The writing was on the wall as soon as the schedule was released.
Once it was clear that there were only three games on Monday’s bill
with four of the six teams being the Nationals, Royals, Athletics and
D-backs (with the Yankees and Reds being the other options), it was
clear that an absurd amount of the Beat the Streak nation would put all
their eggs in the Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter basket.
I cautioned that such strategy was mighty risky should Arizona
starter Rodrigo Lopez somehow stymie the Bombers and put some extra hot
sauce on his fastball.
I was right. Sort of.
A staggering 67.2 percent of all streakers selected either
Robinson Cano (45.7 percent) or Derek Jeter (21.5 percent) last night.
And as Jeter (0-for-3) fans know, the hot sauce was a comin’.
As for Cano, the man who has shredded opposing pitching all
season long to the tune of a Major League-leading .365 batting average,
he kept his streakers on a full-blown sweaty palms panic attack watch
all night by waiting until his final at-bat in the eighth inning to
loop a single.
Unfortunately, Michael Young and the Rangers were not playing, as
“fromomma” decided to roll the dice with the wrong Yankee for the
Which means for now, Dick George (Cano) is our lone ranger with a 38-game streak.
Time for Tuesday’s picks
Oh, hello there …
? Kevin Kouzmanoff: .688 AVG (11-for-16) lifetime vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo
? Austin Kearns: .438 AVG (7-for-16) lifetime vs. Phillies starter Jaime Moyer
? Prince Fielder: .412 AVG (7-for-17) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker
? Casey Blake: .429 AVG (6-for-14) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana
Feeling kinda spicy?
? Juan Uribe:
.545 AVG (6-for-11) lifetime vs. Astros starter Roy Oswalt. Uribe has
one hit in his last 11 at-bats. Roy Oswalt pitches well for a living. I
say stay away.
You’ll thank me later …
? Hunter Pence: .111 AVG (2-for-18) lifetime vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum
? Manny Ramirez: .091 AVG (1-for-11) lifetime vs. Angels starter Ervin Santana
? Ryan Braun: .154 AVG (2-for-13) lifetime vs. Twins starter Scott Baker
? Marlon Byrd: .143 AVG (2-for-11) lifetime vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas
Riding high with a 35-game streak is “kbarr9” who also selected Cano
last night. “kbarr9” is 61.4 percent on the way to the $3,000,000. Ya
know, assuming Dick George goes down in flames first.
Top MLB streakers
? Josh Hamilton: 16 games
? Jose Guillen: 16 games
? Jason Kubel: 12 games
? Jeff Mathis: 12 games
? Garrett Jones: 11 games