Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 10

Challenge: If Stephen Colbert can make more correct Beat the Streak picks than the BTS Report in a Monday-Sunday period, he gets to run the official Twitter account of Major League Baseball — @MLB — for a full 24-hour span.

Ever the crafty leader, Stephen Colbert opted for a strategy of isolationism in Day 1 of our challenge. Rather than engage in any rabble-rousing outside the borders of his empire, he sat tight and offered no response — or BTS selection.

Well, we took AP history many moons ago, but we’re well aware of the counter-measure to this high-stakes stall tactic: brinksmanship. Escalate the situation until @StephenAtHome has no choice but to address it.

Did brinksmanship during the Cold War lead to the Bay of Pigs debacle? Maybe. Would that make us the JFK of this scenario? Oh, stop it! Yes, the rakish good looks … we get that all the time.

Either way, we will continue to increase tensions until a resolution is reached. Streakers: let the man know that there will be no peace until he makes a selection. Remember, the rules are simple: if Colbert can out-pick us over one week, @MLB is his to run for a day. No tricks, no catch.

We have a head start after converting with Andre Ethier yesterday, but there’s plenty of time for Colbert Nation to scramble the jets.

BTS Report Tuesday pick: Albert Pujols @ Cubs

BTS Report record: 1-0

Stephen Colbert record: 0-0


Tuesday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there … 

Andre Ethier.529 (9-for-17) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Kevin Correia

Michael Young.538 (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Brett Anderson

Todd Helton: .600 (6-for-10) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Victor Martinez: .471 (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Marlon Byrd: .500 (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

Billy Butler: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia

Feeling kinda spicy?

Edgar Renteria: .515 (17-for-33) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

Jason Kubel.500 (10-for-20) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

You’ll thank me later … 

Lance Berkman: .143 (5-for-35) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Brandon Phillips: .120 (3-for-25) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

Kosuke Fukudome: .118 (2-for-17) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

Erick Aybar: .150 (3-for-20) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter John Danks

Matt Kemp: .174 (4-for-23) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Kevin Correia

Leaderboard time!

A whopping 20.4 percent of all Streakers advanced on Placido Polanco‘s 1-for-4 Monday evening, and Andre Ethier combined with Troy Tulowitzki to propel an additional 18 percent of you into orbit. Former leader jmtribe saw their carefully arranged Jenga tower come crumbling down thanks to Miguel Cabrera‘s 0-fer, however, leaving the current leaders at 25 games.

Top MLB streakers 

Jacoby Ellsbury: 18 games

Ben Zobrist: 14 games

Hunter Pence: 13 games

Shane Victorino: 12 games

(Make a BTS pick)


  1. yanksgiantsdevils33

    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, 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 fits the SUSGD rules but not the USGD rules. IF there is exactly 1 O fer and/or 2 or more pauses in the top 15 that game day is a SUSGD.
    Super success game-days (SSGD): 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.

  2. yanksgiantsdevils33

    I’m going with Robinson Cano to get to 15.
    Highest no selection is on page 5 with a streak of 16 heading back to 0.

  3. 00liber

    LaV’s List
    Tuesday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
    157 Batters picked overall
    Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
    Robinson Cano 336 13.44
    Andre Ethier 326 13.04 (1RST)(3RD)
    Ichiro Suzuki 116 4.64
    Todd Helton 101 4.04
    Curtis Grndrson 90 3.6
    Alex Rodriguez 90 3.6
    Derek Jeter 83 3.32 (1RST)
    Adrian Gonzalez 75 3
    Jason Kubel 69 2.76
    Buster Posey 64 2.56
    Marlon Byrd 64 2.56
    Miguel Cabrera 53 2.12
    Jacoby Ellsbury 52 2.08
    Highest “No Selection” 😛 pg# 5 with streak of 16 back to zero.
    Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 19.56% with Todd Helton reseting the most.
    There was also 11.51% 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)
    J Gomes CIN, RESET 1, was 6 gamer
    A Casilla MIN, RESET 1, was 7 gamer
    B Lillibridge CWS, RESET 2, (came in def, 2AB) highest was 13 gamer
    A Beltre TEX, RESET 5, Highest was 11 gamer
    H Kendrick LAA, RESET 13 (came in def, 2AB) highest was 17 gamer

    Bloggers Group Top2500
    UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick
    yanksgiantsdevils33, 14, pg 7, 158, ROBBIE CANO (PICKED 336X)
    gurpsing, 13, pg 12, 236, DEREK JETER (PICKED 83X)
    tolvar, 12, pg 16, 366, Ethier (PICKED 326X)
    forcook, 12, pg 18, 366, Ethier (PICKED 326X)
    BLACKHAWKS, 8, pg 52, 1210, Michael Young (PICKED 37X)
    Bloggers Reset Yesterday
    GL to all


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