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 look at the action from yesterday and today:
Longest active streak: 32 (Floyd1)
Longest season streak: 45 (kiyoshilotus26)
Longest streak all-time: 51
Most popular picks (yesterday)
1. Jean Segura, Phillies (15.6%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (13.4%)*
3. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (10.5%)
4. Nick Castellanos, Phillies (8.2%)
5. Luis Arraez, Twins (6.5%)*
* - Recorded a hit
Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (9.7%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.3%)
3. Manny Machado, Padres (4.6%)
4. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (4.5%)
5. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (4.2%)
HITTERS TO TARGET TODAY
Mookie Betts, Dodgers (at Mets)
Betts had a weekend to remember in Miami as he bashed four homers and collected eight hits through the first three games of the series. But that spurt, which helped Betts earn NL Player of the Week honors, was simply the continuation of a hot month for the Dodgers' leadoff hitter. Betts has a .333/.378/.686 slash line across 25 games in August. Fresh off a rest day on Monday, Betts will face the Mets' Taijuan Walker tonight at Citi Field. He is 4-for-8 in his career against the right-hander, and that includes a couple of hits in three at-bats versus Walker when they matched up in June.
Luis Arraez, Twins (vs. Red Sox)
It's a bit of an understatement to say that batters have hit Red Sox starter Kutter Crawford well recently. Through just 8 1/3 innings over his past two starts, Crawford allowed 21 hits and 19 hard-hit balls. Left-handed batters have a healthy .274 average and a .941 OPS against him this year, so this looks like a fantastic matchup for Arraez, the American League's batting leader.
OFFENSE(S) TO AVOID
Miami Marlins (vs. Rays -- Shane McClanahan)
Since the All-Star break, the Marlins rank 28th in the Majors in hits and dead last in both runs and OPS. They also have the lowest batting average of any team against left-handed pitching this season. So, a date against perhaps the best southpaw starter in the game today is not a match made in heaven. McClanahan is at the top of the AL in opponents' batting average (.185) and has allowed the second fewest hits of any qualified AL starter this year.
Colorado Rockies (at Braves -- Max Fried)
You probably know by now to fade the Rockies' offense when it's away from the friendly confines of Coors Field. Colorado is at the bottom of the National League in OPS and wRC+ in road games this season. Tonight, the Rockies will take their hacks against the Braves' left-handed ace, who owns a 2.11 ERA through his previous 15 starts. Fried has been even better over his past four starts as he has limited batters to only 17 hits and a .168 average in 28 innings pitched.
NOTABLE BATTER VS. PITCHER MATCHUPS
Salvador Perez (Royals): 10-for-28 (.357), 3 HR vs. Lucas Giolito
Eloy Jiménez (White Sox): 7-for-13 (.538) vs. Brady Singer
Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox): 11-for-35 (.314), 3 XBH vs. Chris Archer
J.D. Martinez (Red Sox): 4-for-22 (.182), 8 K's vs. Chris Archer
Freddie Freeman (Dodgers): 2-for-14 (.143), 4 K's vs. Taijuan Walker