11 PM Update: Well, that’s it and that’s all for Steven Summer. Ryan Braun went 0-for-4 against the Cardinals despite reaching base on a walk and an error. The 0-fer ends Summer’s streak at 48 games — one short of the all-time BTS record.
7 PM Update: Steven locked in Ryan Braun again as his pick for Tuesday. Braun has at least one hit in each of his last six games and is batting .407 in that span.
After today, there is no going back.
Thanks to a 2-for-5 effort by Ryan Braun on Monday, season leader Steve Summer sits at 48 games. With one more correct selection, he can match Mike Karatzia for the longest run in BTS history and officially push us into uncharted territory.
Make no mistake: this is the real deal. Fifty-seven games — and the $5.6 million prize that comes with it — is absolutely in play. Steve is picking from a solid rotation of high-average hitters, he’s playing the matchups every day, and luck appears to be on his side.
Sure, a lot can happen over the next nine days — freak injuries, intentional walks, alien attack … The list of obstacles is endless. But Steve has made it this far, and we’re not betting on the aliens now.
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Carlos Santana: .545 (6-for-11) since ’06 vs. Tigers starter Rick Porcello
Albert Pujols: .480 (12-for-25) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo
David Wright: .412 (7-for-17) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad
Starlin Castro: .417 (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Mike Leake
Ichiro Suzuki: .356 (26-for-73) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana
Feeling kinda spicy?
Craig Counsell: .500 (11-for-22) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse
Mike Napoli: .500 (5-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann
Blake DeWitt: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Mike Leake
Mike Carp: .417 (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana
You’ll thank me later
Corey Hart: .071 (1-for-14) since ’06 vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse
Casey Kotchman: .083 (1-for-12) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson
Evan Longoria: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson
Angel Pagan: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad
Aramis Ramirez: .154 (2-for-13) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Mike Leake
Top MLB streakers
Corey Hart: 17 games
Erick Aybar: 15 games
Miguel Montero: 13 games
Adrian Beltre: 11 games
Jacoby Ellsbury: 10 games
Alex Gordon: 10 games
Joey Votto: (26 home runs this season) vs. Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez