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Prospectus Hit List for April 27



Hit List for April 24
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.

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

11

7

10.6

12.3

12.2

.623

.604

82.6%

11.3%

93.9%

-0.6%

-0.9%

Yasiel Puig is going on the DL after a flipping a hamstring.
2

12

6

12.2

13.5

13.1

.579

.599

15.9%

10.3%

26.2%

-9.2%

0.8%

Edinson Volquez has a 1.91 ERA and Alex Rios is injured so he can't ruin stuff. Trust the process, folks.
3

13

6

11.0

12.7

12.6

.579

.598

57.1%

11.2%

68.3%

4.1%

-5.0%

That Kyle Lobstein doesn't throw an eephus pitch seems like a missed opportunity.
4

12

5

11.8

11.7

10.8

.616

.597

61.6%

20.9%

82.4%

-1.7%

4.6%

Add the DH in the National League because Adam Wainwright was hurt while batting? No. Do it because not enough pitchers get hurt when hitting which forces us to watch them hit.
5

11

8

10.1

11.8

12.0

.564

.584

34.1%

28.4%

62.5%

3.6%

12.2%

Having lost their great GM and great manager, the Rays are in first place. Challenge complete! Next, do it without any good players. Go!
6

11

8

11.6

11.9

12.4

.556

.575

13.6%

20.7%

34.3%

2.7%

9.9%

After hitting his 659th homer, A-Rod's OPS is .988. His master plan to troll the entire internet is proceeding perfectly. Have you ever seen the barf-o-rama scene from Stand By Me?
7

11

7

9.7

11.3

11.2

.540

.560

14.9%

13.2%

28.1%

3.4%

12.7%

The Astros are in first place. Turns out fielding the worst team in baseball wasn't a winning strategy after all, so they tried this instead.
8

8

12

11.1

11.8

11.9

.526

.546

14.6%

12.2%

26.7%

-1.6%

-8.2%

[opens card] Getting swept by the Astros isn't the embarrassment it used be. Happy belated Arbor Day, Billy Beane!
9

14

5

12.3

10.7

10.6

.566

.546

44.4%

16.6%

61.0%

-3.3%

5.1%

The Mets say they are seven games ahead of the Nationals but considering the Wilpon's role in the Madoff scandal, I'll believe it when I see it.
10

10

7

9.7

10.2

10.4

.560

.541

22.9%

30.9%

53.8%

2.7%

7.3%

Kris Bryant is reportedly still considering filing a grievance against the Cubs, presumably because there are still no working restrooms at Wrigley Field.
11

10

9

8.8

9.2

9.3

.520

.540

39.6%

25.9%

65.4%

-2.7%

-2.0%

The Orioles raised their team OPS from .796 to .821 yesterday by facing Wade Miley and the Boston bullpen. Marketing idea: find a way to bottle Wade Miley for use in gift baskets.
12

9

10

9.6

7.9

7.8

.507

.527

46.9%

15.1%

62.0%

-4.2%

1.1%

Mike Trout is super good and super young so buckle up, world, because the next two decades are going to be one giant fish pun.
13

11

9

11.9

10.7

11.1

.540

.521

11.8%

32.0%

43.8%

2.7%

-6.7%

Brandon Morrow would have to give up 13 runs in his next 6 1/3 innings to match his performance last season with Toronto. Then some part of his body would have to explode.
14

9

10

9.7

10.2

10.4

.498

.518

5.1%

10.5%

15.6%

2.9%

-7.8%

By scoring 18 off the Red Sox yesterday the Orioles pushed Boston past Baltimore and into last place in team starter ERA. And they say there is no teamwork in baseball.
15

11

8

11.8

10.4

9.7

.535

.515

12.7%

21.6%

34.3%

3.3%

5.9%

The Pirates are the last team without a triple. It sounds bad but embrace it. Make t-shirts that say, "Stop at second." You gotta have a thing. Sure it's a dumb thing but you gotta have a thing.
16

9

10

9.9

8.3

8.7

.485

.505

7.7%

15.6%

23.3%

-1.6%

-0.9%

We don't know for sure if Jose Bautista's sore shoulder is from over-gesturing at Adam Jones, but we all know the dangers of over-gesturing.
17

8

11

10.3

10.7

10.6

.510

.490

10.4%

10.2%

20.6%

2.4%

7.6%

The Marlins hit three triples, so if you've read the Pirates comment, ha ha ha in their faces!
18

8

9

7.4

6.8

7.3

.461

.481

14.5%

8.9%

23.5%

6.9%

2.8%

In the conclusion of a suspended game that began Friday night, the White Sox beat the Royals on Sunday. This won't help the length-of-game stats.
19

7

11

6.7

7.1

7.2

.461

.481

19.1%

13.9%

33.0%

-3.9%

-10.3%

In five seasons at the new Yankee Stadium Robinson Cano slugged .533. At Safeco Field he's slugged .455. Maybe Seattle should consider knocking over Safeco Field and building $2 billion replica next door.
20

6

11

7.7

7.2

7.4

.452

.472

9.3%

7.0%

16.4%

-3.1%

-3.4%

Carlos Carrasco walked two hitters. (If something interesting would happen like, say, Brandon Moss hitting two grand slams or inventing fartproof pants, you wouldn't be stuck with this boring comment, but I can't make wine from dirt, people.)
21

7

12

7.6

7.7

7.4

.482

.462

42.1%

18.6%

60.7%

-3.2%

-15.0%

Max Scherzer is off to a fine start, but even if he has a tough season he's virtually assured of making the next cover of the Two Different Eye Color Prospectus annual.
22

10

8

8.7

8.7

8.6

.475

.455

1.1%

7.2%

8.3%

-0.6%

-0.5%

The Rockies have just six stolen bases in 14 attempts. Perhaps the solution is to keep opposing catchers in a humidor overnight.
23

8

11

7.1

8.3

8.0

.464

.444

3.9%

15.5%

19.5%

-0.4%

4.1%

Total the digits of each year the Giants have recently won the World Series and you get 3, 5, and 7. 357 is the international dialing code for Cyprus. The Giants aren't just winning random World Series, they're trying to tell us something!
24

9

9

9.1

8.6

8.5

.463

.443

2.6%

3.1%

5.7%

0.0%

-3.4%

Nick Markakis is hitting .339. The Braves' plan to corner the underperforming-outfielders-with-major-back-injuries market is going great so far.
25

7

11

7.4

5.6

5.4

.416

.436

4.5%

4.4%

8.9%

2.1%

-2.1%

The Rangers have been hit by 20 pitches, the most in baseball. So, by Royals logic, watch the heck out everyone.
26

8

10

7.9

7.8

8.1

.455

.435

1.9%

6.4%

8.3%

-1.5%

-0.8%

Billy Hamilton stole his 13th base yesterday, giving him more than 22 teams. He is on pace to steal 131 bases. Imagine how many he'd get if he could hit!
27

8

10

6.6

5.8

6.6

.408

.428

3.1%

2.6%

5.7%

0.6%

0.3%

Twins pitchers are conscientiously helping to alleviate the overabundance of strikeouts in baseball by not striking anyone out. They are in the right while everyone else is wrong!
28

8

10

8.6

7.4

7.5

.441

.421

0.6%

2.8%

3.4%

-0.5%

-2.5%

Paul Goldschmidt is on pace for 142 walks. Opposing teams' plans to stop the Diamondbacks are becoming clearer.
29

7

12

5.4

6.0

5.8

.367

.349

0.5%

0.4%

0.9%

0.1%

-0.2%

Don't worry, the Phillies will trade Cole Hamels as soon as they dig themselves out from under the mountain of trade proposals for Jonathan Papelbon and Ryan Howard.
30

4

15

4.6

4.4

4.9

.364

.346

0.9%

2.6%

3.5%

0.4%

-4.8%

The Brewers are last in baseball with a 4-11 record. I think they'll use the first overall draft pick on a quarterback.