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.
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. Trea Turner, Dodgers (23.4%)*
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (22.8)*
3. Aaron Judge, Yankees (6.5%)*
4. Alex Verdugo, Red Sox (4.1%)*
5. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (4%)
* – Recorded a hit
Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (9.7%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.4%)
3. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (4.57%)
4. Manny Machado, Padres (4.5%)
5. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (4.3%)
Jose Altuve, Astros (vs. Tigers)
Altuve was one of our three picks here Tuesday, and he went 2-for-4 against the Tigers. Today, he gets a matchup with Detroit lefty Joey Wentz, who’s making his fourth career start — and Altuve mashes lefties. He has a .333 batting average and 1.088 OPS against lefties this season, to go along with great numbers at home (.322 batting average).
Eloy Jiménez, White Sox (vs. Rockies)
Jiménez was also one of Tuesday’s picks here, and he obliged by hitting a home run. He’s hitting .370 since the beginning of August and has 14 hits in his past seven games, with another solid matchup against Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland.
Aaron Judge, Yankees (at Red Sox)
Judge crushed his 56th and 57th home runs of the season against the Red Sox on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, he gets Boston rookie starter Brayan Bello, who’s been pitching better lately but still has a 5.79 ERA and is allowing a .304 batting average through his first nine big league outings.
Rockies (at White Sox — Dylan Cease)
Cease broke the 200-strikeout mark for the second straight season in his last start. He now has a 2.06 ERA and 206 K’s in 162 innings.
Braves (at Giants — Carlos Rodón)
This might be a rare game where the Braves are a risky pick. Rodón has struck out 10 or more batters in four of his past five starts and now has 10 double-digit K games on the season.
NOTABLE BATTER VS. PITCHER MATCHUPS
Joey Wendle (Marlins): 10-for-26 (.385), HR, 2 3B, 4 2B vs. Kyle Gibson
Anthony Santander (Orioles): 4-for-10 (.400), HR, 2 2B vs. Patrick Corbin
David Peralta (Rays): 10-for-24 (.417), 5 2B vs. Ross Stripling
Eduardo Escobar (Mets): 7-for-12 (.583), 4 HR, 2B vs. Drew Smyly
Gio Urshela (Twins): 7-for-13 (.539), HR, 2B vs. Zack Greinke
Eddie Rosario (Braves): 0-for-17 (.000), 10 K vs. Carlos Rodón
Eugenio Suárez (Mariners): 0-for-10 (.000), 3 K vs. Mike Clevinger
Bo Bichette / Teoscar Hernández (Blue Jays): 2-for-12 (.167), 3 K vs. Drew Rasmussen
Carlos Correa (Twins): 3-for-21 (.143), 4 K vs. Zack Greinke
By David Adler