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.
Let’s take a closer look at the action from yesterday and today:
Longest active streak: 35 (AlbuqDodgers)
Longest season streak: 45 (kiyoshilotus26)
Longest streak all-time: 51
Most popular picks (yesterday)
1. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (21.3%)*
2. Hunter Renfroe, Brewers (8.8%)*
3. Trea Turner, Dodgers (8.1%)*
4. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (7.1%)*
5. Amed Rosario, Guardians (6.4%)*
* – Recorded a hit
Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (9.7%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.3%)
3. Manny Machado, Padres (4.57%)
4. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (4.52%)
5. PJ.D. Martinez, Red Sox (4.4%)
Rhys Hoskins, Phillies (vs. Marlins)
Hoskins mashes lefties, with a .304 batting average and .997 OPS against them this season, and he mashes Marline lefty Trevor Rogers in particular, with a .438 batting average against him (7-for-16) and three home runs in 19 plate appearances. Rogers has had a rocky season, too, with a 5.57 ERA and 10 hits allowed per nine innings.
Ian Happ, Cubs (vs. Reds)
The switch-hitting Happ is batting .327 vs. lefties this season, and he’s batting .311 at Wrigley Field. He faces southpaw Mike Minor at home, who has a 5.98 ERA and is allowing 10.5 hits per nine innings on a .285 batting average in 16 starts.
Jose Altuve, Astros (vs. Rangers)
Altuve also loves hitting against lefties and loves hitting at home. Against left-handers, he has a .325 batting average and 1.088 OPS; at Minute Maid Park, he has a .326 batting average and .965 OPS this season. He faces Rangers rookie left-hander Cole Ragans in Houston, who has a 4.42 ERA and only nine strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings through four career starts.
A’s (vs. Braves — Spencer Strider)
Strider is coming off an eight-inning, two-hit, 16-strikeout gem against the Rockies and is allowing a .179 batting average with 13.7 K’s per nine this season.
Pirates (vs. Mets, doubleheader Game 2 — Jacob deGrom)
deGrom is holding hitters to a .136 batting average through six starts with a 43% strikeout rate after shutting down the MLB-best Dodgers in his last outing (seven innings, three hits, nine K’s).
NOTABLE BATTER VS. PITCHER MATCHUPS
Rhys Hoskins (Phillies): 7-for-16 (.438), 3 HR, 2B vs. Trevor Rogers
Kole Calhoun (Rangers): 8-for-14 (.571), 3 HR, 2B vs. Cristian Javier
Charlie Blackmon (Rockies): 12-for-22 (.546), 2 HR, 3 2B vs. Eric Lauer
Ketel Marte (D-backs): 9-for-22 (.409), 2 HR, 2B vs. Yu Darvish
Freddie Freeman (Dodgers): 1-for-11 (.091), 2 K vs. Alex Cobb
Brandon Crawford (Giants): 6-for-48 (.125), 14 K vs. Clayton Kershaw
Austin Hays (Orioles): 0-for-10 (.000), 5 K vs. Alek Manoah