May 2011

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 16

Sunday was great if you’re the type of Streaker who prefers to play it safe, wrapping your streak in the protective bubble wrap of a 0-for-0 pass whenever you can’t find a matchup that’s 100 percent to your liking.

With rain washing away games in Detroit and Cleveland, nearly a quarter of all selectors spun their wheels on the likes of Miggy, V-Mart, Ichiro and Jhonny Peralta.

Sure, most of those were probably honest I-wish-they-didn’t-get-rained-out-because-I-love-the-baseball-so-much passes. But we  bet that there were a few please-let-the-heavens-open-because-I-don’t-want-to-pick-against-Roy-Halladay jobs in there also.

You know who you are.

There’s plenty of karma in this here BTS game, folks, and it will bring painful reckoning down at the most inconvenient of moments. The 0-for-1 pinch-hit streak-killer special, anyone? Three walks and a K (a.k.a. the big donkey)? Chilling, chilling stuff. Best to bring your lunch pail every single day.

P.S.: Since a few of you asked last Friday, I should probably introduce myself. I’m not Dave Feldman. I’m Ian Kay. Dave is now MLB.com’s designated David Ortiz interviewer (Hey look, Pez!), so I handle the Report writing/Feldman impersonations around here. Nice to meet ya’ll, and good luck in your continued Streaking endeavors.

______________

Monday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)


Oh, hello there … 

Brian Roberts: .450 (9-for-20) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Daisuke Matsuzaka

Yunel Escobar.444 (8-for-18) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer

Carl Crawford: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Chris Tillman

Neil Walker.500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

Asdrubal Cabrera: .375 (9-for-24) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

Joey Votto: .364 (8-for-22) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano


Feeling kinda spicy?

Yuniesky Betancourt: .450 (9-for-20) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Jon Garland

Omar Infante: .471 (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Wilson Betemit: .462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Josh Tomlin


You’ll thank me later … 

Scott Rolen: .067 (1-for-15) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Troy Tulowitzki: .181 (6-for-35) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

Curtis Granderson: .125 (2-for-16) since ’06 vs. Rays starter David Price

Jose Reyes: .160 (4-for-25) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson

Carlos Beltran: .192 (5-for-26) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson


Leaderboard time!

With our previous leaders dropping over the weekend, buddycrise is king of the castle at a cool 26 games. He took a pass with Miguel Cabrera yesterday. Uh oh. Dun dun DUN. Gooooooooong. Tune in tomorrow for more dramatic sound effects.

Top MLB streakers 

Marlon Byrd: 15 games

Erick Aybar: 13 games

Victor Martinez:  13 games

Logan Morrison:  13 games

(Make a BTS pick)


Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, May 13-15

Happy Hollidays to the 17.4 percent of you who rolled with Cardinals outfielder Matt last night, as he victimized Cubs starter Casey Coleman for  a second-inning long ball and then added a single off reliever Justin Berg for good measure.

You know, just in case our system didn’t register the dinger or something. Don’t worry, Matt, we’re on top of it. Spread those knocks out and you’ll make a lot of friends around here.

Current leader thesantos2006 opted for Holliday’s teammate Albert Pujols, and received a sixth-inning single to push his streak to 28 games.

Best of luck to you over the weekend, Mr. Santos — or is it Mr. Thesantos? You’re one day from crossing over the halfway mark to $5.6 million and just two correct selections from tying our season leader. Oh, and one incorrect pick from winning absolutely nothing. No pressure, though.

Friday bonus video: Hey look, it’s that guy who wrote the BTS Report last year!

_____________

Friday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there …

Robinson Cano: .529 AVG (9-for-17) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

• Miguel Cabrera: .500 AVG (10-for-20) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

• Denard Span: .500 AVG (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Feeling kinda spicy?

Ian Desmond: .611 AVG (11-for-18) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

You’ll thank me later …

Jayson Werth: .083 AVG (2-for-24) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Jose Bautista: .150 AVG (2-for-13) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Brian Duensing

Saturday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there …

• Adrian Beltre: .464 AVG (13-for-28) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

Ryan Theriot: .393 AVG (11-for-28) since ’06 vs. Red starter Johnny Cueto

• Chris Coghlan: .500 AVG (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

Feeling kinda spicy?

B.J. Upton: .538 AVG (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen

You’ll thank me later …

Mark Teixeira: .194 AVG (7-for-36) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Jimmy Rollins: .172 AVG (5-for-29) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens

Sunday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there …

 Brian McCann: .462 AVG (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay

Johnny Peralta: .455 AVG (10-for-22) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

Hanley Ramirez: .400 AVG (8-for-20) since ’06 vs. Nationals stater Jason Marquis

Feeling kinda spicy?

Ivan Rodriguez: .600 AVG (9-for-15) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

You’ll thank me later …

• Martin Prado: .077 AVG (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay

Mark Teixeira: .167 AVG (4-for-24) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester

Top MLB streakers 

Hunter Pence: 15 games

Shane Victorino: 14 games

Marlon Byrd: 13 games

Brian McCann:  12 games

Carl Crawford: 11 games

Victor Martinez:  11 games


Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 12

At 3-0 in the BTS vs. Colbert challenge, we believe our point has been made. It’s possible that we haven’t seen the last of the once — and future? — presidential candidate around these parts, so check back in a few weeks for an update on that front.

We now return to your regularly scheduled Streak Report:

Last night left patrons at the Streakland Diner wanting just  a little more.

Mark Teixeira (1-for-4) and Ichiro Suzuki (2-for-5) brought home the bacon for 26 percent of all pickers, and fellow top-5 selections Andre Ethier (1-for-4) and Joey Votto (2-for-4) buttered toast for an additional 8.8 percent, so the meal was off to a good start.

But Troy Tulowitzki and Adam Lind failed to show up with eggs and pancakes — as we had previously agreed upon — due to 0-for-0 passes.

Not that we couldn’t survive on bacon and buttered toast, but that pair should know breakfast — no matter when you eat it — is always the most important meal of the day.

Without that satisfying sustenance of scrambled goodness piled high atop an even higher stack of fluffy flapjacks, it might be tough to make …

Thursday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there … 

Todd Helton: .462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Jon Niese

Troy Tulowitzki: .500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Jon Niese

Stephen Drew.345 (10-for-29) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

Alex Rodriguez.444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Sean O’Sullivan

Vladimir Guerrero: .400 (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas

Feeling kinda spicy?

B.J. Upton: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson


You’ll thank me later … 

Grady Sizemore: .067 (1-for-15) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch

Nick Markakis: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas

Mark Teixeira: .125 (1-for-8) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Sean O’Sullivan


Leaderboard time!

Thesantos2006 sits alone atop the leaderboard at 27 games after ringing the bell with Ichiro last night. Hey buddy, you’re almost there! That is, if there is a random 28 game streak.

Top MLB streakers 

Hunter Pence: 15 games

Shane Victorino: 14 games

Marlon Byrd: 12 games

Carl Crawford: 11 games

Victor Martinez:  11 games

Brian McCann:  11 games

(Make a BTS pick)

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, May 11

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 24 hours.

Someone call stadium security, because we’ve got a streaker on the loose.

Oh, and that streaker is us. Yeah, kiddies, Albert Pujols banged out four hits yesterday against the Cubs, meaning that the Report is officially 2-0 in the Colbert Challenge.

Did we drop trou and go for a celebratory au naturel jaunt around the neighborhood after Big Al’s first-inning single off Carlos Zambrano? Well, that’s for us to know, and you to find out … possibly from the crime notes of our local newspaper.

As for Mr. Colbert, he continues to sit idle. Like many a college student on summer vacation, he impassively surveys the fun and games below from his perch atop the lifeguard chair. Only the occasional whistle twirl signals any life at all behind the aviators. Is he just bored, or does he think he actually belongs up there above the fray? Take the plunge, Stephen — the water couldn’t be nicer.

Well, we guess it could be if you weren’t already down 2-0.

BTS Report Wednesday pick: Ichiro Suzuki

BTS Report record: 2-0

Stephen Colbert record: 0-0

_______________

Wednesday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there … 

Nick Markakis.464 (13-for-28) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

Mark Teixeira.545 (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen

Adrian Beltre: .438 (7-for-16) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez

Adam Lind: .556 (10-for-18) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Kelly Johnson: .571 (8-for-14) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

Todd Helton: .462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Jon Niese

Yunel Escobar: .571 (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Feeling kinda spicy?

Alex Gonzalez.600 (6-for-10) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

John Buck.421 (8-for-19) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee

  

You’ll thank me later … 

Kevin Youkilis: .154 (2-for-13) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch

Jay Bruce: .050 (1-for-20) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Hunter Pence: .176 (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Edinson Volquez

Alex Gordon: .133 (2-for-15) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett

Shane Victorino: .174 (4-for-23) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Leaderboard time!

Ethier, Ethier, Ethier. We’re a little tired of Andre the Giant, but Streakland apparently is not. More than 16 percent of you — and six of the leaderboard’s top eight — rolled with him last night and were rewarded with a 2-for-5. Current leaders emmanuel and thesantos26 sit at 26 games a.k.a. 46.6 percent of the way to $5.6 million. It’s like you already have $2.6 in your pocket already, except not at all.

     

Top MLB streakers 

Jacoby Ellsbury: 19 games

Hunter Pence: 14 games

Shane Victorino: 13 games

Marlon Byrd: 11 games

(Make a BTS pick)

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)

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, May 9

Today’s word, Streakers, is CHALLENGE.

… As in, America has never faced one she couldn’t overcome.

… As in, I bet you can’t eat those six hot dogs in two minutes.

… As in, the BTS Report is throwing down its red, white and blue batting glove and preparing for fisticuffs.

In the far corner: Mr. Stephen Colbert — host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, self-proclaimed leader of Colbert Nation, 2008 presidential candidate and inspiration for one of the most American substances to ever grace a 473-milliliter carton.

Here’s the deal, Steve-O: Starting today, we’ll be making a daily Colbert Challenge pick — one player per day who we’d risk all our marbles, pogs and Pokemon cards on. You do the same. We’ll go head to head for seven days, resetting every Monday.

Can you beat us? Unlikely. But just to make things interesting, we’re offering up a little incentive. Post a better record over any one week, and the keys  to the social media juggernaut known as @MLB are yours for a day.

Seven days, seven picks, Colbert. You beat us, and you get 24 hours with @MLB‘s 1.2 million followers. You want to tweet about baseball? Go ahead. You want to tweet about politics? Be our guest. You want to tweet out Thor 3D spoliers? Well, start making picks.

We’re locking in Andre Ethier for today. Streakers, encourage Stephen to make his pick known before lock time at 7 p.m.

Monday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there … 

Hunter Pence: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Travis Wood

Todd Helton: .429 (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Chris Capuano

Kevin Youkilis: .400 (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Placido Polanco: .367 (11-for-30) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez


Feeling kinda spicy?

Kevin Kouzmanoff: .429 3-for-7) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson


You’ll thank me later … 

Paul Konerko: .100 (2-for-20) since ’06 vs. Angels start Ervin Santana

Howard Kendrick: .077 (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Edwin Jackson

Bobby Abreu: .161 (5-for-31) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Edwin Jackson

Julio Borbon: .136 (3-for-22) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Trevor Cahill

Leaderboard time!

Jmtribe begins this week as king of the castle with 28 games under their belt. One more day to get over the half-way hump, buddy. You might be able to do it!

Top MLB streakers 

Jacoby Ellsbury: 17 games

Ben Zobrist: 14 games

Hunter Pence: 12 games

Shane Victorino: 11 games

(Make a BTS pick)

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, May 6-8

Finally, Andre Ethier has company. Fearless BTS leader jngmz733 tied the Fartful Dodger at 29 games yesterday, gracias to Albert Pujols‘ 3-for-3 effort against Josh Johnson and the Marlins.

Fearless BTS leader jngmz733 may or may not have later held the A’s to one run over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision at the Oakland Coliseum. The investigation is still pending. Police line, do not cross!

Prince Albert wasn’t among your top 15 selections yesterday, which makes sense because only a doofus prescient genius would pick against JJ. At Sun Life Stadium. With a right-handed batter. Who came into the game batting .233.

Greatest hitter of his generation or not, that’s the kind of recklessness that sends even experienced Streakers tumbling down the steep, slippery slope of Mt. 30 Games. The air gets thin up here, folks. No need for an added degree of difficulty.


Friday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there …

David Wright: .500 AVG (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda

Miguel Cabrera: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch

Alex Rodriguez: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Matt Harrison

Feeling kinda spicy?

• Bill Hall: .607 AVG (17-for-28) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

You’ll thank me later …

Shane Victorino: .185 AVG (5-for-27) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Lance Berkman: .188 AVG (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf


Saturday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there …

Shin-Soo Choo: .455 AVG (10-for-22) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Andre Ethier: .412 AVG (12-for-29) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Chris Young

Miguel Cabrera: .455 AVG (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Feeling kinda spicy?

Alex Gonzalez: .471 AVG (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt

You’ll thank me later …

Travis Hafner: .048 AVG (1-for-21) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Aramis Ramirez: .163 AVG (7-for-43) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo


Sunday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there …

Grady Sizemore: .583 AVG (7-for-12) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

Michael Young: .438 AVG (7-for-16) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

Denard Span: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester

Feeling kinda spicy?

Kevin Kouzmanoff: .450 AVG (9-for-2o) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis

You’ll thank me later …

Brandon Phillips: .143 AVG (3-for-21) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Jose Bautista: .154 AVG (2-for-13) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny


Leaderboard time!

Dodgers.com headline: Ethier plans to take hit streak into Mets opener.

OMG can we like that status a million times! Retweet! You look so hot in your new default! Wait, what?

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier29 games

Jacoby Ellsbury: 14  games

Elvis Andrus: 11 games

Matt Holliday: 11 games

Ben Zobrist: 11 games

(Make a BTS pick)

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, May 5

Andre Ethier took Wednesday afternoon off with an elbow ouchie, hitting the pause button for 12.3 percent of all Streakers and three of the top five.

The Dodgers also have an open date today, meaning that current leader jngmz733 (28 games) can match AE at 29 games with a correct pick.

“Jngmz” — could it be? Is there a real live MLB superstar making Streak picks alongside the rest of us lowly mortals? If they pick Shin-Soo or Asdrubal against Brett Anderson today, we’re launching an official BTS Report investigation. Conspiracy theories might abound …

“Show us the birth certificate” … because only contestants who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence are eligible for BTS prizes. “Release the photos” … of Jeanmar making a pick on his computer. “We never landed on the moon” … no, seriously, that one is legit.

Anyway, Mr. Gomez — if that is your real name! — there are plenty of non-Indians suggestions in …

Thursday’s picks

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there …

Ben Zobrist.467 AVG (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Raul Ibanez.556 AVG (10-for-18) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

• Johnny Damon.600 AVG (6-for-10) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

David Wright: .417 AVG (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

Aubrey Huff: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Feeling kinda spicy?

Edgar Renteria.533 AVG (16-for-30) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

Yadier Molina: .417 AVG (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson

You’ll thank me later …

Ryan Howard: .172 AVG (5-for-29) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

Torii Hunter: .125 AVG (3-for-24) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Brandon Phillips: .136 AVG (3-for-22) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

Kevin Youkilis: .111 AVG (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

Leaderboard time!

Still no Streaker name-drops here until someone beats Ethier. Andre is also temporarily ineligible for fun-facting because he took a voluntary vacation day in the middle of a 20-plus-game hit streak. Hey, we don’t make the rules. J.K., we definitely do make ‘em, and it’s quite the power trip. No yelling on the bus!

Jeanmar Gomez fun fact (did you ever think you’d see the day?): On May 29, 2009, Gomez threw the first perfect game in Double-A Akron Aeros history.


Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier29 games

Jacoby Ellsbury: 13  games

Adrian Gonzalez11 games

Elvis Andrus: 10 games

Matt Holliday: 10 games

Ben Zobrist: 10 games

(Make a BTS pick)

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

(Make a BTS pick)

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

(Make a BTS pick)

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, May 3

The Ethier Express rolled into 28-game station last night, meaning that our hero is now halfway to matching Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game streak. Twenty players have reached the midpoint since 1992, but none have come closer to the Yankee Clipper than Jimmy Rollins‘ 36-gamer in 2005.

Will Andre be the one? Possibly. Should you make him your BTS special someone every day until he lets you down? Judge Mills Lane will allow it.

Over 10 percent of you drank that Kool-Aid last night, as Ethier trailed only Matt Holliday (13.9 percent, 1-for-4) in our daily popularity contest. Bronze medalist Marlon Byrd also converted, sending another 6.7 percent of all Streakers home happy.

Bask in that glow for a few more hours, kids. We’re doin’ the dang thang again tonight at 6:35.

Tuesday’s picks

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there …

Miguel Cabrera: .571 AVG (8-for-14) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

• Alexei Ramirez: .500 AVG (10-for-20) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Coco Crisp: .545 AVG (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Derek Jeter.556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny

Alex Rodriguez.571 AVG (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny

Andre Ethier: .368 AVG (7-for-19) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Feeling kinda spicy?

Hideki Matsui: .636 AVG (7-for-11) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Mark Reynolds: .450 AVG (9-for-20) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis

You’ll thank me later …

Kevin Youkilis: .188 AVG (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

Jose Bautista: .111 AVG (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Wade Davis

Michael Young: .190 AVG (4-for-21) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Erik Bedard

• Dustin Pedroia: .000 AVG (0-for-12) since ’06vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

Rickie Weeks: .000 AVG (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tommy Hanson

Leaderboard time!

MLB streak leader at 28 games, BTS leader at 27 games? More like leader-bored time! Amiright? Amiright? We’ll be here all week.

Top MLB streakers

Andre Ethier28 games

Placido Polanco11 games

Jacoby Ellsbury: 11  games

Brett Wallace10 games

(Make a BTS pick)

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.