Beat the Streak is back for the 2022 season – and the $5.6 million prize pool is still up for grabs.
The idea is simple – pick a player (or two) every day that you think will achieve success. The objective – to beat Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game streak – is a little more challenging.
Let’s take a look at yesterday’s and today’s action:
Longest active sequence: 21 (two participants)
Longest streak of the season: 21 (two participants)
Greatest streak of all time: 51
Most Popular Picks (Yesterday)
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays (11.2%)
2. Bryce Harper, Phillies (8.7%) *
3. José Iglesias, Rocky Mountains (8.4%)
4. Juan Soto, Nationals (7.6%) *
5. Trea Turner, Dodgers (5.1%)
* – I recorded a hit
Most Popular Picks (This Season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (12.8%)
2. Starling Mars, Mets (6.9%)
3. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.8%)
4. Manny Machado, Padres (4.5%)
5. Michael Brantley, Astros (4.1%)
Luis Arraez, Gemini
Don’t be intimidated by the confrontation with Zack Greinke in this one. Sure, the six-time All-Star and former Cy Young winner has a two-game ERA of 2.45, but don’t be fooled – he’s been pretty hit. Greinke has only one strikeout, allowing 10 hits in 11 innings pitched. He has a percentage of just 12.3%, while allowing a percentage of 48.7%, while pumping 50.3% of his pitches into the strike zone – a perfect combination for a hitter like Arraez. Arraez tends to move around the diamond and he connects whenever necessary, so make sure he’s in the Twins lineup before trapping him. he’s hitting 0.313 (10 for 32) with three extra-base hits in total.
Juan Soto, National
The Nationals deserve a long look at starting D-backs 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 only 2-of-18 with six K’s in his career against Davies. Of course, this isn’t the largest sample size and shouldn’t be enough on its own to steer you away from using Bell, but Soto isn’t exactly the worst alternative here. Davies doesn’t miss many clubs and he gives up a lot of hard contact, something that should play pretty well for a guy like Soto, who’s patient enough to get Davies into the zone against him.
Tim Anderson, White Sox
Anderson’s teammate Luis Robert has had plenty of success against Guardians starter Zach Plesac, but Robert is out of hits for his last 20 hits. This could be a point where manager Tony La Russa chooses to give Robert a day to reset, but even if he’s in the roster, the choice here is Anderson. The White Sox shortstop has at least one hit in six of his eight games this season and is hitting 0.375 for a total of 0.988 OPS. Plesac has been attacking the zone in two games, throwing 53% of his pitches in the zone and walking just one hitter in 11 innings. That said, he’s in the bottom quarter of the league when it comes to average exit speed, hard hit percentage, and barrel percentage – so expect Anderson to try to jump into a field sooner.
Guardians (vs. White Sox)
It’s hard to tell you to avoid the highest scoring offense at the Majors, but that’s what we’re doing here. A day after the Guardians had 11 runs – raising their season average to 6.0 runs per game, MLB’s leading MLB – they drew a tough showdown against White Sox starter Dylan Cease. Cease has 16 strikeouts in just 10 2/3 innings in two games this season — and that’s no fluke. The right-hander led every AL pitcher last season with 12.3 strikeouts for nine innings, and he’s picking up right where he left off.
REMARKABLE MASS VS. JUG COMBINATIONS
Francisco Lindor (Mets): 5 to 12 (0.417), 2 HR, 1 K vs. Anthony DeSclafani
Luis Robert (White Sox): 5 for 10 (0.500) against Zach Plesac
JP Crawford (Sailors): 7 by 12 (0.583), 1 HR vs. Taylor Hearn
Charlie Culberson (Rangers): 6 to 11 (0.546), 1 HR vs. Marco Gonzales
Carlos Correa (Gemini): 1 to 12 (0.083), 2 K’s against Zack Greinke
Starling Mars (Mets): 3 to 23 (0.130), 0 XBH, 6 K’s vs. Anthony DeSclafani
Josh Bell (Nationals): 2 to 18 (0.111), 6 K’s against Zach Davies