It’s always better to look at the glass as half-full. Yesterday, I said Carl Crawford would get five plate appearances. He did. I also said he would get at least one hit. He didn’t. On a brighter note, Ian Kinsler continues to make me look good. Crawford was my selection in my Beat the Streak game, which ended at seven yesterday.
Check back this afternoon for the Saturday and Sunday picks. I’m sure the last thing you’d like to do while enjoying a nice weekend away from the office is to check your Beat-the-Streak hitters.
Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays – 0-5
Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers – 2-4
Friday, June 27—Picks lock at 2:00 Eastern
Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs
Ramirez is hitting .500 (7-14) against White-Sox starter Jose Contreras. Four of those seven hits have left the ballpark. In addition, he hasn’t struck out against Contreras in those 14 at-bats. While Contreras has a decent ERA (3.96) and opponent’s batting average (.253), Ramirez had two hits in each of his past five games, with four homers before yesterday. The Cubs’ third baseman is also hitting much better against righties (.314) than lefties (.268).
Russell Martin, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers’ catcher is hitting .625 (5-8) against Los Angeles/Anaheim/California pitcher Joe Saunders. He’s also hitting .289 in his last 10 games. He also had a six-game hitting streak prior to an 0-4 outing yesterday.