Welcome to Day 1 of the Colbert Challenge, Streakers.
In case you haven’t heard, @MLB will face off against Stephen Colbert in a Beat the Streak pick-off from today through Wednesday. If Colbert wins, he’ll control the official Twitter of Major League Baseball for 24 hours.
With a trophy case that already includes the Miriam-Webster’s 2006 Word of the Year, the 2010 Golden Tweet and naming rights to NASA’s snazziest new treadmill, Mr. Colbert clearly has some experience in the contest-winning department. But does he know his baseball?
Check back over the next few days to find out. Or, better yet, make a few picks alongside the man who once ran a presidential campaign sponsored by Doritos.
(Make a BTS pick)
Oh, hello there …
Stephen Drew: .556 (10-for-18) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco
Carlos Beltran: .471 (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
Andrew McCutchen: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey
Carlos Lee: .409 (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe
Grady Sizemore: .415 (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett
Matt Kemp: .400 (8-for-20) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo
Feeling kinda spicy?
Brendan Ryan: .385 (5-for-13) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Dan Haren
You’ll thank me later …
Corey Hart: .152 (5-for-33) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster
Ryan Braun: .184 (7-for-38) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster
Howard Kendrick: .190 (4-for-21) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas
Aramis Ramirez: .143 (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf
Current leader CroFranjo survived the weekend unscathed, advancing to 30 games on Adrian Gonzalez‘s 2-for-4 effort yesterday. They’re now just one correct pick short of a tie for the season lead and a scant 27 true selections from the $5.6 million grand prize. We wouldn’t start popping champagne just yet, but feel free to raise a glass of sparkling cider to the big 3-0.
Top MLB streakers
Hunter Pence: 22 games
Paul Konerko: 13 games
Andrew McCutchen: 11 games
Jacoby Ellsbury: 10 games
Home Run Beat the Streak pick:
Matt Kemp: (20 HR this season) vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo