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August 19, 2010

Prospectus Hit List

Hit It and Twit It

by Jay Jaffe

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Brevity has never been my strongest suit at the Hit List, as my poor editors can attest. With a compressed schedule this week due to travel concerns, I decided to try an experimental format while temporarily bringing back the much-missed two-league format (this time with league adjustments): 30 Twitter-length hits, one per team, 140 characters maximum including links, calling upon a host of abbreviations while trying to maintain coherence. Love it or hate it, rest assured that the regular-format list will be back in all of its verbose glory next week.
RkTeam
Overall W-L
Week W-L
Hit List Factor
Comment

1


Yankees
74-46
3-3
.621
Down
Dog days here but Sabathia keeps rolling. 15 consec. quality starts most for Yank since Guidry '78 http://bit.ly/aFqTwT http://bit.ly/bn9fct

2


Rays
74-46
5-1
.618
Flat
Hellickson wins again (http://es.pn/by0xhS), Upton raking (.322/.394/.559 in Aug). But "Braysers?" http://bit.ly/bz886k #thegogglesdonothing

3


Twins
70-50
5-0
.601
Down
Twins seize AL Central lead, Thome makes old team pay w/12th walkoff HR of career, ties MLB record http://bit.ly/9PhDls http://es.pn/dmZgge

4


Red Sox
69-52
3-2
.591
Down
Not Again! Papelbon blows big save, Ellsbury breaks ribs, out for yr. (http://bit.ly/92ZVee). Both gone in 2011? http://bit.ly/digjtv

5


Rangers
67-52
2-4
.579
Down
Nelson Cruz hits DL for 3rd time due to hammy, .321 TAv would rank 6th w/enough PA to qualify (http://bit.ly/d49aqp). Vlad tries RF, yikes!

6


Padres
72-47
5-1
.562
Flat
Miguel Tejada 13-for-29 spree as 10-1 tear opens 6-game lead in NL West. TK% shot at playoffs. Kevin Towers says hi http://nyti.ms/cPkUTw

7


Braves
71-49
5-1
.561
Flat
Chipper to rehab not retire, but 3B unsettled http://bit.ly/aAUiJv. Get Derrek Lee, DL Glaus (.192/.292/.288 since 7/1), plan shift #badidea

8


Blue Jays
63-57
3-3
.560
Down
Another No-Hit Bid: After 4-HR disaster, Shaun Marcum 1-hits A's, only hit a HR http://bit.ly/bhln5K. Jays ≤ H 9x, 2nd http://bit.ly/bHTsiU

9


White Sox
65-55
1-4
.560
Down
2-7 skid costs 1st place in Central. Still need another big bat, DH slot just .239/.308/.411. Shoulda re-signed Thome http://bit.ly/dDuSiK

10


Athletics
59-60
2-4
.537
Down
No Offense: A's nearly no-hit twice in 3-game span (Marcum, Slowey), 3 R, 7 H while batting .083/.172/.143. Chris Carter 0-for-19, optioned

11


Reds
69-51
5-0
.534
Up
Homer Bailey returns from DL w/6 scoreless in place of Karate Kid Cueto ( http://es.pn/dxbVpG). Mike Leake to bullpen #can'thave2muchpitching

12


Cardinals
65-53
1-4
.532
Down
Cards flop in wake of last week's drama but Jake Westbrook 3.32 ERA, 9.0 K/9, 3/3 QS. Plus, Pujols reaches 30-HR mark for 10th straight time

13


Phillies
68-51
4-1
.527
Up
Chase Utley 0-for-5 in accelerated return from thumb surgery (http://bit.ly/a0cdF9). Phils 26-17 without him but just .262/.327/.407

14


Giants
67-54
1-4
.514
Down
Another Lincecum disaster, and whatever ails him is catching: starters 5.97 ERA, 4 quality starts out of 13 as Giants shed Wild Card lead

15


Rockies
62-57
3-2
.513
Down
12-18 since ASB, odds below 5%. Hawpe (.189/.302/.351 since 6/25) waived, Francis (4.56 ERA, .471 SNWP) DLed. Ubaldo (.642) only SNWP > .500

16


Tigers
58-62
3-3
.504
Flat
Max Scherzer shuts down Yanks in Bronx, 2.35 ERA, 9.4 K/9 in 15 GS since AAA detour. A-Jax HR vs ex-tm, .302/.354/.405, .419 BABIP leads MLB

17


Angels
60-61
1-4
.498
Flat
16-24 since July 1, Playoff Odds in low-fat milk zone (< 2%). Rough night for Jered Weaver in BOS but leads AL in K (186), 7th in ERA (3.11)

18


Dodgers
61-60
2-4
.489
Down
More Meltdowns: Broxton blows it vs. Phillies. Again. Deposed as closer by Kuo and #dontaskDotel. It doesn't help. http://es.pn/aVAXEU

19


Marlins
59-60
2-4
.482
Down
Mike Stanton .556/.613/1.185/4 HR in 7 G span. .271/.347/.557 overall, 14 HR since June 8 recall, t-11th in MLB. #cameronmaybinMIA

20


Mets
60-60
3-3
.474
Up
Circus Act: K-Rod slugs father-in-law, tears thumb lig., done for year. Team cedes high moral ground w/2 gm susp., now wants $$$ #soverymets

21


Indians
49-71
1-4
.455
Up
Travis Hafner bops grand slam off Felix Hernandez in 1st game off DL. http://es.pn/9Dy5Jj. He's Pronking at .290/.390/.476 clip since May 1

22


Royals
51-69
4-1
.452
Up
Killer B's: 1st pick '02 flop Bryan Bullington blanks Yanks for 1st W http://bit.ly/cc0EbE. Betemit & Betancourt go deep http://es.pn/anWD0s

23


Mariners
48-73
4-2
.439
Up
Suddenly ancient Mariner Milton Bradley done for year by knee injury after 0-for-3 in hit/field/health (.205/.292/.348) http://bit.ly/b0ldzZ

24


Brewers
57-64
3-2
.436
Up
John Axford's mini-meltdown allows Trevor Hoffman to get save 598 http://bit.ly/bdtAZV. Ax 2nd in NL w/6 multi-inning saves, 11th in WXRL

25


Nationals
51-69
2-3
.429
Flat
1st pick Bryce Harper signs for $9.9 mil (Stras $15.1). AFL next? http://bit.ly/azQSg6. Ryan Zimmerman .351/.422/.737/6 HR month #hope

26


Cubs
50-71
2-4
.419
Flat
Derrek Lee 4 HR/3 G after bereavement leave, sits due to bulging disc, traded to Braves http://bit.ly/bqURkF http://bit.ly/9wzlu8

27


Orioles
42-79
2-4
.405
Up
Adam Jones' walkoff bunt beats M's (http://bit.ly/99i9if). .300/.359/.450 2nd half after .276/.304/.453 1st, with 20/9 K/BB following 76/10

28


Diamondbacks
47-74
1-4
.402
Up
LaRoche, Montero, Reynolds & Drew tie MLB record w/4 straight HR http://bit.ly/bS7Y6S. Snakes 2nd in NL with 138 HR, 6 players w/10+, 2 w/8

29


Astros
52-67
4-2
.398
Up
Shawn Chacon grievance finally settled (http://bit.ly/99HXk5), paving way for others to punch Ed Wade for poor returns in dismantling team

30


Pirates
40-80
1-5
.314
Up
Give the 'Dorf a Break: Ohlendorf's 6.2 scoreless vs. HOU wasted, 24th straight time w/<4 runs support. 3.90 ERA, .506 SNWP, 1-10. #rawdeal


The Prospectus Hit List rankings are derived from Won-Loss records and several measurements pertaining to run differentials, both actual and adjusted, from Baseball Prospectus Adjusted Standings through the close of play on every Thursday.

Jay Jaffe is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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