April 2011

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, April 29-May 1

Thursday was another step in the right direction here in Streakland, as your top six selections each hit paydirt

Dustin Pedroia and Alex Rodriguez led the way, lighting the lamp a combined three times in nine at-bats and pushing 23.1 percent of all Streakers one day closer to $5.6 million in the process.

Leader Cleopatravijal‘s was not among the chosen few, however, as her season-best 25-game pyramid came crumbling down thanks to an Alex Gordon 0-for-4.

Our new leader, heading into the weekend with hits in his last 24 games: Andre Ethier.

Friday’s picks:

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• Albert Pujols: .471 AVG (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

Ryan Howard: .406 AVG (13-for-22) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

• Shin-Soo Choo: .556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer

Feeling kinda spicy?

Bill Hall: .700 AVG (7-for-10) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum

You’ll thank me later …

Adam Jones: .067 AVG (1-for-15) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter John Danks

Andre Ethier: .077 AVG (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Clayton Richard

Saturday’s picks:

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Howard Kendrick: .600 AVG (9-for-15) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

• Troy Tulowitzki: .556 AVG (10-for-18) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

Jose Reyes: .455 AVG (10-for-22) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay

Feeling kinda spicy?

Felipe Lopez: .389 AVG (7-for-18) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

You’ll thank me later …

Jayson Werth: .000 AVG (0-for-12) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

• Billy Butler: .000 AVG (0-for-9) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Brian Duensing

Sunday’s picks:

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Matt Holliday: .531 AVG (17-for-32) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

• Adrian Beltre: .538 AVG (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez

• Billy Butler: .438 AVG (14-for-32) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Feeling kinda spicy?

Felix Pie: .556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

You’ll thank me later …

Denard Span: .158 AVG (3-for-19) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

Jacoby Ellsbury: .100 AVG (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

Leaderboard time!

Andre Ethier fun fact: Ethier’s teammates at Arizona State included Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier24 games

Jeff Francoeur: 17  games

Johnny Damon: 16 games

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, April 28

We see that extra swagger in your step this morning, Streakers.

It’s cool, you deserve it. Don’t be so modest — no, really, it is a big deal! After a night when Streakland went undefeated on its top 13 collective selections, plenty of strutting is order.

Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera led the way, advancing a combined 16.3 percent of all Streakers with matching 1-for-4 efforts. Troy Tulowitzki took a Pass Naturel due to inclement weather conditions in Chicago, but the remainder of your favorite baker’s dozen cruised through base hit harbor and into the port of safe streaking.

Bask in the glory of Placido Polanco‘s 4-for-5 for another couple hours, mateys, because this ship sets sail for open waters once again today at 12:30 ET.

Thursday’s picks

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Alex Gordon: .522 AVG (12-for-23) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Denard Span: .467 AVG (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann

Alex Rodriguez.409  AVG (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Edwin Jackson

Dustin Pedroia.444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen

Alexei Ramirez: .400 AVG (6-for-15) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia


Feeling kinda spicy?

• Matt Wieters: .381 AVG (8-for-21) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester

Kelly Shoppach.533 AVG (8-for-15) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

You’ll thank me later …

Carlos Quentin: .133 AVG (2-for-15) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

• Kelly Johnson: .174 AVG (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

David Wright: .174 AVG (4-for-23) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

Nelson Cruz: .100 AVG (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow


Leaderboard time!

Cleopatrajival remains the queen of the castle at 25 games after converting yesterday with Matt Kemp. Congrats on reaching the quarter-century mark, cleo! Feel free to do one of those crazy Egyptian dances with all the hand movements and stuff. You know what we’re talking about. No, we’re not going to demonstrate it.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier25 games

Jeff Francoeur: 16  games

Johnny Damon14 games

Peter Bourjos10 games

Logan Morrison: 10 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, April 27

Matt Kemp has been one of the season’s most dangerous rakebots, delighting Dodgers fans, Rihanna haters and BTS pickers alike with his nightly heroism in the batter’s box.

The multitalented jet-ski racer/destroyer of baseballs disappointed on Tuesday, however, snapping a modest six-game hit streak with an 0-for-4 against the Marlins and resetting the odometer on 8.8 percent of all streaks.

Trust us, Streakers, this one hurts. We were working on a little season-high run of our own, and Chris Volstad looked like a pretty tasty matchup. That dude hands out hits like they’re mini American flags at a Fourth of July parade.

Three hours later: Strikeout, flyout, popout, groundout. Cool! He hit for the out cycle! (Note: not cool at all).

At least those of you who lost with Kemp can take solace in the fact that your fellow Streakers nailed the next six most popular choices. Nope, no solace provided at all. We remain unsolsified. Or is it unsolacized?

The lesson, as always: Pick Ethier.

Wednesday’s picks

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Nick Swisher: .538 AVG (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Carl Crawford: .395 AVG (15-for-38) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

Jay Bruce.545 AVG (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo

Jacoby Ellsbury: .393 AVG (11-for-28) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

Robinson Cano: .455 AVG (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Justin Upton.444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

Feeling kinda spicy?

Luke Scott.474 AVG (9-for-19) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

You’ll thank me later …

Kelly Johnson: .174 AVG (4-for-23) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

Hanley Ramirez: .182 AVG (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

Michael Bourn: .167 AVG (4-for-24) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Jose Reyes: .176 AVG (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny

 David DeJesus.071 AVG (1-for-14) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

Leaderboard time!

Kiss bit the big one with Joseph Votto last night, leaving cleopatravijal alone atop the standings pyramid at 24 games. You’re almost halfway there, cleo. Just remember the old saying: Denial is more than picking Carl Crawford every day.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier23 games

Alex Gordon19 games

Jeff Francoeur: 15  games

Johnny Damon13 games

Brian Roberts12 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, April 26

Only two Streakers remain above the Ethier line, as Kiss and cleopatravijal each extended their season-high streaks to 23 games last night. Kiss did it with a little help from Andre himself — not a bad strategy these days — while Michael Young‘s 2-for-4 effort earned Miss cleo at least a few more seconds atop the bucking bronco known as BTS.

Elsewhere, A-Rod‘s seventh-inning single finally broke up Phil Humber‘s no-no bid and allowed 11.1 percent of all Streakers to stop frantically refreshing Gameday every three seconds. Please send any thank you notes, cheese baskets or other tokens of gratitude our way, and we’ll be sure to pass them along to Mr. Rodriguez. Well, no guarantees on the cheese. Especially if there’s smoked gouda involved.

Robinson Cano, who slotted behind A-Rod both in the Yankees lineup and yesterday’s BTS popularity contest, sent 8.9 percent of all Streakers over the 0-for-3 waterfall. The drop may be scary, but the landing in zero-game lagoon is softer than you think.

Tuesday’s picks

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Shin-Soo Choo.600 AVG (12-for-20) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

Miguel Cabrera.500 AVG (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

Dan Uggla.474 AVG (9-for-19) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Aaron Harang

Brian McCann: .400 AVG (6-for-15) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Aaron Harang

Brian Roberts: .389 AVG (7-for-19) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

Feeling kinda spicy?

Casey Blake.571 AVG (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

You’ll thank me later …

Nick Markakis: .100 AVG (2-for-20) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

• Robinson Cano: .077 AVG (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

Magglio Ordonez: .167 AVG (3-for-18) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

Billy Butler: .176 AVG (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson


Leaderboard time!

Is Kiss a lipstick designer? A huge Gene Simmons fan? Possibly the real Gene Simmons? Make it another two weeks or so and we can all find out. Personally, we’re rooting for anything but lipstick designer.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier22 games

Alex Gordon18 games

Michael Young: 15 games

Jeff Francoeur: 14 games

Johnny Damon: 13 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Monday, April 25

Sunday was quite the happy holiday in Streakland, as 13 of your top 15 picks — including each of the top six — managed to hunt down a hit.

Andre Ethier, Robinson Cano and Ryan Braun led the way, joining forces to advance a combined 23.5 percent of your streaks one day closer to 5.6 million buckaroos. Feel free to send your deepest gratitude their way, along with a discounted day-after package of marshmallow Peeps.

Today brings a much higher degree of difficulty. Twelve teams are out of action, and tricky opposing starters like Cliff Lee and Jered Weaver virtually eliminate a couple others from consideration.

The breakfast buffet below looks a lot more like powdered eggs than the make-your-own omelet station we usually provide, but it’s always the short slates that separate the giraffes from the okapis. So go try to find an omelet, giraffes.

OK, that failed miserably. Let’s just roll to …

Monday’s picks

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Joey Votto.571 AVG (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Chris Narveson

Kurt Suzuki.435 AVG (10-for-29) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

• Matt Diaz.500 AVG (11-for-22) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

Omar Infante: .381 AVG (8-for-21) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Jon Garland

Alberto Callaspo: .364 AVG (4-for-11) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez


Feeling kinda spicy?

Jorge Cantu.500 AVG (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Ryan Ludwick.615 AVG (8-for-13) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

At this point, we can probably consider all Padres hitters Tabasco-level spicy in any matchup.

You’ll thank me later …

• Hanley Ramirez: .188 AVG (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Jon Garland

Rickie Weeks: .172 AVG (5-for-29) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Coco Crisp: .059 AVG (1-for-17) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Leaderboard time!

Three Streakers — Gottaweartheshades, Kiss and cleopatravijal – sit tied atop the chart with a season-high 22 games. Andre Ethier remains one game behind at 21. He hasn’t technically been submitting his picks online, but we assume that he’d be selecting himself every day anyway.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier21 games

Alex Gordon18 games

Jeff Francoeur: 14 games

Michael Young: 14 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, April 22-24

Well, wasn’t that quite the nice little Thursday, Streakers?

Yesterday’s four most popular selections all turned out to be winning scratch-off tickets, earning a combined 26.4 percent of you … another scratch-off ticket.

Gordon Beckham also took a 0-for-0 pass, which in this stretched analogy would be like the 7-Eleven guy selling you a defective lottery ticket which was neither a winner nor a loser but still took like three hours to scratch off because you never know when it might pinch-hit for Omar Vizquel. That makes sense, right?

Anywho, the weekend is upon us and new streaking opportunities abound. Only 13 of you boast longer bids than Andre Ethier‘s current 18-gamer, and Andre has a significantly harder degree of difficulty considering he has to pick himself every single day. Yes, batting in front of baseball cyborg Matt Kemp helps. No, not as much as having 200-plus players to choose from on a daily basis. Step it up, Streakaz.

Friday’s picks:

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Magglio Ordonez: .448 AVG (13-for-29) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

• Miguel Montero: .583 AVG (7-for-12) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Michael Bourn: .400 AVG (8-for-20) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo

Feeling kinda spicy?

• Jason Kubel: .361 AVG (13-for-36) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

You’ll thank me later …

Miguel Cabrera: .056 AVG (1-for-18) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Paul Konerko: .105 AVG (4-for-38) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

Saturday’s picks:

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Asdrubal Cabrera: .588 AVG (10-for-17) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Alex Rios: .750 AVG (9-for-12) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny

• Robinson Cano: .778 AVG (7-for-9) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Chris Tillman

Feeling kinda spicy?

Ronny Cedeno: .462 AVG (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

You’ll thank me later …

Brandon Phillips: .176 AVG (6-for-34) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

• Grady Sizemore: .136 AVG (3-for-22) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Sunday’s picks:

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Magglio Ordonez: .609 AVG (14-for-23) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter John Danks

Andre Ethier: .462 AVG (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Adrian Beltre: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen

Feeling kinda spicy?

Juan Rivera: .467 AVG (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

You’ll thank me later …

Torii Hunter: .136 AVG (3-for-22) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Asdrubal Cabrera: .000 AVG (0-for-12) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Leaderboard time!

Gottaweartheshades was apparently blinded by Logan Morrison‘s foot injury yesterday, taking a pass as the outfielder sat out against the Pirates and was later placed on the DL. While the 0-for-0 doesn’t break our eye-protected friend’s 21-game streak, it does end an impressive run of 21 correct picks in as many days to start the season. Hope you enjoyed your moment in the sun, sir/ma’am/robot. Now you’re just another Streaker with a pick and a dream.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier18 games

Alex Gordon15 games

Wilson Betemit: 12 games

Robinson Cano11 games

Jeff Francoeur: 11 games

Michael Young: 11 games

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, April 21

The Shin-Soo Choo-choo train chugged to a perfectly adequate 1-for-5 last night, propelling 9.1 percent of all Streakers one day closer to an epic 57-game victory party.

You could do the cliche thing and just have the party at a McDonald’s with the ball pit, but you really never know what’s in there. Possibly sharks. We prefer backyard style, with balloons and streamers and a moonbounce and a ginormous Funfetti cake with 57 candles on top.

Oh, and also a clown making balloon animals. But not a creepy clown. And he should be able to make other stuff besides animals, like various instruments, so we could have a balloon-instrument air guitar competition during the party.

“Here I go again on my own … goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known!”

Busting out the Whitesnake in an air-guitar competition shows that you understand the spirit of the event, but you’re also there to win.

We’re just spitballing here. Maybe you go a little more classic rock with some Jethro Tull. Not a lot of people will be expecting the balloon jazz flute. On second thought, we may actually need two balloon clowns.

Or you could just have the party at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Your call.

Thursday’s picks

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Johnny Damon: .579 AVG (11-for-19) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

Howard Kendrick: .400 AVG (10-for-25) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Maicer Izturis.400 AVG (10-for-25) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

David DeJesus: .409 AVG (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

 Gordon Beckham.625 AVG (5-for-8) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann


Feeling kinda spicy?

A.J. Pierzynski.462 AVG (6-for-13) since ’06  vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann

You’ll thank me later …

Bobby Abreu: .191 AVG (9-for-47) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Delmon Young: .143 AVG (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

Nick Markakis: .176 AVG (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Drew Stubbs: .111 AVG (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson

Leaderboard time!

With 21 correct picks in 21 days, Gottaweartheshades keeps on rollin’. What’s the story behind those Wayfarers? We’ll all find out soon enough.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier17 games

Alex Gordon14 games

Wilson Betemit: 11 games

Robinson Cano11 games

Michael Young: 11 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, April 20

Can we get a sad trombone?

Whah, whahhh, whahhhhhhh.

That pretty much sums up yesterday’s results, as seven of your top eight selections either rode the 0-fer train back to Zero Town or took a pass due to inclement weather conditions.

Robinson Cano was the lone beacon of light amidst the cruel, hitless darkness, eking out a 1-for-5 against Kyle Drabek and the Blue Jays to save 3.1 percent of your hopes and dreams.

More than 10 percent of all Streakers put their eggs into Joey Votto‘s seemingly well-padded basket, only to watch the Reds slugger remove said eggs, crack them into a pan with a pinch of salt and a dollop sour cream and then enjoy himself a heaping helping of scrambled streaks.

Wait, did we just give away the secret ingredient to the creamiest, fluffiest scrambled streaks you’ll ever eat? Eh, you’ll never figure out exactly how much a dollop is anyway.

Wednesday’s picks

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Shin-Soo Choo.647 AVG (11-for-17) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

Miguel Montero.500 AVG (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Hideki Matsui.429 AVG (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

Matt Diaz.450 AVG (9-for-20) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Kevin Youkilis: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez


Feeling kinda spicy?

Freddy Sanchez: .450 AVG (9-for-20) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa

You’ll thank me later …

Hanley Ramirez: .000 AVG (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Charlie Morton

Adrian Beltre: .190 AVG (8-for-42) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Curtis Granderson: .083 AVG (1-for-12) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil

Carlos Gonzalez: .143 AVG (3-for-21) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

Justin Upton: .158 AVG (3-for-19) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Billy Butler: .143 AVG (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson


Leaderboard time!

With 20 correct picks in 20 days, Gottaweartheshades remains our lone undefeated Streaker. He/she definitely has the game face on now. Or maybe not — it could just be the sunglasses.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier16 games

Alex Gordon13 games

Wilson Betemit: 11 games

Robinson Cano: 10 games

Logan Morrison: 10 games

Michael Young: 10 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, April 19

… And Dustin Pedroia swung his mighty bat toward the heavens, the sea parted, and 13.9 percent of all Streakers filed out of the land of hitless oppression and one day closer to $5.6 million.

There was much rejoicing, and many cups of grape juice consumed.

All in all, thirteen of yesterdays top 15 selections converted, with only Joey Votto (5.2 percent) and Denard Span (1.9 percent) tasting the bitter herbs of defeat.

It may just take 40 years of wandering in the desert of 0-fers for someone to finally win this here streak game, but rest assured that we have plenty of milk and honey on tap for when you arrive.

Let my Streakers go — to make …

Tuesday’s picks

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Lance Berkman: .462 AVG (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

• Troy Tulowitzki: .412 AVG (7-for-17) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

David Wright.429 AVG (6-for-14) since ’06  vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Alexei Ramirez.400 AVG (6-for-15) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

Jose Bautista: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett

Feeling kinda spicy?

Carlos Ruiz.625 AVG (5-for-8) since ’06  vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

You’ll thank me later …

Vladimir Guerrero: .000 AVG (0-for-13) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Carlos Gonzalez: .000 AVG (0-for-11) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

Ben Zobrist: .000 AVG (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter John Danks

Jacoby Ellsbury: .000 AVG (0-for-9) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Brett Anderson

Brian McCann: .000 AVG (0-for-8) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda

0-for-51 combined. If any of these fellas get a hit tonight, you will literally be seeing a new era dawn before your eyes. They’ll probably put your name in the history books — somewhere after the War of 1812, but before the whole 2012 Mayan apocalypse thing.


Leaderboard time!

Gottaweartheshades is still perfect at 19-for-19 on the season after Miguel Cabrera‘s 2-for-4 last night. In their honor, here’s your lampshade of the day.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier15 games

Alex Gordon12 games

Wilson Betemit: 10 games

Five players: 9 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Monday, April 18

Public service announcement: The Red Sox and Blue Jays play absurdly early today for Patriots Day, so grab your muskets and make sure your picks are in by 11 a.m.

To the joy of sunglass aficionados everywhere, Gottaweartheshades has outlasted all challengers and remains our only original Streaker at a full 18 games. Don’t call us, we’ll call you. Well, we’ll probably email (or Tweet!) — phone conversation is soooo 1999 – but we will be in touch.

Although they’re far too cool to admit it from behind those mirrored Oakleys, 18 games puts Gottaweartheshades more than 31 percent of the way to our $5.6 million grand prize. Just think of all the eye protection you could buy with all that cash — starting with these (retail price: $383,600), of course.

Anyway, strap on your Ray-Bans and hold on tight. We have a brand new week of Streaking ahead of us …

Monday’s picks

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Alex Rios: .636 AVG (7-for-11) since ’06 vs. Rays starter David Price

J.D. Drew.450 AVG (9-for-20) since ’06  vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Michael Young: .364 AVG (20-for-55) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Asdrubal Cabrera: .389 AVG (7-for-18) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

Matt Kemp.417 AVG (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson


Feeling kinda spicy?

Nate McLouth.500 AVG (6-for-12) since ’06  vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

Ryan Ludwick.421 AVG (8-for-19) since ’06  vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

You’ll thank me later …

Adrian Beltre: .175 AVG (7-for-40) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Johnny Damon: .190 AVG (8-for-42) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Edwin Jackson

Carl Crawford: .143 AVG (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Andre Ethier: .176 AVG (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

Leaderboard time!

Special shoutout to Torah613, whose 17-gamer finished second to Gottaweartheshades in the original Streak contest. May your next eight days be both breadless and hit-filled.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier14 games

Alex Gordon11 games

Rickie Weeks: 10 games

Six players: 9 games

(Make a BTS pick)

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