Beat the Streak is back for the 2022 season — and the $5.6 million prize is still up for grabs.
The idea is simple — pick one player (or two) every day who you think will get a hit. The objective — surpass Joe DiMaggio’s record-long 56-game hitting streak — is a bit more challenging.
But we are here to help with that. We’ll provide BTS leaderboard updates and daily insights on favorable matchups in this space, as well as every weekday on the new “Beat the Streak Daily: Inside the Hits” podcast.
Let’s take a closer at the action from yesterday and today:
Longest active streak: 43 (Shawn36)
Longest season streak: 45 (kiyoshilotus26)
Longest streak all-time: 51
Most popular picks (yesterday)
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays (18.4%)*
2. Starling Marte, Mets (12.4%)*
3. Manny Machado, Padres (8.9%)*
4. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays (5.1%)
5. Aaron Judge, Yankees (4.7%)*
– Recorded a hit
Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (9.6%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.6%)
3. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (4.9%)
4. Manny Machado, Padres (4.6%)
5. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (3.3%)
Pete Alonso, Mets (vs. Reds)
Alonso has a .944 OPS against lefties this season (164 OPS+) and a .916 OPS at Citi Field (154 OPS+). He gets Reds left-hander Mike Minor at home on Tuesday, who has a 6.19 ERA and is allowing 10.2 hits per nine innings on a .279 batting average.
Nolan Arenado, Cardinals (at Rockies)
You know Arenado loves hitting at Coors Field. He has a .320 batting average and a .982 OPS in his career at his old home park over 2,320 plate appearances. He’s also just hot at the plate right now, batting .368 with an 1.166 OPS since the start of July. Rockies starter Ryan Feltner has a 5.75 ERA and is allowing 10.6 hits per nine innings on a .291 batting average.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays (at Orioles)
Vlad Jr. is on a career-high 19-game hitting streak. Let’s make it 20. Guerrero is batting .397 with a 1.069 OPS over those 19 games, and he’s facing a starter in Kyle Bradish who has a .319 batting average and a .910 OPS allowed this season. Guerrero had two hits off Bradish when they matched up on June 13 in Toronto.
Marlins (at Phillies — Zack Wheeler)
Wheeler has been pitching like an ace, going seven innings with no more than two runs allowed in five of his six starts since the beginning of July. He’s been great at home, with a 1.58 ERA, .183 batting average allowed and 67 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings over 10 starts.
Giants (at Padres — Joe Musgrove)
For whatever reason, Musgrove has had the Giants’ number this season. He’s pitched seven scoreless innings in both of his starts against them, with only five hits allowed in those 14 innings. Do you want to bet on San Francisco figuring him out this time?
NOTABLE BATTER VS. PITCHER MATCHUPS
Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox): 11-for-32 (.344), HR, 3 2B vs. Charlie Morton
J.D. Martinez (Red Sox): 10-for-29 (.345), 2 2B vs. Charlie Morton
Nelson Cruz (Nationals): 8-for-14 (.571) vs. Marcus Stroman
Mark Canha (Mets): 6-for-18 (.333), 3 HR, 2B vs. Mike Minor
Joey Votto (Reds): 6-for-16 (.375), HR, 2 2B vs. Carlos Carrasco
Francisco Lindor (Mets): 1-for-11 (.091), 2 K vs. Mike Minor
Matt Olson (Braves): 0-for-8 (.000), 5 K vs. Rich Hill
Shohei Ohtani (Angels): 0-for-10 (.000), 5 K vs. James Kaprielian
Jed Lowrie (A’s): 1-for-16 (.063), 2 K vs. Shohei Ohtani
Anthony Rizzo (Yankees): 6-for-32 (.188), 8 K vs. Luis Castillo