Clement Uduk woke up Monday as the current Beat the Streak leader with 46 straight successful selections, 11 away from the game's $5.6 million grand prize.
His remarkable run came to a close before evening's end, though, the result of an 0-for-4 performance from the Yankees' Robinson Cano.
"Awesome and incredible," Uduk said of his time in the BTS spotlight.
"It has also been a blast to share and revel in the experience with my friends who loved every moment as much as I did."
Uduk's 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.
"When Mr. Bryan made it to 47 behind the bats of his Braves during their lengthy win streak, all I said was, 'Go get it! Please be that guy that wins it.' To be the guy [closing in] now is pretty cool," Uduk said last week.
Monday's result notwithstanding, Uduk had good reason to pick Cano, a second baseman who entered the evening with a .310 average and a .360 mark since the start of August.
Uduk's choice was also supported by Monday night's batter-pitcher splits, which showed Cano with a lifetime .500 average (11-for-22) against the Orioles' Chris Tillman, who was on his game in the first of a four-game series with playoff-push implications.
"…Cano had a great lifetime against Tillman. Add to the fact he also has been killing it recently, I assumed he would continue the hot ways," Uduk said.
"But maybe [picking] against the O's was a silly mistake, especially since Tillman is pitching [very] well this season."
Although Uduk fell short of the game's jackpot -- the biggest of its kind in fantasy sports history -- he should be lauded for compiling one of the longest streak's in the history of BTS play.
"It feels great to know that I was able to be that fortunate in making selections and also extremely lucky to make it to this point," Uduk said.
"Congrats to everyone that makes it to double digits and beyond -- it is a commendable effort."
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.Less