Play Beat the Streak now -- here's who to pick

June 1st, 2022

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 (jthodges1967)

Longest season streak: 39 (clendz82)

Longest streak all-time: 51

Most popular picks (yesterday)
1. Bryce Harper, Phillies (12.6%)*
2. Trea Turner, Dodgers (12.4%)*
3. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (11.5%)*
4. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (10.1%)
5. Starling Marte, Mets (5.6%)*
* - Recorded a hit

Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (7.7%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (7.6%)
3. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (4.8%)
4. Michael Brantley, Astros (4.2%)
5. José Iglesias, Rockies (4%)


Mookie Betts, Dodgers (vs. Pirates)
OK, Betts didn't have a hit yesterday, but he's coming off one of the best months of his career, as he batted .342 with 12 home runs, 22 extra-base hits and 39 total hits in 28 games in May. Pirates starter José Quintana has been solid, but Betts has the platoon advantage and has hit the lefty well, with a .316 batting average (6-for-19), a homer and two doubles.

José Abreu, White Sox (vs. Rays)
Abreu has a 55.9% hard-hit rate this season, rating in the 98th percentile of MLB, and Hyun Jin Ryu hasn't been striking anybody out (12 K's, 27 hits allowed in 23 innings). So Abreu making hard contact in this game is a good bet, and hard contact turns into hits.

J.P. Crawford, Mariners (at Orioles)
Crawford got hot at the end of last week, going 8-for-16 over his last five games. He's batting .345 vs. righties this season, and he gets struggling O's starter Kyle Bradish, who's allowed 19 hits in 11 1/3 innings with an 11.91 ERA over his last three starts.


Twins (at Tigers -- Tarik Skubal)
Skubal was terrific in May, posting a 1.45 ERA in five starts with 35 strikeouts in 31 innings, and only 21 hits allowed. He's throwing a lot more sliders, and opponents hit just .128 against that pitch last month (5-for-39, 13 strikeouts).

Giants (at Phillies -- Aaron Nola)
The Phillies' offense has a tough matchup too, against Giants lefty Carlos Rodón and his 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings. But check out what Nola is doing: Over his last seven starts, the Phillies righty has a 2.93 ERA and 58 strikeouts vs. 34 hits allowed in 46 innings.



Nelson Cruz (Nationals): 13-for-35 (.371), 5 HR, 3 2B vs. Carlos Carrasco

Nick Castellanos (Phillies): 5-for-10 (.500), HR, 3B vs. Carlos Rodón

Nolan Arenado (Cardinals): 5-for-16 (.313), 2 HR vs. Yu Darvish

Marcus Semien (Rangers): 5-for-7 (.714), 3 HR vs. Jeffrey Springs


Trey Mancini (Orioles): 2-for-14 (.143), HR, 2B, 8 K vs. Robbie Ray

Jose Altuve (Astros): 2-for-11 (.182), 2B vs. Cole Irvin

José Ramírez: 4-for-17 (.235), 2 2B, 4 K vs. Brad Keller