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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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
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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