Robert Mosley's remarkable 51-game run in MLB.com's Beat the Streak came to an end Monday, the 76th anniversary of the start of Joe DiMaggio's historic 56-game record, which inspired the contest's $5.6 million prize.
Playing under the alias "kamea," his daughter's name, Mosley, 32, successfully made 51 consecutive picks, getting closer than any other player has ever been to besting DiMaggio's streak in the game's 17-year existence. He ultimately fell just shy of becoming the first BTS player to reach 57 and claim the grand prize.
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Mosley doubled down with Blue Jays outfielders Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera for their Monday evening matchup against the Braves at Rogers Centre. Pillar came through with a fifth-inning single, but Carrera -- who entered Monday batting .327 after 10 hits in his past six games -- went hitless, going 0-for-4 with a walk in the 10-6 loss.
After Pillar collected his first and only hit, a line-drive single to right, it appeared Carrera might keep Mosley's streak alive on a ground ball that nearly escaped into right field. But Braves second baseman Jace Peterson intervened with a stellar sliding grab, and his throw to first was just in time to retire Carrera.
With Mosley's streak over, the new active BTS leader is user "joeysouza9," who reached 42 consecutive picks Friday and has not made a selection since.
The rules of MLB.com's flagship fantasy game Beat the Streak, presented by National Car Rental, are simple, even if the challenge is not: Correctly pick a batter or two each day to tally a hit in a game. Then do it again and again, and don't stop until 57 consecutive successful selections are made.
The BTS "Double Down" feature allows Streakers to select two players on the same day. If both batters record at least one hit the Streaker's run advances by two games.
Mosley became the all-time BTS leader over the weekend, surpassing the game's longest streak of 49, first set by Mike Karatzia in 2007 and matched last summer by Terry Sims. He did so in dramatic fashion, tying Karatzia and Sims Friday on a late home run by Michael Trout, who was 0-for-4 when he came to the plate in the eighth inning, then establishing a BTS record of 51 consecutive picks with Bryce Harper's walk-off home run Saturday.
His picks "hit" a robust .355 (77-for-217) during the streak. By comparison, Joltin' Joe batted .408 (91-for-223) during his historic 56-game streak into immortality during the summer of 1941.
As for popular picks, Mosley didn't display a particular affinity for one team or player. The user most frequently called on Trout, Harper, Xander Bogaerts, Francisco Lindor and Freddie Freeman, doing so successfully four times each. He also successfully used Lorenzo Cain three times.
Even though Mosley fell short of the grand prize, he is still in prime position to claim the $10,000 consolation prize given to the player with the highest streak this season, should no one break DiMaggio's mark. Additionally, the BTS game-makers hand out millions of other prizes for streaks as small as five.