Beat the Streak leader's run halted at 41
Trout goes hitless in Houston, ending Colorado State student's march
The Angels-Astros game on Friday night was a hit parade, with the teams combining for 26 base knocks.
Outfielder Mike Trout was not a major part of the slugfest, as the Astros walked him three times -- including once with the bases loaded in his final plate appearance of the night.
As a result, Camille Emily Svendson's Beat the Streak run ended at a remarkable 41 straight successful selections, more than 70 percent of the way to the game's $5.6 million grand prize. In case you were curious, no larger jackpot has ever been offered in the history of fantasy sports.
Svendson's impressive streak fell six correct selections shy of the season's overall lead, which is held by Braves fan William Bryan, a 30-year-old police officer, husband and father.
As it stands, Bryan is in line to win the $10,000 consolation prize set aside for the Streaker who ends the year atop the BTS standings.
Friday's result notwithstanding, Svendson had good reason to pick Trout, a phenom who entered the evening with a .335 average, 23 homers, 85 RBIs, 101 runs scored and 32 steals. Normally, there's nothing he cannot accomplish on the field.
Svendson's choice was also supported by Friday night's batter-pitcher splits, as Trout's early plate appearances came against Dallas Keuchel and his 4.99 ERA entering the day. The two had faced off in five at-bats this year prior to first pitch, with Trout tallying a base knock twice for a .400 average.
Although Svendson fell short of the game's jackpot, she should be lauded for compiling one of the longest streak's in the history of BTS play.
In Beat the Streak, participants try to establish a virtual "hitting streak" by picking one or two big leaguers per day, with their runs continuing as long as their selections collect at least one hit. In 13-plus seasons of BTS play, no one has matched Joe DiMaggio's magic number of 56, set in 1941. To win the $5.6 million prize, one must top Joe D.'s run by one.
To join the fun, visit mlb.com/bts or download Beat the Streak, presented by Dunkin' Donuts, from the Apple app store or through Google Play. Participation is free.
Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.