Beat the Streak presented by MGM is back for its 19th season, and you can take home $5.6 million and achieve legendary status by topping Joe DiMaggio’s hallowed 56-game hitting streak from 1941.
Passing DiMaggio has been a tall task for MLB players and Beat the Streak participants alike. Over the first 18 seasons of BTS, many have come close, including the all-time leader, Robert Mosley, who reached 51 in 2017. In BTS history, there have been 80 streaks of 40 or more. But no one has notched 57 successful picks in a row.
It’s a new year, however, and Beat the Streak has a number of features to help you reach the top of the mountain.
For those who are new to BTS or need a refresher, the rules of 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.
You don’t have to make a pick every day, of course. You can take as many days off as you’d like and be choosy with your picks. Just tally 57 in a row by the end of the regular season, and you win $5.6 million.
The “Double Down" feature allows participants to select two players in a single day. If both batters record at least one hit, your run advances by two games. But if one batter goes hitless, the streak ends -- even if the other selection records a hit.
Getting a pick wrong doesn’t necessarily mean your streak is over. With the “Mulligan” feature, BTS players can save a streak after an incorrect pick -- as long as your streak is between 10 and 15 games.
BTS also has plenty of research filters -- such as batting-order position, splits vs. right- or left-handed pitchers and cold opposing hurlers -- to help in the decision-making process.
Should no one break DiMaggio's mark, a $10,000 consolation prize will be given to the player with the highest streak this season. Jimmy Dixon claimed the prize last season, with a streak of 45. Additionally, the BTS game-makers hand out millions of other prizes for streaks as small as five.
Start your road to $5.6 million as soon as March 20-21, when the A's play the Mariners in MLB's Opening Series in Tokyo.