During my career, there were certain pitchers I just loved facing.
When I came into the clubhouse and saw who was toeing the rubber for the opposite team, I was licking my lips because certain guys I just owned. Not only did I know it, they knew it as well. They hated facing me because I was the table-setter who would do whatever it takes to get inside the mind of the pitcher and cause trouble.
When I faced these guys, all of their pitches looked fat. It seemed no matter what they threw, I would be able to get a good swing and groove one into the gap. Scott Sanderson was one pitcher who comes to mind. He was a nice guy, but I seemed to always have his number.
Remember, I was not a power hitter by any means. I was able to take a few guys out of the park or at least drive the ball between the outfielders and utilize my speed.
Some of those players who really pitched to my hot spots include some real great names, including a future Hall of famer. I like to think that I played my best against the best. Tom Glavine was one guy I loved to face, although I never hit a home run against him. It seemed I was always able to get on base, where I could do some real damage with my legs. Orel Hershiser was another pitcher I liked to dig into the box against. I always seemed to have some great success against the Dodger "Bulldog."
When you are dialed in, collecting hit after hit, you want to stick with the program. Why shake things up for the sake of shaking them up? Hits are hits and wins are wins. When investing, there are some companies that I simply love to play because I always seem to hit the mark.
I have won with
three times this year, and I opened up another position in the stock yesterday.
is another stock I like to play; I have crossed the finish line with it four times this year alone for a total of $15,650.
is one more stock I love to put on the board as I have won four times with it in 2008.
Needless to say, I have a strategy that I like to use, and when I find the right ingredients to make some great profit, I don't mind re-using them. I see no problem with going back to the well, so to speak. I have won with
four times this year as well, for a total of $5,400. And those stocks were in play for a total of 13 days.
When I find success, especially with stocks that have a quick return, I love playing them again and again. It's like when the baseball looks more like a beach ball when standing in the batter's box. Everything feels right, and the game seems so much easier.
As regular readers of my column know, I am not looking to buy and hold these positions. I am not buying the company, I am trading it. Therefore, there is no reason not to benefit when a stock trades in a cycle. If you stand pat while it goes up and down and up and down, you are leaving money on the table. I am putting money in my pocket time and again. I am looking for each time these picks hit my criteria and buying them.
is another company I have been able to grab quick wins with. I have won four times with UTX for a total of $4,000. And the best part is it took me only six days total for those wins to touch home plate.
Some pitches you just see more clearly and can put some good wood on the ball no matter what. The same approach holds true with my picks. Some of my other favorites during the season include
Always remember: Life is a journey, enjoy the ride!
Lenny Dysktra manages Nails on the Numbers, a subscription service sold by TheStreet.com. Dykstra writes regularly about options trades for TheStreet.com.
At the time of publication, Dykstra had no positions in stocks mentioned.
Nicknamed 'Nails' for his tough style of play, Lenny is a former Major League Baseball player for the 1986 World Champions, New York Mets and the 1993 National League Champions, Philadelphia Phillies. A three time All-Star as a ballplayer, Lenny now serves as president for several privately held businesses in Southern California. He is the founder of The Players Club; it has been his desire to give back to the sport that gave him early successes in life by teaching athletes how to invest and protect their incomes. He currently manages his own portfolio and writes an investment strategy column for TheStreet.com, and is featured regularly on CNBC and other cable news shows. Lenny was selected as OverTime Magazine's 2006-2007 "Entrepreneur of the Year."