May 2011

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 31

Happy Tuesday, Streakers. We hope each of your Memorial Days featured food from a grill, beverages from a cooler and a couple hits from your Diamondback of choice. The season’s unofficial one-third pole is in the rearview and the dog days loom ahead.

Although Canadian hero Joey Votto spun out 18.2 percent of all selectors prior to crossing the finish line yesterday, your next two picks — Miguel Cabrera and Evan Longoria — did manage to wave the checkered flag.

Offense was also up across the league as a whole, a trend we can expect to continue as the weather heats up. Especially in places like Texas and Arizona, the fly balls start carrying deeper and more floaters dunk in for hits once you tear May 31 off your page-a-day calendar. The hit buffet is open, gamers. Load up your plates and don’t be shy about coming back for seconds (or thirds).
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Tuesday’s picks:

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Chase Utley.455 (10-for-22) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

Carlos Lee.378 (14-for-37) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Mark Teixeira: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Brett Anderson

Derek Jeter.429 (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Brett Anderson

Placido Polanco.368 (7-for-19) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

Jhonny Peralta.364 (4-for-11) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Brian Duensing


Feeling kinda spicy?

Franklin Gutierrez: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie


You’ll thank me later …

Hunter Pence: .179 (5-for-28) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Jimmy Rollins: .190 (4-for-21) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

Troy Tulowitzki: .188 (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

Chipper Jones.167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Matt Latos

Jacoby Ellsbury: .182 (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd


Leaderboard time!

Thirty games remains the number to beat, and current leader jsmnapoli sits four back at 26. Is that person related to Mike Napoli? Maybe. If they pick Mike Napoli in the next five days, those odds rise to roughly 100 percent.


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Theriot: 13 games

Miguel Cabrera: 12 games

Yunel Escobar:  11 games

Hunter Pence11 games

Carlos Gonzalez:  10 games

Brendan Ryan10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Carlos Gonzalez: (8 HR this season) vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

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Beat the Streak Report: Memorial Day Weekend

Like Diddy in the Hamptons, you Streakers rolled into MDW in style. Yesterday’s top nine picks each carried the mail, propelling a whopping 59.1 percent of all selectors one day closer to throwing White Parties of their own.

Adrian Gonzalez led the way at 16.8 percent, but the heroes came in all shapes and sizes: Young (Starlin Castro) and old (Todd Helton), speedy (Jose Reyes) and powerful (Jose Bautista), consistent (Adam Jones) and streaky (Troy Tulowitzki) … No matter your preferred pick method, Thursday’s selection more than likely brought home the turkey bacon.

Looking forward, this holiday weekend marks the season’s unofficial one-third pole — a time of barbecues, ballgames and convincing yourself that seersucker is a good idea. The novelty of warm weather hasn’t worn off yet and just about every team has something to play for. Our season leader sits at 30 games, but there will be plenty of hot streaks to ride as we waltz into the dog days.

Get out there and throw something on a grill — but don’t forget to lock in those picks first.

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Friday’s picks:

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Ichiro Suzuki: .444 AVG (8-for-18) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett

Aubrey Huff: .455 AVG (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum

• Erick Aybar: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Feeling kinda spicy?

Miguel Tejada: .476 AVG (10-for-21) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum

You’ll thank me later …

Gaby Sanchez: .091 AVG (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Jon Garland

Jimmy Rollins: .111 AVG (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Chris Capuano

Home Run BTS pick:

Carlos Quentin: (12 HR this season) vs. Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek


Saturday’s picks:

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Andrew McCutchen: .545 AVG (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Randy Wells

• Billy Butler.625 AVG (5-for-8) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Matt Harrison

• Chipper Jones: .438 AVG (7-for-16) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Feeling kinda spicy?

• Reed Johnson: .636 AVG (7-for-11) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

You’ll thank me later …

Miguel Cabrera: .154 AVG (2-for-13) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

• Placido Polanco: .188 AVG (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Home Run BTS pick:

Ryan Howard: (11 HR this season) vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey


Sunday’s picks:

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Alberto Callaspo: .462 AVG (12-for-26) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

• Todd Helton: .500 AVG (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Alfonso Soriano: .500 AVG (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens

Feeling kinda spicy?

• Ryan Roberts: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Bud Norris

You’ll thank me later …

Ryan Theriot: .143 AVG (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin

Jacoby Ellsbury: .182 AVG (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

Home Run BTS pick:

Nelson Cruz: (8 HR this season) vs. Royals starter Danny Duffy


Monday’s picks:

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• Miguel Cabrera: .458 AVG (11-for-24) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Evan Longoria: .556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Derek Holland

Joey Votto: .556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Chris Narveson

Feeling kinda spicy?

Alfredo Amezaga: .500 AVG (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

You’ll thank me later …

• Jhonny Peralta: .150 AVG (3-for-20) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Wilson Betemit: .188 AVG (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Home Run BTS pick:

• Chris Young: (9 HR this season) vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad


Leaderboard time

With the Sarge going down yesterday, our current leaders, Dcough4z and whall31, sit at 24 games. That’s a nice little run, folks. Make it through the weekend and we can talk turkey.


Top MLB streakers 

Buster Posey: 13 games

Vladimir Guerrero:  11 games

Nick Markakis:  11 games

Juan Pierre11 games

As per the LoMo rule from earlier this season, Buster gets one more weekend atop this list. See ya in a few months, buddy.


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Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 26

Extra innings giveth, and extra innings taketh away.

If you entrusted your streak to any hitter involved in yesterday’s Reds-Phillies tilt, you’re probably walking around with a little extra swagger this morning. Fifteen of 16 starting hitters in that one recorded at least one base knock, which isn’t surprising given that the game went 19 innings and most of those guys saw eight or nine plate appearances.

The Giants and Marlins also needed bonus baseball to settle their score last night, and the three extra frames (Three? Danys Baez is not impressed!) provided opportunity for BTS stalwarts John Buck and Greg Dobbs to get on the board. So, uh, cue the old saying about the blind squirrel and the nuts if you advanced on one of those two.

The big news in San Fran, however, was the loss of Giants catcher Buster Posey. Our current MLB streak leader at 13 games, Posey suffered an apparent leg injury attempting to block the plate in the 12th inning. We’re only a dentist, but this does not look promising. The 24-year-old carried many a Streaker during a 21-game tear last summer and entered Wednesday’s action 14-for-35 (.400) over his last nine contests.

He’s a player who would be sorely missed. Please pass around the Get Well Soon card in the comments.

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Thursday’s picks:

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Melky Cabrera: .435 (10-for-22) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

Scott Rolen.471 (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee

David DeJesus.393 (11-for-28) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

Torii Hunter.455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Brett Anderson


Feeling kinda spicy?

Mark Ellis: .500 (9-for-18) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

Mark Reynolds: .409 (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis


You’ll thank me later …

Erick Aybar.000 (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Brett Anderson

Carlos Beltran: .188 (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Chase Utley: .125 (1-for-8) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Homer Bailey


Leaderboard time!

Sgtdave3127 remains atop the pack after reaching the quarter-century mark. Move ‘em out, Sarge! “I don’t know but I’ve been told, picking Jose Reyes yesterday was good as gold. Sound off!”



Top MLB streakers 

Buster Posey: 13 games

Vladimir Guerrero:  10 games

Nick Markakis:  10 games

Juan Pierre: 10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Justin Upton: (9 HR this season) vs. Rockies starter Clayton Mortensen

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Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 25

Yesterday was a great success in Streakland, as popularity kings Jose Reyes, Vladimir Guerrero and Buster Posey combined to push more than a quarter of all selectors one day closer to the land of milk and Honey Nut Cheerios.

Former leader brentellerbrock was not among the chosen few, however, as Ryan Braun lasted just two hitless at-bats before losing his helmet and his head against the Nationals.

If Mr. Ellerbrock avoided a hissy fit and an ejection of his own upon realizing that Braun’s tasty matchup against Livan “On a Prayer” Hernandez ended prematurely, he’s a cooler man than  we are.

So close to the halfway point, and yet so far. We recommend getting right back on that horse with a little help from …

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Wednesday’s picks:

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Ryan Sweeney.529 (9-for-17) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Ryan Braun: .444 (8-for-18) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

Justin Morneau.421 (8-for-19) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Eric Bedard

Corey Hart.417 (7-for-17) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

Michael Young: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd


Feeling kinda spicy?

Cliff Pennington: .467 (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Jack Hannahan: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester

You’ll thank me later …

Hunter Pence.188 (6-for-32) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

Shin-Soo Choo: .000 (0-for-9) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester

Troy Tulowitzki: .176 (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy

Justin Upton: .167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jason Hammel

Victor Martinez: .182 (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine


Leaderboard time!

Only one Streaker, current leader sgtdave3127 is within a week of challenging our season leader. Yikes. Maybe it’s time for a little less Angry Birds and a little more BTS mobile app on your iPhones and iPod touches.



Top MLB streakers 

Buster Posey: 12 games

Josh Hamilton:  10 games

James Loney:  10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Curtis Granderson: (16 HR this season) vs. Blue Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes

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Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 24

The future is an amazing time because you can do anything from anywhere.

And ohbytheway: the future is now.

You can order Starbucks from your iPhone while sitting in a Wi-Fi-equipped blimp, or buy a Wi-Fi-equipped blimp from your iPad while sitting in a Starbucks. Can you buy an iPod touch while sitting in a blimp that’s sitting in a Starbucks? The possibility cannot be ruled out.

Soon, Time will just be a tablet magazine and robot players will blast baseballs into space and you’ll be able to submit Beat the Streak picks through nano-transmitters in your mind. It’s called “technology.”

But until those are invented — and we are hard at work — the next best thing is submitting BTS picks from your mobile device.

Introducing: Beat the Streak for iPhone and iPod touch.

The same Streak game you know and love is now fully playable on the go. Download the free app to make your daily selection by checking our Top Picks or browsing through the day’s games. Analyze matchups, check your results and view your history, all from your mobile device.

Get the app now. We’ll let you know when the nano-transmitter thing is ready.

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Tuesday’s picks:

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B.J. Upton: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

Brett Gardner.455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Delmon Young.444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Doug Fister

Ichiro Suzuki.375 (6-for-16) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Hanley Ramirez: .353 (6-for-17) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva


Feeling kinda spicy?

Jack Cust: .556 (10-for-18) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Chone Figgins: .500 (11-for-22) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn


You’ll thank me later …

Rickie Weeks: .188 (3-for-26) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

Jose Bautista: .000 (0-for-11) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

Justin Upton.000 (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin

Prince Fielder: .118 (2-for-17) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

Robinson Cano: .172 (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero


Leaderboard time!

Wyocathy, why oh did you pick Jacoby Ellsbury yesterday? He didn’t get any hits! Your streak is kaput at 28 games and buddycrise remains our season leader at 30. Next challenger: brentellerbrock at 27 games. Hey Brent, have you checked our the new mobile app yet? The kids are tweetin’ all over their Facebooks about it!


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun:  13 games

Buster Posey: 11 games

Josh Hamilton:  9 games

James Loney:  9 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Miguel Cabrera (8 HR this season) vs. Rays starter Wade Davis

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Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 23

While it appears the world did not end over the weekend, former leader buddycrise saw his 30-game streak raptured back to zero on Friday evening.

Deepest condolences to you, buddy, although a share of the season lead is plenty to hang your cowboy hat on these days. Not quite as substantial as a $5.6 million hat rack in your foyer, but a point of pride nonetheless.

It was also good to see buddy get right back on the horse with a two-game run on Saturday and Sunday. We bet things are looking downright Bautisterrific on his season stats page.

Anyway, a new week has dawned, and unless the subway preachers were just off by a couple days in their apocalypse calculations, that means seven more chances to roll with any of …

Monday’s picks:

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Ryan Braun.476 (10-for-21) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny

Elvis Andrus: .625 (5-for-8) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter John Danks

Russell Martin: .800 (4-for-5) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva

Will Venable.800 (4-for-5) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Carlos Lee.500 (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw


Feeling kinda spicy?

Orlando Cabrera: .500 (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

Ryan Sweeney: .350 (7-for-20) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver


You’ll thank me later …

Brandon Phillips.091 (2-for-22) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

Corey Hart: .185 (5-for-27) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny

Rickie Weeks: .182 (4-for-22) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny

Michael Young: .133 (2-for-15) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter John Danks


Leaderboard time!

Our new leader, checking in at No. 28 on the streak counter and No. 1 in your hearts, is wyocathy. Why, oh Cathy, can’t anyone top 30 games this season? Will you be the first?


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun:  12 games

Buster Posey: 11 games

Ryan Ludwick:  10 games

Kevin Youkilis:  10 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, May 20-22

Big news, Streakers. Big.

Numero uno: Home Run Beat the Streak is back!

Pick one dude per day who you think is going to do some yardwork. String together the season’s longest streak (at least 11 games) and compete to win 10 grand.

It’s easy, it’s fun and you could someday be mentioned in the same sentence as Kevin Mench. What’s not to love?

Numero dos: Season Stats

Time to put away the notebooks and the calculators, Streakers. We’re officially rolling out a mind-meltingly awesome new BTS Season Stats page for your perusing pleasure.

Want to know the batting average of your Streak picks this season? How about over the last month, or 10 days?

Well now you can.

There’s also a record of your longest Streaks (and who ended them), as well as a breakdown of your most frequent picks this season and how they’ve fared.

So next time Carlos Gonzalez ends your precious two-gamer and you’re wondering just how many times he’s stymied your attempts to summit Mt. Three Games, you know exactly where to to find out.

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Friday’s picks:

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Ryan Braun: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jason Hammel

• Lyle Overbay: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny

Carlos Lee: .400 AVG (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes

Feeling kinda spicy?

Jorge Cantu: .467 AVG (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Erik Bedard

You’ll thank me later …

Michael Young: .182 AVG (4-for-22) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay

Prince Fielder: .143 AVG (1-for-7) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jason Hammel

Saturday’s picks:

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Russell Martin: .636 AVG (7-for-11) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Chris Capuano

Ian Kinsler: .450 AVG (9-for-20) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee

• Adam Jones.400 AVG (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

Feeling kinda spicy?

John Buck: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Rays starter David Price

You’ll thank me later …

Evan Longoria: .167 AVG (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

Adrian Gonzalez: .200 AVG (3-for-15) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Sunday’s picks:

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• Rickie Weeks: .750 AVG (6-for-8) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez

Chris Coghlan: .625 AVG (5-for-8) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

• Marlon Byrd: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Marlon Byrd

Feeling kinda spicy?

Conor Jackson: .500 AVG (9-for-18) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

You’ll thank me later …

Jose Bautista: .083 AVG (1-for-12) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

• Troy Tulowitzki: .188 AVG (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

Leaderboard Time

Robinson Cano powered buddycrise to 30 games last night, tying him for the BTS season lead. Hey buddy, how many times have you picked Cano this season? You’re not sure? Check your Season Stats!

Top MLB streakers 

Austin Jackson:  11 games

Asdrubal Cabrera: 10 games

Corey Hart: 10 games

Corey Patterson: 10 games

Brandon Phillips: 10 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 19

Nobody likes rooting for a tie game in the late innings, but extra frames — and the extra at-bats that come with them — have saved many a Streaker over the last decade.

The Yankees and Orioles played 15 last night, and everyone who’s anyone* converted on at least one of their six-plus trips to the dish. Cano, Granderson, Adam Jones, Vlad … the list goes on. Of course, most of you were too intimidated by Bartolo Colon (partying like it’s 2005) and Zach Britton (partying like it’s 2015) to cash in on one of the 27 base knocks in this one.

It’s too bad, especially on a low-scoring night when only one your top-8 most trustworthy players – Joey Votto (partying in the USA) — actually delivered the Dominos. We really feel for you guys. And by “really feel for” we mean “are quietly snickering at.” Wait, who said that? Rude!

*Note: Nick Swisher, J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds rolled up for a night of fist-pumping at Club Anyone but were na-na’d by the bouncer due to weak hit/at-bat ratios and Swisher’s history of poor hair decisions.

Thursday’s picks:

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Michael Young.714 (5-for-7) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

Ben Zobrist.467 (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Buster Posey: .421 (8-for-19) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billinglsey

Paul Konerko.462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Hunter Pence: .462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle McClellan

Stephen Drew.500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens

Erick Aybar.455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Doug Fister


Feeling kinda spicy?

Corey Hart: .391 (9-for-23) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Aaron Harang


You’ll thank me later …

Vladimir Guerrero.083 (1-for-12) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

Travis Hafner: .091 (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

Mark Teixeira: .056 (1-for-18) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

Jose Bautista: .111 (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Wade Davis


Leaderboard time!

Buddycrise enjoyed a 1-for-4 day by Marty Prado, creeping to within one game of our season leader. Jngmz733‘s reign atop the standings has been long and memorable — especially the “0-for-0 No Selection” yesterday — but we could witness the passing of a very small torch this evening.

Top MLB streakers 

Ramon Hernandez:  11 games

Jason Bartlett: 10 games

Austin Jackson:  10 games

Martin Prado: 10 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 18


Yesterday was a wet and wild one in Streakland. With monsoon season in full effect and four of 15 contests canceled, galoshes and an umbrella were practically requirements for making a pick.

Streakers came through impressively, however, with popularity kings Robinson Cano, Ichiro Suzuki and Joey Votto boarding the ark and sailing a combined 21.7 of all selectors to safety.

Today should bring more of the same, as Al Roker peered into his crystal ball this morning and foresaw continued downpours across the Eastern seaboard. Hatches are being battened down and essential provisions hoarded. In times like these, though, there’s only one place to turn for inspiration: “The Perfect Storm.” Take us away, Marky Mark:

“I loved you the moment I saw you. I love you now, and I’ll love you forever. No goodbye. There’s only love.”

Come on, Mark — not that one. Clooney, save us here?

“The fog’s just lifting. Throw off your bow line; throw off your stern. You head out to South channel, past Rocky Neck and Ten Pound Island. The guys are busy — you’re in charge. You know what? You’re a swordboat captain! Is there any thing better in the world?”

We didn’t see the end of that movie, but we assume everyone made it back safe and sound with plenty of fish and then the Red Sox won the World Series, right?

Wednesday’s picks:

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Andre Ethier.500 (22-for-44) since ’06 vs. Giants starer Matt Cain

David DeJesus: .400 (10-for-25) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Shane Victorino: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa

Placido Polanco: .400 (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa


Feeling kinda spicy?

Luke Scott: .545 (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter Bartolo Colon

Austin Kearns: .429 (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Jake Peavy


You’ll thank me later …

Michael Bourn: .148 (4-for-27) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Howard Kendrick: .158 (3-for-19) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas

Jose Reyes: .133 (2-for-15) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny

Miguel Cabrera: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz


Leaderboard time!

Current leader buddycrise reached 28 games with Martin Prado yesterday and now sits just two games back of the season lead. Oh, and another 28 games back from a little thing we like to call 5.6 million buckaroos.

Top MLB streakers 

Ramon Hernandez:  11 games

Jhonny Peralta: 11 games

Jason Bartlett: 9 games

Austin Jackson:  9 games

Martin Prado: 9 games

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Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 17

You Streakers like to live dangerously.

Last night’s top pick, taking home 11.1 percent of the popular vote, was a player who came into the evening batting .208. He had six hits in his last 30 at-bats and just a pair of multihit efforts in his previous 11 games. The guy is sixth on his own team in the base knocks department and regularly sets up shop out of the eight-hole.

Of course, career .296 hitter Carl Crawford came through — just barely — with a 1-for-5 against Chris Tillman and the Orioles.

Does that mean you all made the “right” decision by rolling with the scuffling speedster? Well, yeah, it does. But there’s a murky border between Continued Streakistan and the Republic of Square One, and crossing the line has never been easier. Seriously, the customs agents will wave you through for a bag of Nacho Cheesier Doritos and a couple Fruit by the Foots. (The Republic of Square One is like 15 years behind the US in terms of snacks. Show up with a bag of Spicy Bold Chex Mix and you will be a god among men.)

There are no extra BTS points for degree of difficulty, gamers. If you really need  to pick a Red Sox player, we recommend the guy with a sketchy goatee and a .349 average this month.

Tuesday’s picks:

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Oh, hello there … 

Robinson Cano.390 (16-for-41) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

Carlos Lee: .474 (9-for-19) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Billy Butler: .625 (5-for-8) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco

Jose Bautista.500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

Colby Rasmus: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt


Feeling kinda spicy?

Jack Wilson: .800 (4-for-5) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Daniel Murphy: .353 (6-for-17) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco


You’ll thank me later …

Curtis Granderson: .097 (3-for-31) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

Bobby Abreu: .071 (1-for-14) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez

Andres Torres: .077 (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez

Denard Span: .083 (1-for-12) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

Michael Young: .154 (2-for-13) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter John Danks


Leaderboard time!

Buddycrise sits right on the precipice. Thanks to Martin Prado, he became the 10th Streaker of the season to reach 27 games. However, only three of the previous nine continued on to 28 games — the all-important one-game-short-of-over-halfway-to-$5.6-million milestone. Show us what you’ve got, Buddy Crise. Or Bud C.Rise. Or Bud Dycrise.

Top MLB streakers 

Marlon Byrd: 16 games

Jhonny Peralta: 11 games

Ramon Hernandez:  10 games

Carlos Lee:  10 games

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