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 a player (or two) each day that you think will get a hit. The goal — to surpass Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game hitting streak — is a bit more difficult.
Let’s take a closer look at the action from yesterday and today:
Longest active streak: 21 (two attendees)
Longest streak of the season: 21 (two attendees)
Longest streak of all time: 51
Most Popular Picks (Yesterday)
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays (11.2%)
2. Bryce Harper, Phillies (8.7%)*
3. Jose Iglesias, Rockies (8.4%)
4. Juan Soto, Nationals (7.6%)*
5. Trea Turner, Dodgers (5.1%)
* – Recorded a hit
Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (12.8%)
2. Starling Marte, Mets (6.9%)
3. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.8%)
4. Manny Machado, Padres (4.5%)
5. Michael Brantley, Astros (4.1%)
Luis Arraez, twins
Don’t be put off by the match with Zack Greinke in this one. Sure, the six-time All-Star and former Cy Young winner has a 2.45 ERA in two starts, but make no mistake — he was very hard-hitting. Greinke has just one strikeout while allowing 10 hits in 11 innings pitched. He has a smell percentage of just 12.3% while allowing a hard hitting percentage of 48.7%, while pumping 50.3% of his pitches into the strike zone – a perfect combination for a hitter like Array. Arraez tends to move around the diamond and he’s plugged in where needed, so make sure he’s in the Twins formation before you lock him in. That said, he leads Minnesota with 10 hits despite starting just seven of the club’s 12 games — and he’s hitting .313 (10 for 32) with three overtime hits overall.
Juan Soto, Nationals
The Nationals deserve a long look against D-backs starter Zach Davies, who has allowed 11 hits in just 9 1/3 innings this season. Josh Bell leads the Nats with a .354 average this season, but he’s just 2 for 18 with six Ks in his career against Davies. Obviously, that’s not the biggest sample size and shouldn’t be enough to stop you from using Bell, but Soto isn’t exactly the worst alternative here. Davies doesn’t miss a lot of bats and he gives up a lot of hard contact, something that should play great for a guy like Soto, who is patient enough to get Davies into the zone against him.
Tim Anderson, White Sox
Anderson’s teammate Luis Robert has had quite a bit of success against Guardians starter Zach Plesac, but Robert is hitless in his last 20 at-bats. This could be a place manager Tony La Russa chooses to give Robert a day to reset, but even if he’s in the lineup, the choice here is Anderson. The White Sox shortstop has at least one hit in six of his eight starts this season and is hitting .375 with a total of .988 OPS. Plesac attacked the zone through two starts, throwing 53% of his pitches in the zone and walking just one batter in 11 innings. That said, he ranks in the bottom quarter in the league when it comes to average speed out, hard hit percentage and barrel percentage – so expect Anderson to try and jump on some ground early. .
Guardians (vs. White Sox)
It’s hard to tell you to avoid the most scoring offense in the Majors, but that’s what we’re doing here. A day after the Guardians had 11 points — increasing their season average to an MLB-leading 6.0 ppg — they tied White Sox starter Dylan Cease. Cease has 16 strikeouts in just 10 2/3 innings in two starts this season – and that’s no accident. The right-hander led all AL pitchers last season with 12.3 strikeouts in nine innings, and he’s picking up where he left off.
NOTABLE BATTER VS. PITCHER MATCHUP
Francisco Lindor (Mets): 5 for 12 (.417), 2 HR, 1 K against Anthony DeSclafani
Luis Robert (White Sox): 5 for 10 (.500) against Zach Plesac
JP Crawford (Mariniers): 7 for 12 (.583), 1 HR against Taylor Hearn
Charlie Culberson (Rangers): 6 for 11 (.546), 1 HR against Marco Gonzales
Carlos Correa (twins): 1 for 12 (.083), 2K against Zack Greinke
Starling Marte (Mets): 3 for 23 (.130), 0 XBH, 6 K against Anthony DeSclafani
Josh Bell (nationals): 2 for 18 (.111), 6K against Zach Davies