Beat the Streak Report: April 12

With more than 15 percent of your collective vote, Ichiro took home prom-king honors at Streakland High last night. No. 51 didn’t disappoint, either, slow dancin’ and romancin’ his way to two hits in four at-bats against Jesse Litsch and the Blue Jays.

Runner-up Todd Helton arrived stag and didn’t stay long, however, flying out in a lone pinch-hit appearance to end seven percent of all streaks.

It’s cool, Todd — you can still come to the afterparty. Tulo (2-for-4), CarGo (1-for-5) and Dex (1-for-4) will all be there, plus we heard speecy-spicy Seth Smith (3-for-4) spiked the punch.

Oh, and you know who else will be in attendance? Carlos Lee. Yesterday’s big-picture man wasn’t among your top 15 picks, but he still won the dance-off with a pair of singles in two at-bats.

Stick with the Report, Streakers. We’ve taken this limo ride many a time.

Tuesday’s picks

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Oh, hello there …

Robinson Cano: .857 AVG (6-for-7) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Chris Tillman

Chris Young: .500 AVG (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

Coco Crisp: .409 AVG (9-for-22) since ’06  vs. White Sox starter Edwin Jackson

Ian Desmond: .429 AVG (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton

Ichiro Suzuki: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero


Feeling kinda spicy?

Nate Schierholtz: .429 AVG (6-for-14) since ’06  vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley


You’ll thank me later …

Stephen Drew: .077 AVG (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

• Chris Coghlan: .083 AVG (1-for-12) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tommy Hanson

• Matt Kemp: .143 AVG (3-for-21) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

Brian McCann: .133 AVG (2-for-15) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Torii Hunter: .179 AVG (5-for-28) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona


Yer doin’ it wrong …

• Matt Wieters: .000 AVG (0-for-17) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett

New rule: Once you hit 0-for-15 or so, you get your own category. Call in the next 15 minutes to receive a gratuitous YouTube vid at no extra charge!


Leaderboard time!

Fifty-four perfect brackets remain. Quit picking Duke, people. Twelves over fives — let’s goooo!


Top MLB streakers

Jose Tabata: 10 games

Paul Konerko: 10 games

Michael Brantley: 9 games

Jose Reyes: 9 games

(Make a BTS pick)


  1. 00liber

    Top o the morning all. What the heck happened out in Sea last night? I went to bed it was 7-0 Tor. Wakeup and look and Sea won 8-7??? 

    Anyways I’m going with another one of my Rangers today. Probably Kins as hes hitting righties good this year so far. And Brad Penny has looked pretty rough so far. Here’s hoping my Rangers are the first team to 10 wins. 
    GL all. 

      • LaVolpe

        That’s one definite advantage of picking from an early game. Knowing who is sitting & possibly pinch hitting.

  2. LaVolpe

    For example. I’m looking at Mauer tomorrow, but its a day game after night game & he may not be in the order or may be as a DH. But tomorrow’s game is early enough to see the lineup before picks lock, allowing me to change if needed.

    • 00liber

      Cano is going to be heavy tonight. Does Tillman pitch around him knowing the success of the matchup?
      Not sure how heavy Ichiro will be. 4 of 9 is a pretty decent hit rate but Ricky could throw a gem not wanting to rely on the bullpen after last night’s debacle.

      • LaVolpe

        I’d bet Cano will be most picked tonite. Pitch-arounds are really situational. If Cano doesn’t come up with men on & 1st base open, he’ll probably be pitched to depending on out-count and late innings. NYY may only play 8 innings today.
        Ichiro will be 2nd most picked I think — matter of faith for the faithful.

  3. vinny1979

    Cano will be most picked or at worst second most. He is a Pick Of The Day along with Ichiro so they will be 1-2 for most picked.

  4. LaVolpe

    I just scrambled to change my pick. Relying on TWC, it appears 70% chance of rain in NY area. I don’t like picking games with high chance of rain — too many bad things can happen. Now, looking for Abreu to get me to crazy eights. GL all bloggers.

  5. champion_88

    The Yankees are normally safe to pick in for rain situations.

    They rainout/call rain delays over drizzle, so you rarely have a 5 innings game there, especially against a divisional team, where makeup dates will be plentiful.

    • LaVolpe

      Not only can unforeseen things happen if it rains, I look at it as an opportunity to move above people ahead of me if the game does get rained out. I rather play than sit idle.

  6. 00liber

    LaV’s List

    Tuesday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
    196 Batters picked overall

    Batter, Times Picked, Percentage

    Pick Times Picked Percentage
    Robinson Cano, 352, 14.22
    Josh Hamilton, 145, 5.86, GOOD(MY PICK)
    Ichiro Suzuki, 144, 5.82
    Shane Victorno, 96, 3.88
    Ryan Braun, 68, 2.75
    Albert Pujols, 66, 2.67
    Plac Polanco, 60, 2.42
    No Selection, 56, 2.26
    Joey Votto, 52, 2.1
    Ian Kinsler, 41, 1.66, PH??
    Alex Rodriguez, 41, 1.66
    Joe Mauer, 41, 1.66
    J.J. Hardy, 40, 1.62
    Ryan Zimmerman, 39, 1.58
    Miguel Cabrera, 39, 1.58

    Of 54 Perfect streaks there are 8 playing the early game. 4 move on with Josh, 2 have Kinsler, 1 Miggy, 1 Andrus.

    Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 22.28% with a Todd Helton pinch hit 0-fer reseting the most.

    Highest “No Selection” 😛 pg# 4 with streak of 11 back to zero.

    Bloggers Group Top2500
    UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick

    LaVolpe, 7, pg , 881, B. Abreu (PICKED 34X)
    Nyy4life42, 7, pg , 881, R. Cano (352)
    Gurpsing, 7, pg , 881, P. Polanco (60)
    Blanco21, 6, pg , 1709, P. Polanco (60)

    Bloggers Reset Yesterday
    Gpearson17, 11, M. Montero

    GL to all

    • 00liber

      oops just noticed that i missed the pg each blogger is on.
      LaVolpe, 7, pg 37, 881, B. Abreu (PICKED 34X)
      Nyy4life42, 7, pg 37, 881, R. Cano (352)
      Gurpsing, 7, pg 49, 881, P. Polanco (60)
      Blanco21, 6, pg 82, 1709, P. Polanco (60)

  7. baseballgirlie13

    Well Cano was the most picked now we just have to wait and see if he continues his hot hitting against Tillman and see if that game even gets played. By the way, was I the only one who watched the youtube video that Dave posted because it was….um….weird, haha. Not sure how he finds that stuff. Anyway, keep it up Dave!!

  8. gpearson17

    Dang, I didn’t think to look at weather today before picking the obvious Cano. I guess you lose focus when you drop from 11 to zero. Looks like the Phils/Nats, Brewers/Pirates, and Rocks/Mets games will also be plagued by rain tonight.

  9. baseballgirlie13

    Wow!! Josh Hamilton left the game in the first inning after sliding into home plate. All those who picked him are super lucky he got a hit in his first plate appearance. The baseball God’s were looking over all of you guys today!

    • LaVolpe

      Per rotoworld: “Josh Hamilton was pulled from Tuesday’s game with a right shoulder strain”. May want to remove him from your picks until more info comes out.

    • 00liber

      He slid hard into 3rd and Inge fell on him, and then slid hard into home trying to score.
      He was already supposed to have tomorrow off.

  10. LaVolpe

    But then again, best to wait for more info instead of jumping to conclusions. Shame on me, I should know better. Ignore.

  11. LaVolpe

    Wonder who this slick1014 is? A bloggers group member playing 3 accounts. It may prove to not be slick at all.

  12. champion_88

    @LaVolpe: Maybe I missed something, but couldn’t the slick people just be friends or brothers?

    Even so, you have to get to 30+ games to win any sort of prizes, so it will likely not even matter.

      • gpearson17

        For a while, on the leader board I saw several accounts named jvairo_xx, with “xx” being various two-digit numbers. There’s currently a jvairo_76 with a 12-streak.

    • LaVolpe

      Could be and really none of my business either, other than simple curiosity. Though all 3 accounts picking the same players for 2+ days in a row now? I’d say probably not 3 individual accounts.

      • 00liber

        Untill I actually sat down and read the rules I was playing with 2 different accts (3 yrs ago). Thats probably all it is, is that ppl don’t read the rules so they don’t know any better. Then again maybe I’m just giving ppl the benefit of the doubt.

  13. champion_88

    If we remember awhile back, the guy that got to 45 games played with 2 of his brothers, although he claimed that either of the other picking a player meant he would most likely avoid him.

    They could also have had similar screenames too.

  14. LaVolpe

    Again, for me, it’s only curiosity. Whether multi-accounts are family members or 1 person using software to generate them and pick for them is neither here nor there. If someone is cheating and actually is fortunate to get the year’s top streak, MLB’s cheating system will already have been targeted. It isn’t too hard to see multiple accounts picking players based from the same IP address — red flag for sure I would think. When multiple accounts consistently pick same players — another red flag I would think. MLB will investigate anomalies before it pays out; that I’m sure of.
    Besides, this game is hard enough to concentrate on 1 account; doing multiple accounts will surely result in less success.

  15. baseballgirlie13

    So like most of you are saying, it really doesn’t matter if someone plays with two accounts they will eventually get caught. I have a question on what Lav said though. I started playing this game when a friend of mine told me about it five years ago. He was playing it with his brother and they lived at home with their parents. If one of them won would it not count because two accounts were being played with the same IP address? I didn’t know MLB could track that. That sucks for people who are playing honestly but share a computer if that’s the case.

  16. LaVolpe

    @baseballgirlie. I would believe MLB has some “test questions” that would be asked in such cases. It is not against rules to have multiple accounts from the same IP (i.e., from the same house). But it is against the rules for 1 real person to play multiple accounts.

  17. champion_88

    ha, after giving it a couple moments of thought, I think I figured it out.

    when MLB does the all-star vote every year, they give everyone 25 votes apiece.

    they are probably just translating that logic over.

    On a different note though, does anyone know what happened to BTS HR.

    The banner has been removed from the Fantasy home page.

    • baseballgirlie13

      I figured they gave each email account 25 votes. I remember last year you had to log in to vote. I mean I guess there would be a way to track IP addresses, especially with technology now days.

  18. LaVolpe

    @Champ88. I didn’t even notice it disappeared. I didn’t plan on playing it anyway, which is why it escaped me. I was curious about that Odyssey game was all about

  19. LaVolpe

    That was pretty close, huh? Regarding Pit/Mil. No makeup date set yet. Note that pitching matchups may have changed for the next 2 days for these 2 teams. I didn’t pre-pick from them, so I don’t know the original pitchers that were scheduled for those days.

  20. LaVolpe

    BOS pickers may be a bit shocked when the lineups are posted. Out: Ortiz, Drew, Ellsbury, Saltalamacchia. In: McDonald, Cameron, Lowrie, Varitek.
    SEA. Figgins out. Wouldn’t think it effects how Ichiro is pitched to

  21. LaVolpe

    COL/NYM game just PPD also. Mark, you’ll need a new category tomorrow: Nr that remained idle due to rain 😉

  22. yanksgiantsdevils33

    I had Cano picked today, with the Yankee game postponed, I’m staying at 1 with my 2nd straight pause.

  23. LaVolpe

    Well, for right now I’m glad I saw the forecast and changed my NYY pick in time. If I’m fortunate enough to move to 8, I will have also moved up on ~130 8-gamers that will remain idle today due to the 3 games rained out.

  24. baseballgirlie13

    Sweet! Marlon Byrd singled in the first inning for me so I am back to 3! Now if I can just get over that hump.

  25. baseballgirlie13

    So did anyone else see that Hamilton is going to be out 6-8 weeks! There goes a very popular pick out for an extended period of time. The Rangers are going to miss him for sure. I guess people can forget about him for a while now.

  26. yanksgiantsdevils33

    That’s 23-30% of the season without Josh Hamilton, one of the top 5 most commonly picked players.

  27. gpearson17

    No more than 27 streakers will be tied for first with a 13-streak after today. Suzuki (nine picks) and Kemp (one pick) are still in play.

  28. LaVolpe

    Felt like my guy pinched hit today. Team received 3 walks the entire game and my guy got all 3 resulting in an 0-1 day. Back to square zero, lick my wounds, and try to regroup with some new lessons learned.
    @gpearson: Ichiro & Kemp both have hits today
    @all: GL and I expect to be at the top of our group again shortly!

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