Today’s top picks
Yesterday’s most selected players
Alfonso Soriano (CHC): 8.8% of total picks made, 0-for-4
Chase Utley (PHI): 6.6%, 2-for-4
Lance Berkman (HOU): 6.5%, 0-for-4
Manny Ramirez (BOS): 6.1%, 0-for-3
Albert Pujols (STL): 5.7%, 3-for-5
The two fans tied for second place held their ground and reached the
30-game plateau thanks to two-hit efforts from Chase Utley and Joe
Despite being the day’s most popular pick at 8.8 percent of all selections, Alfonso Soriano went hitless in four at-bats to snap his seven-game hitting streak.
Lance Berkman — the day’s third-most popular pick at 6.5 percent — also went 0-for-4 as his 17-game hitting streak came to a screeching halt. That spelled the end of one fan’s 25-game streak, which was tied for seventh place entering the day.
Also falling out of the Top 10 was the owner of the fourth-longest streak, whose 28-game run came to an end with Dustin Pedroia’s 0-for-3 performance.
Fan of the day
Name: Brian D. Kauffman
Occupation: Banquet Manager
Streak length: 30 games
Brian, who resides in Collinsville, Ill., has been playing Beat the Streak for the past two years. As a fan of the Cardinals, Brian frequently makes Albert Pujols his pick in BTS, although he often goes with hit king Ichiro Suzuki as well.
Brian’s streak nearly came to a premature end a little over a week ago. He picked Yunel Escobar on a day when the Braves were playing a doubleheader, not realizing that Escobar needed to get a hit in BOTH games for the streak to continue. Fortunately, the Braves shortstop came through with two hits in the first game and another in the second, keeping Brian’s hopes alive for another day.