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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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
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