Play Beat the Streak now -- and roll with these guys

June 7th, 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:

LEADERBOARD DATA

Longest active streak: 38 (WestD3)

Longest season streak: 39 (clendz82)

Longest streak all-time: 51

Most popular picks (yesterday)
1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (19.1)*
2. Rafael Devers, Red Sox (10.4%)*
3. Mike Trout, Angels (9%)*
4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays (8.9%)*
5. Bo Bichette, Blue Jays (7.1%)*
* - Recorded a hit

Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (8.0%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (7.3%)
3. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (4.2%)
4. Michael Brantley, Astros (4.1%)
5. José Iglesias, Rockies (4%)

HITTERS TO TARGET TODAY

Yordan Alvarez, Astros (vs. Mariners)
Alvarez hit .565 last week with five multi-hit games and four home runs, and entering play Tuesday, the lefty slugger had a 65.5% hard-hit rate and a .365 expected batting average for the season. Mariners righty Chris Flexen has allowed 36 hits in 26 1/3 innings over his past five starts, and Alvarez is 4-for-10 with two homers lifetime against him.

Mike Yastrzemski, Giants (vs. Rockies)
Yastrzemski has a 92.3 mph average exit velocity and 45.0% hard-hit rate since the start of May. Rockies righty Germán Márquez continues to struggle, with a 6.71 ERA and 71 hits allowed to 46 strikeouts in 55 innings this season. Yastrzemski is a .308 hitter against him with a home run and two doubles in 14 plate appearances.

Willson Contreras, Cubs (vs. Orioles)
Contreras has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games (batting .333) and has a 94.5 mph average exit velocity over that span, with his 17 hard-hit balls ranking in the top 10 in baseball. Orioles starter Kyle Bradish is allowing 10.9 hits per nine innings this season.

OFFENSE(S) TO AVOID

Pirates (vs. Tigers -- Tarik Skubal)
Skubal is coming off another gem (seven innings, no runs, two hits against the Twins), and the lefty has a 1.18 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 38 innings in six starts since the start of May.

Royals (vs. Blue Jays -- Alek Manoah)
Manoah has a 1.98 ERA in 10 starts this season, and his WHIP is under one -- at 0.911, he ranks fifth in the league. He has 54 strikeouts with his four-seam/slider combo.

NOTABLE BATTER VS. PITCHER MATCHUPS

Favorable

Ty France (Mariners): 5-for-10 (.500), HR, 0 K vs. Justin Verlander

Teoscar Hernández (Blue Jays): 4-for-10 (.400), HR, 3B vs. Brad Keller

Francisco Lindor (Mets): 5-for-10 (.500), 2B vs. Yu Darvish

Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): 16-for-49 (.327), 2 HR, 5 2B vs. José Quintana

Unfavorable

Manny Machado (Padres): 2-for-14 (.143), 2 K vs. Taijuan Walker

Evan Longoria (Giants): 3-for-18 (.167), 2 K vs. Germán Márquez

Adam Frazier (Mariners): 2-for-14 (.143) vs. Justin Verlander