Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 4

Well, well, well, look who finally jumped on the bandwagon.

Dodgers outfielder/lip-balm pitchman Andre Ethier was the top plantain yesterday for the first time since April 24, advancing 14.5 percent of Streakers one day closer to living out their own personal $5.6 million fantasies.

We’re thinking private island retreat accessible only by helicopter or jet ski, with a fully operational water park on site. Oh, and a 24/7 make-your-own omelet station. That should be doable for under $5 mill, no?

The extra $600K is for a scientist to invent an ice cream that won’t melt while we enjoy it on the white-sand beach of said island. We could then patent the ice cream recipe and lease it out to other online contest winners for use on their own private islands. That’s called “investing.” You’ll learn about it when you’re older, Streakers.

Until then, we offer the steady growth portfolio of blue-chip, bear-market, dividend-payin’ goodness below.

Wednesday’s picks

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Oh, hello there …

• Alexei Ramirez: .435 AVG (10-for-23) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

• Freddy Sanchez.571 AVG (8-for-14) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Chris Capuano

Matt Kemp.556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Marlon Byrd: .556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

• Andre Ethier: .438 AVG (7-for-16) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Miguel Cabrera: .400 AVG (8-for-20) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia

Feeling kinda spicy?

Michael Cuddyer.458 AVG (22-for-48) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter John Danks

A.J. Pierzynski: .414 AVG (12-for-29) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

You’ll thank me later …

• Rickie Weeks: .071 AVG (1-for-14) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

David Wright: .133 AVG (2-for-15) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

Justin Upton: .000 AVG (0-for-8) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin

Lance Berkman: .125 AVG (1-for-8) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

Leaderboard time!

Andre Ethier fun fact: There’s more where that came from …

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier29 games

Jacoby Ellsbury: 12  games

Brett Wallace11 games

Adrian Gonzalez10 games

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  1. vinny1979

    When is the hitting streak going to end? I hope Zambrano pitches a fantastic game today. All hitting streaks must come to an end and it could be the end of Ethier’s today. Yes he hits Zambrano well but he may not get a hit today. Ethier has been extremely luck and today might be the day that is his luck finally runs out. It’s crazy how lucky he has been but that is what happens during a hitting streak. Also I think today is the day for a massive reset. The more people that pick Ethier and if he goes 0 fer it will happen. I just have to hope that it happens today and the hitting streak ends.

    • LaVolpe

      Due to his high #s vs Big-Z, Ethier may be very-well picked today. He’s a sinker ball thrower. If CHC can keep Ethier’s attempts within the infield or fly outs, Big-Z can end the streak today. If not, look at: Friday a lefty/lefty matchup but not a great lefty. Saturday a righty/lefty matchup with a very good righty. I’m thinking if not today, then during the PIT series — gut hunch.

      • vinny1979

        You seem to have forgotten that the night before he got a hit when it went off the glove of Hawpe. If that would of been anywhere else but Los Angeles it would of been ruled an error.

    • champion_88

      He really has not been that lucky.

      You do not need 2+ hits a day to avoid luck.

      Only 1 day did he get an infield single for a hit.

      The rest have been line drives.

  2. gpearson17

    Even without the streak, Ethier is still a great pick today. But I said I’d stop picking guys twice in a row, and I agree that the streak is due to end soon — so I’m going with Kemp instead!

  3. LaVolpe

    Avoid the doubleheader today. Games lock early.
    Rain looks likely for the early game; maybe a delay only. Forecast appears to have a good window to get the game in

  4. LaVolpe

    77 19+ gamers trying to get to or stay at 20+ game streaks today. Of the 93 that tried yesterday, only 58 made it. Good news for low streakers; bad new for some of the high streakers.
    Yesterday’s high reset rate helped more in the upcoming
    waves of 18/19 gamers by significantly reducing their numbers before they had a chance at 20. The 17-gamer wave is quite large now but they have another 3 days to be thinned out before seeing 20.

  5. baseballgirlie13

    Wow, highest no selection is on page 1 with a streak of 23. That is one streak we don’t have to worry about!

    • yanksgiantsdevils33

      How do these people with high streaks forget to pick?
      Most of those 23 days were early lock days so even a 12:30 lock isn’t en excuse!

  6. Vinny1979

    @lav, u know the Dodgers are going to NY next to fave the Mets. They have the Pirates starting on Monday.

    • LaVolpe

      Sorry, been out yesterday. Yes Vinny, thank you, I know. The lefty & righty I was talking about this weekend are NYM Niese & Young. Thinking PIT can pitch Maholm on the 11th if rotation holds true. That may be the day he loses his streak if not sooner.

      • yanksgiantsdevils33

        Smiley did not appear!

  7. baseballgirlie13

    I don’t think Mattingly would use Ethier for pinch hitting with a 29 game streak on the line. That wouldn’t be fair to him at all. If he does and Ethier doesn’t get a hit, he will be the most hated man in LA and quite frankly all of MLB.

  8. Vinny1979

    He could be the first person used off the bench. He was scratched with elbow inflammation so he could pinch hit.

  9. champion_88

    @Vinny: Where do you get the stats and hitting streaks for hitters against certain teams and in certain ballparks?

    I find that very helpful, but would like to look at those stats for all teams, not just the hitters that happen to be selected as Picks of the Day or the 2 you pick for potential picks each day.

    Are you constructing those on your own or is there a website you are getting this stuff from?


  10. 00liber

    Just in case anyone missed it , Ethier is now in defensively in top of 7, and will get one AB.

    • 00liber

      OR is he… wtf. My phone app says that he is in right field taking over from J Gibbons, but i just looked at yahoo boxscore and it does not have him in there.

      • 00liber

        Which makes even less sense to me is the fact that the app is powered by yahoo. But I just physically watched Jay Gibbons foul out so MY BAD.

  11. baseballgirlie13

    @champion88-go to ESPN and pick a player you want to look at. Then go to their splits and pick the last 3 years. It brings up averages against righties/lefties, ballparks, teams, etc. Pretty good website. Got the info from Vinny myself.

  12. 00liber

    LaV’s List
    Wednesday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
    143 Batters picked overall
    Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
    Andre Ethier 536 21.44DNP
    Joey Votto 172 6.88 GOOD
    Matt Holliday 156 6.24 GOOD
    Matt Kemp 148 5.92 GOOD
    Miguel Cabrera 108 4.32 GOOD
    Albert Pujols 78 3.12 GOOD
    Starlin Castro 75 3 GOOD
    Placido Polanco 70 2.8 GOOD
    Shin-Soo Choo 66 2.64
    Ichiro Suzuki 62 2.48 (GOTTAWEARTHESHADES actually made a pick today.)
    Troy Tulowitzki 60 2.4
    Hunter Pence 53 2.12 My Pick, GOOD
    Lance Berkman 43 1.72 (0-1)

    Highest “No Selection” 😛 pg# 1 with streak of 23 back to zero.
    Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 44.68% with PLACIDO POLANCO & LANCE BERKMAN 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)
    E Andrus TEX, SAVED 2, 10 & 11 gamers
    S Smith COL, RESET 1 , was 13 gamer

    Bloggers Group Top2500
    UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick
    sclennin, 11, pg 58, 998, ADRIAN GONZALEZ (PICKED 35X) RAIN DELAY 5TH, (0-1)
    yanksgiantsdevils33, 9, pg 89, 2145, ANDRE ETHIER (PICKED 536X) DNP
    Bloggers Reset Yesterday
    GL to all


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