Beat the Streak Report: Colbert Challenge, Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Colbert Challenge, Streakers.

In case you haven’t heard, @MLB will face off against Stephen Colbert in a Beat the Streak pick-off from today through Wednesday. If Colbert wins, he’ll control the official Twitter of Major League Baseball for 24 hours.

With a trophy case that already includes the Miriam-Webster’s 2006 Word of the Year, the 2010 Golden Tweet and naming rights to NASA’s snazziest new treadmill, Mr. Colbert clearly has some experience in the contest-winning department. But does he know his baseball?

Check back over the next few days to find out. Or, better yet, make a few picks alongside the man who once ran a presidential campaign sponsored by Doritos.

Update: Colbert has chosen Andre Ethier for Day 1. @MLB has chosen Ichiro Suzuki.


Monday’s picks:

(Make a BTS pick)

Oh, hello there … 

Stephen Drew.556 (10-for-18)  since ’06 vs. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco

Carlos Beltran.471 (8-for-17) since ’06 vs. Pirates starter Paul Maholm

Andrew McCutchen: .500 (6-for-12) since ’06 vs. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey

Carlos Lee: .409 (9-for-22) since ’06 vs. Braves starter Derek Lowe

Grady Sizemore.415 (5-for-12) since ’06 vs. Yankees starter A.J. Burnett

Matt Kemp: .400 (8-for-20) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo

Feeling kinda spicy?

Brendan Ryan: .385 (5-for-13) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Dan Haren

You’ll thank me later …

Corey Hart: .152 (5-for-33) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Ryan Braun: .184 (7-for-38) since ’06 vs. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster

Howard Kendrick: .190 (4-for-21) since ’06 vs. Mariners starter Jason Vargas

Aramis Ramirez: .143 (2-for-14) since ’06 vs. Brewers starter Randy Wolf

Leaderboard time!

Current leader CroFranjo survived the weekend unscathed, advancing to 30 games on Adrian Gonzalez‘s 2-for-4 effort yesterday. They’re now just one correct pick short of a tie for the season lead and a scant 27 true selections from the $5.6 million grand prize. We wouldn’t start popping champagne just yet, but feel free to raise a glass of sparkling cider to the big 3-0.

Top MLB streakers 

Hunter Pence22 games

Paul Konerko: 13 games

Andrew McCutchen: 11 games

Jacoby Ellsbury: 10 games

Home Run Beat the Streak pick:

Matt Kemp: (20 HR this season) vs. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo


  1. 00liber

    LaV’s List
    Monday’s Top Picks of the current Top2500,
    96 Batters picked overall
    Batter, Times Picked, Percentage
    Matt Kemp 360 14.4 (2ND)
    Jose Reyes 205 8.2 (1RST)(2ND)
    Stephen Drew 205 8.2
    Andrew McCutchn 175 7.0 (2ND) PH??
    Joey Votto 156 6.24
    Andre Ethier 142 5.68
    Curtis Grndersn 109 4.36
    Ryan Braun 104 4.16
    Miguel Cabrera 102 4.08
    Prince Fielder 96 3.84
    No Selection 36 1.44

    Highest “No Selection” 😛 pg# 9 with streak of 17 back to zero.
    Yesterday’s Top2500 Reset rate was % with reseting the most.
    There was also % PPD due to players not playing. These streakers do not reset, but did not increase either.

    Got Pinched OR 1 AB Wonders
    TOP2500 saved or reset by PHA (going to include any pinch hitters and/or double switch, 1 AB or More)


    Bloggers Group Top2500
    UserName, Streak, Page#, Rank, Pick, (Times picked in top2500)
    Bloggers Reset Yesterday

    GL to all

    • LaVolpe

      Per rotoworld: Simply a day off. As it’s looking PIT doesn’t need him. But if crunch time comes and up/down by just 1, you may see him PH for the pitcher.

      • 00liber

        With Maholm at 95 pitches and due up 3rd in bottom half of 8 we might see PH. Will it be McCutch?

      • 00liber

        Check that. Maholm done for the evening. PH’r almost guaranteed now.(I don’t think Veras even knows how to swing a bat.)

      • LaVolpe

        Drats, McCutchen’s single ensures 2 of the top 4 move on. The night could’ve potentially been a complete wipeout of the 4 leaders tonight.

      • LaVolpe

        ^^ 1 of the top 4. For some reason I thought one of them had Braun, but has Kemp.

  2. LaVolpe

    Jose Reyes sac fly on potentially last AB. I hate that when it happens to me, but not when it happens to the leader(s).

  3. yanksgiantsdevils33

    I picked McCutchen because of his .500 average against Pelfrey. What happens he gets put in late in the game after Pelfrey is gone and since he is due up 3rd, I can only pray for a miracle AB.

  4. Nymets1979

    That sacrifice by Reyes looked like a hit after re-watching the play like 100 times. It definitely changed direction. The scorer needs to review it and change it.

    • LaVolpe

      Not gonna happen. It isn’t the official scorer’s call whether it is a hit or not. Because the umps called it an out, whether or not it was trapped, it an out. The sac is scored cause a run crossed the plate.

  5. LaVolpe

    To rephrase a bit. In this case, it’s out of the official scorer’s hands. The scorer decides on if it is an error or not, not if it is an out or not.

      • LaVolpe

        Agreed. Until instant replies includes trapped balls and missed calls on the bases, just part of the game.

      • LaVolpe

        Ugh, can’t type worth a darn today. “instant replays”, not “instant replies”

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