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Prospectus Hit List for April 18



by Matthew Kory

Hit List for April 16
Hit List updates are published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting April 2, 2014. Data presented here is based on games through the day prior to publication.
Teams are ordered based on Adjusted Hit List Factor, a computer generated number, and the author isn't responsible for the order of the teams.

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RkTmWLW1W2W3HLFAHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day7-Day
1

10

5

9.8

10.0

10.1

.594

.613

43.7%

21.7%

65.4%

2.7%

10.6%

Mike Trout almost single-handedly beat the Aís in back-to-back games, but donít worry. As their 2009 draft shows, the Aís arenít losing jeans-wearing contests, theyíre losing baseball games.
2

10

6

8.9

10.0

9.6

.557

.577

25.6%

19.7%

45.2%

2.2%

8.8%

A home run and a triple play? For his next trick Yangervis Solarte will stay relevant into May!
3

10

5

9.6

10.8

10.6

.593

.574

34.1%

18.3%

52.4%

-5.4%

12.2%

B.J. Upton has a .242 on-base percentage, which if you squint really hard, take a handful of sedatives, inject yourself with horse tranquilizers, and then run full speed into a brick wall, isnít so bad.
4

10

6

9.4

9.1

8.7

.584

.565

66.7%

21.7%

88.5%

2.1%

3.1%

The Dodgers regular with the highest on-base percentage is Dee Gordon because April 19 and Baseball.
5

7

8

8.6

8.5

8.3

.538

.558

26.6%

21.7%

48.4%

-6.5%

-5.7%

The Angels are 9-for-9 in steal attempts, which includes a package of Tastykakes thieved from the Aís dressing room.
6

7

5

6.2

6.4

6.2

.536

.556

54.1%

10.3%

64.4%

1.8%

-4.8%

Alex Gonzalez is SIGN STEPHEN DREW FOR HEAVENíS SAKE WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR
7

11

5

9.7

10.1

10.1

.568

.548

26.6%

19.6%

46.2%

-4.1%

2.6%

Last night the Brewers used four pitchers. Here are their ERAs: 1.46, 27.00, 3.18, 27.00. I have a radical suggestion.
8

10

6

9.5

9.3

9.3

.567

.548

52.3%

17.3%

69.6%

6.6%

9.5%

They beat Washington 8-0, but they left 33 men on base. Thatís a missed opportunity, because beating Washington 41-0 with no men left on base would have been much funnier.
9

7

8

8.8

8.7

9.1

.527

.547

11.9%

14.5%

26.4%

-6.6%

-9.5%

Fernando Rodneyís cap is actually a sundial, which he keeps askew to help time himself to the plate.
10

10

6

9.2

8.4

8.1

.551

.531

25.7%

40.2%

65.9%

0.1%

7.7%

Hunter Pence is hitting the most awkward-looking .206/.296/.317 ever.
11

7

9

7.5

7.2

7.5

.502

.522

28.3%

20.1%

48.4%

2.5%

0.1%

The way Jon Lester is pitching makes Boston's recent four year, $70 million offer look insulting. Thatís right, $70 million is insulting. Weíve come a long way, America.
12

8

8

8.1

8.6

8.6

.498

.518

11.7%

7.0%

18.6%

-2.8%

-1.2%

You know the White Sox bullpen is struggling when their worst pitcher is not the middle infielder who pitched in the 14th inning.
13

8

8

8.0

7.4

7.1

.493

.513

12.7%

15.2%

27.9%

-0.8%

3.2%

Headline in Blue Jays Magazine: "'Why is Jose Bautista so mean to me,' says a baseball"
14

9

7

8.3

7.6

8.2

.532

.512

52.0%

17.3%

69.3%

-1.3%

-11.5%

The Nationals made four errors last night. Actually, five, if you count letting you read this comment.
15

9

7

7.2

7.6

7.1

.492

.512

17.5%

18.0%

35.5%

7.3%

6.1%

How badly is Prince Fielder struggling? Judging by the uniform number, his only home run came off Jackie Robinson, who's been dead for more than 40 years.
16

8

7

8.2

7.8

7.9

.489

.509

5.1%

4.1%

9.2%

2.3%

4.7%

The Twins lead all of baseball in walks and on-base percentage. In other news, fecal matter offends pigs and oxygen will kill you.
17

7

9

6.0

7.0

7.2

.486

.506

26.9%

20.3%

47.2%

-1.9%

-13.0%

If the Rays trade David Price mid-pitch, what happens?
18

6

9

8.3

9.2

9.1

.524

.504

11.5%

10.4%

22.0%

-1.4%

-2.3%

Billy Hamilton has four stolen bases, two caught-stealings, and a .220 on-base percentage, and heís batting lead-off. I thought Dusty Baker had retired.
19

7

7

6.3

6.6

6.4

.478

.498

15.4%

9.3%

24.7%

4.3%

0.3%

The Royals have four home runs, which is four more than you so shut up.
20

7

8

7.2

6.7

7.0

.475

.495

13.8%

8.5%

22.3%

-2.9%

-0.5%

If you arrange the Indians' starting lineup in reverse order of batting average, thatís kinda their starting lineup. Iím on to you, Terry Francona.
21

7

7

6.9

5.6

5.6

.465

.485

6.5%

9.2%

15.8%

-1.2%

1.5%

The Orioles have not walked any hitters intentionally, though Iím not sure why doing it by accident is any better.
22

8

9

8.6

9.7

9.3

.504

.484

3.2%

9.6%

12.8%

-0.4%

-4.9%

The way to win baseball games at altitude is to employ a bunch of really short players. There. Fixed. Youíre welcome, Rockies.
23

8

8

8.6

7.8

8.2

.498

.478

8.7%

10.5%

19.2%

3.6%

-9.2%

There are two outcomes for Pedro Alvarez: Heís either a three-true-outcomes hitter, or heís not.
24

7

9

6.8

7.2

7.3

.474

.454

4.0%

14.8%

18.8%

-0.6%

0.6%

The Padres have given up the fewest homers in baseball, so see? Signing Josh Johnson has worked out perfectly!
25

7

8

6.6

6.1

6.4

.454

.435

6.1%

7.6%

13.7%

2.3%

1.6%

Jonathan Papelbon doesnít think velocity is important, but then Jonathan Papelbon doesnít think pants are important, either.
26

8

7

7.5

5.5

5.5

.453

.433

6.7%

7.3%

14.0%

0.4%

3.1%

The Mets have already struck out 150 times. Your move, World.
27

6

10

8.1

8.1

8.2

.452

.432

1.1%

1.2%

2.3%

-0.1%

-2.1%

They say Giancarlo Stanton doesnít get cheated on his swings, and itís true. In fact, he gets a 10 percent discount from the Marlins on each one.
28

4

10

5.5

5.6

5.7

.413

.393

1.0%

1.6%

2.6%

-0.8%

-2.5%

The Cubs have hit a league-leading nine hitters because losing make Cubs angry!
29

5

11

4.7

4.4

4.6

.356

.374

0.2%

0.3%

0.5%

-0.3%

-0.6%

One day in the future the Astros will win. And one day the future will be here, but it will be the present, so the Astros are doomed
30

4

14

4.7

5.6

5.8

.380

.362

0.4%

2.4%

2.8%

-1.0%

-7.8%

A portion of Kirk Gibsonís pre-game speech was caught on tape. Gibson: ďOK, men, make outs and play badly on three, ready?Ē Men: "Make outs and play badly!Ē

Matthew Kory is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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1 comment has been left for this article.
Shaun P.

Ah, the perfect cure for the Friday morning before vacation and it seems like everyone else is already on vacation blues. I especially enjoyed the Tigers comment, which is funny because its true.

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