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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Jose Reyes: No 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 Sandoval: No history vs. Twins starter Brian Duensing
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
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 Cuddyer: 11 games
Robinson Cano: 11 games
Home Run Beat the Streak pick:
Matt Holliday: (8 HR this season) vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt