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.
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
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