June 2011

Roy first Streaker to approach 40 games in 2011

With a cameo from the Yankee Clipper himself ...

In 10-plus years of Beat the Streak play, only 31 Streakers have reached the 40-game plateau. I’ve never been there myself, but I hear you can just barely see the hulking pile of cash that is 57 games at the edge of the horizon.

With jonroy73 just one correct pick from expanding Club 40 to 32 members, we sent out the BTS Report P.I. Squad to dig up some dirt on our season leader. And by that, I mean that I emailed him some probing personal questions and he was kind enough to respond.

Our main man is Jonathan Roy. He lives near Boston and works for a food company that makes falafel and rangoons. Here’s a free falafel tip, Jon: the answer is more hummus. And then even more hummus.

Mr. Roy admitted that he’s something of a baseball polygamist, rooting for the Red Sox but naming Don Mattingly as his all-time favorite player. Some of you may consider this a sports sin of the highest order, but the relevant authorities have determined that fans of any team were allowed to root for Donnie Baseball under the “Dynamite Lip Sweater” corollary.

In other Red Sox-fan-admiring-Yankees news, Jonathan once spotted streak king Joe DiMaggio at a Florida airport while catching a flight home from Spring Break. “Just seeing him gave me the chills, legend,” he said. Considering the things that happen in Daytona Beach during Spring Break, I’m skeptical that it was the sight of the Yankee Clipper giving you chills. Ether way, this Streak is clearly star-crossed.

So how did our leader go from ogling Joe D on the tarmac to chasing his 56 games? Surely he’s relied on years of BTS experience and a complex mathematical formula.

Or not: “Until 25 games I just picked blindly — logged in and randomly selected a team and then selected one of their better players. Since 25 I have been looking at matchups and flipping coins when it comes down to two choices.”

To the commenters who spend hours each day agonizing over stadium wind speeds before making a pick: Stop selling your possessions. Cancel the plane tickets to South America. It’s going to be OK. As the old saying goes, there’s more than one way to build a streak while skinning a cat.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Jonathan’s favorite food is his Nana’s lazy pierogis. Which have a Wikipedia page in Polish.

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Thursday’s picks:

Another Interleague short slate means we’re going no-frills — no spicy feelings, no future thankings. Below are today’s only Report-authorized selections. You can leave the beaten path if you so choose, but doing so definitely voids your extended warranty.

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Robinson Cano: 1.000 (1-for-1) since  vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

Ian Kinsler.692 (9-for-13) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez: .333 (1-for-3) since  vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

Adrian Gonzalez: .364 (8-for-22) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

Miguel Cabrera:  .333 (2-for-6) since  vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Victor Martinez: No history vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Paul Konerko:  No history  vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook

Jose Bautista: No history vs. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens

Matt Holliday: No history vs. Orioles starter Brian Matusz

Hunter Pence:  .333 (1-for-3) since  vs. Rangers starter Matt Harrison

Andrew McCutchen: No history vs. Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil

Lance Berkman: No history vs. Orioles starter Brian Matusz

Dustin Pedroia.500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

Adam Lind: .000 (0-for-4) since ’06vs. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens

Jemile Weeks: No history vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad


Leaderboard time:

Now that we’re all acquainted with Jon Roy, what about bclark2779? Our current No. 2 extended his streak to 35 games yesterday thanks to Miguel Cabrera, making him a definite Streaker of interest for the P.I. Squad. Stay tuned …


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 19 games

Nick Markakis: 18 games

Prince Fielder: 11 games

Pablo Sandoval: 10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Jose Bautista: (23 HR this season) vs. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 29

A lot of BTS players would have crossed off the entire opposing lineup when they saw Zack Greinke‘s name on the probable pitchers list.

Our current leader is apparently not one of those players.

Jonroy73 showed no fear of the Brewers right-hander last night, rolling with Robinson Cano and hitting paydirt on the second baseman’s second-inning RBI single. Although Greinke entered the game with a 4.77 ERA, his history of dominance made Mr. Roy’s Tuesday pick a little riskier than most. Hey, live by the Yankees lineup, die by the Yankees lineup, we guess.

Anyway, only seven players in Major League history have reached jonroy’s total of 38 games. A hit tonight would tie him with Paul Molitor‘s 39 game run in 1987. Good luck and Bourn-speed.

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Wednesday’s picks:

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Casey Blake.467 (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Pablo Sandoval: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Jason Giambi.444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Robinson Cano.357 (5-for-14) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum

Derrek Lee: .346 (9-for-26) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter


Feeling kinda spicy?

Edwin Encarnacion.448 (13-for-29) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

Mark Reynolds.500 (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter


You’ll thank me later …

Adam Kennedy: .182 (4-for-22) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Placido Polanco: .176 (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Michael Bourn: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Colby Lewis

Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 18 games

Nick Markakis: 17 games

Michael Young13 games

Prince Fielder: 10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Ryan Howard: (16 HR this season) vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 28

Streakers, take a bow.

For the first time this season, you’ve slayed the mythical dragon that is 15-for-15. Jose Bautista led the way with a 2-for-4, Starlin Castro brought up the rear with a triple in four at-bats and everyone in between also notched at least one base knock.

Don’t believe us? Boom! Photo evidence:

When all was said and done, nearly 79 percent of all Monday selectors experienced peanut butter jelly time from one of these 15 sluggers alone. It’s a truly historic achievement, one which many of you have surely dreamed about since the dawn of your Streaking careers.

Take the morning off to celebrate. Just make sure you’re back by 2:15 to make one of …

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Tuesday’s picks:

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Adrian Gonzalez.700 (7-for-10) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee

Jason Bourgeois: .714 (5-for-7) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson

Billy Butler: .556 (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Clayton Richard

Derrek Lee.391 (9-for-23) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Chase Utley: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett


Feeling kinda spicy?

Jose Lopez.444 (8-for-18) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez

Jerry Hairston.600 (6-for-10) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro


You’ll thank me later …

David Ortiz: .188 (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee

Jacoby Ellsbury: .125 (1-for-8) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee

Curtis Granderson: .156 (5-for-32) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Zack Greinke

Leaderboard time

Miguel Cabrera was the silver medalist in yesterday’s popularity contest at 15.8 percent, and both current sheriff jonroy73 and his deputy bclark2779 featured among that total. Mr. Roy’s move to 37 games ties him for the season lead. So far 100 percent of people who reached that total have failed to advance (sample size: 1). In other words, the prognosis is not promising.

Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 17 games

Nick Markakis: 16 games

Alex Gordon14 games

Michael Young12 games

Starlin Castro: 11 games

Dustin Pedroia: 11 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Carlos Gonzalez: (12 HR this season) vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 27

So, the weekend brought good news and bad news for the folks atop the season leaderboard. Which do you want first? Bad news? You got it!

Season leader Sebringt‘s inspired run petered out of gas at 37 games, meaning that we’re still looking for our first 40-game streak of the 2011 campaign.

The good news: sebringt converted with Adrian Gonzalez yesterday, meaning they’re now just 36 days from matching their season-high streak.

Hang on, that was just the appetizer to our three-course good news meal. The entree: jonroy73 made it through the weekend unscathed and is now chillin’ at 36 games. A correct pick on Monday would give him his own share of the season lead. Three more weeks of correct picks would mean a $5.7 million all-you-can-eat buffet.

And for dessert: bclark2779 is just a few games behind Mr. Roy, currently holding down second place with a 32-gamer.

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Monday’s picks:

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Yunel Escobar.500 (10-for-20) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer

Jose Bautista.625 (5-for-8) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer

Todd Helton: .500 (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Matt Garza

Aramis Ramirez: .500 (3-for-6) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin


Feeling kinda spicy?

Juan Uribe.364 (4-for-11) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn


You’ll thank me later …

Starlin Castro: .000 (0-for-7) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin

Carlos Gonzalez: .125 (1-for-8) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Matt Garza

Troy Tulowitzki: .125 (1-for-8) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Matt Garza


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 17 games

Nick Markakis: 16 games

Alex Gordon13 games

Michael Young12 games

Dustin Pedroia: 11 games

Starlin Castro: 10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Chris Young: (15 HR this season) vs. Indians starter Mitch Talbot

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, June 24-26

So remember all that stuff we said about how Thursday would be one of the hardest days of the season for Streak picks?

Well, umm, we may have overstated it a little bit.

As it turned out, five of your top six picks converted — including the top three — advancing a hefty 62.6 percent of all selectors in the process. Jose Reyes was responsible for over half of that total by himself, achieving national hero status with a 2-for-4 effort against the A’s.

The weekend’s full slates presents a less challenging picking environment, but Interleague matchups should always be approached with caution. Play safe, don’t run on the pool deck and feel free to reap the wisdom of …

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Friday’s picks:

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Andre Ethier: .341 AVG (14-for-41) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

• Prince Fielder: .400 AVG (8-for-20) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

• Miguel Cabrera: .455 AVG (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Diamondbacks starter Zach Duke

Feeling kinda spicy?

Ryan Ludwick: .563 AVG (9-for-16) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

You’ll thank me later …

• Mark Teixeira: .000 AVG (0-for-8) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter Ubaldo Jimenez

Adrian Gonzalez: .111 AVG (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

Home Run BTS pick:

Jay Bruce: (17 HR this season) vs. Orioles starter Chris Jakubauskas

Saturday’s picks:

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Ty Wigginton: .316 AVG (12-for-38) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

Matt Holliday: .429 AVG (3-for-7) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva

 Orlando Hudson: .364 AVG (4-for-11) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens

Feeling kinda spicy?

Lyle Overbay: .364 AVG (12-for-33) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

You’ll thank me later …

Prince Fielder: .091 AVG (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Ryan Theriot: .154 AVG (2-for-13) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva

Home Run BTS pick:

Alex Rodriguez: (13 HR this season) vs. Rockies starter Aaron Cook


Sunday’s picks:

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Jhonny Peralta: .471 AVG (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders

James Loney: .412 AVG (7-for-17) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Scott Rolen: .133 AVG (2-for-15) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

Feeling kinda spicy?

Carlos Pena: .556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

You’ll thank me later …

Andre Ethier: .118 AVG (2-for-17) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Jeff Francoeur: .000 AVG (0-for-8) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Randy Wells

Home Run BTS pick:

Miguel Cabrera: (15 HR this season) vs. Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders


Leaderboard time!

Current leader sebringt and co-pilot jonroy73 both survived yesterday thanks to Ichiro Suzuki. The sebring is now parked at 36 games, meaning things are about to get super-serious if they make it through the weekend.


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 14 games

Nick Markakis: 13 games

Michael Cuddyer12 games

Robinson Cano11 games

Ichiro Suzuki: 11 games

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 23

Yesterday was a productive one in Streakland. Your top four selections — J-Up, A-Gon, M-Cab and J-Ham — joined forces to go 8-for-13, and advanced a combined 33.8 percent of all Streakers in the process. Piñatas were bashed, ice cream cake was eaten and a great time was had by all.

Today, well, today is unlikely to be so kind.

We’re heading straight into the eye of an Interleague Thursday, folks. Five games, 10 teams and very little matchup history. Animals are acting strange. The sky is a shade of purple. Our joints are aching. Make no mistake: the big one is coming.

As such, we’re providing a special relief plan. Below, in ranked order as determined by a super-secret formula, are the 13 hitters we’d consider rolling with today. We’re not saying you can’t pick a batsman not listed here. We’re just saying that we wouldn’t recommend it.

No feelin’ spicy, no thankin’ me later today. Just 13 kid-tested, mother-approved pick suggestions. Hunker down, Streakers, and let us know about any hidden gems in the comments.

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Thursday’s picks:

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Jose ReyesNo history vs. A’s starter Graham Godfrey

Matt Holliday: .286 (6-for-21)  since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt

Justin Upton: .200 (1-for-5) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Felipe Paulino

Carlos Beltran: No history vs. A’s starter Graham Godfrey

Ichiro Suzuki.333 (2-for-6)  since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

Placido Polanco.375 (3-for-8)  since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

Pablo SandovalNo history vs. Twins starter Brian Duensing

Ryan Zimmerman: No history vs. Mariners starter Michael Pineda

Shane Victorino.333 (1-for-3)  since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

Billy Butler.1.000 (2-for-2) since ’06 vs. Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson

Lance Berkman: 1.000 (1-for-1)  since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt

Mike Morse: No history vs. Mariners starter Michael Pineda

Chase Utley.333 (1-for-3)  since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter


Leaderboard time!

The good ship Sebringt docked at the Port of 35 Games last night with a little help from Miguel Cabrera, and now sits a scant 22 days from the $5.6 million buried treasure. Special shoutout also goes to Jonroy73, whose 32-game run puts him second on both the current and season leaderboards. Good luck riding out the story today, gamers.

 

Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 14 games

Nick Markakis: 13 games

Michael Cuddyer11 games

Robinson Cano: 11 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Matt Holliday: (8 HR this season) vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 22

 

Yesterday was a throwback Tuesday in Streakland, with ageless wonder Bobby Abreu leading the hit parade for 11.5 percent of all selectors.

We wonder where all you guys came up with that idea? What’s that old saying — even a blind MLBlog sometimes finds an Angels DH? Pretty sure that’s how it goes.

Anyway, Pauly Konks and Adrian Gonzalez also converted last night, combining to push an additional 18.6 percent of Streakers 24 hours closer to a 10 percent down payment on the $56 million house of their dreams.

Wednesday’s picks are below, please enjoy them responsibly. Nobody says you have to go and take Justin Upton today — hey, it’s your Streak on the line — but just remember that the Report is on a little bit of a (one-day) roll.

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Wednesday’s picks:

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Kelly Johnson: .750 (6-for-8) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis

Ryan Howard.462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Ben Zobrist.500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum

Jamey Carroll: .500 (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

Justin Upton.417 (5-for-12)  since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis


Feeling kinda spicy?

Omar Infante.556 (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

Sean Rodriguez.538 (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum


You’ll thank me later …

Jimmy Rollins: .167 (3-for-18) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Chase Utley: .176 (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Michael Bourn: .143 (1-for-7)  since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Colby Lewis


Leaderboard time!

On Monday, Ryan Braun got sick. On Tuesday, Joey Votto and the Reds got rained out. On Wednesday, we may finally get to see sebringt make a run at 35 games. Either that, or we’ll know there’s a force even bigger than BTS at work here.

Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 12 games

Nick Markakis: 12 games

Michael Cuddyer10 games

Ryan Zimmerman10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Josh Hamilton: (6 HR this season) vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 21

Yo, Adrian — I did it!

Well, really, all you Streakers did was pick Adrian Gonzalez. The Red Sox first baseman handled most of the actual legwork yesterday, rapping two singles and a double in a 14-5 drubbing of the Padres, and advancing 21 percent of all selectors in the process.

Gonzalez is as hot of a hitter as you’ll find these days, raking .353 on the season, .433 in June and .455 in his last 11 games. Feel free to deploy the power of the goatee in any ballpark and against any pitcher until further notice.

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Tuesday’s picks:

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Bobby Abreu: .438 (7-for-16) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

Matt Joyce: .500 (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Zack Greinke

Carlos Lee.500 (4-for-8)  since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J. Lee

Andre Ethier.417 (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer


Feeling kinda spicy?

Tony Gwynn.571 (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer

Jason Michaels.444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson


You’ll thank me later …

Matt Kemp: .000 (0-for-13)  since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer

Miguel Cabrera: .000 (0-for-12) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

Casey Kotchman: .000 (0-for-11) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Zack Greinke

Billy Butler: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders


Leaderboard time!

Ryan Braun‘s illness pushed the pause button on sebringt‘s quest for 35 games for at least one day, allowing current silver medalist jonroy73 to gain a little bit of ground. JR’s streak now sits at 30 games — A.K.A. 17 games shy of 10 games shy of $5.6 million.

Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 12 games

Nick Markakis: 11 games

Robinson Cano9 games

Michael Cuddyer9 games

Ryan Zimmerman9 games
Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Jay Bruce: (17 HR this season) vs. Yankees starter Brian Gordon

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 20

Two challengers entered the BTS arena last Friday, each with a share of the season lead and a hunger for everlasting glory. Now, just one remains: sebringt.

Our convertible-loving current champ got two hits from Adrian Gonzalez last night, pushing his run to 34 games and extending his margin atop the season leaderboard to three. Nearly 20 percent of all Streakers agreed with the A-Gone pick and were rewarded for their efforts.

With no other current streak above 29 games, this could be the sebringt show for a while. Don’t look now, but he’s roughly a week away from our — gasp — first BTS Report Streaker interview of the 2011 campaign.

There isn’t much matchup history to tap into on this interleague Monday, so today’s picks are based on recent performance at the plate, how much we’d like to play wiffle ball with them and a few other secret ingredients. Please enjoy responsibly.

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Monday’s picks:

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Highest AVG, last 7 days … 

Charlie Blackmon: .545 (12-for-22) — vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Chase Headley: .480 (12-for-25) — vs. Red Sox starter Andrew Miller

Miguel Cabrera: .458 (11-for-24) — vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Starlin Castro: .448 (13-for-29) — vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd


Highest AVG, last 14 days … 

Brett Gardner: .439 (18-for-41) — vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto

Victor Martinez: .420 (21-for-50) — vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Brennan Boesch: .407 (24-for-59) — vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Adrian Gonzalez: .400 (12-for-25) — vs. Padres starter Wade LeBlanc


Highest AVG, last 30 days … 

Paul Konerko: .379 (36-for-95) — vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

David Ortiz: .356 (36-for-101) — vs. Padres starter Wade LeBlanc

Casey Kotchman: .351  (26-for-74) — vs. Brewers starter Chris Narveson

Alexei Ramirez: .338 (38-for-112) — vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano


You’ll thank me later, last 30 days …

B.J. Upton: .148 (13-for-88) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Chris Narveson

Dan Uggla: .152 (14-for-92) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Adam Dunn: .155 (11-for-71) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Eric Hinsker: .169 (14-for-83) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero


Leaderboard time!

Who’s nipping at sebringt’s heels? Well, nobody really … he has a five game lead on all other current Streakers. But next in line are the creatively named Tylerman and jonwilson4000.


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 12 games

Nick Markakis: 10 games

Miguel Cabrera: 9 games

Michael Cuddyer: 9 games

Victor Martinez: 9 games

Ryan Zimmerman: 9 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Jay Bruce: (17 HR this season) vs. Yankees starter Ivan Nova

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, June 17-19

Our prediction yesterday that only one of the two co-leaders would emerge from Thursday’s action unscathed proved … woefully incorrect. Score one against the prescience of the BTS Report, but — more importantly — also score one for jdc5850 and another for sebringt.

Got your imaginary scorecards updated? Good. A look at the real scorecard shows the dynamic duo at 31 games apiece and tied for the 2011 lead with leahydpt and jsmnapoli.

If either jdc or sebring survives the weekend, we’ll be primed for the first mid-30’s run of the season. If both survive, then book the back room at Chuck E. Cheese’s because it is officially party time.

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Friday’s picks:

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• Jose Reyes: .583 AVG (7-for-12) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

• Vladimir Guerrero: .800 AVG (4-for-5) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis

Brandon Phillips: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes

Feeling kinda spicy?

Jack Wilson: .417 AVG (10-for-24) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt

You’ll thank me later …

Kevin Youkilis: .182 AVG (4-for-22) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum

Michael Bourn: .143 AVG (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

Home Run BTS pick:

Joey Votto: (9 HR this season) vs. Blue Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes


Saturday’s picks:

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Paul Konerko: .500 AVG (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Diamondbacks starter Zach Duke

 Placido Polanco: .375 AVG (6-for-16) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Felix Hernandez

• Adrian Gonzalez: .353 AVG (6-for-17) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

Feeling kinda spicy?

Adam Dunn: .471 AVG (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Diamondbacks starter Zach Duke

You’ll thank me later …

Melky Cabrera: .143 AVG (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook

• Andre Ethier: .182 AVG (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Home Run BTS pick:

Paul Konerko: (16 HR this season) vs. Diamondbacks starter Zach Duke


Sunday’s picks:

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• Gaby Sanchez: .714 AVG (5-for-7) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

Aramis Ramirez: .545 AVG (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

• J.J. Hardy: .391 AVG (9-for-23) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny

Feeling kinda spicy?

Lyle Overbay: .571 AVG (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson

You’ll thank me later …

Evan Longoria: .143 AVG (1-for-7) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Brandon Phillips: .200 AVG (3-for-15) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Carlos Villanueva

Home Run BTS pick:

Mark Teixeira: (21 HR this season) vs. Cubs starter Randy Wells


Top MLB streakers 

Ian Desmond: 10 games

Ryan Braun9 games

Carlos Gonzalez9 games

J.J. Hardy9 games

Matt Kemp9 games

Jorge Posada9 games

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