It’s a new week, and we have a new 40-game Streaker. Let’s meet letsgonets44 — or as people call him off the internet, Steven Summer.
Steve is a warehouse worker from Long Beach, NY. That’s on the South Shore of Long Island, which means that the weather looked something like this over the weekend. Steve reports that Irene was his first hurricane experience, and that he survived despite being just 50 yards from the beach.
Our current leader named Jose Bautista and David Wright as his favorite MLB players. As for his favorite team, he responded with just “Mets (ughh).” Yup, that pretty much sums up this season for the formerly-Amazins.
Steve has been playing Beat the Streak for a few seasons but was unaware of the BTS Report’s existence until a few days ago, when he stumbled across the blog while reviewing the official rules and prizes. Better late than never, so welcome aboard! Just one question, though: for a guy who said he’d only answer my questions if the Report “isn’t cursed like the Madden cover,” isn’t checking out the Prizes page the ultimate in bad Streaking karma? Click that link at your own risk.
As for picking strategy, Steve usually goes against weaker pitchers, naming Carl Pavano and Kyle Lohse as two of his favorite victims. Lately, however, he’s been influenced by a friend who advised him to only use Ichiro or speedy left-handed players from NL teams. So a dude batting .274 and Michael Bourn? Well, OK then.
Oh, and in case you were wondering about Steve’s game on the links: “I play golf righty, but I’m a switch-putter.” There you have it.
Good luck to Steve as he streaks for a share of the season lead tonight.
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Miguel Cabrera: .480 (12-for-25) since ’06 vs. Royals starter Luke Hochevar
Johnny Damon: .412 (7-for-17) since ’06 vs. Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero
Alexei Ramirez: .429 (6-for-14) since ’06 vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey
Ichiro Suzuki: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Angels starter Joel Pineiro
Neil Walker: .455 (5-for-11) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez
Feeling kinda spicy?
Blake DeWitt: .444 (8-for-18) since ’06 vs. Giants starter Tim Lincecum
Brandon Wood: .714 (5-for-7) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez
David DeJesus: .556 (5-for-9) since ’06 vs. Indians starter David Huff
You’ll thank me later
Brandon Phillips: .120 (3-for-25) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels
Andrew McCutchen: .125 (2-for-16) since ’06 vs. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez
Chase Utley: .100 (1-for-10) since ’06 vs. Reds starter Homer Bailey
Joey Votto: .167 (2-for-12) since ’06 vs. Phillies starter Cole Hamels
Top MLB streakers
Carlos Gonzalez: 15 games
Alex Avila: 12 games
David Ortiz: 12 games
Paul Konerko: (28 home runs this season) vs. Twins starter Kevin Slowey