Hamilton, Cozart collect hits to put user 10 picks away from $5.6 M
By Zachary Finkelstein
The current Beat the Streak leader took two more steps on the road to immortality on Thursday night, extending his streak to 47 with a pair of successful picks. And it happened in a quick 1-2 flurry in the top of the fourth inning of the Reds' game in San Francisco.
Robert Mosley, 32, chose Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton and his teammate, shortstop Zack Cozart, and the players came through in the same way many have for Mosley since his remarkable run began April 7. Facing Giants starter Ty Blach, Hamilton singled on a line drive to left field, and Cozart followed with a double to right that pushed Hamilton to third … and Mosley to 47.
"Man, it's surreal and nerve-racking at the same time," said Mosley of his perch atop the BTS mountain. "Last time Blach faced the Reds [on May 6], he gave up 11 hits. Billy Hamilton was 3-for-3 against him coming into [last night's] game, and Cosart has the best batting average on the team."
The rules of Beat the Streak -- MLB.com's flagship fantasy game -- 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. To do so would be to "top" Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, one of baseball's most hallowed marks. The prize for prevailing is a cool $5.6 million.
Mosley -- who plays under the BTS handle 'kamea,' his daughter's name -- is now ever closer to 57, a mark no Beat the Streak player has ever reached. In fact, he is just two shrewd picks away from the all-time BTS high of 49, first set by Mike Karatzia in 2007 and matched last summer by Terry Sims, and just one behind a small handful of players to achieve a streak of 48.
Also on Thursday, user "joeysouza9" kept pace in "Club 40." Having already become the second Streaker to join that prestigious group in 2017 on Wednesday, "joeysouza9" reached 41 consecutive successful picks by selecting Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado, who had a three-hit game vs. the Dodgers. For now, though, the spotlight shines on the leader of the pack.
What do we know about Mr. Mosley, the current BTS star du jour? For starters, he is proof that even beginners can rise up into BTS lore, having never before played the game until this year.
"This is the first time I've ever played. I saw a promotion for [the game,]" Mosley told MLB.com. The New Orleans native, however, is no stranger to some of baseball history's biggest feats.
Partial to the Red Sox, Mosley has vivid memories of the greatest comeback in sports history.
"My favorite player is Big Papi. [I have good memories] when the Red Sox came back from 3 games to 0 against the Yankees [in the 2004 ALCS,]" he said.
Could Mosley pull off an improbable feat of his own, pulling home a lifetime's worth of fame and fortune by climbing to the apex of the BTS mountain? Perhaps. Entering play Friday, he's just 10 picks shy of the ultimate grand prize. And if he were to win, he'd be eager to share the wealth.
"I would help A LOT of people, starting with my family," Mosley said. "This isn't about me; it's about them."
Those close to Mosley, who have certainly noticed his recent success, are cheering him on.
"They are all trying not to get too excited but definitely rooting me on," he said.
Whether Mosley wins it all remains to be seen, but he's surely advanced thanks to a great deal of skill. Case in point: His picks will enter Friday having "hit" a robust .372 (71-for-191) 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.
So, how has Mosley done it? By relying heavily on the BTS "Double Down" feature, which allows Streakers to select two players on the same day. If both batters record at least one hit -- as Hamilton and Cozart did Thursday night -- the Streaker's run advances by two games. But if either player goes hitless, the streak drops back to zero.
Even if Mosley happens to fall short of the grand prize, he could wind up in prime position to claim the $10,000 consolation prize given to the player with the highest streak should no one break DiMaggio's mark. Additionally, the BTS game makers hand out millions of other prizes for streaks as small as five.
Zachary Finkelstein is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.