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


  1. gpearson17

    I had trouble making Friday’s pick — because there is a wealth of great choices. It’s a nice problem to have. I ended up letting Fukudome ride for another night.

      • schenk015

        taking jose reyes here. i felt taking a hot hitter against a unproven pitcher seemed like a safe choice but he will probably end up throwing a no hitter somehow.

      • nymets1979

        So far not good, but his pitch count is getting up there and he should be coming out shortly. It’s just a matter if Reyes can hit their relief pitchers. Btw, I picked him too.

  2. baseballgirlie13

    Going with Ike Davis of the Mets today. He is hitting the ball really well (11 hits in his last 5 games) and is on a 10 game hitting streak. I know he is facing someone he’s hasn’t seen before and usually that is not good to pick someone in that situation but I feel he is too hot right now not to get a hit. We’ll see though.

  3. LaVolpe

    Going with Big-Z (Zambrano) at Arizona today. Why not, I’m at zero. What do I have to lose? Ugh, can’t pick pitchers; yes that was a joke. Hmmm, I like Polanco at only 2 for 13 against Pelfrey. I don’t put a lot of stock in those stats and need to put my new algorithm to a test.

  4. yanksgiantsdevils33

    I’m going with Ryan Howard to get to 5. He’s 9 for 24 (.643) in his last 6 games and 13 for 32 (.406) against Pelfrey.

  5. schenk015

    I know a lot of people don’t like telling their strategy for making picks but for anyone that is willing to give a hint I’d like to hear some of the different strategies.
    I myself have decided to try only taking people who are on a 6 game hitting streak or more and since starting that I’ve had a 6 game streak of my own. I just feel it’s better to take someone who is hot over someone who has good numbers against a certain pitcher.

    • LaVolpe

      Sounds solid enough, but all steaks come to an end at some point. No strategy is going to be perfect otherwise we’d have new millionaires each year — I wish. I won’t go into too much detail since I’m still developing it. But basically I look at a fixed number of players and weight their last 3 games against the last 3 games of their opposing pitchers. I do factor in R/L averages, some other factors, and past history vs each other (weighted pretty low). I then pick the best “on paper”. That would have worked ok for me these past 4 games except I made a hasty last second pick from my primary pick based on loose information which I regret now. The first 3 games, 1st AB hits, each multi-base hits. Last night would have been a 2 hit game if I didn’t change. Part of any strategy I guess is trusting it; still working on that which is why I’m staying with Polanco tonight though his history vs Pelfrey is sub-Mendoza

      • schenk015

        i do look at other factors as well… like who is the opposing pitcher, R/L avgs and then take who seems like the best pick but they need to be hitting well before I even begin to consider them.

      • LaVolpe

        I used a strategy similar to yours last year and got to 20 with it. I didn’t limit it to streakers but relied heavily on hit count for past week, opposing pitcher quality + other stuff. It worked really well until after the All-Star break when I no longer had 7 consecutive days of data to crunch. This year I want to limit my focus and try something new and have been for the past few games. The 1st 3 weeks was pretty much pick & hope but that’s gotta stop

      • schenk015

        well its always tough to use a specific strategy for the first couple weeks but now we can finally tell who is actually producing and who isnt so its much easier to go with a specific strategy

      • 00liber

        I try to pick someone with awesome L/R splits, and for the most part i take guys that bat 1,2 or 3 from visiting teams to maximize at-bats. I started last season with a 17 streak but havent got past 12 since.

    • LaVolpe

      Geez. It’s like the twilight zone here. I can’t get out of this section of the blog. Giving a page reload a try to break out.

  6. LaVolpe

    Per rotoworld, notable hitters out of Friday’s lineup & potential pinch hitters: J.Loney(LAD), M.Izturis(LAA), A.Rios(CWS), T.Hafner(CLE), C.Crawford(BOS), R.Theriot(STL), C.Crisp(OAK) game-time decision

  7. 00liber

    LaV’s List
    Friday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
    127 Batters picked overall
    Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
    Joey Votto 321 12.84 (3rd)
    Travis Hafner 237 9.48
    Ryan Howard 190 7.6
    Kosuke Fukudome 174 6.96 (my pick)
    Matt Kemp 153 6.12
    Lance Berkman 151 6.04
    Miguel Cabrera 128 5.12 (3rd)FINALLY MAKING A PICK AGAIN
    Shane Victorino 86 3.44
    Placido Polanco 71 2.84 (3rd)
    Andre Ethier 69 2.76 (1rst)
    Ryan Braun 63 2.52
    Ichiro Suzuki 49 1.96
    Albert Pujols 45 1.8
    Troy Tulowitzki 42 1.68
    Dustin Pedroia 41 1.64 (3rd)
    Brennan Boesch 21 0.84 (1rst)

    Highest “No Selection” 😛 pg# 1 with streak of 21 back to zero. WTF No excuse for this, with 7pm lock time.
    Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 18.48% with ALEX GORDON reseting the most.

    Got Pinched OR 1 AB Wonders
    TOP2500 saved or reset by PHA (going to include any pinch hitters and/or double switch, 1 AB or More)
    Y Escobar TOR, SAVED 2, highest 15 gamer
    J Lowrie BOS, SAVED 5, highest 11 gamer (came on def in 8th, ab in 9th)
    A Kearns CLE, RESET 2, highest was 12 gamer (came on def in 7th, ab in 8th)
    D Barney CHC, RESET 5, highest was 16 gamer
    M Downs HOU(1), PH in 9TH, BB


    Bloggers Group Top2500
    UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick
    ab0v3_7h3_r3s7, 20, pg 1, 12, PLACIDO POLANCO (PICKED 71X) formally known as ‘www.jew
    Jagx, 15, pg 8, 187, MIGGY (PICKED 128X)
    levinc, 12, pg , 542, KOSUKE FUKUDOME (PICKED 174X)
    J_St33z, 9, pg , 1992, GRADY SIZEMORE(PICKED 11X)

    Bloggers Reset Yesterday
    backrubs RESET BY Alex Gordon
    GL to all

  8. LaVolpe

    Well, as high as Travis Hafner was picked, I sure hope he does come in and pinch hit. A little excitement is good 😉

    • 00liber

      LOL agreed.

      Also if you’ll notice “gottaweartheshades” finally picked again, and Miggy homered already so he moves on.

      • schenk015

        you can definitely say that his “wait until a pick I really like” strategy is working. eventhough he lost his lead he got it back and is again one day closer to the 57

      • champion_88

        I am not so sure that is his strategy, because what are the chances of him finding a pick he really liked every day for the 1st 3 weeks and then finding nothing for the next 10 days?

    • 00liber

      Apr 29 Hafner is not in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Tigers, according to the Indians’ official Twitter page.
      Recommendation: Hafner was set to undergo an MRI Friday to determine the extent of his ankle injury; but even though the results are still pending, he will be held out of the lineup Friday. Shelley Duncan will serve as the DH in Hafner’s place.


  9. LaVolpe

    If I ever get to the 40s I’ll give it a shot. And if that does really happen there’s going to be a lot of bloggers venting 😉

      • schenk015

        i agree. if i ever got to 40 i would keep taking guys out of the lineup until i found someone i liked. i do understand why the leader is doing that right now. if your in the lead then why not play it safe

  10. _em_

    I look for opposing batting avg of at least 300 and match a hitter hitting at least 300. I consider the match-ups, but generally don’t pick the best hitter against that pitcher, as I figure he’ll be suseptible to walks. I definitely look for L/R match-ups. And I try to check the morning of to see if my guy is healthy and slated to play, but I don’t always get to it. This is working decently (high streak of 7, back to 6 now). My dad, who is a stats king, can’t get above two!

    • champion_88

      How many pitchers have a BAA of over .300?

      When I read Vinny’s write-ups, I always notice the .300 BAA+, because they are so rare.

    • LaVolpe

      Agreed. In the early part of the season it is relatively common. But later in season, 250-280 is far more common & 300+ is rare on a day-to-day basis.

  11. LaVolpe

    Mark, keep your fingers crossed. If there’s gonna be a significant sacrifice this Friday, it will be Kosuke and/or Kemp

  12. yanksgiantsdevils33

    I’m going with Ryan Braun since he is 10 for 29 (.345) against Wandy Rodriguez. He is also 21 for 54 (.389) in his last 13 games, hitting safely in 12 out of 13.

  13. 00liber

    LaV’s List
    Saturday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
    123 Batters picked overall
    Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
    Troy Tulowitzki 682 27.28
    Ryan Braun 307 12.28 (3rd)
    Ichiro Suzuki 197 7.88
    Placido Polanco 170 6.8 (MY PICK)
    Andre Ethier 136 5.44 (1rst)
    Howard Kendrick 87 3.48
    Brian McCann 61 2.44 (1rst)
    Matt Kemp 57 2.28
    Miguel Cabrera 54 2.16
    Joey Votto 41 1.64
    No Selection 35 1.4
    Michael Young 34 1.36
    Billy Butler 33 1.32
    Adrian Beltre 4 0.16 (3rd)
    Logan Morrison 1 0.04 (3RD)(DL) Right back to staying put

    Highest “No Selection” 😛 pg# 6 with streak of 17 back to zero.
    Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 18.32% with FUKUDOME reseting the most.
    There was also 11.72% PPD due to players not playing, These streakers do not reset, but did not increase either.

    Got Pinched OR 1 AB Wonders
    TOP2500 saved or reset by PHA (going to include any pinch hitters and/or double switch, 1 AB or More)
    E Chavez NYY, RESET 1, WAS 12 gamer
    R Spilborghs COL, RESET 1, was 9 gamer


    Bloggers Group Top2500
    UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick
    ab0v3_7h3_r3s7, 21, pg 1, 9, RYAN BRAUN (PICKED 307X) formally known as ‘www.jew
    Jagx, 16, pg 7, 147, RYAN BRAUN (PICKED 307X)
    J_St33z, 10, pg 65, 1541, TULO (PICKED 682X)

    Bloggers Reset Yesterday
    GL to all

    • LaVolpe

      FYI: Gotta watch Berkman if you pick him for a day game after night game. You’ll see this with other aging hitters also. Too bad you didn’t catch the lineups before the games locked

      • LaVolpe

        With Cards losing in time running out, I think you’ll see Berkman pinch hitting. LaRussa does not normally take a loss without expending all of his ammo.

      • LaVolpe

        Right on cue. He’ll probably stay in as RF & with game tied going to end of 8th, may have a chance to bat again.

      • LaVolpe

        Hmmm, Miggy intentionally walked in the 1st inning! Definitely gives you the manager’s strategy: Don’t let Miggy beat you. May want to think twice about picking him during their series.

      • LaVolpe

        Wow. How did that get posted here? Sometimes I forget to hit reply, but this time I know I didn’t hit reply. Oh well, so be it

      • 00liber

        Miggy send a giant F U to the indians by hitting a long ball with his 2nd ab, then gets the free pass again on 3rd.

      • LaVolpe

        The COL/PIT game about to start. BTS gods have been merciful today. If a major sacrifice is to happen tonight it will be Tulo and/or MLB’s best streaker this year so far: Ethier.
        A side note: There were 36 on first page with 20 gamers or more before games started today. 1 sat idle and all but 13 others have moved on. Of those 13: 6 chose Ethier, 3 for Tulo, 1 for Kemp, 1 for Fowler, 1 for Cuddyear, 1 for S.Castro

      • LaVolpe

        Ignore previous post. Finally figured out how to get out of this reply section & posted below. Feels like I was lost in a maze 🙂

  14. yanksgiantsdevils33

    I’m going to keep track of number of game days in which the Top 15 most selected players have excellent success and there is little or no resets among the top 15.
    Ultimate success game-days (USGD): On an USGD, all 15 selections get hits or 14 out of 15 get hits and the 1 who doesn’t is a pause.
    Semi Ultimate success days (SUSGD): On a SUSGD all 15 of the most selected players either get hits or pause. At least 2 of these would be pause picks or otherwise that would be an USGD.
    Super success game-days (SSGD): On a SSGD at least 12 of the top 15 most selected picks must get a hit or pause. If there are only 1, 2 or 3 O fers in the Top 15, that makes for a SSGD.

  15. champion_88

    Why does 27% of all pickers have Tulo?

    He isn’t even hitting that well, it is a lefty-lefty matchup, Maholm is a decent pitcher, the Rockies are home, it is a night game, and Maholm is really tough on lefties?

    That makes no freaking sense.

    • LaVolpe

      Simply: 556 AVG past history vs Maholm & PIT is floundering. Personally, I’d like to see him be sacrificed to the BTS gods today.

    • baseballgirlie13

      Tulo bats right handed not left handed. It makes for a good match-up. Tulo hits lefties really well.

      • LaVolpe

        Good point. Think Champ88 was confusing CarGo with Tulo.
        Though Tulo’s numbers have not been good past few games & yes he does hit lefties better — lifetime numbers

  16. champion_88

    Yeah, but I mean PIT is ALWAYS floundering, .556 isn’t THAT impressive, and 27% is an absurdly intense concentration in one player.

    • LaVolpe

      If he does go 0-fer, it reduces a big chunk of the leaders in on e fell swoop. But 556 is impressive I think. He should see the pitcher 3 times & by the numbers that means at least 1 hit. Throw in the human factor and all bets are off 😉

      • LaVolpe

        When I say impressive, it’s based of 18 ABs. If it was less than 10 ABs then the numbers are far less impressive. 18 ABs translates to about 5 games and an avg like that over 5 games means he sees the pitches well. But we’ve seen situations like this before where the hitter goes 0-fer because of walks, sac and 1 or 2 ABs only

  17. yanksgiantsdevils33

    I must have to say that USGDs and SUSGDs are very rare.
    This season so far through 30 game days:
    USGDs: 0
    SUSGDs: 0
    SSGDs: 10 (4/1, 4/6, 4/11, 4/15, 4/18, 4/21, 4/24, 4/26, 4/27, 4/28, 4/29)

    • yanksgiantsdevils33

      Since all 10 of the SSGDs have had 2 or 3 O fers there will be a couple of rule adjustments that will not affect the results that have occurred within the 1st 30 game-days.
      USGDs The rules for USGDs will not change.
      SUSGDs On a SUSGDs at least 14 of the top 15 most selected players must get a hit or pause. A SUSGD will occur on any game day that there is just 1 O fer at most and/or at least 2 pauses with all the other selections in the top 15 getting hits.
      SSGDs On a SSGD 12 or 13 of the top 15 most selected picks must get a hit or pause. If there are exactly 2 or 3 O fers in the Top 15, that makes for a SSGD.

  18. LaVolpe

    The COL/PIT game about to start. BTS gods have been merciful today. If a major sacrifice is to happen tonight it will be Tulo and/or MLB’s best streaker this year so far: Ethier.
    A side note: There were 36 on first page with 20 gamers or more before games started today. 1 sat idle and all but 13 others have moved on. Of those 13: 6 chose Ethier, 3 for Tulo, 1 for Kemp, 1 for Fowler, 1 for Cuddyear, 1 for S.Castro

  19. LaVolpe

    Check your picks for tomorrow. Jose Tabata removed in 1st inning after going 0-1. Reason not disclosed yet. Too bad for the only Top2500 person that picked him: a 19-gamer.

  20. 00liber

    Interesting. Col moved Helton up to 3 and dropped Cargon to 5. Gotta think if 1rst is open you give Tulo the free pass and pitch to the Slumping Carlos.

      • LaVolpe

        Coming to light now. COL winning by 3 & @ home. Won’t bat in 9th if score holds. Tulo needs 6 more hitters to come to the plate for another AB; 0-fer as of right now!

  21. yanksgiantsdevils33

    There could be the 1st USGD of the season however but Troy Tulowitzki is currently O fer making the chances of a USGD small. The Dodgers are just getting underway with Andre Eithier and Matt Kemp being the last two picks from the top 15 to start play. If all 3 can get hits it will be a USGD, if 2 get hits and 1 goes O fer this will the 1st SUSGD, if 2 or 3 go O fer this will be the 11th SSGD. Today will definitely be at least a SSGD.

    • yanksgiantsdevils33

      Well there went the USGD, now I’m rooting for a SUSGD.
      Ethier and Kemp are off to 0 for 1 starts.

      • yanksgiantsdevils33

        Ethier and Kemp both have hits making for a Semi Ultimate Success Game-day! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  22. 00liber

    FYI—–>LF Jose Tabata left Saturday’s game after his right hamstring tightened while he was running out a first-inning grounder. He is day-to-day.
    Per Yahoo Sports.

  23. LaVolpe

    Anyone know who’s really pitching for HOU vs MIL today? MLB shows Wandy Rodriguez as today’s pitcher everywhere. He just pitched 8 innings last nite, correct? So who’s pitching today?

  24. LaVolpe

    For those that picked Ichiro, wonder if they caught the pitching change from Buchholz to Wakefield? Wonder if they even care?

  25. yanksgiantsdevils33

    I’m going with Miguel Cabrera to get to 7. This is the 3rd time I’ve gotten to 6 within the 1st 31 days. I have failed at 7 both previous times.
    The highest no selection is on page 4 with a streak of 18. That streak will be reset to 0.
    USGDs: 0
    SUSGDs: 1 (4/30)
    SSGDs: 10 (4/1, 4/6, 4/11, 4/15, 4/18, 4/21, 4/24, 4/26, 4/27, 4/28, 4/29)

    • yanksgiantsdevils33

      Miguel Cabrera O fer 2 with a walk and now a Hit by Pitch. Now I need extra innings. 😦

  26. LaVolpe

    And so it continues. Miggy intentionally walked in 1st inning. I’m making a mental note for future CLE/DET series.

    • LaVolpe

      Appears if bases are empty or loaded will be the only way CLE will pitch to him. Hard enough to get a hit with 3 or 4 ABs, but if limiting it to 1 or 2 ABs, odds are much poorer. Risk not worth taking IMO. 3 IBB yesterday, 1 so far today.

  27. 00liber

    LaV’s List
    Sunday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
    138 Batters picked overall
    Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
    Matt Holliday 467 18.68 (3RD)
    Andre Ethier 275 11 (1RST)
    Ryan Braun 251 10.04 (1RST + MY PICK)
    Miguel Cabrera 160 6.4
    Jose Bautista 137 5.48
    Billy Butler 94 3.76
    Stephen Drew 89 3.56
    Ichiro Suzuki 80 3.2
    Placido Polanco 73 2.92
    Joey Votto 69 2.76
    Robinson Cano 67 2.68
    Alex Rodriguez 48 1.92
    Starlin Castro 42 1.68
    No Selection 34 1.36
    Albert Pujols 32 1.28 (3RD)

    Highest “No Selection” 😛 pg# 4 with streak of 18 back to zero.
    Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 35.72% with TULO reseting the most.

    Got Pinched OR 1 AB Wonders
    TOP2500 saved or reset by PHA (going to include any pinch hitters and/or double switch, 1 AB or More)
    L Berkman STL, RESET 23, highest were 2, with 18 gamers
    J Tabata PIT, RESET 1, was pulled after 1 AB (INJ), was a 19 gamer
    R Theriot STL, RESET 1, was 10 gamer
    B Wallace HOU (1), PH for pitchers spot in 9th, BB

    Bloggers Group Top2500
    UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick
    ab0v3_7h3_r3s7, 22, pg 1, 9, RYAN BRAUN (PICKED 251X) formally known as ‘www.jew
    Jagx, 17, pg 5, 105, JOSE BAUTISTA (PICKED 137X)
    dalywalker322, 9, pg 100+, 2427, ICHIRO (PICKED 80X)
    sclennin, 9, pg 100+, 2427, MATT HOLLIDAY (PICKED 467X)

    Bloggers Reset Yesterday
    J_St33z RESET by TULO
    GL to all

  28. LaVolpe

    And if anyone cares… Those with 20-gamers & higher increased by 10 yesterday to 46. Here are their picks
    M.Holliday x8
    R.Braun x7
    J.Bautista x6
    A.Ethier x5
    Mi.Cabrera x4
    R.Cano x2
    S.Drew x2
    A.Pujols x1
    P.Polanco x1
    R.Weeks x1
    M.Kemp x1
    B.Butler x1
    C.Gonzalez x1
    T.Tulowitski x1
    J.Votto x1
    S.Castro x1
    Ad.Gonzalez x1
    J.Upton x1
    A.Hill x1

      • LaVolpe

        Sorta. I don’t recall seeing this many 20-gamers and above a month into the season before. Year of the pitcher? Not this year evidently. And there are 27 19-gamers entering today.

      • LaVolpe

        Like over-populated deer, these 20+ gamers need to be culled to stop the population explosion. Unless 27 or more drop today, tomorrow can have over 50 of them.

  29. 00liber

    Hmmm. STL already made a defensive change. No one had Punto but there was one pick with Delcasco.

    • yanksgiantsdevils33

      I said don’t take the lead!
      The Tigers now need 2 guys to reach to bring Cabrera up!

      • yanksgiantsdevils33

        Miguel Cabrera singled! Us Cabrera pickers are saved and I got my first last out miracle! 🙂

  30. nymets1979

    I got screwed, as usual. I picked Braun when W. Rodriguez was pitching and didn’t have a chance to change it due to B. Norris pitching, so I’m back to 0. I’m having no luck whatsoever. I need to find someone that is on an early streak and pick them every day, let’s see if that works.

    • LaVolpe

      Wandy pitched last nite; no way he was pitching 2 days in a row. Ichiro just got reset today — maybe he’ll be your streak starter?

  31. nymets1979

    Well I know that now, but when I made the pick it showed him pitching today. I had no time to even look at the game until after it started and wondered “Why is Norris pitching?”, only to look around and see there were changes made. Grrrr. Ichiro could be the streak starter for me, but he’s burned me in the past more than once and I’m a bit hesitant to pick him.

    • LaVolpe

      One of the things I do when I make my picks: write down the pick and the starter. Then each day before game locks or as late as possible, I’ll double check and make sure 1) player is still playing if possible and 2) see if the pitcher changed. That is how I knew BOS & HOU changed because I was also looking at Braun & Ichiro. That may help you getting burned in the future for scenarios like this.

      • LaVolpe

        Meant: help you from getting burned. Also because I knew I was looking at Braun, I reviewed his game last night & since Wandy was pitching last nite, no way was he pitching today, regardless what MLB put out there. Just FYI

      • nymets1979

        That should have been a reply. And I knew Wandy was pitching last night, somehow my brain didn’t start normal operating procedures until it was too late. Oh well, I was only at one anyway.

    • LaVolpe

      Not that it helps. But I think Braun was like 500 vs Norris lifetime & has a 13-game hitting streak vs HOU (though that last stat is kinda useless). The only reason I didn’t pick Braun was that righties were hitting sub-200 off Norris this year. I thought another pick might be less risky & succeeded. I was soooo tempted to pick Braun because of that average & how hot he’s been so far.

    • nymets1979

      Well I had Brian McCann first and changed again like 20 times. A few of my other picks, including McCann, got at least one hit, so it’s my own fault for picking someone and then changing it.

  32. 00liber

    Well I learned 2 things today. 1) stop picking against Bud Norris (3rd time he’s burned this year already) 2)Cle doesn’t like to pitch to Miggy. Thankfully I didn’t take him at all this weekend but I know for future matchups.

    • nymets1979

      Oh yeah! And that’s one reason I don’t feel all that bad about my decision. So many other streaks were up in the 20’s and they are back to 0. I was only at 1.

      • 00liber

        Ya me too. But I don’t think ‘www.Jew feels quite the same as he saw his 22 disappear.

      • LaVolpe

        And speaking of Ethier. If he doesn’t go 0-fer tomorrow I think he’ll safely in the following 2 games vs the Cubs. Still think his reset will be via the lefty or a high caliber righty

    • LaVolpe

      Yes, but Ethier would help cull more. Entering today, 73 could move to 20+. Of the games already played: 21 were reset, 12 still waiting, 20 moved on & 1 sat idle

      • LaVolpe

        — oops miscounted; filtered incorrectly
        34 moved on, 21 reset, 20 waiting, 1 idle

      • LaVolpe

        So if Ethier goes 0-fer we have a good population decrease else we can see 50ish 20+ gamers tomorrow

      • LaVolpe

        Well with Ethier’s single, 20+ gamers minimum tomorrow will be 43 with just 9 waiting & 6 of them on last ABs.

      • LaVolpe

        Culling didn’t do good enough job; need better results. 27 reset while 27 19-gamers tried to get to 20 which leaves us currently at 46, exactly where we started today. Polanco has 3 riding on him tonight (1 @ 20, 2 @ 19).

  33. LaVolpe

    And if he reads the blog…. Stock up on D.Freese(STL) for the next 9 days. Broken hand with hit-by-pitch today.

    • LaVolpe

      Yep, his left hand bruised. May see pinch duties for a couple days?
      If others want to play the DL-game, here’s another one for you. Add Boggs(MIL) to your next picks. He’ll be sent back down when N.Morgan comes off DL tomorrow.

  34. blanco21

    I see a lot of the leaders doubling on Ethier. LaV is it possible to check if any of them are riding Either for a long time? Just curious…….Thanx

    • LaVolpe

      You’d have to ask 00Liber. I don’t keep those stats any longer, but he does. The only thing I have is last 2 days. If 00Liber see’s this post, I’m sure he’ll reply.

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