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: 36 (clendz82)
Longest season streak: 38 (normsjb)
Longest streak all-time: 51
Most popular picks (yesterday)
1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (23.5%)*
2. Aaron Judge, Yankees (10.2%)*
3. Tim Anderson, White Sox (4.7%)
4. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (4.3%)*
5. Mike Trout, Angels (4.2%)*
* - Recorded a hit
Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (7.5%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.3%)
3. José Iglesias, Rockies (4.6%)
4. Michael Brantley, Astros (3.9%)
5. Manny Machado, Padres (3.8%)
HITTERS TO TARGET TODAY
Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (at Orioles)
Stanton has been smoking the ball lately (.356 batting average, .712 slugging percentage, 26 hits and eight home runs in his last 19 games since April 26). He has a 97.1 mph average exit velocity this season, a 55.2% hard-hit rate and a .315 expected batting average based on his quality of contact. Orioles starter Jordan Lyles has allowed an American League-high 45 hits this season in 39 innings, with only 32 strikeouts. And when he faces Stanton, Stanton is batting .467 (7-for-15) with a homer and two doubles.
Matt Chapman, Blue Jays (vs. Mariners)
Here's a gut call. Chapman showed signs of life to start the week when he ripped a 107.6 mph home run to dead center field at Rogers Centre, and he feasts on Marco Gonzales. Chapman has faced the Mariners lefty more than any other pitcher in his career, and in 33 plate appearances, he's batting .394 (13-for-33) with a home run, triple and four doubles. Gonzales isn't much of a strikeout threat, with just 22 K's in 32 innings (compared to 36 hits allowed), and when Chapman connects, he rips the ball (52.8% hard-hit rate in 2022, ranking in the 94th percentile of MLB).
OFFENSE(S) TO AVOID
Braves / Brewers (ATL at MIL -- Max Fried vs. Corbin Burnes)
Two aces are squaring off in Milwaukee, with the World Series champion Fried facing the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Burnes. Not great for the offenses. Fried leads the National League in strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.25, with 41 K's and only four walks), while Burnes leads the league in strikeouts (57), WHIP (0.788) and hits allowed per nine innings (5.5).
Orioles (vs. Yankees -- Gerrit Cole)
Cole has found his groove, with a 1.42 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings over his last four starts. And he dominates the Orioles. In seven career starts against Baltimore, all since 2018, the right-hander has a 1.41 ERA with 64 strikeouts and only 27 hits allowed in 44 2/3 innings. That includes a 1.42 ERA, 46 K's and 18 hits allowed in 31 2/3 innings over five starts against the O's since he joined the Yankees in 2020.
NOTABLE BATTER VS. PITCHER MATCHUPS
Juan Soto (Nationals): 8-for-22 (.364), 2 HR, 3 2B vs. Pablo López
Adam Frazier (Mariners): 11-for-29 (.379), 3 2B vs. Kevin Gausman
Salvador Perez (Royals): 8-for-25 (.320), 3 HR, 2B vs. Lucas Giolito
Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals): 7-for-35 (.200), 16 K vs. Max Scherzer
Brandon Crawford (Giants): 2-for-23 (.087), 6 K vs. Kyle Freeland
Marcus Semien (Rangers): 2-for-12 (.167), 5 K vs. Shohei Ohtani