Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, September 6

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.


Tuesday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there…

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

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Joey Votto: (26 home runs this season) vs. Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez


  1. champion_88

    Well it will depend on how far in advance the guy makes his picks.

    If he makes his picks an hour or two in advance and picks a team playing in San Francisco, he is not going to be able to get to the game in 3 hours.

  2. champion_88

    Did anyone see Braun’s AB where he reached on the fielding error?

    Do you think it was worthy enough to have been scored a hit?

  3. champion_88

    Braun: 0 for 3 but only needs 2 more baserunners to get a 5th PA

    Honestly, I thought this pick was really stupid when I saw it since Lohse has been having a great year thus far and the Brewers are a far worse team on the road than they are at home.

    • LaVolpe

      1st of September, leader picked Braun vs. St.Louis. Braun was 0-4 & made last out in 7th. But STL couldn’t stop base-runners from reaching & he did come up for 5th AB and a sharp single to right field. Leader got really lucky there. I’m hoping he doesn’t have that happen twice in a week, same teams, same scenarios.

  4. nymets1979

    Is anyone having trouble posting on our SFTC Blogger’s group forum thingy? LOL! It says it’s authenticating login and that’s as far as it gets. Very weird.

  5. champion_88

    grrr…I really wish the Cardinals would not have gotten that 4th run now, since Braun could have bunted both runners over now if it was still 3-1.

    • champion_88

      lol, why would you hope for that?

      Then Braun gets up again in the 10th inning.

      I will say though that when I saw in play, run for Prince Fielder, I assumed home run, since the pitch was right down the middle.

      • LaVolpe

        And each win in this series for MIL drops their magic number down by 2. Currently MIL is sitting at 11 and STL is officially eliminated; watching the world series as spectators, just like my Cubbies. Misery loves company 😛

  6. LaVolpe

    He can hope & pray for a scoring change on that error (rules state a change within 3 or 4 days does count). Without looking up the rules I don’t recall exact length of time. However, like I said in an earlier post, I saw the game live on TV and there can’t be a doubt in anyone’s mind, except possibly Steven Summers’, that it was indeed an error.

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