Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 3

The Ethier Express rolled into 28-game station last night, meaning that our hero is now halfway to matching Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game streak. Twenty players have reached the midpoint since 1992, but none have come closer to the Yankee Clipper than Jimmy Rollins‘ 36-gamer in 2005.

Will Andre be the one? Possibly. Should you make him your BTS special someone every day until he lets you down? Judge Mills Lane will allow it.

Over 10 percent of you drank that Kool-Aid last night, as Ethier trailed only Matt Holliday (13.9 percent, 1-for-4) in our daily popularity contest. Bronze medalist Marlon Byrd also converted, sending another 6.7 percent of all Streakers home happy.

Bask in that glow for a few more hours, kids. We’re doin’ the dang thang again tonight at 6:35.

Tuesday’s picks

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there …

Miguel Cabrera: .571 AVG (8-for-14) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

• Alexei Ramirez: .500 AVG (10-for-20) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Coco Crisp: .545 AVG (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Derek Jeter.556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny

Alex Rodriguez.571 AVG (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny

Andre Ethier: .368 AVG (7-for-19) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Feeling kinda spicy?

Hideki Matsui: .636 AVG (7-for-11) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Mark Reynolds: .450 AVG (9-for-20) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis

You’ll thank me later …

Kevin Youkilis: .188 AVG (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

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

Michael Young: .190 AVG (4-for-21) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Erik Bedard

• Dustin Pedroia: .000 AVG (0-for-12) since ’06vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

Rickie Weeks: .000 AVG (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tommy Hanson

Leaderboard time!

MLB streak leader at 28 games, BTS leader at 27 games? More like leader-bored time! Amiright? Amiright? We’ll be here all week.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier28 games

Placido Polanco11 games

Jacoby Ellsbury: 11  games

Brett Wallace10 games

(Make a BTS pick)


  1. LaVolpe

    93 streakers have a chance to get to or remain at 20+ streaks today. Don’t know about you all, but I find this number somewhat alarming. The inability of pitchers to get the good hitters out & the number of extra inning games this year have proven to be a feast unlike last year’s famine of the “year of the pitcher”.
    Yes, those 20+ streakers are barely over a third of the way to the prize as of now. But I think that if we don’t see some mass resetting over then next 2-3 weeks, this could be the year!
    Also those 93 today are just a snapshot. Looks like you can expect about 25 or more each day moving from 18 to 19 trying to get to 20 the following day. This simply means an average of 25+ resets daily needed from those in 19+ range just to keep zero population growth. We’re going to need some unexpected 0-fers to reduce this overcrowding or this game can possibly be over by the All-Star break. Here’s hoping history repeats itself & some normalization occurs before then…

    • LaVolpe

      Oh and I am giving this opinion based from a standpoint of a low streak. But for those in double digits and less than 20, feelings could be similar. If it is easy for you to increase your streak, those above you are increasing also (except maybe gottawheretheshades). Hard to overtake those above you if they are not being reset; kinda like chasing your tail.

    • LaVolpe

      Doom and gloom may be premature. I took a look at last year’s stats for 3 May. I don’t know how many 20+ gamers there were ’cause I wasn’t tracking streaks until July 4th, just rankings. May 3rd last year we did have 3 29-gamers, not so this year. On July 4th we had 36 20+ gamers. So I would think seeing 20+ gamers in the 40s/50s this early in season is no huge concern. But hopefully it won’t jump to the 70’s and beyond over the next few days.
      BTW: May 13th last year we had a 36-gamer who reset the following day after picking Pujols (0-4). That little trip back in time brought to you by last year’s blog entries

      • baseballgirlie13

        That is crazy you can track all that. I mean it’s good news for us who don’t seem to be able to get a long streak going but at the same time I was getting a little worried myself. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully us bloggers members can jump up the standings pretty soon. I think this game can be won, but being realistic, I also have a hard time believing it can. It takes so much luck because there is never going to be a 100% pick on any given day. The day it happens will be pretty exciting no matter who does it.

      • champion_88

        Last year at this time, there were only a handful of people in the low 20’s.

        You could get on the 1st page of the overall leaderboard with a streak in the high teens.

  2. gpearson17

    So many good picks today. But I’m on-board the Ethier train against a terrible Dempster with no weather concerns. I’ve picked him only twice before today. Maybe I’ll take down a bunch of leaders with me!

    • LaVolpe

      Good luck then 🙂
      FYI: 4 days ago, we had 36 with streaks of 20+. Today 57 and another 36 at 19 trying to get to 20.

  3. 00liber

    Morgan(mil) eligible off DL today and has historically hut Hanson very well. Will be up up there or is everyone and their dog just gonna go with Ethier?
    I’m going with Jeter tonight. GL all.

  4. LaVolpe

    Of the 93 that are tring to get to or stay at 20+ game streaks…
    A.Ethier 26x
    L.Berkman 7x
    B.Phillips, T.Tulowitski, P.Polanco 6x each
    J.Votto. Mi.Cabrera, M.Kemp, M.Holliday 5x each
    M.Young 3x
    Al.Ramirex 4x
    C.Granderson, I.Suzuki 2x each
    Each of these picked 1 time
    Ad.Gonzalez, A.Gordon, A.Soriano, B.Posey, B.Zobrist, C.McGehee, J.Kubel, M.Cuddyear, P.Konerko, R.Braun, A.Hill(DL)

  5. yanksgiantsdevils33

    I’m going with A-Rod to get to 9.
    Highest no selection is on page 6 with a streak of 17, that streak will be back at 0.

  6. champion_88

    Anyone having a problem getting on Gameday right now?

    The main webpage will barely load, with X’s everywhere.

    The same is true for the Scoreboard page.

  7. 00liber

    LaV’s List
    Tuesday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
    126 Batters picked overall
    Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
    Andre Ethier 520 20.8
    Lance Berkman 263 10.52
    Placido Polanco 246 9.84
    Brandon Philips 128 5.12
    Joey Votto 111 4.44
    Troy Tulowitzki 110 4.4
    Matt Holliday 101 4.04
    Miguel Cabrera 84 3.36
    Robinson Cano 83 3.32
    Alexei Ramirez 81 3.24
    Matt Kemp 53 2.12
    Ichiro Suzuki 46 1.84
    Ryan Braun 39 1.56PPD TO RAIN
    Aaron Hill 1 0.04DL (just for those curious)

    Highest “No Selection” 😛 pg# 6 with streak of 17 back to zero.
    Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 14.37% with ADRIAN BELTRE 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)
    No one got Pinched yesterday

    Bloggers Group Top2500
    UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick
    sclennin, 11, pg 73, 1291, RYAN BRAUN (PICKED 39X) PPD TO RAIN

    Bloggers Reset Yesterday
    baseballgirlie13, 9 RESET by ADRIAN BELTRE
    popi21, 9, RESET by ADRIAN BELTRE
    GL to all


    • LaVolpe

      Not enough from the top dogs though; just 6. The no-hitter-to-be may take out another 6 CWS picks. Also Phillips if no more at bats removes 6 & Granderson already removed 2.

      • LaVolpe

        Well, 50 or more 20+ gamers entering tomorrow & a new batch of 19 gamers trying to get to 20. Got exactly 50 that move on today with 15 more still waiting out the late games: M.Young(3), M.Kemp(5), T.Tulowitski(6), A.Soriano(1) picked by 2nd place leader.

    • LaVolpe

      3 innings and no hits for LAD. Dempster will throw the 2nd no-hitter tonight. When pigs fly 😦 Go Cubs

      • LaVolpe

        Will Zambrano bet the streak buster? Maybe Maholm this weekend series? Who says baseball is boring?

  8. 00liber

    Well we’re at 39% reset right now with another 10% still left on the board. Too bad Ethier got his hit today. Could’ve been a massive wipe.

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