Beat the Streak Daily Update September 15

Paul Casella

By Paul Casella

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. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (24.3%)
2. Trea Turner, Dodgers (19.2%)
3. Luis Arraez, Twins (9.5%)*
4. Carlos Correa, Twins (5.1%)*
5. Aaron Judge, Yankees (5.0%)*
* – Recorded a hit

Most popular picks (this season)
1. Trea Turner, Dodgers (9.7%)
2. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (6.5%)
3. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals (4.5%)
4. Manny Machado, Padres (4.4%)
5. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (4.3%)

José Ramírez, Guardians (vs. White Sox)
Ramírez has been heating back up of late, going 7-for-16 (.438) over his past five games. He also has six walks during that span, which — though walks won’t necessarily help you in Beat the Streak — illustrates how well he’s seeing the ball. This matchup may not look great on the surface, as White Sox starter Lance Lynn has a 0.85 ERA and .161 opponents’ batting average over his past five starts, but Ramírez has dominated this head-to-head matchup. He’s 10-for-26 (.385) with more home runs (four) than strikeouts (three) against Lynn.

Bryce Harper, Phillies (at Marlins)
Harper got off to a slow start in September, going just 3-for-21 (.143) with 10 strikeouts in his first six games, but he seems to have rediscovered his stroke a bit. He has a hit in four straight games, including a pair of home runs during that stretch. Next up, he gets a showdown with Marlins starter Pablo López, who is coming off a disastrous outing in which he allowed eight runs on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings against the Mets. López has a 6.52 ERA since the All-Star break after posting a 2.86 ERA in the first half. He’s allowing opponents to hit .305 with an .850 OPS in the second half.

Blue Jays (vs. Rays — Shane McClanahan)
McClanahan is making his first start off the injured list, so it’s possible the Rays limit his pitch count to some extent — but it’s still best to avoid this matchup. The left-hander has a 2.20 ERA this season, and he’s holding opponents to a ridiculous .185 average.

Athletics (at Astros — Lance McCullers Jr.)
McCullers has been sharp in his five starts this season, racking up a 2.20 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .221 average.


José Ramírez (Guardians): 10-for-26 (.385), 4 HR, 3 K vs. Lance Lynn

Rhys Hoskins (Phillies): 6-for-11 (.546), 2 HR vs. Pablo López

Bryce Harper (Phillies): 5-for-14 (.357), 4 XBH vs. López

Carlos Correa (Twins): 7-for-17 (.412) vs. Daniel Lynch

Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals): 3-for-16 (.188), 6 K vs. Chase Anderson

Tyler Naquin (Mets): 1-for-13 (.077), 2 K vs. JT Brubaker

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