June 2011

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 16

Sir Lancelot of St. Louis fell short in his joust against Livan the Ageless and the Nationals last night, disappointing 11.9 percent of Streakland’s loyal inhabitants in the process.

The rest of the day’s five most popular selections brought glory to their names and honor to their houses, however, emerging from the field of battle tired and dirtied but unscathed.

Polish your armor and sharpen your swords, gamers: Thursday is just another chapter in the season-long battle for the throne of this Streak game.

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Thursday’s picks:

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Alexei Ramirez: .385 (10-for-26)  since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Lance Berkman: .457 (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

Michael Cuddyer: .340 (16-for-47) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Delmon Young: .394 (13-for-33) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Placido Polanco: .375 (12-for-32) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

Kevin Youkilis: .385 (5-for-13) since ’06 vs. Rays starter David Price


Feeling kinda spicy?

Conor Jackson: .424 (14-for-33) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis

John Buck: .409 (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee


You’ll thank me later …

Michael Brantley: .000 (0-for-9) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer

Chase Utley: .176 (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

Paul Konerko: .194 (7-for-36) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Alex Rodriguez: .091 (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson

David Ortiz: .167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Rays starter David Price


Leaderboard time!

Jdc5850 and sebringt remain co-lords of the realm after pushing their respective streaks to 30 games on Wednesday. Today will be the true test of valor, however, as each has a chance to match the season leaders at 31. Our prediction: Two will enter the arena, but only one will emerge.

 

Top MLB streakers 

Andrew McCutchen: 14 games

Ian Desmond: 9 games

Carlos Gonzalez: 9 games

Matt Kemp: 9 games

 
Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Domonic Brown: (4 HR this season) vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 15

After two intense days of picking and Tweeting, the Beat the Streak Colbert Challenge reached its conclusion last night.

Albert Pujols — Stephen Colbert’s pick for Tuesday — homered in his first at-bat against Yuniesky Maya to give the Comedy Central host a two-game streak.

@MLB’s selection — Kevin Youkilis — went 0-for-4 against James Shields and the Rays.

The result: a Colbert victory with a high streak of two games. Mr. Colbert will gain full access to @MLB for a 24-hour period  in the near future. Expect plenty of witty political banter, anti-bear propoganda and stern finger-pointing.

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Wednesday’s picks:

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Paul Konerko: .478 (11-for-23) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Vladimir Guerrero: .529 (9-for-17)  since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Angel Pagan: .500 (8-for-16) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

Mark Teixeira: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Derek Holland

Prince Fielder: .349 (15-for-43) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Joey Votto: .368 (7-for-19) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley


Feeling kinda spicy?

Matt Diaz.583 (7-for-12) since ’06 vs. Astros starter J.A. Happ

Jonny Gomes: .625 (5-for-8) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley


You’ll thank me later …

Rickie Weeks: .195 (8-for-41) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Troy Tulowitzki: .000 (0-for-8) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Mat Latos

Brandon Phillips: .182 (4-for-22) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

Bobby Abreu: .190 (4-for-21) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Erik Bedard

Hunter Pence: .167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Charlie Morton

Aramis Ramirez: .182 (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Chris Narveson


Leaderboard time!

Current co-leaders jdc5850 and sebringt both advanced their streaks to 29 games yesterday. A shot to tie the season lead at 31 could come tomorrow. No pressure, guys, but tomorrow is only one day after today.


Top MLB streakers 

Paul Konerko: 13 games

Andrew McCutchen: 13 games

Jacoby Ellsbury: 11 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Nelson Cruz: (15HR this season) vs. Yankees starter Ivan Nova

Beat the Streak Report: Colbert Challenge, Day 2

With Day 1 in the books, the Colbert Challenge is all square: One game for Stephen Colbert, one game for @MLB.

@MLB took an early lead last night when Ichiro Suzuki smacked a clean single up the middle off of Dan Haren to lead off the bottom of the first inning in Seattle. Minutes later, Andre Ethier evened the score with a single of his own off of Bronson Arroyo.

Ichiro ultimately finished 2-for-4, while Ethier went 1-for-4. By the total hits tiebreaker, @MLB holds the lead by the slimmest of margins heading into Day 2.

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Tuesday’s picks:

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Dustin Pedroia.433 (13-for-30)  since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

Brandon Phillips: .538 (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Michael Brantley: .538 (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

Aramis Ramirez.462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo

Paul Konerko.478 (11-for-23) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Ryan Howard: .478 (11-for-23) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Matt Kemp: .556 (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Johnny Cueto

Hunter Pence: .500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Jeff Karstens



Feeling kinda spicy?

Raul Ibanez: .526 (10-for-19) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad


You’ll thank me later …

Kevin Youkilis: .097 (3-for-31) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

Asdrubal Cabrera: .185 (5-for-27) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

Angel Pagan: .074 (2-for-27) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens

Jose Reyes: .150 (3-for-20) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens


Leaderboard time!

In non-Colbert Challenge news, former leader CroFranjo lost their streak at 30 games last night thanks to an 0-fer by Jose Reyes. Our season co-leaders jsmnapoli and leahydpt remain safe at 31 for the time being. Jdc5850 and sebringt are next in line with current 28 game runs.


Top MLB streakers 

Hunter Pence23 games

Paul Konerko: 13 games

Andrew McCutchen: 12 games

Jacoby Ellsbury: 10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Ryan Howard: (13 HR this season) vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Beat the Streak Report: Colbert Challenge, Day 1

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.

Update: Colbert has chosen Andre Ethier for Day 1. @MLB has chosen Ichiro Suzuki.

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Monday’s picks:

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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


Leaderboard time!

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 Pence22 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

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, June 10-12

Streakers: BIG NEWS

Remember when @MLB challenged Stephen Colbert to a little pick-off a few weeks back? Well it’s about to get real.

Yesterday, the official Twitter of Major League Baseball reminded Mr. Colbert of the outstanding offer:

“Is @StephenAtHome up to the Beat the Streak challenge? Does he like fun? If he wins, the keys to @MLB are his for 24 hours #BTS challenge.”

And lo and behold, he has accepted the challenge. The rules are simple: Three days, three Beat the Streak selections. If Colbert can post a longer streak than @MLB, he gets the keys to the Twitter for 24 hours. The first tiebreaker will be total number of days with a hit, followed by total hits by all picks, and then combined batting average of all picks.

What would @StephenAtHome do with a direct line to 1.2 million baseball fans? We’re guessing a lot of anti-bear propaganda.

For those new to Beat the Streak, get in on the Challenge and sign up here.

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Friday’s picks:

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• Curtis Granderson: .444 AVG (16-for-36) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

• Todd Helton: .435 AVG (10-for-23) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

Mark Teixeira: .444 AVG (8-for-18) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Feeling kinda spicy?

Jeff Keppinger: .500 AVG (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

You’ll thank me later …

Rickie Weeks: .190 AVG (4-for-21) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Alberto Callaspo: .167 AVG (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis

Home Run BTS pick:

Mike Stanton: (14 HR this season) vs. Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders


Saturday’s picks:

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• Adam Lind: .556 AVG (10-for-18) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Alex Gordon: .600 AVG (6-for-10) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

• David Ortiz: .571 AVG (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow

Feeling kinda spicy?

Will Venable: .357 AVG (5-for-14) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter John Lannan

You’ll thank me later …

Johnny Damon: .191 AVG (9-for-47) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

• Josh Hamilton: .143 AVG (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Home Run BTS pick:

Alex Rodriguez: (11 HR this season) vs. Indians starter Mitch Talbot


Sunday’s picks:

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Miguel Cabrera: .471 AVG (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

• Corey Patterson: .467 AVG (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester

Maicer Izturis: .556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Vin Mazzaro

Feeling kinda spicy?

Matt Diaz: .462 AVG (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Chris Capuano

You’ll thank me later …

Kosuke Fukudome: .105 AVG (2-for-19) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt

Hunter Pence: .167 AVG (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tommy Hanson

Home Run BTS pick:

Mark Trumbo: (11 HR this season) vs. Royals starter Vin Mazzaro


 

Top MLB Streakers:
Hunter Pence: 20 games
Carlos Quentin: 11 games
Michael Bourn: 10 games
Paul Konerko: 10 games

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, June 9

The 13.4 percent of Streakers who reachiro’d for Ichiro came away disappointed last night, as the seven-time Major League hit king failed to convert against Gavin Floyd and the White Sox bullpen.

Paul Konerko and Ryan Braun — Messrs. Congeniality in the Wednesday popularity pageant — each rang the bell, though, pushing a combined 15.6 percent of all selectors one day closer to a 57-game BTS championship. Some of you may be asking if that championship comes with a fancy ring and a White House tour. Answer: Not officially, but we bet you could acquire some Kardashian-esque hand candy and a couple Amtrak tickets to D.C. with the $5.6 million grand prize.

Speaking of grand prizes, how about leahydpt? Our current leader saw their faith in Lance Berkman rewarded with a 1-for-3 in Houston, pushing their streak to 31 games and earning a share of the season lead. A hit today would vault leah past jsmnapoli and into sole possession of first place on the season leaderboard. Not to jinx anyone, but it’s never too early to start consulting jewelers — or D.C. train schedules.

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Thursday’s picks:

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Brennan Boesch.556 (5-for-9)  since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Doug Fister

Jose Reyes.500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo

Josh Hamilton: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Kevin Youkilis.370 (10-for-27) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

Martin Prado: .357 (5-for-14) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Ichiro Suzuki.364 (14-for-44) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander


Feeling kinda spicy?

Omar Vizquel: .529 (9-for-17) since ’06 vs. Athletics starter Trevor Cahill

Emilio Bonifacio.500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens


You’ll thank me later …

Mark Teixeira: .184 (7-for-38) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Paul Konerko: .154 (2-for-18) since ’06 vs. Athletics starter Trevor Cahill

Jacoby Ellsbury: .125 (2-for-16) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

Carlos Gonzalez: .133 (2-for-15) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Brian McCann: .167 (3-for-18) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad



Leaderboard time!

Leahydpt is planted firmly in the captain’s seat for now, but plenty of other contenders are lining up to steer the good ship BTS. DanOClock is your first mate at an impressive 28 games, while soplt fills the navigator role at 27 and a trio of deckhands learn the ways of the high seas at 26.


Top MLB streakers 

Hunter Pence19 games

Jose Reyes: 12 games

Ben Revere: 11 games

Jay Bruce: 10 games

Carlos Quentin: 10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Adam Lind: (10 HR this season) vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, June 8

They’re not saying “BOOOOOO” this morning in Streakland, they’re saying “AsdrUUUUUUUUUbal.”

A robust 19.1 percent of all Streakers opted for the Indians’ breakout shortstop last night against the Twins, and he obliged with a first-inning single off of Francisco Liriano. Did the Report call Cabrera’s shot yesterday morning? We link, you decide (Hint: there’s a huge picture of Asdrubal at the top of that post!).

Current leader leahydpt wasn’t feeling the Cabrera karma, instead siding with the 3.7 percent of you who called on Joey Bats to deliver a message against the Royals. Mr. Bats failed to go yard for the 10th straight game — he’s done! — but his 1-for-2 performance still made leah the fourth Streaker to reach 30 games this season.

A share of the campaign lead is in play today, and the $5.6 million grand price is just starting to come into view over the horizon. We recommend staying away from Asdrubal (0-for-16 vs. Carl Pavano) this time around, but then again, our current Streak sits at a measly two games.

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Wednesday’s picks:

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Howard Kendrick.611 (11-for-18)  since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

Laynce Nix.500 (8-for-16) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

Chipper Jones: .452 (14-for-31) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Brian McCann: .368 (14-for-38) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Jose Reyes.417 (10-for-24) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

Carl Crawford.350 (14-for-40) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett

Ichiro Suzuki.379 (11-for-29) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd


Feeling kinda spicy?

Orlando Cabrera: .714 (5-for-7) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Michael Cuddyer.421 (8-for-19) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson


You’ll thank me later …

Aramis Ramirez: .152 (7-for-46) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Asdrubal Cabrera: .000 (0-for-16) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Johnny Damon: .167 (5-for-30) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Brandon Phillips: .125 (3-for-24) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Joey Votto: .167 (3-for-18) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster


Leaderboard time!

DanOClock sits three games off leahydpt’s pace at 27 games. Remember, happy hour always starts at DanOClock, so feel free to crack a half-price beverage of your choosing should Dan the Man reach the pinnacle of the current leaderboard.


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Theriot: 20 games

Hunter Pence18 games

Jose Reyes: 11 games

Ben Revere: 10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Robinson Cano: (12 HR this season) vs. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, June 7

Maybe you’ve put together a few nice streaks this season. Maybe you’ve even made a cameo on Page 1 of the BTS standings, or had your name mentioned on this here blog. By all accounts, you’re in the prime of a respectable Streaking career.

But then one day you’re sitting on your couch waiting for your chicken with broccoli to arrive and watching “Intentional Talk” when the question hits you: Am I a better Streaker than those MLB Network personalities?

It starts as a casual Thursday night curiosity, then slowly grows into something more — a personal mission, a yearning that beats inside you day after day. You simply need to know how your Streaking abilities stack up against Hazel MaeKevin Millar and Chris Rose.

Well, now you can.

Check the new BTS Featured Contestants page daily to play against the hosts of MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” and “Quick Pitch,” as well as yours truly — writer of the fourth-most popular pro blog in the entire MLBlogs network – and a whole bunch of BTS season champions. You can see their current streak, season high and daily selection right alongside your own.

Keep making those picks, and you just might find your own mugshot rubbing elbows with BTS legends like Michael Karatzia and Geoffrey Croke someday.

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Tuesday’s picks:

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Asdrubal Cabrera: .588 (10-for-17) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Brandon Phillips.429 (9-for-21) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Doug Davis

David Ortiz.438 (7-for-16) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia

Justin Upton.351 (13-for-37)  since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Kevin Correia

Miguel Cabrera.400 (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Matt Harrison


Feeling kinda spicy?

Gerardo Parra: .409 (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Kevin Correia

 

You’ll thank me later …

Jayson Werth: .000 (0-for-14) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez

Ben Zobrist: .059 (1-for-17) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

Grady Sizemore: .136 (3-for-22) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Colby Rasmus: .091 (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

Andre Ethier: .176 (3-for-17) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt


Leaderboard time!

Yesterday, it looked like jsmnapoli might be headed for a spot alongside our past season champs on the Featured Contestants page. Twenty-four hours and one Michael Young 0-fer later, it’s a whole different story. Napoli is still our season leader at 31 games, but leahydpt sits just two games back in the current catbird seat at 29.

Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Theriot: 19 games

Hunter Pence17 games

Chase Headley:  16 games

Jose Reyes: 10 games

Nelson Cruz: 10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

David Ortiz: (13 HR this season) vs. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, June 6

The dawn of a new week brings with it the dawn of a new era in Streakland.

In case you missed the town crier bellowing the news through the streets, Ichiro Suzukis 2-for-5 last night pushed jsmnapoli to 31 games and solo status the season’s big Streaker on campus.

Buddycrise and jngmz733 had quite the impressive run at 30, but that figure was never likely to hold up for the duration of a six-month campaign. Guys, you have until noon to vacate the Streakland executive residence. One minute longer and we’ll start auctioning off your stuff. Oh, except for the 30 Games commemorative coffee mugs — we could use a few extras here at BTS Headquarters.

Anyway, last year brought five streaks of at least 38 games and a pair at 43. Jsmnapoli, your move.

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Monday’s picks:

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Matt Wieters.500 (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez

Troy Tulowitzki.583 (7-for-12) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Clayton Richard

Todd Helton: .429 (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Clayton Richard

Alberto Callaspo.444 (4-for-9)  since ’06 vs. Rays starter David Price

Ian Desmond.833 (5-for-6) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum


Feeling kinda spicy?

Jonathan Herrera: .571 (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Clayton Richard

Austin Jackson: .500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Colby Lewis


You’ll thank me later …

Shin-Soo Choo: .150 (3-for-20) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Brennan Boesch: .000 (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Colby Lewis

Elvis Andrus: .111 (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer



Leaderboard time!

Our new (fearless?) leader is 54 percent of the way to a life-changing $5.6 million windfall, but a few others are already breathing down their neck. Leahydpt sits three games back at 28 and four others have already crossed the quarter-century threshold. You wanted the big chair, Napoli? Good luck holding it.


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Theriot: 19 games

Hunter Pence17 games

Chase Headley:  15 games

Jose Reyes: 10 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Prince Frielder: (13 HR this season) vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

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Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, June 3-5

‘Member a few weeks back when we threw down a batting glove at America’s favorite news host/presidential candidate? Well, that’s still pending.

But in the meantime, the BTS Report holds the court and we’re issuing a new Streaking challenge.

Here’s a hint: he’s an action hero, a rap superstar, a philosopher, an honorary U.S. Deputy Marshal and the 2000 NBA MVP. He slept in a Superman bed well into his 30′s. A man of many, many names who really needs just one: Shaq.

That’s right, Diesel: we hear you’re going to have a little more time on your hands. How ’bout a 1-on-1 Streak game? We’ll play pickup rules — first to five wins, call your own fouls, rims with no nets. DM @MLB if you think you’ve still got game.

Streakers: Get at the Big Aristotle/Shaq Fu/Shaqtus/Wilt Chamberneezy and let him know you want to see a 7’1″ man make a pick. Please do not inquire as to how your Streak tastes.

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Friday’s picks:

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Billy Butler: .457 AVG (16-for-35) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Carl Pavano

Curtis Granderson: .429 AVG (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Rickie Weeks: .556 AVG (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Feeling kinda spicy?

Skip Schumaker: .459 AVG (17-for-37) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

You’ll thank me later …

Carlos Gonzalez: .120 AVG (3-for-25) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

Miguel Cabrera: .100 AVG (2-for-20) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Home Run BTS pick:

Victor Martinez: (5 HR this season) vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle


Saturday’s picks:

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Vladimir Guerrero: .615 AVG (8-for-13) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

• Brandon Phillips: .600 AVG (6-for-10) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Jimmy Rollins: .714 AVG (5-for-7) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Charlie Morton

Feeling kinda spicy?

David Murphy: .714 AVG (5-for-7) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

You’ll thank me later …

Denard Span: .136 AVG (3-for-22) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

• Paul Konerko: .122 AVG (5-for-41) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

Home Run BTS pick:

Jayson Werth: (8 HR this season) vs. Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders


Sunday’s picks:

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Aramis Ramirez: .462 AVG (17-for-38) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

Joey Votto: .438 AVG (7-for-16) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

Angel Pagan: .533 AVG (8-for-15) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

Feeling kinda spicy?

Alex Rios: .600 AVG (9-for-15) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny

You’ll thank me later …

Kosuke Fukudome: .100 AVG (2-for-30) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

Prince Fielder: .071 AVG (1-for-14) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez

Home Run BTS pick:

Jeff Francoeur: (9 HR this season) vs. Twins starter Brian Duensing


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Theriot: 15 games

Hunter Pence13 games

Chase Headley:  11 games

Mike Morse: 10 games

Jhonny Peralta: 10 games

(Make a BTS pick)

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