Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, April 14
After a day on which two of your top three picks didn’t play and the other (Raul Ibanez) went hitless, we’d normally look to the future.
But today — for the first time ever — we’re throwing the BTS Report time machine in reverse.
Dim the lights and cue the music, it’s time for Streak of the Week!
In this new whenever-we-feel-like-it-but-probably-not-more-than-once-per-week feature, we’ll regale you with lore and minutia from streaks and streakers past.
Today’s hero: Benito Santiago
The streak: 34 games, Aug. 25, 1987-Oct. 2, 1987
Stats: .346 (47-for-136), 5 HR, 19 RBIs
Fun facts*: Longest hitting streak by a catcher. … Longest hitting streak by a rookie. … Recorded three hits during streak while batting from his knees. … Also set record by converting 134 consecutive Top Gun-style high fives with Garry Templeton. … Extended streak to 11 games Sept. 5 while wearing his pants on backward. … Ate fish tacos prior to streak-ending Sept. 2 game. Has not eaten fish tacos since.
*Mostly not even close to true.
Welp, hopefully that was an educational trip down memory lane for everyone. Until next week (maybe) …
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Oh, hello there …
• Chipper Jones: .464 AVG (13-for-28) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco
• Joe Mauer: .444 AVG (8-for-18) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields
• B.J. Upton: .500 AVG (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano
• Matt Holliday: .400 AVG (8-for-20) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda
• Luke Scott: .538 AVG (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter Phil Hughes
• Jason Kubel: .538 AVG (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields
Yes, Kubel has gone from spicy to hello there in less than 24 hours. Arbitrary!
Feeling kinda spicy?
• Ronny Cedeno: .500 AVG (9-for-19) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf
• Matt Diaz: .438 AVG (7-for-16) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf
You’ll thank me later …
• Prince Fielder: .071 AVG (3-for-42) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
• Denard Span: .063 AVG (1-for-16) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields
• Albert Pujols: .111 AVG (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda
Weren’t like 60 of you perfect two days ago? Fifteen Streakers remain at a somewhat impressive 14-for-14 on the season.
Top MLB streakers
Andre Ethier: 10 games
Jose Reyes: 10 games
Willie Bloomquist: 9 games
Orlando Hudson: 9 games
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