August 2011

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, August 31

Ladies and gentlemen, your NEW undisputed, uncontested undefeated and untied BTS season leader … Mr. Steve Summer.

Ichiro came through yet again for our main man last night, advancing Steve to 42 games with a single in five at-bats against Jerome Williams and the Angels.

Only 14 other players have reached 42 games in nearly 11 seasons of BTS play, and one more correct selection would vault Steve into a tie for eighth place all-time in this here Streaking game.

Of course, no Streaker has ever reached the mythical land of 56 games — a mark Steve could challenge as early as Sept. 13. That is, if the stars align, the tea leaves are favorable and Ichiro keeps on hitting.

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Wednesday’s picks:

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Melky Cabrera: .545 (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

Pablo Sandoval: .400 (6-for-15) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez

Starlin Castro: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner

Joey Votto: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee

Andre Ethier: .385 (5-for-13) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Wade LeBlanc


Feeling kinda spicy?

Miguel Cairo: .571 (8-for-14) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cliff Lee

Matt Diaz: .533 (8-for-15) since ’06 vs. Astros starter J.A. Happ

Casey Blake: .417 (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Wade LeBlanc


You’ll thank me later

Mark Teixeira: .182 (8-for-44) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Erick Aybar: .175 (7-for-40) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

Matt Holliday: .200 (5-for-25) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

Matt Kemp: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Wade LeBlanc

Jose Tabata: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Astros starter J.A. Happ


Top MLB Streakers

David Ortiz: 13 games

Brandon Phillips: 13 games

Mike Moustakas: 13 games

J.J. Hardy: 13 games

Ichiro Suzuki: 13 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

David Wright: (11 home runs this season) vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, August 30

With yet another successful Ichiro pick, Steven Summer reached 41 games last night and moved into a tie with Joe Turner atop the BTS season leaderboard.

Stay tuned for tonight’s episode, in which Steve will likely choose between the Mariners leadoff man and a “speedy left-handed player from an NL team” in his quest to take sole possession of the season crown.

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Tuesday’s picks:

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Omar Infante: .577 (15-for-26) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Nick Markakis: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil

Curtis Granderson: .368 (7-for-19) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Hunter Pence: .344 (11-for-32) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Joey Votto: .357 (5-for-14) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay


Feeling kinda spicy?

Jorge Posada: .417 (10-for-24) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Ronny Paulino: .400 (6-for-15) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

Will Venable: .348 (8-for-23) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda

Greg Dobbs: .350 (7-for-20) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey


You’ll thank me later

Jason Bay: .077 (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Javier Vazquez

Lance Berkman: .091 (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Shaun Marcum

Adam Jones: .167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil

Miguel Cabrera: .182 (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis


Top MLB Streakers

David Ortiz: 12 games

Mike Moustakas: 12 games

Brandon Phillips: 12 games

Ichiro Suzuki: 12 games

J.J. Hardy: 12 games

 

 

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Ryan Howard: (27 home runs this season) vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Meet current BTS leader Steven Summer

It’s a new week, and we have a new 40-game Streaker. Let’s meet letsgonets44 – or as people call him off the internet, Steven Summer.

Steve is a warehouse worker from Long Beach, NY. That’s on the South Shore of Long Island, which means that the weather looked something like this over the weekend. Steve reports that Irene was his first hurricane experience, and that he survived despite being just 50 yards from the beach.

Our current leader named Jose Bautista and David Wright as his favorite MLB players. As for his favorite team, he responded with just “Mets (ughh).” Yup, that pretty much sums up this season for the formerly-Amazins.

Steve has been playing Beat the Streak for a few seasons but was unaware of the BTS Report’s existence until a few days ago, when he stumbled across the blog while reviewing the official rules and prizes. Better late than never, so welcome aboard! Just one question, though: for a guy who said he’d only answer my questions if the Report “isn’t cursed like the Madden cover,” isn’t checking out the Prizes page the ultimate in bad Streaking karma? Click that link at your own risk.

As for picking strategy, Steve usually goes against weaker pitchers, naming Carl Pavano and Kyle Lohse as two of his favorite victims. Lately, however, he’s been influenced by a friend who advised him to only use Ichiro or speedy left-handed players from NL teams. So a dude batting .274 and Michael Bourn? Well, OK then.

Oh, and in case you were wondering about Steve’s game on the links: “I play golf righty, but I’m a switch-putter.” There you have it.

Good luck to Steve as he streaks for a share of the season lead tonight.

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Monday’s picks:

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Miguel Cabrera: .480 (12-for-25) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

Johnny Damon: .412 (7-for-17) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

Alexei Ramirez: .429 (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey

Ichiro Suzuki: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

Neil Walker: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

 

Feeling kinda spicy?

Blake DeWitt: .444 (8-for-18) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

Brandon Wood: .714 (5-for-7) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

David DeJesus: .556 (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Indians starter David Huff


You’ll thank me later

Brandon Phillips: .120 (3-for-25) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels

Andrew McCutchen: .125 (2-for-16) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Chase Utley: .100 (1-for-10)  since ’06 vs. Reds starter Homer Bailey

Joey Votto: .167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels


Top MLB streakers

Carlos Gonzalez: 15 games

Alex Avila: 12 games

David Ortiz: 12 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Paul Konerko: (28 home runs this season) vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, August 26-28

Take a good look now, Joe Turner — this could be your final BTS Report in sole possession of first place on the season leaderboard.

Phils4ever75 advanced to 38 games with Skip Schumaker (!!!) last night, meaning that they could tie Turner atop the season standings by the end of Sunday’s action. Even if Phils falls, letsgonets44 is lurking a game back at 37.

Enjoy the weekend, Streakers — we just might be meeting a few more of you come Monday.

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Friday’s picks:

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Jason Kubel: .429 (12-for-28) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

Angel Pagan: .450 (9-for-20) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson

Ryan Zimmerman: .500 (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Dontrelle Willis

Feeling kinda spicy?

Ryan Doumit: .750 (6-for-8) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook

Alberto Callaspo: .400 (6-for-15) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Derek Holland

Marlon Byrd: .400 (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

You’ll thank me later

Justin Upton: .083 (1-for-12) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Wade LeBlanc

Michael Cuddyer: .125 (3-for-24) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello

Troy Tulowitzki: .130 (3-for-23) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Curtis Granderson: (36 home runs this season) vs. Orioles starter Tommy Hunter

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Saturday’s picks:

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Todd Helton: .462 (12-for-26) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

Alex Gordon: .448 (13-for-29) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Feeling kinda spicy?

Juan Rivera: .400 (10-for-25) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Kevin Millwood

You’ll thank me later

Justin Upton: .000 (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Aaron Harang

Martin Prado: .071 (1-for-14) since ’06 vs. Mets starter R.A. Dickey

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Ryan Howard: (26 home runs this season) vs. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez

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Sunday’s picks:

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Melky Cabrera: .600 (9-for-15) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson

Jose Bautista: .409 (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. Rays starter David Price

Andrew McCutchen: .412 (7-for-17) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Feeling kinda spicy?

Alex Gonzalez: .417 (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Dillon Gee

Jose Tabata: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Carlos Lee: .462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Matt Cain

You’ll thank me later

Juan Pierre: .143 (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas

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

B.J. Upton: .077 (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Ryan Braun: (25 home runs this season) vs. Cubs starter Casey Coleman

 

Top MLB Streakers

Robinson Cano: 16 games

Aramis Ramirez: 14 games

Shane Victorino: 12 games

Carlos Gonzalez: 12 games

Joey Votto: 10 games

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, August 25

Joe Turner, don’t get too comfortable in that season leader chair.

Robinson Cano advanced Phils4ever75 to 37 games last night, tying our current leader with Hank Woods for third place in the season standings.

For those of you not keeping score at home, Phils would need five more correct picks to set the $10,000 pace and another 15 after that to multiply the potential prize by 560.

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Thursday’s picks:

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Michael Bourn: .500 (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Matt Garza

Lance Berkman: .500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Charlie Morton

Ben Zobrist: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Doug Fister

Matt Holliday: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Charlie Morton


Feeling kinda spicy?

Skip Schumaker: .529 (9-for-17) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Charlie Morton

Cliff Pennington: .429 (3-for-7) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter Phil Hughes


You’ll thank me later

Vladimir Guerrero: .111 (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

B.J. Upton: .000 (0-for-5) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Doug Fister

Edwin Encarnacion: .200 (2-for-10) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis

Brett Gardner: .200 (1-for-5) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Rich Harden


Top MLB Streakers

Robinson Cano: 15 games

Aramis Ramirez: 13 games

Shane Victorino: 12 games

Carlos Gonzalez: 12 games

 

 

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Joey Votto: (24 home runs this season) vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, August 24

Well, that’s it and that’s all for Joe Turner‘s Streak.

Mark Teixeira‘s 0-for-5 against Brandon McCarthy and the A’s last night sealed our season leader’s fate at 41 games. Losing a season-best run on a player who entered Tuesday’s action batting .251? Yikes! Joe certainly had his reasons, though, and that’s gotta be worth something — potentially $10,000, to be specific.

Phils4ever75 is now in the current BTS drivers seat at an impressive 36 games, with letsgonets44 right behind them at 35. Don’t get too comfy on the season throne just yet, Joe.

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Wednesday’s picks:

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Ryan Howard: .375 (15-for-40) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Robinson Cano: .545 (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Trevor Cahill

Josh Hamilton: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Todd Helton: .400 (8-for-20) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

Hunter Pence: .385 (5-for-13) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

 

Feeling kinda spicy?

Casey McGehee: .467 (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Aaron Thompson

Jack Hannahan: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez


You’ll thank me later

Michael Young: .138 (3-for-22) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Brian McCann: .083 (1-for-12) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Randy Wells

Curtis Granderson: .091 (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. A’s starter Trevor Cahill

Miguel Cabrera: .167 (1-for-6) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Wade Davis

Melky Cabrera: .182 (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero


Top MLB Streakers

Robinson Cano: 14 games

Aramis Ramirez: 12 games

Carlos Gonzalez: 11 games

Shane Victorino: 11 games

 

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Ryan Braun: (25 home runs this season) vs. Pirates starter Aaron Thompson

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, August 23

Ladies and gentlemen, your new BTS season leader: Joe Turner.

The current champ summited Mt. 41 Games last night, reaching the peak on the wings of Troy Tulowitzki‘s fifth-inning single off Astros starter Brett Myers.

That hit put Joe in line for a $10,000 payday and moved him just 16 days short of earning 5.6 million real American greenbacks.

Twenty-one past Streakers have reached 41 games, but only seven have survived as high as 44 and none lasted longer than Mike Karatzia’s 49-day run in 2007. Joe — your real test starts now.

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Tuesday’s picks:

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Ian Kinsler: .480 (12-for-25) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Josh Hamilton: .478 (11-for-23) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Maicer Izturis: .500 (9-for-18) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Victor Martinez: .500 (7-for-14) since ’06 vs. Rays starter David Price

Albert Pujols: .467 (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw

Joey Votto: .556 (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco


Feeling kinda spicy?

Vernon Wells: .500 (12-for-24) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Bobby Abreu: .500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle

Craig Counsell: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf

David Murphy: .385 (5-for-13) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey


You’ll thank me later

Ryan Braun: .083 (1-for-12) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf

B. J. Upton: .111 (1-for-9) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny

Matt Kemp: .167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

Coco Crisp: .000 (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter Bartolo Colon

Miguel Cabrera: .000 (0-for-9) since ’06 vs. Rays starter David Price

 

Top MLB Streakers

Robinson Cano: 13 games

Mike Napoli: 11 games

Aramis Ramirez: 11 games

Carlos Gonzalez: 10 games

Shane Victorino: 10 games

 

 

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Josh Hamilton: (16 home runs this season) vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, August 22

With some help from Robinson Cano, Joe Turner became the second member of 2011′s 40-Game Streak Club yesterday.

After making Joe sweat for five innings, the Yankees second baseman cranked a double off Twins reliever Phil Dumatrait to lead off the sixth. The base knock tied our current leader with Jonathan Roy for the season lead, and a successful pick today would place Turner alone in pole position for the $10,000 season-high prize

And ohbytheway, reaching 41 games today would leave him just 16 days short of becoming first streaker Streaker to break Joe DiMaggio‘s 56-game record and claim the $5.6 million grand prize.

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Monday’s picks:

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Dustin Pedroia: .375 (3-for-8) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J.Wilson

Asdrubal Cabrera: .571 (4-for-7) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas

Miguel Cabrera: .400 (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann

Delmon Young: .400 (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann

B.J. Upton: .533 (8-for-15) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

 

Feeling kinda spicy?

Jamey Carroll: .375 (6-for-16) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

Carlos Ruiz: .357 (5-for-14) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Dillon Gee

Adam Kennedy: .364 (4-for-11) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

 

You’ll thank me later

Brian McCann: .000 (0-for-10) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Ryan Howard: .077 (1-for-13) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Dillon Gee

Ben Zobrist: .095 (2-for-21) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

Carl Crawford: .133 (2-for-15) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J.Wilson

Hunter Pence: .125 (1-for-8) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin

 

Top MLB streakers

Mike Carp: 20 games

Robinson Cano: 13 games

Matt Kemp: 11 games

Mike Napoli: 10 games

Aramis Ramirez: 10 games

 

 

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Troy Tulowitzki: (25 home runs this season) vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, August 19-21

The Joe Turner show rolls on …

A day after introducing himself to the BTS Report-reading world, our current leader extended his Streak to 38 games on the wings of Robinson Cano‘s 1-for-5 effort against the Twins.

Joe now sits alone in second place on the season leaderboard and is just 19 successful picks short of claiming the $5.6 million grand prize.

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Friday’s picks:

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Shin-Soo Choo: .583 (7-for-12) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Max Scherzer

Ichiro Suzuki: .400 (4-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Wade Davis

Hideki Matsui: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil

Feeling kinda spicy?

Seth Smith: .500 (8-for-16) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Hiroki Kurdoa

Wilson Betemit: .467 (7-for-15) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Josh Tomlin

Jamey Carroll: .600 (6-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Jason Hammel

You’ll thank me later

Paul Konerko: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Matt Harrison

Adrian Gonzalez: .194 (6-for-31) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Jeff Francis

Darwin Barney: 091 (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Ryan Howard: (26 home runs) vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

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Saturday’s picks:

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Asdrubal Cabrera: .385 (5-for-13) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Doug Fister

Melky Cabrera: .429 (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield

Derek Jeter: 400 (6-for-15) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Feeling kinda spicy?

Greg Dobbs: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Aaron Harang

Mike Cameron: .400 (6-for-15) since ’06 vs. Padres starter Aaron Harang

Corey Patterson: .462 (6-for-13) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Matt Garza

You’ll thank me later

Joey Votto: .158 (3-for-19) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Charlie Morton

Troy Tulowitzki: .143 (3-for-21) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

Mark Teixeira: .167 (3-for-18) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Mike Stanton: (29 home runs) vs. Padres starter Aaron Harang

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Sunday’s picks:

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Brandon Phillips: .444 (4-for-9) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter James McDonald

Mark Teixeira: .769 (10f-ro13) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

Miguel Cabrera: .357 (5-for-14) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez

Feeling kinda spicy?

Juan Rivera: .409 (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. Rockies starter Kevin Millwood

Alberto Gonzalez: .308 (4-for-13) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez

You’ll thank me later

Joey Votto: .200 (2-for-10) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter James McDonald

Robinson Cano: .143 (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Nick Blackburn

David Wright: .182 (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Matt Kemp: (28 home runs) vs. Rockies starter Kevin Millwood

Current leader Joe Turner streaks toward season high

Streakers, current leader Joe Turner has answered the call — well, the email, actually.

After reaching 37 games with Miguel Cabrera last night, Joe disregarded the (FAKE!) BTS Report Curse and agreed to answer a few questions about himself, his life and his favorite foods.

First off, Joe works for a beverage company and lives with his wife, Jennifer, near St. Paul, MN.

He once met Herb Brooks (yup, this interview took a serious turn toward the upper Midwest), roots for the Twins and misses the glory days of Kent Hrbek.  Don’t we all, Joe.

In Streaking news, Joe has been playing BTS for a couple years and claims to be a “big fan” of the Report. #yabuddy. Like season leader Jonathan Roy, he mostly picked random players until his streak reached 20 games. Uh oh, the commenters aren’t going to like that. Forget the previous sentence — Joe actually conducts daily six-hour ballpark wind pattern studies and purchased industrial-grade computer graphing software to help make his selections. I swear, that’s (definitely not) what he told me.

Annnd since you’ve all been waiting for it: Joe’s favorite food is his wife’s taco pie. It’s unclear what taco pie consists of, but if it involves both tacos and pie, it cannot be un-delicious.

Good luck to Joe the rest of the way.  Feel free to offer your congratulations, Mall of America stories and taco pie recipes in the comments.

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Thursday’s picks:

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Juan Pierre: .450 (9-for-20) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson

Carl Crawford: .545 (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

Elvis Andrus: .359 (14-for-39) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Jered Weaver

Ryan Zimmerman: .350 (7-for-20) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Ryan Braun: .364 (4-for-11) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw


Feeling kinda spicy?

A.J. Pierzynski: .348 (8-for-23) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson

Gordon Beckham: .333 (5-for-15) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson

 

You’ll thank me later

Carlos Quentin: .053 (1-for-19) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson

Paul Konerko: .182 (4-for-22) since ’06 vs. Indians starter Justin Masterson

Howie Kendrick: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Colby Lewis

Michael Cuddyer: .194 (7-for-26) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia

Curtis Granderson: .200 (2-for-10) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Brian Duensing


Top MLB streakers

Mike Carp: 17 games

Torii Hunter: 15 games

Miguel Cabrera: 15 games

Melky Cabrera: 10 games

Robinson Cano: 9 games


Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

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