Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, July 6
A hefty 20.4 percent of all selectors put their trust in Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp last night, and the newly-crowned Home Run Derby participant came through in style with a 2-for-5 performance against the Mets.
Second choice Adrian Gonzalez slayed the dragon for an additional 8.9 percent of Streakers, while 4.7 percent of you skated by on a pass from the injured Ryan Braun. We’ll let that kind of sneakiness slide this time around, but you should be well aware of the karmic ramifications tied to taking an intentional bye.
Wednesday brings another heaping helping of intraleague action. The chef’s recommendations are below, and we’d strongly advise against sending anything back to the kitchen. Oh, and Braun could return to action today, so try a cute pick there at your own risk.
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Geovany Soto: .636 (7-for-11) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny
Chase Utley: .464 (13-for-28) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez
Gaby Sanchez: .538 (7-for-13) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick
A.J. Pierzynski: .545 (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen
Jose Reyes: .467 (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda
Placido Polanco: .457 (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez
Robinson Cano: .500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson
Michael Bourn: .412 (7-for-17) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Charlie Morton
Feeling kinda spicy?
J.D. Drew: .500 (11-for-22) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil
You’ll thank me later …
Aramis Ramirez: .118 (2-for-17) since ’06 vs. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny
Alex Gordon: .143 (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Edwin Jackson
Adam Lind: .154 (2-for-13) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield
Top MLB streakers
Ryan Braun: 22 games
Pablo Sandoval: 15 games
Howard Kendrick: 13 games
Jhonny Peralta: 11 games
Home Run Beat the Streak pick:
Lance Berkman: 5 career home runs vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo