Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 31
Happy Tuesday, Streakers. We hope each of your Memorial Days featured food from a grill, beverages from a cooler and a couple hits from your Diamondback of choice. The season’s unofficial one-third pole is in the rearview and the dog days loom ahead.
Although Canadian hero Joey Votto spun out 18.2 percent of all selectors prior to crossing the finish line yesterday, your next two picks — Miguel Cabrera and Evan Longoria — did manage to wave the checkered flag.
Offense was also up across the league as a whole, a trend we can expect to continue as the weather heats up. Especially in places like Texas and Arizona, the fly balls start carrying deeper and more floaters dunk in for hits once you tear May 31 off your page-a-day calendar. The hit buffet is open, gamers. Load up your plates and don’t be shy about coming back for seconds (or thirds).
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Chase Utley: .455 (10-for-22) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis
Carlos Lee: .378 (14-for-37) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano
Mark Teixeira: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Brett Anderson
Derek Jeter: .429 (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Brett Anderson
Placido Polanco: .368 (7-for-19) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis
Jhonny Peralta: .364 (4-for-11) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Brian Duensing
Feeling kinda spicy?
Franklin Gutierrez: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie
You’ll thank me later …
Hunter Pence: .179 (5-for-28) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano
Jimmy Rollins: .190 (4-for-21) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis
Troy Tulowitzki: .188 (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly
Chipper Jones: .167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Matt Latos
Jacoby Ellsbury: .182 (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd
Thirty games remains the number to beat, and current leader jsmnapoli sits four back at 26. Is that person related to Mike Napoli? Maybe. If they pick Mike Napoli in the next five days, those odds rise to roughly 100 percent.
Top MLB streakers
Ryan Theriot: 13 games
Miguel Cabrera: 12 games
Yunel Escobar: 11 games
Hunter Pence: 11 games
Carlos Gonzalez: 10 games
Brendan Ryan: 10 games
Home Run Beat the Streak pick:
Carlos Gonzalez: (8 HR this season) vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly
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