In Beat the Streak, MLB.com's flagship mobile game, one can win $5.6 million in less than a month.The rules are simple, even if the challenge is not: Correctly pick a batter or two each day to tally a hit in a game. Then do it again and again, and don't
In Beat the Streak, MLB.com's flagship mobile game, one can win $5.6 million in less than a month.
The rules are simple, even if the challenge is not: Correctly pick a batter or two each day to tally a hit in a game. Then do it again and again, and don't stop until 57 straight successful selections are made. To do so would be to "top" Joe DiMaggio's MLB-record 56-game hitting streak, one of baseball's most hallowed marks.
But in nearly 16 years of BTS play, nary a fan has stepped up to win it all. Predicting 57 men to do something, anything -- let alone hit a baseball, one of the toughest tasks on Earth -- is mighty hard.
With this in mind, we welcome you to a second challenge within the Beat the Streak walls -- the ".406 contest," where 0-fer nights are OK.
• Play MLB.com's ".406 contest"
While Beat the Streak is a tip of the cap to DiMaggio's remarkable run from 1941, the .406 contest is a doff to Ted Williams' incredible average that very season.
If your BTS picks "hit" .406 or better from now through season's end (with a minimum of 250 plate appearances), you'll be eligible to win four tickets to six regular-season games in 2017. That's right, "four to six" for "four-oh-six."
Of course, Beat the Streak is loaded with prizes beyond free tickets. If no one makes 57 consecutive correct picks this year, then a $10,000 consolation will be awarded to the end-of-year leader. Beyond that, millions of prizes are up for grabs for streaks as small as five.
Zachary Finkelstein is MLB.com's fantasy editor.