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

7 Comments

I went with Robinson Cano tonight, due to his dominance against the Orioles.

I was tempted by Ichiro, but it just seems too perfect of a pick and knowing the leader would also have him, made the front-heavy tower collapse for me.

Shocked that only 3.4% of the contest has Ichiro though.

Would have thought that would be closer to 20%.

Well, Mr. Summer just 1 Ichiro hit away from tying Joe Turner for season lead. That means at least 2 people will be up late tonite.

Anyone else notice that finelin33 made a non-DL pick today? Maybe he thinks it’s time to make a move with the season winding down? About 31 days left including today & currently a 30-gamer. Guess no point in letting it go to waste, huh?

woohoo!

solid knock in the 4th inning moves me onto 9…a new season high!

I got Javy Guerra and the Dodgers are up 4-1 after 8. The question is will Guerra come in or will Kershaw go for a complete game.

Dang it Kershaw is going all 9 come on give up a hit pull him and out in Guerra for a 1 out save.

**** that FR game always a ##### pause. I want survivor back!

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