Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, August 3

Well, well, well doorsrule — how about that BTS Report curse now? You chose not to answer our oh-so-friendly email interview questions, and your 36-game streak still went down in flames on Jimmy Rollins‘ 0-fer. Take note, future 35-gamers: Deprive the readers of the juicy personal tidbits they demand at your own streak’s peril.

Anyway, doorsrule is now old news and Simon_s999 tops the new current standings at 29 games. We recommend rehearsing your own answers now, just in case a certain missive hits your inbox in about a week …


Wednesday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there … 

Joe Mauer: 667 (10-for-15) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

Melky Cabrera: .407 (11-for-27) since ’06 vs. Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

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

Cameron Maybin: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Dodgers starter Ted Lilly

Erick Aybar: .417 (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Adam Jones: .417 (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar

Feeling kinda spicy?

Ryan Raburn: .667 (6-for-9) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter Matt Harrison


You’ll thank me later …

Robinson Cano: .125 (2-for-16) since ’06 vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

Howard Kendrick: .091  (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

Michael Cuddyer: .182 (1-for-11) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro

Lance Berkman: .188 (3-for-16) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

Carlos Beltran: .182 (2-for-11) since ’06 vs. Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis

Top MLB streakers 

Dan Uggla: 24 games

Freddie Freeman: 17 games

Justin Upton: 14 games

Adrian Gonzalez: 12 games

Hideki Matsui: 11 games

Yadier Molina: 11 games

Ryan Zimmerman: 11 games

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Joey Votto: (17 home runs this season) vs. Astros starter Jordan Lyles


  1. box86rowh

    Today I am feeling good about Jacoby or Adrian vs the righty. The top of the Red Sox lineup routinely gets 5 AB’s which helps with the hit chances, plus they get plenty of pitches to hit with that group of hitters. Ultimately going with Jacoby as he is 2 for 3 vs the pitcher (meaningless I know)

  2. gpearson17

    I’m going with Mauer to get to 17. I’m a little wary because Mauer broke my career-longest streak in 2009. It’s also the first time I’ve picked him all year.

    • Backrubs

      come to think of it, i think he broke by 17 back in 09 as well. it was that time when picking him or ichiro and one other player…. all three of them were so hot for a 3 week stretch

  3. gpearson17

    20% picked Mauer! That scares me. My pick is usually really low in the top 15, or out of the top 15 altogether.

  4. 00liber

    LaVolpe wrote a program that just downloads all 100 pages of current streaks and saves them into a spreadsheet, then i manually adjust the spreadsheet and transport the necessary data into a template to create these posts. Takes about 15-30 mins a day.

    • box86rowh

      ah, cool, I am a programmer to, and was curious.
      Sometime if I have a moment ill see if i can write something that will get you all the stuff you show here automattically…not promising anything though, just if I get some time and want to play with it.

  5. 00liber

    LaV’s List
    Wednesday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
    141 Batters picked overall
    Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
    Joe Mauer 357 14.42
    Jacoby Ellsbury 296 11.96
    Adrian Gonzalez 261 10.55 (1RST)(2ND)(4TH)
    Dustin Pedroia 89 3.6
    Joey Votto 88 3.56
    Michael Bourn 82 3.31 GOOD
    Melky Cabrera 78 3.15
    Freddie Freeman 68 2.75
    Hanley Ramirez 67 2.71
    Shane Victorino 54 2.18
    Jason Kubel 43 1.74
    No Selection 43 1.74
    Rickie Weeks 8 0.32 (2ND) DL

    Highest “No Selection” 😛 pg# 6 with streak of 16 back to zero.
    Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was 22.68% with UTLEY reseting the most.
    There was also 10.36% PPD due to players not playing, These streakers do not reset, but did not increase either,
    6.56% —> 164 picks of these were intentional DL/inj picks.

    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)
    M Diaz PIT, SAVED 1, WAS 9 GAMER

    Bloggers Group Top2500
    UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick, (Times picked in top2500)
    gpearson17, 16, pg 7, 122, MAUER (PICKED 357X)
    box86rowh, 15, pg 10, 224, JACOBY (PICKED 296X)
    jonhilliard, 15, pg 11, 224, MAUER (PICKED 357X)
    trixiewright, 11, pg 42, 964, ICHIRO (PICKED 7X)

    Bloggers Reset Yesterday
    Mdrossi(nymets1979), 19, RESET by GABY SANCHEZ
    J_St33z, 14, RESET by ROLLINS
    GL to all


  6. 00liber

    Don’t know if any of you guys caught this on yesterdays blog. Yay us.

    “Congrats to you and your followers here for No. 5 position on Latest Leaders for July! Let’s see how many fans start a WordPress blog at mlb-Com with MLB theme and try to join you and the Fan Top 50 in our monthly rankings.
    By MLBNewman on August 3, 2011 8:53 am – Reply “

  7. entel

    So today is the last day to start a streak to get to 57, unless season is extended to settle a Division or Wild Card. It could be extended few more days if BTS allowed credit for 2 games for players in doubleheaders. How about it?

  8. ohwow

    It would be interesting if they modified the game to allow a carryover streak. If you end the year with a 20-gamer, and then get 37 next year, you should win some kind of prize – even if you don’t win the main prize. By not carrying over streaks, any reset after today makes submitting additional picks totally futile, and basically cuts off the game when interest in baseball and its pennant races should be gathering. If they had ‘something’ that let you feel like you carried over a streak into the subsequent year, even a reduced prize that has the same low likelihood of being claimed (especially if they have a ‘ESPN Sunday night opener’, with only one game with two good teams each pitching their aces and forcing a pick from that game), it would add some purpose to submitting further picks.

    • 00liber

      As it stands today is cutoff for the main 5.6m prize but 40 is still the season high putting the actual deadline to win any cash a little over two weeks from now.
      But I like the idea of carrying over and winning something.

  9. ohwow

    Well, thanks to Mr. Utley, tomorrow’s pick officially has some minisucle level of relevance.

    It is usually a good goal to have a relevant pick in September. That’s not something I have ever accomplished. I’ve come close, but not yet.

  10. vinny1979

    They used to give you credit if your pick got a hit in both games of a doubleheader and you moved up 2 games and I don’t know why they changed it but it sucks now because you can’t even look at doubleheaders at all because of that rule change. They won’t ever change it back but I think if your pick gets a hit in at least one game of a double header your streak should continue.

    • champion_88

      The original rule also only gave you credit for 1 game in a doubleheader, but your hitter only had to pick up 1 hit in either game of the doubleheader.

      The only time you can ever move up 2 games in 1 day is if a suspended game is being finished within the next 3 days.

  11. LaVolpe

    Normally not a truly exciting event even for true Cubbie fans. But this is their 1st 4-game winning streak ALL YEAR!

  12. champion_88

    Interesting way that my last important run of the year has been built so far.

    2 last AB hits!

    Today’s was by Hideki Matsui!!!

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