The $5.6 million prize in Beat the Streak 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 (joedouglas)
Longest season streak: 45 (kiyoshilotus26)
Longest streak all-time: 51
Most popular picks (yesterday)
1. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (24.3%)
2. Trea Turner, Dodgers (19.2%)
3. Luis Arraez, Twins (9.5%)*
4. Carlos Correa, Twins (5.1%)*
5. Aaron Judge, Yankees (5.0%)*
* - Recorded a hit
Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (9.7%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.5%)
3. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (4.5%)
4. Manny Machado, Padres (4.4%)
5. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (4.3%)
HITTERS TO TARGET TODAY
José Ramírez, Guardians (vs. White Sox)
Ramírez has been heating back up of late, going 7-for-16 (.438) over his past five games. He also has six walks during that span, which -- though walks won't necessarily help you in Beat the Streak -- illustrates how well he's seeing the ball. This matchup may not look great on the surface, as White Sox starter Lance Lynn has a 0.85 ERA and .161 opponents' batting average over his past five starts, but Ramírez has dominated this head-to-head matchup. He's 10-for-26 (.385) with more home runs (four) than strikeouts (three) against Lynn.
Bryce Harper, Phillies (at Marlins)
Harper got off to a slow start in September, going just 3-for-21 (.143) with 10 strikeouts in his first six games, but he seems to have rediscovered his stroke a bit. He has a hit in four straight games, including a pair of home runs during that stretch. Next up, he gets a showdown with Marlins starter Pablo López, who is coming off a disastrous outing in which he allowed eight runs on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings against the Mets. López has a 6.52 ERA since the All-Star break after posting a 2.86 ERA in the first half. He's allowing opponents to hit .305 with an .850 OPS in the second half.
OFFENSE(S) TO AVOID
Blue Jays (vs. Rays -- Shane McClanahan)
McClanahan is making his first start off the injured list, so it's possible the Rays limit his pitch count to some extent -- but it's still best to avoid this matchup. The left-hander has a 2.20 ERA this season, and he's holding opponents to a ridiculous .185 average.
Athletics (at Astros -- Lance McCullers Jr.)
McCullers has been sharp in his five starts this season, racking up a 2.20 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .221 average.
NOTABLE BATTER VS. PITCHER MATCHUPS
José Ramírez (Guardians): 10-for-26 (.385), 4 HR, 3 K vs. Lance Lynn
Rhys Hoskins (Phillies): 6-for-11 (.546), 2 HR vs. Pablo López
Bryce Harper (Phillies): 5-for-14 (.357), 4 XBH vs. López
Carlos Correa (Twins): 7-for-17 (.412) vs. Daniel Lynch
Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals): 3-for-16 (.188), 6 K vs. Chase Anderson
Tyler Naquin (Mets): 1-for-13 (.077), 2 K vs. JT Brubaker