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BTS leader (45) not alone with 40-plus streak

Betts, Thames collect hits to put user 12 picks away from $5.6 million
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Beat the Streak user "kamea" took two more steps on the road to immortality Wednesday night, extending his or her streak to 45 with a pair of successful picks.

The current BTS leader chose Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and Brewers first baseman Eric Thames on Wednesday, and both players came through in the same way that many others have for "kamea" since his or her run began April 5.

Beat the Streak user "kamea" took two more steps on the road to immortality Wednesday night, extending his or her streak to 45 with a pair of successful picks.

The current BTS leader chose Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts and Brewers first baseman Eric Thames on Wednesday, and both players came through in the same way that many others have for "kamea" since his or her run began April 5.

The rules of Beat the Streak -- MLB.com's flagship fantasy game -- 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 56-game hitting streak, one of baseball's most hallowed marks. The prize for prevailing is a cool $5.6 million.

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"Kamea" is now ever closer to 57, a mark no Beat the Streak player has ever reached. In fact, he or she is just four shrewd picks away from the all-time BTS high of 49, first set by Mike Karatzia in 2007 and matched last summer by Terry Sims.

"Kamea" also gained some company in Club 40 on Wednesday, as user "joeysouza9" became the second Streaker to join that prestigious group in 2017. "Joeysouza9" reached 40 straight successful picks by selecting Nationals sluggers Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy, who both notched hits vs. the Orioles. For now, though, the spotlight shines on the leader of the pack.

What do we know about Mr. or Ms. "kamea?" Well, unfortunately, not much. But rest assured, the sleuths at MLB.com are actively seeking more information. The great BTS community is clamoring for info on our mysterious star, and understandably so.

So, what can we say about "kamea?" For starters: His or her picks entered Wednesday with a robust .371 average (65-for-175) during the streak. By comparison, Joltin' Joe batted .408 (91-for-223) during his historic 56-game streak into immortality during the summer of 1941.

"Kamea" has relied heavily on the BTS "Double Down" feature, which allows Streakers to select two players on the same day. If both batters record at least one hit -- as Betts and Thames did Wednesday night -- the Streaker's run advances by two games. But if either player goes hitless, the streak drops back to zero.

As for popular picks, "kamea" hasn't shown a particular affinity for one team or player. The user has most frequently called on Xander Bogaerts, Harper, Francisco Lindor and Freddie Freeman, doing so successfully four times with each. He or she has also successfully used Mike Trout and Lorenzo Cain three times each. Wednesday marked the second time "kamea" chose Betts and the first time Thames was called upon during the streak.

Even if "kamea" happens to fall short of the grand prize, he or she could wind up in prime position to claim the $10,000 consolation prize given to the player with the highest streak should no one break DiMaggio's mark. Additionally, the BTS game makers hand out millions of other prizes for streaks as small as five.

Looking ahead, "kamea" will continue to tantalize all, climbing closer to the contest's seven-figure windfall. What will the end result be? Nobody knows. But we'll surely be watching and rooting along.

Zachary Finkelstein is an editor for MLB.com.