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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Oh, hello there …

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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53 Comments

Mind wandering… A palindrome is a word that is read the same way forward or backward, i.e., radar, madam, racecar. dollop spelled in lower case is read the same way if it is rotated 180 degrees. Wonder if there is a term for such a category of words.

There should be–invertidrome?

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0-5 followed by an 0-1. Brutal! Don’t know why Carlos Ruiz was pulled but he is back in the lineup today. Ibanez is resting today, btw.
Anyway, trying to start again with Martin Prado. GL all!

Tulo disappointed me last night. Was hitting Sanchez before last night but that is what happens. Hoping to start again today myself.

Ichiro for W6. He is by far the best pick today.

Ichiro can’t hit during the day this year so he isn’t the best pick for today by a long shot.

Wow, I can’t believe Ryan Brain is not in the top 15. I know he is facing Cliff Lee but he has been hotter then anyone this year. I should have gone with him as he singled in his first at bat. He is hitting extremely well right now.

Braun just got a hit, as did Prince, who has good career numbers against Lee. Both were tempting picks but it being Cliff Lee I decided to stay away.

Braun was picked by only 24 people from the Top2500. I think Cliff pitching was what scared ppl off.

I’m with you Dave. I had Braun last week but when I saw it was Lee I had to change him.

@Dave, I had Braun before I knew who was pitching last week but than I decided to change when I saw it was Lee pitching today.

LaV’s List
Wednesday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
182 Batters picked overall

Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
Joey Votto 317 12.68
Ichiro Suzuki 284 11.36 (LEADER)
Robinson Cano 165 6.6
Miguel Cabrera 142 5.68
Brian McCann 109 4.36
Shin-Soo Choo 105 4.2
No Selection 85 3.4
Derek Jeter 71 2.84
Chipper Jones 70 2.8
Alex Rodriguez 53 2.12
Victor Martinez 43 1.72
Albert Pujols 42 1.68
Placido Polanco 39 1.56
Ramon Castro 35 1.4
Jhonny Peralta 31 1.24

Highest “No Selection” :P pg# 4 with streak of 13 back to zero.
Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 46.28% with VOTTO reseting the most.

Bloggers Group Top2500
UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick
LEEROY77, 16, pg 1, 19, EITHER (PICKED 28X) Havent heard from him but hes been in the bloggers group for at least a week.
‘www.jew, 11, pg 18, 275, MIGGY, (PICKED 142X)
slick1014, 8, pg 80, 1271, ICHIRO (PICKED 284X)
damonschwan, 7, pg 97, 2109, SHIN CHOO (PICKED 105X)

GL to all
M

Update from last night’s posts Brian McCann went 2 for 3 and Jacoby Ellsbury had a pinch hit O fer. In all 3 of the 5 (Vladimir Guerrero, Ben Zobrist and McCann hit safely getting 2 hits apiece. A new era indeed is upon us x3 or better yet x6.

Votto had back-to-back-to-back 0-fers just twice last season, so that is probably a safe pick (alhtough one of those streaks came in April).

I went with Votto for a couple reasons: odds of playing in his home field: high, hitting ability: high, opposing pitcher quality: low, my streak: 1

Pujols picked well today in the doubleheader. Let’s hope that comes back and bites some streakers.

The Nationals/Cardinals and Padres/Cubs have double headers.
I see that Albert Pujols is among the top 15 despite playing in a double header. He just homered in the 3rd so he is good for Game 1. Colby Rasmus has been choses by a 17 game streak and Matt Holliday has been spotted as high as 13. Holliday is good for game 1 as well, but Rasmus is 0 for 2.

*chosen*
Lance Berkman has been picked as high as 15, Ryan Theriot at 12 and Albert Pujols highest selection is 13. Theriot has 2 hits in the 1st game while Berkman is still O fer.
I don’t see any Nationals, Padres or Cubs taken though.

Rasmus and Berkman have each gotten a hit so all 5 Cardinals picks are alive going into Game 2.

And Ichiro, Miggy, Polanco each hit. Yesterday had high resets, today may be rather low. We’ll see…

Ichiro and Miggy have both gotten hits now. And just about everyone playingin STL/WASH has hits in first game. Same can’t be said about Cubs/Pads. Can Votto come through or will he disappoint again?

Hmmm, 2nd place leader picked Wright for tonite. Zero for last 16 official ABs. Either he knows something or is making a big mistake.

And wright continues his crap batting going 0-3 with 2bb. Another leader bites the dust.

If I were going to pick Wright it may be tomorrow’s game. Wright hits very well against lefties and tomorrow’s lefty isn’t that good. But Wright is also taking a lot of walks lately too. I’ll wait for him to start a steak of his own before I assume too much risk on him

So the hosts of Intentional Talk on MLB Network are making BTS picks. Both are at zero (sound familiar?) with Kevin Millar picking Adam Jones and Chris Rose going with R. Cano. Given their records it is probably just as well that picks already have locked.

I’m up to 6 with my pick of Prince Fielder. Woohoooo!

A-Rod pickers starting to feel a bit queezy. 3 ABs, 2 BB, 1 Sac Fly. BTS-wise that’s 0-1.

Vottos good for all you pickers.

Up to 6 with Ichiro singling for me. Thinking of Michael Brantley of the Indians tomorrow to get me to 7. He’s been on fire lately and bats lead-off, should get 5 PA’s.

FYI: Careful with Brantley. He’s sharing time with Sizemore now I believe

That is correct. And the reason Brantley is hitting 7th.

Haha, right after I wrote that I looked up the game tonight and he is batting 7th. Not sure why, as he was 3-5 last night in the lead-off spot. Still thinking of going with him though.

As hot as he may be, I couldn’t pick him. I’m going with someone that probably few would pick, but he’s been on fire lately.

Cedeno? :)

Nope, Jose Reyes. :-)

Reyes 4-5 tonight. Might let you down tomorrow but best of luck with him.

But he’s just been absolutely killing the ball. I may change it, but I doubt it.

Jeter is 0 for 4 with 1 more trip to the plate coming.

Jeter O fer 5 My first back to back O fers of the season.

Rasmus and Berkman pickers are safe in the double dip.

Holliday pickers are safe too, Theriot and Pujols are still O fer.

Well Jeter and A-Rod just said F U to streakworld. pending a jays rally it’s not looking good if you have either of them.

Two outs in bottom of 9th with bases loaded and a grand salami will tie the game. Hmmm

And if STL keeps the lead, Pujols’ last AB comes next inning; currently 0-fer.

And with that double by Either, all 4 of our top2500 bloggers move on to tomorrow.

Also, Pujols just flied out in bottom of 7th. Stl up 5-3.

FYI. Early lock tomorrow with ARI/CIN starting at 1235 eastern.

Hamilton is now in the line ups — that’s STL Mark Hamilton ;)

Theriot: 0-5

And Pujols finishes second game 0-3.

2nd inning infield single by Kemp starts me going again at 1!

I am not a fan of picking from a double header because there a 2 chances to be O fered and if the selected player gets hits in both games the reward is the same as getting a hit in a non doubleheader, your streak increases by 1. However I would much rather pick a player in a double header (accidentally or on purpose) that gets hits in both games then an O fer in a single game. For example 3 of the 5 Cardinals picked got hits in both games while my pick (Jeter) went O fer in his one game. With that being said I just discovered that my ranking is the putrid 10000+.

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