-for-34) since lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

? Billy Butler: .083 AVG (1-for-12) lifetime vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson

Sunday

? Brandon Phillips: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

? Troy Tulowitzki: .192 AVG (5-for-26) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Top MLB streakers

? Michael Brantley: 16 games

? David Murphy: 13 games

? Nick Markakis: 11 games

? Vladimir Guerrero: 10 games

? Ryan Spilborghs: 10 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, September 16

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Oh, hey there.

Yeah, it’s me — Dave.

Sorry, I know it’s been awkward lately, posting without analysis, reading your comments with no comments back.

I’ve been selfish, I know. But we can move past this. We are stronger than this.

This is what Beat the Streak is all about.

Because if you thought it was still impossible for someone to take home
the $3,000,000 grand prize, you’ve been sorely mistaken (sort of).

You see, our leader, “mattgolbeck”, currently has a 36-game streak after Joe Mauer’s fun night at the park.

As things currently stand, the regular season would end on October 3,
which means Golbeck would end the season with (at best) a 54-game
streak.

However, given the state of the NL West, NL East and Wild Card, where
the Padres, Giants, Rockies, Phillies and Braves are all within 2.5
games of each other, there’s a chance of an end-of-season tiebreaker
game.

Like, three of them.

So with that in mind, we’ll be pumping out the blog as per norm until Golbeck is officially eliminated. Or not.

And as if that wasn’t enough of an incentive, “stealth47″ is rocking a seven-game homer streak in Home Run Beat the Streak.

We’re back, baby!

Time for Thursday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Matt Kemp: .391 AVG (9-for-23) lifetime vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

? Paul Konerko: .370 AVG (10-for-27) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

? Juan Pierre: .455 AVG (5-for-14) lifetime vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Adam LaRoche: .500 AVG (4-for-8) lifetime vs. Reds starter Edinson Volquez

You’ll thank me later…

? Andre Ethier: .167 AVG (4-for-24) lifetime vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

? Rafael Furcal: .176 AVG (3-for-17) lifetime vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

Top MLB streakers

? Michael Brantley: 15 games

? David Murphy: 13 games

? Nick Markakis: 11 games

? Vladimir Guerrero: 10 games

? Ryan Spilborghs: 10 games 

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