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Prospectus Hit List for June 3



by Matt Sussman

Hit List for June 1
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.

Hey Hit List, you're so fine. You're so fine you blow my mind. Hey Hit List.

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

31

21

32.3

35.1

34.2

.616

.596

80.3%

13.4%

93.7%

-0.7%

-0.2%

Joc Pederson is crushing it as a rookie, but nobody is talking about his brother Nerd Pederson winning another geography bee.
2

33

20

29.5

31.7

32.3

.537

.557

40.5%

25.7%

66.1%

2.8%

0.9%

Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena went back to back, and we're not talking about a Charlie's Angels pose. (Unfortunately.)
3

34

18

33.4

31.2

31.2

.573

.554

66.9%

20.8%

87.8%

1.4%

1.1%

I'm not sure why Busch Stadium even pays for air conditioning when they claim to have the best fa— well, you know.
4

28

25

27.3

26.0

26.6

.532

.552

37.3%

23.9%

61.2%

-5.0%

9.5%

Albert Pujols caught Jimmie Foxx in the home run standings, so we should now call him Albert Coyote.
5

29

20

29.8

29.6

29.9

.528

.548

27.9%

17.3%

45.3%

-2.4%

-4.5%

Look, if we could have voted for Royals this much 300 years ago, there'd have been no need for a Bill of Rights.
6

27

26

28.2

29.3

28.8

.523

.543

29.3%

12.7%

42.0%

2.9%

2.9%

In honor of the Stanley Cup finals, Tropicana Field should also run a carpet cleaner across the outfield between every inning. Time of game: 7 hours, 48 minutes.
7

28

25

26.2

29.7

29.9

.523

.542

32.2%

18.2%

50.4%

-1.6%

-11.1%

Five years ago yesterday, Armando Galarraga didn't throw a perfect game. And every day since then, too.
8

28

25

28.3

29.0

29.5

.521

.541

36.9%

12.1%

49.1%

3.7%

7.6%

A league-fewest seven players in their 20s have batted for the Yankees—eight if you count Alex Rodriguez as a 21-year-old that began playing baseball since birth.
9

25

26

26.0

28.5

28.4

.521

.541

21.8%

15.8%

37.6%

4.9%

15.3%

A big win for the team yesterday involved using three relievers in the eighth inning, presumably all at once.
10

29

23

27.5

28.0

26.7

.550

.530

68.0%

12.2%

80.2%

-0.3%

-7.7%

This year, Jordan Zimmermann has driven in Ryan Zimmerman once, but Ryan hasn't driven in Jordan yet. Life isn't fair.
11

21

33

27.3

29.6

30.4

.505

.525

1.5%

3.2%

4.6%

0.7%

1.1%

Ben Zobrist hit his sixth career grand slam, which ties him all time with Yuniesky Betancourt, which is all the more reason to hit another one today.
12

24

30

29.7

27.2

26.6

.499

.519

8.8%

5.9%

14.7%

0.1%

-3.0%

More like E.R.A. Dickey if you ask me, or rather if you ask everyone he faces. But you can't ask them because they're too busy scoring runs off him.
13

27

25

27.2

25.5

26.0

.499

.519

10.6%

16.7%

27.4%

4.0%

5.1%

Imagine Les Nessman from WKRP in Cincinnati pronouncing Chi Chi Gonzalez ad nauseum.
14

28

24

30.4

29.5

28.8

.538

.518

13.6%

31.3%

44.9%

7.1%

14.0%

Winning with the help of a fan interference call is always nice. That it was a Pirates fan with a Bonds jersey in San Francisco increased the irony. But the Pirates fan still couldn't throw out Sid Bream at home.
15

24

28

23.1

23.8

24.8

.497

.517

10.1%

16.0%

26.1%

-3.0%

-11.8%

I'm not saying the team's desperate to start scoring runs, but batting seventh for them last night was a fiberglass replica of Jay Buhner. (He went 0-for-2 with a walk.)
16

27

23

24.9

27.4

27.4

.536

.516

18.9%

36.5%

55.5%

-4.8%

-5.2%

Joe Maddon, you've done it again! You found a way to get Edwin Jackson to pitch late innings!
17

30

24

27.9

29.3

29.1

.535

.515

15.0%

38.5%

53.5%

-3.7%

-7.2%

Tim Lincecum is on pace to throw a no-hitter against the Padres in September by throwing nothing but 11 mph fastballs.
18

23

29

20.9

23.2

23.1

.490

.510

20.5%

9.4%

29.9%

0.1%

-9.1%

Years from now, archaeologists will be baffled by Clay Buchholz's eight innings of shutout baseball last night. "We must have the year wrong," they'll mutter.
19

30

20

27.2

21.8

22.0

.473

.493

14.0%

15.5%

29.5%

-3.3%

3.7%

If you expect this team to fall back down to earth, you can be dead sure they will land several feet in front of Torii Hunter.
20

29

24

27.5

26.1

25.3

.511

.491

28.2%

18.4%

46.6%

-3.2%

4.1%

Here are the pitchers who have recorded at least three hits and three RBI in a season age 42 or order: Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux, Bartolo Colon.
21

23

28

24.8

23.7

24.0

.470

.490

4.4%

2.8%

7.2%

-2.2%

-6.8%

Adam Jones was a single, double, triple and home run shy of the cycle. He hit for the Segway!
22

26

28

25.9

22.2

23.2

.487

.467

3.4%

15.3%

18.7%

2.9%

-2.6%

Yeah, someone with 15 home runs would be worth six wins at this point in the season. Enter James Shields, who has allowed a league-highest 15 home runs and is 6-0.
23

24

27

26.2

25.8

25.5

.484

.465

1.0%

5.0%

6.0%

2.1%

2.1%

Paul Goldschmidt takes too many walks. If for each walk, he instead hit a three-run homer, he'd break a lot of records.
24

23

27

19.0

18.1

18.5

.443

.463

4.0%

4.8%

8.8%

-1.7%

0.2%

Reliever Dan Jennings' ERA jumped up to 7.54. Exactly how many more teams will the Marlins meddle with?
25

21

32

24.0

25.5

25.3

.473

.453

1.8%

1.9%

3.8%

0.4%

0.1%

New Orleans is a fun place to visit, and the Marlins have a Triple-A team there, which is why they sent Steve Cishek to Double-A Jacksonville instead.
26

22

28

22.1

23.3

23.1

.458

.438

0.5%

2.2%

2.7%

-0.3%

0.7%

Sorry, there's no Hit List formula adjustment to temporarily move down to 30th after a loss to the Phillies. Yet.
27

23

28

22.2

22.5

22.6

.449

.430

0.2%

1.9%

2.1%

-0.2%

0.9%

Mariano Rivera got to wear #42 after the fact, and Rafael Betancourt should be grandfathered in against the pace of play rules, dang nabbit.
28

26

26

25.2

22.2

21.4

.439

.420

1.9%

2.2%

4.1%

-0.7%

0.7%

Here's a fun party trick: show non-baseball fans current photos of Juan Uribe and Terry Pendleton and have them guess who's older.
29

18

35

19.6

17.8

18.4

.417

.398

0.1%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.2%

-0.5%

Designating Elian Herrera for assignment to claim Hernan Perez off waivers is a move that sent shockwaves through the baseball community, all the way from Elian Herrera's family to Hernan Perez's family.
30

20

33

18.1

19.0

18.6

.386

.368

0.1%

0.0%

0.1%

0.0%

-0.3%

The 2015 Phillies are like the final season of Seinfeld. It's not funny, everyone's still here, and in the end everybody's locked up for at least one year.

Matt Sussman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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4 comments have been left for this article.
ceadie

Also in honour of the Lightning for one game RS could be called Goals and RBI's could be tabulated as Assists.

Jun 03, 2015 06:36 AM
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Quagmire

Albert Hound would make more sense then Albert Coyote.

Jun 03, 2015 07:02 AM
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garygerack

Warren Spahn had 7 hits and 3 RBI at age 44. Where's the love?

Jun 03, 2015 08:25 AM
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BP staff member Matt Sussman

I accidentally left out the phrase "in the last 20 years"

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