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: 33 (Fresh44)
Longest season streak: 45 (kiyoshilotus26)
Longest streak all-time: 51
Most popular picks (yesterday)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (14.5%)
2. Harold Ramirez, Rays (9.3%)
3. Manny Machado, Padres (8.6%)*
4. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (8.5%)
5. Donovan Solano, Reds (6.2%)
* - Recorded a hit
Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (9%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.7%)
3. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (5.7%)
4. Manny Machado, Padres (4.2%)
5. Michael Brantley, Astros (3.6%)
HITTERS TO TARGET TODAY
Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (vs. D-backs)
Blackmon has been heating up of late, particularly in the comforts of hitter-friendly Coors Field. He's hit safely in nine straight home games, putting up a .450 (18-for-40) average with seven extra-base hits and a 1.276 OPS during that span. Blackmon is hitting .288 at home overall this season, compared to .244 on the road. It also helps that he gets a decent matchup against D-backs starter Merrill Kelly, who has an 8.15 ERA in three career starts at Coors Field.
Trea Turner, Dodgers (vs. Padres)
Turner is always one of the safer bets -- and with good reason. Along with being one of the most consistent hitters in the big leagues, he gets a solid matchup in this one against Padres starter Blake Snell. Though the veteran lefty has the ability to turn in a dominant performance on any given night, Snell is coming off a rocky June in which he went 0-3 with a 6.20 ERA and a .289 opponents' batting average. He's also allowing a .252 batting average to right-handed hitters this season, compared to just .185 to left-handers.
OFFENSE(S) TO AVOID
Reds (vs. Braves -- Max Fried)
After a bit of a rocky start in his first couple outings, Fried is 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA over his past 13 starts while holding opponents to a .221 batting average.
Guardians (vs. Yankees -- Gerrit Cole)
Cole has bounced back from his disastrous June 9 outing against Minnesota by posting a 0.89 ERA over 20 1/3 innings in his three starts since. He's holding opponents to a .145 average in that span while racking up 27 strikeouts.
Padres (vs. Dodgers -- Tony Gonsolin)
Gonsolin has been dominant this season, putting up a 1.58 ERA through 14 starts. He's allowed three hits or fewer in 11 of those 14 outings, limiting opponents to a minuscule .157 average this season.
NOTABLE BATTER VS. PITCHER MATCHUPS
George Springer (TOR): 8-for-20 (.400), 2 XBH vs. Corey Kluber
José Ramírez (CLE): 5-for-14 (.357), 3 XBH (2 HR) vs. Gerrit Cole
Christian Walker (ARI): 10-for-21 (.476), 6 XBH vs. Antonio Senzatela
Kyle Schwarber (PHI): 2-for-14 (.143), 4 K vs. Miles Mikolas
Adolis García (TEX): 0-for-11, 4 K vs. Chris Bassitt