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Prospectus Hit List for May 29



by Matt Sussman

Hit List for May 27
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.

Nothing says the weekend is upon us like another Hit List.

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

28

18

29.0

32.0

30.8

.621

.602

75.2%

17.6%

92.7%

-0.3%

0.9%

The Dodgers acquired Eric Stults, then designated Eric Stults for assignment. His assignment: a 500 word essay on the pros and cons of trading for Eric Stults.
2

30

18

27.1

27.9

28.5

.534

.554

39.8%

23.9%

63.7%

1.2%

5.3%

Pat Neshek hasn't walked a batter in 17 2/3 innings, which makes us wonder what he's afraid of.
3

28

21

25.1

28.2

28.6

.533

.553

43.3%

18.8%

62.2%

-4.3%

-2.8%

Once again big government continues to ignore the taxpayers' will by continuing to subsidize Buck Farmers.
4

31

16

30.5

27.8

27.7

.572

.552

62.7%

21.4%

84.2%

-4.0%

-2.2%

How about Pete Kozma at first base for St. Louis? There, any other idea you have to replace Matt Adams will be better than that.
5

28

18

28.0

28.2

28.4

.531

.551

25.9%

19.9%

45.8%

0.4%

-8.1%

As soon as five Royals lead All-Star voting, the team hits their first four-game losing streak of the season. Quick, Royals fans, time to submit your antivotes.
6

28

19

26.5

26.6

25.4

.568

.549

77.4%

12.5%

89.9%

2.0%

3.2%

Bryce Harper has five homers on a 1-2 count, but none on a 3-0 or 3-2 count. So, pitchers, just throw him three balls and hope for the best.
7

25

23

25.6

26.8

27.5

.523

.543

29.2%

11.7%

40.8%

-4.9%

-1.8%

If RBI don't matter, don't tell that to Alex Rodriguez, who finally caught Lou Gehrig on the career leaderboard, and who once drove in Vince Coleman.
8

24

24

24.8

26.5

26.2

.521

.541

24.4%

12.0%

36.4%

0.6%

-15.2%

Grant Balfour may retire as a Durham Bull, despite numerous objections by Susan Sarandon.
9

24

24

24.2

22.2

22.3

.520

.540

30.9%

22.0%

52.9%

5.7%

-5.2%

All that money being spent on dumping Josh Hamilton via trade is gonna make it extremely difficult to lock up Johnny Giavotella long term.
10

22

25

23.6

26.0

25.9

.516

.536

14.1%

14.2%

28.3%

3.6%

9.5%

If any Cleveland baseball players feel like getting arrested, LeBron James just led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, so this is the week to do it.
11

29

20

26.8

27.4

27.2

.546

.526

21.5%

45.2%

66.7%

4.7%

14.6%

Hunter Strickland is back in the bullpen, and call it a hunch, but he'll have a great summer because he won't give up any postseason home runs during that time.
12

23

24

21.8

21.9

22.4

.503

.523

20.4%

18.6%

39.0%

-4.8%

5.3%

Felix Hernandez is on pace for a career low ERA (1.91) and a 7-year-high FIP (3.21), which means he is just on pace to keep playing baseball.
13

25

22

28.3

26.9

26.3

.542

.522

13.8%

23.5%

37.3%

4.5%

19.7%

With his third home run, Jung Ho Kang is now third on the all-time list of MLB homers by South Koreans. He's tied with Chan Ho Park.
14

22

26

20.1

22.0

22.2

.498

.518

29.4%

11.8%

41.2%

6.1%

1.2%

The Red Sox became the first team this year to ground into five double plays in a nine-inning game and still win, known as the Fat Dude Victory.
15

22

27

26.9

24.0

23.7

.497

.517

9.0%

6.1%

15.1%

-0.7%

0.2%

Turns out, "Bringer Of Rain" was a great nickname for Josh Donaldson, beating out his previous nickname of "Ol' Cloudy Josh."
16

25

21

23.1

25.1

24.9

.536

.516

23.0%

31.9%

54.9%

0.5%

-12.5%

Share a Phil Coke with RELEASE WAIVERS.
17

18

32

24.6

26.8

27.2

.495

.515

1.6%

2.2%

3.8%

1.1%

0.6%

Remember, you lose 100 percent of the one-run games you don't play.
18

22

24

23.5

23.0

23.1

.485

.505

8.0%

5.5%

13.5%

-2.6%

-2.6%

The Orioles finally made up those White Sox games cancelled due to the civil rights protests, including the empty stadium game. To compensate, they played two games, and fans had to sit in each others' laps.
19

23

25

22.7

21.4

21.9

.479

.499

7.3%

9.7%

17.0%

-2.7%

6.6%

Welcome back, Josh Hamilton! You're officially back with the Rangers as if nothing changed. Remember, every loss is now your fault.
20

28

18

25.2

20.8

21.3

.479

.499

12.5%

17.7%

30.2%

1.2%

12.3%

The secret to this team's hot start? Tom Brunansky's swearing power, Frank Viola's luscious changeup, and it's also 1987.
21

27

21

25.2

23.7

23.2

.514

.494

21.3%

25.7%

47.0%

-1.4%

-4.2%

Q: Why did Fred Wilpon's house get ruined by a volcanic eruption?
A: He had Noah Syndergaard.
22

21

25

17.8

17.6

18.0

.448

.468

4.3%

5.9%

10.2%

0.3%

-5.3%

When you can play J.B. Shuck in both ends of a doubleheader, you do it, because it's an afternoon game in Baltimore and who else is going to notice?
23

23

26

22.9

19.8

20.7

.483

.463

2.9%

13.7%

16.6%

-5.1%

-5.5%

A.J. Preller just traded for both National Spelling Bee champions, and plans to platoon them against Greek and Latin-based words.
24

21

25

23.8

22.7

22.9

.474

.454

0.4%

2.4%

2.8%

0.0%

-2.1%

Here is the list of qualified NL pitchers who have fewer strikeouts than extra-base hits allowed: Josh Collmenter.
25

18

30

21.2

23.0

22.9

.470

.450

0.8%

1.7%

2.5%

-0.5%

-3.6%

Giancarlo Stanton has the second-worst slugging percentage of his career and also has 10 more home runs than any of his teammates.
26

19

27

18.9

20.4

20.0

.444

.424

0.4%

1.0%

1.3%

-0.1%

-2.9%

The good news: Jonny Cueto's MRI revealed no structural damage in his elbow. But it did reveal the elbow is suffering from general ennui.
27

19

26

18.8

19.3

19.0

.439

.419

0.1%

1.1%

1.2%

0.1%

-0.5%

Who knew the Nick Hundley signing would pay off so well? Difficulty: answer cannot be a Hundley.
28

23

24

21.2

19.0

18.4

.429

.409

0.5%

1.5%

2.1%

-0.7%

-2.8%

39 players got into at least one game for the Braves last year. This season, they're already up to 37 -- or one ridiculous trade away from that mark.
29

16

32

17.7

16.3

16.7

.422

.402

0.1%

0.5%

0.6%

0.1%

-1.7%

Neal Cotts has given up more home runs (6) than walks (5), because he knows which ones actually kill rallies.
30

19

30

17.1

18.2

18.0

.391

.372

0.0%

0.2%

0.2%

0.1%

-0.3%

Passersby were amazed at the unusually large amounts of blood. Passersby were amazed at the unusually large amounts of blood. Passersby were amazed at the unusually large amounts of blood. Passersby were amazed at the unusually large amounts of blood. Passersby were amazed at the unusually large amounts of blood. Passersby were amazed at the unusually large amounts of blood.

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

Considering all the other garbage that the Feds waste money on, Buck Farmers sounds like a deal (now if we're talking a billion Buck Farmers here and a billion Buck Farmers there, that's real money, at least according to the late Senator Everett Dirksen). And the Phillies comment is misplaced; there is no pulse, no heartbeat, and no blood in Philadelphia.

May 29, 2015 12:21 PM
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rnolty

The HLF has six NL teams better than the best AL team -- clearly not plausible -- but the AHLF has eight NL teams worse than the worst AL team -- equally implausible. Maybe you need a smaller adjustment.

May 29, 2015 12:24 PM
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jonsieg

hahaha love The Onion nod

May 29, 2015 13:47 PM
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ceadie

Redemption is engrained into the American psyche : Johnny Giavotella will be locked up.

May 30, 2015 06:05 AM
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ceadie

Unfortunately probably locked up on a fastball.

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