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.
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.
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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
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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