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Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, August 18

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Since I’m not eligible to win the $3 million Beat the Streak grand prize, I might as well try to help you out. Every weekday, make sure to check out the Beat the Streak Report to improve your odds with all the stats goodness you could ever dream of. You know, assuming you could use an extra three mill.

August 18

Another day, another correct pick for our leader, Geoff Croke (“gfc2112″).

After a 1-for-4 Hanley Ramirez performance, Geoff’s streak is at 42 games — just 15 short of the $3,000,000 grand prize.

The Marlins shortstop advanced 6.3 percent of all streakers as yesterday’s third-most selected player.

Top pick Ichiro Suzuki also came through for 13.7 percent of you, but Miguel Cabrera ended dreams of fame and fortune for many.

Time for Wednesday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

Dustin Pedroia: .516 AVG (16-for-31) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

Martin Prado: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez

Victor Martinez: .538 AVG (7-for-13) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

Denard Span: .476 AVG (10-for-21) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

Feeling kinda spicy?

Alex Gordon: .500 AVG (8-for-16) lifetime vs. Indians starter Fausto Carmona

Jonny Gomes: .471 AVG (8-for-17) lifetime vs. D-backs starter Rodrigo Lopez

You’ll thank me later …

Ryan Braun: .184 AVG (7-for-38) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright

Torii Hunter: .120 AVG (3-for-25) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey

Adrian Beltre: .150 AVG (3-for-20) lifetime vs. Angels starter Scott Kazmir

David Wright: .174 AVG (4-for-23) lifetime vs. Astros starter Brett Myers

Leaderboard time!

“Jeabullseye” remains alone in second place with a 27-game streak, while “warriorcub” is a game behind at 26.

Special shout out to “rtaylor2001″, who lived to see a 25-gamer after rolling with the hot-and-spicy Omar Infante last night.

The rest of the Top 5 went with the big names, so you get extra points for creativity — but not extra games.

Top MLB streakers

Alexei Ramirez: 11 games 

Bobby Abreu: 9 games 

Jose Lopez: 9 games 

Logan Morrison: 9 games 

Dan Uggla: 9 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, August 17

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And the beat goes on.

An Ichiro Suzuki fourth-inning single catapulted Geoff Croke (“gfc2112″) to a 41-game streak.

For those scoring at home but don’t know how, this means two things:

(1) Croke is only a 16-game streak away from $3,000,000.

(2) Croke is only a three-game streak away from displacing the oh-so-lovable Dick George and (likely) taking home $10,000.

Glad I could clear that up.

And don’t think I forgot about the rest of you streakers, as Ichiro’s
single also pressed the forward button on 25.8 percent of the entire
population.

I’d never forget about the rest of you guys. Come on!

The first commandment of streakdom is that all streaks are created equal.

Just, ya know, some are more equal than others.

Time for Tuesday’s picks

Oh, hello there …

? Placido Polanco: .800 AVG (8-for-10) since ’05 vs. Giants starter Barry Zito

? Miguel Cabrera: .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

? Michael Cuddyer: .488 AVG (20-for-41) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

? Ichiro Suzuki: .405 AVG (30-for-74) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood

? Asdrubal Cabrera: .458 AVG (11-for-24) lifetime vs. Royals starter Zack Greinke

? Hanley Ramirez: .500 AVG (6-for-12) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Zach Duke

? Derek Jeter: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Gerald Laird: .467 AVG (7-for-15) lifetime vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

You’ll thank me later …

? Mark Teixeira: .071 AVG (1-for-14) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Justin Verlander

? Torii Hunter: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz

? Evan Longoria: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Tommy Hunter

? Josh Hamilton: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

Leaderboard time!

“Jeabullseye” now stands alone in second place after successfully riding Miguel Cabrera to a 26-game streak.

“Jeabullseye” is only 31 games away from taking home the $3,000,000.

Wait, what’s that?

Oh, sorry, let me try that again.

“Jeabullseye” is only 31 games away and needs Croke to spontaneously combust in order to take home the $3,000,000.

Much better.

Top MLB streakers

? Alexei Ramirez: 10 games

? Bobby Abreu: 8 games

? Jose Lopez: 8 games

? Logan Morrison: 8 games

? Ian Stewart: 8 games

? Dan Uggla: 8 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, August 16

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We got ourselves a ballgame.

Geoff Croke rode the gravy train all weeekend long, extending his streak
to 40 games after Troy Tulowitzki’s mammoth performance Sunday
afternoon.

Our leader is now a mere 17 games away from immortality and a shoe box
full of cash, and is only four games away from unseating Dick George as
the season overall leader and (likely) becoming $10,000 richer.

Can ya feel that? That little BTS tingle you have inside?

No? Just me? OK, then …

Time for Monday’s picks:

Oh, hello there …

? Ichiro Suzuki: .438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen

? Miguel Cabrera: .385 AVG (10-for-26) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Javier Vazquez

? Adrian Gonzalez: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny

Feeling kinda spicy?

? B.J. Upton: .353 AVG (6-for-17) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Cliff Lee

You’ll thank me later …

? Jose Reyes: .083 AVG (1-for-12) vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez

? Brian McCann: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley

? Evan Longoria: .143 AVG (2-for-14) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Cliff Lee

Leaderboard time!

Second place is shared between “jeabullseye” and “rockybet” who each sport 25-game streaks.

This is all fine and dandy but WE HAVE A 40-GAME STREAK ON OUR HANDS!

Top MLB streakers

? Scott Podsednik: 12 games

? Alexei Ramirez: 10 games

? Bobby Abreu: 8 games

? Coco Crisp: 8 games

? Ian Stewart: 8 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, Aug. 13-15

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“gllc2112″ extended his streak to 37 games after Andre Ethier’s fruitful night at the yard.

“gllc2112″‘s name is Geoffrey Croke.

I know this because he told me.

That’s right, our current knight and shining armor/conch holder/daddy
mac/king of the castle/bee’s knees/Barefoot Contessa has decided to
reveal himself to me. And he seems like a pretty cool guy.

Instead of summarizing his response to my e-mail, I figured I’d let his artistic side fly and copy paste all his wisdom.

For what it’s worth, I sic’d the daylights out of this:

I have been reading your blog, so I knew this e-mail was coming. Do me a favor and keep that voodoo doll hidden.


I cant believe you didn’t like my Jayson Heyward pick.

My name is Geoffrey Croke. I am currently unemployed. I lost my job
last June, so $3,000,000 would be nice. I live in Southampton, NY. A
small summer resort area on the east end of Long Island. (born and
raised here) I am a Met fan, so it hasn’t been too much fun for the
past couple of years. This is actually my first year playing Beat the
Streak, and now many of my friends play also. My strategy is simple,
find a batter who is hot against the starter that day. I just hope
that responding to this e-mail isn’t the kiss of death and I get to talk
to you again in 3 weeks.

Thanks, Geoff 

No, thank you, Geoff.

May your hits be bountiful and may you rule Streakland until kingdom come.

(Sorry, Dick George)

Oh, hello there …

Friday

? Ryan Braun: .857 AVG (6-for-7) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa 

 ? Adam Jones: .455 AVG (10-for-22) lifetime vs. Rays starter James Shields

? Josh Hamilton: .444 AVG (4-for-9) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Saturday

? Jose Reyes: .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Roy Halladay

? Marlon Byrd: .500 AVG (6-for-12) since ’05 vs. Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter

? Michael Young: .450 AVG (9-for-20) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester

Sunday

? Miguel Cabrera: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia

? Matt Holliday: .400 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

? Adrian Beltre: .375 AVG (6-for-16) lifetime vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson

Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday

? Bengie Molina: .364 AVG (4-for-11) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett

Saturday

? Felipe Lopez: .350 AVG (14-for-40) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano

Sunday

? Alfonso Soriano: .385 AVG (15-for-39) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse

You’ll thank me later …

Friday

? Brandon Phillips: .125 AVG (1-for-8) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Josh Johnson

? Hanley Ramirez: .143 AVG (1-for-7) lifetime vs. Reds starter Edinson Volquez

Saturday

? Aubrey Huff: .000 AVG (0-for-9) lifetime vs. Padres pitcher Mat Latos

? Joe Mauer: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Trevo Cahill

Sunday

? Adrian Gonzalez: .212 AVG (7-for-33) lifetime vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

? Victor Martinez: .231 AVG (3-for-13) lifetime vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson

Leaderboard time!

Croke won’t have to worry about the “halmuni” voodoo doll anymore, as
Mark Teixeira zapped all the life out of “halmuni’s” streak.

This means that “cloudslippers” is our latest understudy with a 28-gamer.

Oh, how I hate walking clouds without my cloudslippers on.

Top MLB streakers

? Placido Polanco: 11 games

? Victor Martinez: 10 games

? Michael Bourn: 9 games

? Lastings Milledge: 9 games

? Scott Podsednik: 9 games

? Ty Wigginton: 9 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, August 12

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And Stephen Drew makes 36.

The beat goes on for “gfc2112″, as our red-hot leader rode Drew’s solo
blast to a 36-game streak. The next 21 days will hopefully be quite the
exciting time in Streakland, as users have quietly watched their dreams
of gold-plated ponies and private islands dim by the day.

Will “gfc2112″ have the sheer will and determination to keep this party going and supplant Mr. BTS, Dick George, in the process?

Will “gfc2112″ flashdance with fate and answer the e-mail I just sent him?

Only time will tell.

Oh, I’d also like to give a shoutout to “ponyforkeana” for taking the bull by the horns and providing the BTS blog world with all the streak knowledge and goodness one needs with his little countdown posted in the comments.

And with that …

Time for Thursday’s picks:

Oh, hello there …

? Andre Ethier: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Joe Blanton

? Mark Teixeira: .643 AVG (9-for-14) lifetime vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen

? Alexei Ramirez: .545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

? Denard Span: .529 AVG (7-for-19) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

? Derek Jeter: .406 AVG (13-for-32) lifetime vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Jason Kendall: .444 AVG (8-for-18) since ’05 vs. Yankees starter CC Sabathia

You’ll thank me later …

? Alex Rios: .083 AVG (1-for-12) lifetime vs. Twins starter Francisco Liriano

? Delmon Young: .188 AVG (3-for-16) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

? Shin-Soo Choo: .182 AVG (2-for-11) lifetime vs. Orioles starter Kevin Millwood

Leaderboard time!

“halmuni” used Adrian Beltre to reach the 29-game streak plateau.

We get it, “halmuni”, you want to be noticed. So here ya go, dance the night away.

Top MLB streakers

? Raul Ibanez: 18 games

? Placido Polanco: 10 games

? Michael Bourn: 9 games

? Victor Martinez: 9 games

? Lastings Milledge: 9 games

? Luke Scott: 9 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Wednesday, August 11

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A lightning-round version of the Beat the Streak Report today, as early meetings plus early games equaled lost time.

The big news stemming from Tuesday was that our leader, “gfc2112″, rode
Joe Mauer to a 35-game streak, becoming the eighth BTSer to reach that
mark for the year. And the eighth who will soon be haunted by an e-mail
from yours truly.

With lock time already passed, we know that “gfc2112″ has selected
Stephen Drew for Wednesday, as the D-backs face off against Dave Bush
and the Brewers at 8:10 PM eastern time.

And with that …

Time for Wednesday’s picks:

Oh, hello there …

? Ryan Zimmerman: .533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

? Alex Rios: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Twins starter Glen Perkins

? Michael Cuddyer: .474 AVG (18-for-38) lifetime vs. White Sox starter John Danks

? David Wright: .667 AVG (6-for-9) lifetime vs. Rockies starter Jeff Francis

? Chone Figgins: .500 AVG (8-for-16) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Dallas Braden

? Adrian Beltre: .389 AVG (7-for-18) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Jhonny Peralta: .474 AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. Rays starter Matt Garza

? Ronny Paulino: .435 AVG (10-for-23) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Scott Olsen

You’ll thank me later …

? Brandon Phillips: .158 AVG (3-for-19) lifetime vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright

? James Loney: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt

? Robinson Cano: .227 AVG (5-for-22) lifetime vs. Rangers starter Cliff Lee

Leaderboard time!

“halmuni” lived to survive another day, as James Loney extended our second-place streaker to 28 games.

Sorry, “halmuni”, the answer is no — we do not sell “gfc2112″ voodoo dolls.

Top MLB streakers

? Raul Ibanez: 17 games

? Howard Kendrick: 12 games

? Albert Pujols: 10 games

? Chone Figgins: 9 games

? Lastings Milledge: 9 games

? Placido Polanco: 9 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Tuesday, August 10

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It was Beat the Streak retro edition on Monday, as long-time BTS
stalwarts Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki were the day’s
most popular picks and each hit safely, combining to extend the streaks
of 26.6 percent of the population worldwide.

This is all peachy keen and (somewhat) normal.

What isn’t normal is that Jason Heyward was our leader’s — “gfc2112″ — pick of the day.

Now, Heyward went 1-for-3 and extended our leader’s streak to a stellar 34 games. His hit was even a homer to boot.

But, this selection of Heyward is a little strange. And by strange, I really mean positively insane.

Heyward entered Monday’s game hitting .170 while in the midst of an 8-for-47 slump dating back to July 27.

And to put more molded carrots in this tapioca pudding, the J-Hey kid had gone hitless in seven of his previous 13 games.

I’m not exactly sure what was going through “gfc2112″‘s hit-seeking
noggin, and, yeah, obviously it paid off, and, double yeah, I fully
recognize I look like Donkeylips from “Salute Your Shorts” critiquing
Usain Bolt’s form in the 100 meter here with only a 10-game career-high
streak to my name, but this is too much.

And with that …

Time for Tuesday’s Picks:

Oh, hello there …

? Joe Mauer: .379 AVG (11-for-29) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Freddy Garcia

? Ichiro Suzuki: .400 AVG (6-for-15) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Brett Anderson

? David Ortiz: .462 AVG (6-for-13) lifetime vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero

? James Loney: .600 AVG (6-for-10) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick

? Troy Tulowitzki: .417 AVG (5-for-12) lifetime vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Yuniesky Betancourt: .429 AVG (9-for-21) lifetime vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

You’ll thank me later …

? Alex Rodriguez: .000 AVG (0-for-10) lifetime vs. Rangers starter C.J. Wilson

? Alex Rios: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker

? Nelson Cruz: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett

Leaderboard time!

We already know what the deal is with “gfc2112″. A full seven games behind our leader is “halmuni”, riding a 27-game streak.

That’s nice.

Top MLB streakers

? Raul Ibanez: 16 games

? Juan Pierre: 16 games

? Omar Infante: 12 games

? Howard Kendrick: 11 games

? Albert Pujols: 9 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Monday, August 9

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And I’m back.

I’d like to thank Ian for pinch-hitting for me on Friday, and while it
wasn’t quite an African Safari, I was stuck in traffic for four hours
near Scranton, Pennsylvania around midnight last night. Which is even
more fun than it sounds.

Anyway, it was a pretty solid Sunday all around in Streakland, as
Robinson Cano, Joe Mauer, Adrian Beltre, Ichiro Suzuki, Nick Markakis
and Miguel Cabrera each laced hits to keep the gravy train going for
38.5 percent of the galaxy.

My condolences to those 3.4 percent who selected Delmon Young and are now officially out of the running for the $3,000,000.

But, alas, all is not lost for you fine folks. Even though you won’t be
closing out the campaign a BTS legend, reading books about yourself and
books about books about yourself, you still have time to win $10,000 and
beat out the ineffable name — Dick George — and his 43-game streak.

So there’s that.

Time for Monday’s Picks:

Oh, hello there …

? Nick Markakis: .500 AVG (6-for-12) since ’05 vs. White Sox starter Edwin Jackson

? Derek Jeter: .333 AVG (10-for-30) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Jon Lester

? Evan Longoria: .500 AVG (3-for-6) lifetime vs. Tigers starter Armando Galarraga

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Chris Getz: .455 AVG (5-for-11) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

You’ll thank me later …

? Miguel Cabrera: .000 AVG (0-for-7) lifetime vs. Rays starter David Price

? Johnny Damon: .111 AVG (1-for-9) lifetime vs. Rays starter David Price

? Billy Butler: .222 AVG (4-for-18) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana

Leaderboard time!

Right in the thick of the hunt for each of hour mega grand prizes is
“gfc2112″, who eschewed Ian’s not-so sagacious advice from Friday and
rode non-blue-chipper Clint Barmes to a 33-game streak.

Shows how much Ian knows.

Top MLB streakers

? Raul Ibanez: 16 games

? Juan Pierre: 15 games

? Adrian Beltre: 14 games

? Hunter Pence: 14 games

? Omar Infante: 11 games

? Howard Kendrick: 10 games 

Beat the Streak Report: Weekend, August 6-8

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Since I’m not eligible to win the $3 million Beat the Streak grand prize, I might as well try to help you out. Every weekday, make sure to check out the Beat the Streak Report to improve your odds with all the stats goodness you could ever dream of. You know, assuming you could use an extra three mill.
August 6-8
Dave finally pulled the trigger on that African safari he’s been dreaming about for years, so it’s Ian Kay here to take you through the weekend. 
Why should you listen to me? Well, I did put together a nice little 29-game streak from June 27-July 26. You listen to Dave every day and his career high is like 11 games — I expect 2.64 times the respect.
My philosophy on this here Beat the Streak game is pretty simple: it’s process of elimination. 
  • Never pick against a pitcher with good enough stuff to potentially throw a no-hitter — You could give me 1941 Ted Williams and I’d still pick someone else if Josh Johnson was on the mound.
  • Only use elite hitters — I lost my streak with Carlos Gonzalez. He was easily the worst overall hitter I picked in any of those 30 days. Oops.
  • Check the splits — Hey, did you know Josh Hamilton is hitting .260 against lefties this season? Or that Martin Prado bats .276 on the road?
  •  Maximize your at-bats — No platoon guys, nobody who walks a ton and no hitters without enough lineup protection to avoid being pitched around. It’s all fun and games until Matt Diaz gets lifted in the seventh inning because there’s a right-handed reliever on the mound.
None of those rules are exactly groundbreaking, but follow them and you’ll be left with three or four solid options per day.
Of course, it’s not foolproof. CarGo looked pretty good again yesterday before going 0-for-4 and burning 13.3 percent of all gamers in the process. I feel your pain, folks. Believe me, I do.
Sunday is the final day to start a streak with a chance to reach 57 games before the end of the season. With that in mind, let’s go Streaking…
Through the quad, to the gynmasium if you’d like.
Oh, hello there …
Friday
  • Matt Holliday: .636 AVG (7-for-11) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco
  • Michael Young: .417 AVG (7-for-17) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Dallas Braden
  • Corey Hart: .400 AVG (14-for-35) lifetime vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez
Saturday
  • Paul Konerko: .417 AVG (10-for-24) lifetime vs. Braves starter Kevin Millwood
  • Rafael Furcal: .457 AVG (16-for-35) since ’05 vs. Nationals starter Livan Hernandez
  • Ichiro Suzuki: .474 AVG (9-for-19) lifetime vs. Royals starter Bruce Chen
Sunday
  • James Loney: .583 AVG (7-for-12) lifetime vs. Nationals starter Jason Marquis
  • Nick Markakis: .500 AVG (8-for-16) lifetime vs. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle
  • Troy Tulowitzki: .500 AVG (7-for-14) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
Feeling kinda spicy?

Friday
  • Bobby Crosby: .379 AVG (11-for-219) lifetime vs. Padres starter Jon Garland
Saturday
  • Aaron Rowand .444 AVG (8-for-18) lifetime vs. Braves starter Tim Hudson
Sunday
  • Clint Barmes: .579 AVG (11-for-19) lifetime vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
You’ll thank me later …
Friday
  • Victor Martinez: .192 AVG (5-for-26) lifetime vs. Yankees starter Jaview Vazquez
  • Joey Votto: .167 AVG (2-for-12) lifetime vs. Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny
Saturday
  • Adrian Beltre: .053 AVG (1-for-19) lifetime vs. Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia
  • Alex Rodriguez: .091 AVG (3-for-31) since ’05 vs. Red Sox starter John Lackey
Sunday
  • Mark Teixeira: .143 AVG (4-for-28) lifetime vs. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett
  • Nelson Cruz: .100 AVG (1-for-10) lifetime vs. Athletics starter Trevor Cahill

Leaderboard time!
Our co-leaders, “gfc2112″ and “randy.zimmer”, have each reached the 30-game plateau and earned a free month of MLB.tv for their trouble. They can thank Andre Ethier and Joe Mauer for that, respectively.
Just hang on for three more weeks plus six days and the big prize is yours, guys.
Top MLB streakers 

Beat the Streak Report: Thursday, August 5

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It was an absolute, certifiable, kid-tested, mother-approved, all-you-can-eat Gravy Train Wednesday in Streakland.

A festively plump 14 of the day’s 15 most popular selections each got
hits, flash forwarding the streaks of 58 percent of the BTS galaxy.

Rickie Weeks was the day’s Mr. Freeze, as his 0-for-5 performance ice blasted 1.7 percent of the field, Mortal Kombat-style.

You know what — I’ll take the blame for that. I had no business putting
a lifetime .252 hitter up on the Picks of the Day page, even if his
numbers vs. the opposing pitcher were certifiably stellar. Whoopshies!

Time for Thursday’s Picks:

Oh, hello there …

? Hanley Ramirez: .455 AVG (10-for-22) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Roy Oswalt

? Andre Ethier: .533 AVG (8-for-15) lifetime vs. Padres starter Kevin Correia

? Brian McCann: .421 AVG (8-for-19) lifetime vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum

Feeling kinda spicy?

? Wilson Valdez: .500 AVG (5-for-10) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

You’ll thank me later …

? Josh Hamilton: .179 AVG (5-for-28) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez

? Jayson Werth: .071 AVG (1-for-14) lifetime vs. Marlins starter Chris Volstad

? Nick Markakis: .182 AVG (2-for-11) Angels starter Dan Haren

Leaderboard time!

“gfc2112″ and “randy.zimmer” foxtrotted their way to 29-game streaks,
after Evan Longoria and Joe Mauer each collected hits, respectively.

These two leaders are each one hit away from getting a free month’s worth of MLB.tv.

That’s a pretty cool prize.

Except when compared to $3,000,000.

Top MLB streakers

? David Ortiz: 13 games

? Raul Ibanez: 12 games

? Stephen Drew: 11 games

? Hunter Pence: 11 games

? Juan Pierre: 11 games 

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