BTS Leader Enters Holiday Weekend at 40 Games

Season leader jonroy73 A.K.A. Jonathan Roy summited Mt. 40 Games yesterday, digging deep into the player pool to select White Sox outfielder Juan Pierre. Any time you can risk the Streak of a lifetime on a guy hitting .256 for the season and .236 for the month, you just HAVE to do it, right? Uh, apparently.

Anyway, Mr. Roy — who in my head pronounces his last name like Patrick Roy — is now tied for the 23rd-longest streak in BTS history. A successful three-day weekend could vault him into into the top eight all-time. After the Pierre pick, Willy Taveras and Scott Podsednik eagerly await their chances to help in that effort.

Current runner-up Bclark2779 also continued his momentous run, reaching 36 games thanks to a 1-for-3 from popularity king Victor Martinez. Jon Roy may be the Streak darling of the moment, but the Clarkster is very quietly closing in on his own 40-gamer.

Enjoy the weekend and the Fourth. The Report’s semi-annual four-days-for-the-price-of-one sale is below.

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Friday’s picks:

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Andrew McCutchen: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny

Alfonso Soriano: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Edwin Jackson

Grady Sizemore: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Feeling kinda spicy?

Jack Cust: .545 AVG (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Dustin Moseley

You’ll thank me later …

• Yunel Escobar: .063 AVG (1-for-16) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kenrick

Prince Fielder: .077 AVG (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Home Run BTS pick:

Paul Konerko: (21 HR this season) vs. Cubs starter Randy Wells

Saturday’s picks:

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Troy Tulowitzki: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Kyle Davies

Paul Konerko: .625 AVG (5-for-8) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Matt Garza

 Howard Kendrick: .444 AVG (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Feeling kinda spicy?

Corey Patterson: .375 AVG (6-for-16) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay

You’ll thank me later …

Jimmy Rollins: .063 AVG (0-for-6) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes

Yunel Escobar: .000 AVG (0-for-9) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay

Home Run BTS pick:

David Ortiz: (17 HR this season) vs. Astros starter J.A. Happ


Sunday’s picks:

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Alex Rodriguez: .500 AVG (4-for-8) since ’06 vs. Mets starter R.A. Dickey

Andre Ethier: .364 AVG (4-for-11) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Ryan Braun: .583 AVG (7-for-12) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Feeling kinda spicy?

Jose Lopez: .500 AVG (11-for-22)  since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson

You’ll thank me later …

Maicer Izturis: .154 AVG (2-for-13) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

Prince Fielder: .167 AVG (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Home Run BTS pick:

Joey Votto: (11 HR this season) vs. Indians starter Mitch Talbot

 

Monday’s picks:

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Adam Lind: .571 AVG (12-for-21) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Joe Mauer: .444 AVG (8-for-18) since ’06 vs. Rays starter James Shields

Melky Cabrera: .588 AVG (10-for-17) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Feeling kinda spicy?

Clint Barmes: .500 AVG (12-for-24) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

You’ll thank me later …

Brian McCann: .188 AVG (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez

Victor Martinez: .182 AVG (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

Home Run BTS pick:

Adam Lind: (17 HR this season) vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey


Top MLB streakers 

Ryan Braun: 20 games

Nick Markakis: 19 games

Pablo Sandoval11 games

Michael Bourn: 9 games

Ronny Cedeno: 9 games

Howard Kendrick9 games

Skip Schumaker: 9 games

65 Comments

JonRoy’s streak now in jeopardy. He bravely agreed to a blog interview yesterday. We all know what that means: The dreaded Interview Jinx

In honor of the leader’s 40 gamer there were 40 comments on yesterday’s blog.
I must say that I would not be where I am now (18) if not for my decision on Wednesday. I planned to take Sandoval or Hamilton and took Sandoval. Sandoval got a hit, Hamilton went O fer. With that said today is another BIG day as I aim for 19.

This will be a 4-day blog; how many comments do you think it will contain by 5 July? I’d say more than 40

Last year the weekend blogs would go over 100 posts. This year seems to have little activity with many hours between posts sometimes. If this doesn’t reach at least 60 posts then this board is dead.

I dare someone to choose Adam Dunn.

Good luck YGD/all!

Picking same as the leaders again I see. I’d like to think my jinxing abilities could work today, but Paulie could get 5 ABs and you can’t keep a good hitter hitless with 5 ABs very often.

Good luck ken and everyone!

The #1 and #2 active streaks have Konerko — who just went to 0-1 in his first two plate apperances (he had a sac fly in the first). Probably three more PAs…

And let the leader-watch begin: 0-3 PA after 6 innings…

As a Sox fan, Konerko is having a fantastic year and is keeping the team alive. However, watching him lately, he’s been in a bit of a “slump” since he lost his HR streak last week against the Cubs. Granted, he only went from hitting .331 to .321, but I wouldn’t be overly confident picking him at this point of the season, regardless of his huge June numbers.

Except against mediocre lefties ;)

Haha, Wells is one of those pitchers who shouldn’t have, but did end my streak last eyar. Forever scars the mind from picking against him.

On a side note, Konerko retired to start the 8th against relief pitcher, Kerry Wood.

Year*

Paulie leads off the 8th. If no hit recorded, needs a bit of help to come up again in the 9th. Drum roll please…

Uh-oh…

Barring extras or a bat-around. Konerko changed the leader board quite a bit

At least with Pierre, he is 9 for his last 19 for a .473 BA and a .500 OBP during the 4 game stretch. After losing my 14-gamer yesterday, I’ve been inspired to pick him today and it pulled through. Only 56 more!

I’m right alongside you. Reset yesterday at 14 (almost picked Pierre). Went with A.J. today to get back on track.

Damn :/ Whelp it’s been a fun ride – I even switched from Bautista at the final minute. Condolences to the leader(s). I’m going to give this one more try.

I’m sorry about how Konerko turned out for you, Good run and I wish you even better luck on your next run. YanksGiantsDevils33

LaV’s List
Friday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
138 Batters picked overall
Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
Adrian Gonzalez 278 11.12
Paul Konerko 196 7.84 (1RST)(2ND)
Jose Reyes 184 7.36
Rickie Weeks 143 5.72
Miguel Cabrera 113 4.52
Ryan Braun 101 4.04
Joe Mauer 84 3.36
Juan Pierre 76 3.04
Starlin Castro 73 2.92 (4TH)
Troy Tulowitzki 64 2.56
Andrew McCutchn 61 2.44
Ichiro Suzuki 60 2.40
No Selection 50 2.00
Pablo Sandoval 46 1.84 (4TH)
Travis Hafner 28 1.12 (3RD)

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Highest “No Selection” :P pg# 13 with streak of 14 back to zero.
Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 38.48% with MIGGY reseting the most.
There was also 7.72% PPD due to players not playing. These streakers do not reset, but did not increase either.
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Got Pinched OR 1/2 AB Wonders
TOP2500 saved or reset by PHA (going to include any pinch hitters and/or double switch, 2 AB or Less)
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P Konerko CWS, RESET 219 HIGHEST WAS 27 GAMER (INCLUDING ME)
AJ Pierz CWS, SAVED 2 WERE 11,10 GAMERS
D Ortiz BOS, RESET 2, WERE 10,10 GAMERS
A Soriano CHC, RESET 1, WAS 13 GAMER
E Chavez TEX, RESET 1, WAS 14 GAMER
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Bloggers Group Top2500
UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick, (Times picked in top2500)
YanksGiantsDevils33, 18, pg 4 , 80, SANDOVAL (PICKED 46X)
Kenfucious, 18, pg 4, 138, KONERKO (PICKED 196X) 0-FER
trixiewright, 12, pg 43, 635, MIGGY (PICKED 113X)
Sawx87, 10, pg, 1587, TULO (PICKED 64X)
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Bloggers Reset Yesterday
ChiSox07, 14, RESET by MIGGY
dave55, 14, RESET by MIGGY
00LIber, 12, RESET by KONERKO
GL to all
M

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Highest active streak is now 30 going to tonight.

Does anyone else think this person was crazy choosing Hafner tonight when Cleveland was playing in an NL park? I for one think they got lucky that Cleveland jumped out to a big lead and didn’t need to pinch hit with him. Could have easily lost 30 games with a simple pinch hit strikeout… Maybe there’s just something I don’t know?

I agreed with that one. Hafner isn’t playing the field at all and it was a dumb move but he froze anyway since Hafner didn’t play. I think they need to abolish the DH.

LaV’s List
Saturday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
125 Batters picked overall
Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
Todd Helton 385 15.56 (1RST)
Troy Tulowitzki 281 11.35
Adrian Gonzalez 204 8.24 (3RD)
Ryan Braun 179 7.23
Paul Konerko 153 6.18
Joey Votto 138 5.58
Jose Reyes 125 5.05
Carlos Gonzalez 98 3.96 (3RD)
Miguel Cabrera 90 3.64
No Selection 58 2.34
Brandon Phillps 55 2.22
Brian McCann 11 0.44 (1RST)
Carlos Lee 1 0.04 (5TH)

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Highest “No Selection” :P pg# 8 with streak of 16 back to zero.
Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 28.24% with KONERKO reseting the most.
There was also 7.28% PPD due to players not playing. These streakers do not reset, but did not increase either.
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Got Pinched OR 1/2 AB Wonders
TOP2500 saved or reset by PHA (going to include any pinch hitters and/or double switch, 2 AB or Less)
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B Boesch DET, SAVED 4 WERE 11,10,10,10 GAMERS
V Guerrero BAL, RESET 3 WERE 13,10,10 GAMERS
D Ortiz BOS, RESET 1, WAS 12 GAMER
W Betemit KC, RESET 1, WAS 14 GAMER
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Bloggers Group Top2500
UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick, (Times picked in top2500)
YanksGiantsDevils33, 19, pg 3, 63, HELTON (PICKED 385X)
trixiewright, 13, pg 31, 450, ICHIRO (PICKED 15X)
Sawx87, 11, pg 49, 1105, TULO (PICKED 281X)
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Bloggers Reset Yesterday
Kenfucious, 18, RESET by KONERKO
GL to all
M

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Reyes pickers lucky he got a lead-off single. Apparently he left with a hamstring issue.

Sad to say, but could be a good thing. Reyes has been nothing short of a gimme lately. Means some people will have to pick someone else ;)

Heard on ESPN that MRI tomorrow, but expect Reyes to play on Monday. Wait & see

Konerko with an infield single in the ninth to make himself 1-4 today. I chose Pierzynski today who batted right after him. No such luck. :P My streak of 1 is now over!

And Votto with a home on last AB, my streak of 0 is now over :) Starting to feel this year is joke performed by the BTS gods. P.S. The wife had Konerko today & has a 2-gamer; oh joy!

*homer

One of the co-leaders today has McCann (on the bench today). PH opportunity?

I think he will be the very first one off the bench to pinch hit or he could come in for defense late in the game.

If so, it’d have to be the 9th or extras and losing. Teams don’t like to use their backup catchers, especially when on their day off. My gut says that co-leader is safe, but no longer in the lead as the other co-leader moved on.

Woo hoo Berkman puts me back on the board with that solo blast. 1 down 56to go.

If nobody wins this prize this year, instead of raising the amount of the grand prize again in 2012, I think MLB.com should consider a wider array of prizes (or, better yet, cash for milestones). $50 gift card for 35 games is a joke. Raise this to $1000 and I guarantee more participation and viral interest. Up the ante of 45 game streaks to $20,000. 5.6m for a grand prize is sufficient :)

I was just thinking the same thing. Prizes for best BA of the month would also be good. The stats are already being kept.

YanksGiantsDevils – nice work hitting 20!

Thanks ken! :)

LaV’s List
Sunday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
123 Batters picked overall
Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
Adrian Gonzalez 443 17.72
Ryan Braun 385 15.4 (2ND)
Alex Rodriguez 176 7.04
Joey Votto 135 5.4
Andre Ethier 128 5.12
Michael Young 101 4.04
Josh Hamilton 87 3.48 (2ND)
Paul Konerko 68 2.72
Jose Reyes 57 2.28
Carlos Gonzalez 51 2.04
No Selection 44 1.76
Dustin Pedroia 25 1.00 (2nd)
AJ Pierzynski 5 0.20 (1rst)
Hunter Pence 4 0.16 (5th)

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Highest “No Selection” :P pg# 5 with streak of 18 back to zero.
Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 12.26% with MIGGY reseting the most.
There was also 5.97% PPD due to players not playing. These streakers do not reset, but did not increase either.
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Got Pinched OR 1/2 AB Wonders
TOP2500 saved or reset by PHA (going to include any pinch hitters and/or double switch, 2 AB or Less)
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M Diaz PIT, SAVED 4 PH IN 1RST GAME, WAS 9 GAMER
C Hart MIL, RESET 1 WAS 10 GAMER
J Reddick BOS, SAVED 1, WAS 11 GAMER
B Butler KC, RESET 1, WAS 14 GAMER
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Bloggers Group Top2500
UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick, (Times picked in top2500)
YanksGiantsDevils33, 20, pg 3, 49, A-ROD (PICKED 176X)
Sawx87, 12, pg 42, 974, HAMILTON (PICKED 87X)
mdefillippis91, 9, pg 100+, 2482, PIERRE (PICKED 42X)
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Bloggers Reset Yesterday
trixiewright, 13, RESET by ICHIRO
GL to all
M

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2nd most picked Braun in Top2500 not in lineup. PH potential? Tough call. Does manager risk his 22 game hit streak or not? Obviously the score & need will dictate

Also Konerko sitting in his game. PH more likely there I’d say.

potential *massacre* today

And the leader (0-4) is in jeopardy. Needs 3 extra hitters to plate for another AB. May see Konerko PH next inning.

On cue, Konerko PH walk. Leader will get 1 more AB.

Well one highly-picked PH got thru the day. With MIL losing, will Braun PH for Hart or Wilson in the 9th?

It’s dead! My run of 20 straight picks that hit safely (excluding pause days) has come to an end with A-Rod’s 0 for 5 performance. Amazingly this followed a 17 game run with 1 O fer in between.
It sounds like homer (Yankee) picks have been the big streakbreakers for my 4 longest streaks.
Last season I lost a streak of 17 on Nick Swisher, this season I lost a 15 on Derek Jeter, a 17 on Robinson Cano and now my all time high of 20 ends with A-Rod.
I enjoyed the run of 20/20 and 37/38 (pauses included) while it lasted!

pauses *excluded*

If Hamilton doesn’t hit, not only will it add to the day’s hit reset rate, it will eliminate all of today’s Bloggers Group Top2500 members.

Sucks, considering on thursday we had 9 of us.

Somewhere close to 50% reset rate among Top2500 will do that, unfortunately.

Just FYI: The wife, who has no knowledge of baseball, gets thru the weekend with Braun’s DNP yesterday & Lind’s single today. Luck vs. knowledge; gotta love it (sarcasm).

*Her current streak is now just 4. But beats my zero, A-Gone pending

LaV’s List
Monday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
147 Batters picked overall
Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
Dustin Pedroia 314 12.69 (4TH)
Adrian Gonzalez 285 11.52 (2ND)
Adam Lind 246 9.94
Miguel Cabrera 109 4.40
Jose Reyes 96 3.88
Paul Konerko 94 3.80
Ryan Braun 79 3.19
No Selection 64 2.59
Robinson Cano 58 2.34
Matt Kemp 55 2.22 (1RST)
Michael Bourn 3 0.12 (2ND)
Chris Gimenez 1 0.04 (5TH)

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Highest “No Selection” :P pg# 1 with streak of 21 back to zero.
Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 45.16% with A-GON reseting the most.
There was also 24.96% PPD due to players not playing. These streakers do not reset, but did not increase either.
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Got Pinched OR 1/2 AB Wonders
TOP2500 saved or reset by PHA (going to include any pinch hitters and/or double switch, 2 AB or Less)
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O Hudson SD, RESET 12, HIGHEST 11 WAS GAMER
D Ortiz BOS, RESET 6, HIGHEST WAS 15 GAMER
D McDonald BOS, RESET 2, WERE 14,13 GAMERS
R Paulino NYM, SAVED 1, WAS 10 GAMER
T Hafner CLE, SAVED 1, WAS 10 GAMER
V Guerrero BAL, RESET 1, WAS 10 GAMER
R Gload PHI, RESET 1, WAS 10 GAMER
B Butler KC, SAVED 1, WAS 10 GAMER
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Bloggers Group Top2500
UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick, (Times picked in top2500)
yanks22442, 9, pg 86, 1587, LIND (PICKED 246X)
PeterYanidis, 8, pg 100+, 2150 , A-GON (PICKED 285X)
levinmariz73, 8, pg 100+, 2150 , UTLEY (PICKED 24X)
ohwow, 8, pg 100+, 2150 , ACKLEY(SEA) (PICKED 1X)
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Bloggers Reset Yesterday
YanksGiantsDevils33, 20, RESET by A-ROD
Sawx87, 12, RESET by HAMILTON
mdefillippis91, 9, RESET by PIERRE
GL to all
M

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FYI: Regarding that 5th place pick for finelin33 in Top2500. He’s another gottaweartheshades. Picks DL players 6-7x a week. If you go back and check his picks, you’ll see that.

Ya I thought that when I saw Gimenez 2 days in a row.

The same thing is going to happen to him as well. He’s going to pick somebody not on the DL or in the minors and they day they pick them they won’t get a hit. I wonder how they are even capable of picking people on the DL or minors this far ahead since they are taken off the site as soon as they are placed on the DL or go to the minors.

It’s simple really. Monitor rotoworld & watch for information about players being sent back to minors or going on DL. For example, someone sent down for Jeter’s return (who? don’t care). Once you see that, you load up the next 9 days with that player. There’s a few of these notices per week; just need to keep up with them. And believe it or not, sometimes the picks of the day will give you a DL player; but that’s rare & a one-day pick only, usually.

RE: Gimenez placed on the DL. 29 June. So, I’m sure that he’s on their pick list for another 4-5 days. And I’m also sure that another DL/AAA player, by now, has been loaded up past that time frame

21 NO selection, that is an even worse way to lose then being pinched.

Adrian is good to go for today. Came through in the 5th with a double. I’m one to tomorrow.

And with Pedroia’s 7th inning single, The top 3 picks move on today. Far cry better than yesterday. Braun out of line up again for MIL.

With Bourn not identifying with a hit (get the pun?), one 30-gamer is down, one moves on & one pending with Kemp later tonite.

I’m back on board with McCutchen getting a 3rd inning double, that beats A-Rod’s 0 inning hit yesterday.

I’m also back on the board as well with Adrian’s hit earlier. GL tomorrow.

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