9/19/2013 6:29 P.M. ET
BTS leaders' run ends at 46, one shy of '13 high
Posey's 0-for-4 afternoon ends couple's streak 11 picks short of big prize
By Zachary Finkelstein / MLB.com
Thijs and Evelyn Storms woke up Thursday as the current Beat the Streak leaders with 46 straight successful selections, 11 away from the game's $5.6 million grand prize.
Their remarkable run came to a close before evening's end, though, the result of an 0-for-4 performance from the Giants' Buster Posey.
The Stormses' impressive streak fell one correct pick 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.
Thursday's result notwithstanding, the Stormses had good reason to pick Posey, a catcher who entered the day with a .303 average on the year.
Their choice was also supported by Thursday's batter-pitcher splits, which showed Posey with a lifetime .500 average (4-for-8) against the Mets' Jon Niese, who pitched pretty well in the matinee.
Although the Stormses fell short of the game's jackpot -- the biggest of its kind in fantasy sports history -- they should be lauded for compiling one of the longest streaks 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 streaks 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.