Blackmon helps BTS leader reach 43 games

Blackmon helps BTS leader reach 43 games

By putting his faith in a Rockies hitter at Coors Field on Tuesday, Beat The Streak participant "willmccormack14" remained on top of the active leaderboard in the chase for 57 straight picks -- one more than Joe DiMaggio's famed hitting streak in 1941 -- and therefore the $5.6 million grand prize.

"willmccormack14" -- an avid Yankees fan from Connecticut whose true identity has remained elusive -- entered Tuesday at 42 after choosing not to make a pick on Memorial Day. He resumed his streak by selecting Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon, who got the start in the leadoff spot against Cincinnati's Jon Moscot. Blackmon didn't make "willmccormack14" sweat it out, hitting the second pitch of the bottom of the first inning for a home run, his fifth of the season.

"Blackmon had hit a homer the day before," he said. "Facing a struggling pitcher, I knew that he had a chance to go deep again. It was also a righty-lefty matchup. I was watching the game live on MLB.TV Premium and when he hit it, I was so happy."

Although Blackmon was his lone pick on Tuesday, BTS users also can employ the "Double Down" strategy, whereby he or she picks two players on the same day. If both get a hit, the streak advances by two. If either goes hitless, the streak ends.

Features such as the Double Down and the "Mulligan" -- a one-time streak savior that can be used specifically on runs that are between 10 and 15 picks long -- make winning BTS easier than ever now. Players also can take as many days off as they want during a streak if the matchups aren't attractive, as long as they reach 57 by season's end.

Beat the Streak: June 1

No one has won the grand prize, which has escalated to $5.6 million, in the 15 previous seasons of BTS. If nobody wins it this season, the player with the longest streak still gets a $10,000 consolation prize. Two million other prizes also were given out last year, for streaks as small as five.

Despite being the game's active leader, "willmccormack14" has not looked too far down the BTS road, whose cul-de-sac holds a lifetime's worth of fame and fortune.

"I haven't really thought about winning and am trying to take it one pick at a time," he said. "The most important thing I can say to other Streakers is that there is a lot of luck, but there is some skill. Find a strategy that works for you and keep with it.

"It's crazy to think that I have the longest streak of the season and an incredible blessing. My friends and family have been following my streak and texting me every day about it. For now I am sticking to my strategy for picking, and as my streak grows, I will definitely not want to risk it more."

Having a BTS player topple the marvelous mark of 56 would be particularly fitting this season -- the 75th anniversary of DiMaggio's hitting streak, which began on May 15, 1941, and is being honored with daily recaps on MLB.com and @TheStreak on Twitter.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.