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Prospectus Hit List for April 14



by Matt Sussman

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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.

Lose yourself in the Hit List/the wit list/you own it/you better never let it go.

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

10

2

9.2

9.7

9.7

.650

.631

34.1%

19.9%

54.0%

2.6%

20.3%

It's been a long time since the Brewers won nine straight games in April. You have to go back all the way to 2013, and they finished 74-88 that year.
2

8

4

8.3

8.3

8.4

.606

.625

37.1%

22.2%

59.3%

5.6%

14.6%

Brad Pitt has already turned down the chance to star in "The Week Jim Johnson Was Closer," a short film I wrote during a lunch break last week.
3

9

4

7.9

7.9

7.6

.605

.585

70.4%

20.1%

90.5%

1.3%

3.1%

Their outfield is too crowded! (Three of their outfielders have an OPS below .700.) Trade one of them!
4

6

5

7.1

6.9

7.3

.558

.577

14.9%

18.0%

32.9%

-4.0%

-5.0%

We're back to the natural alignment of the universe where the only person who can close games in baseball is Fernando Rodney.
5

6

6

7.2

7.3

6.8

.555

.575

33.7%

22.2%

55.9%

-1.3%

-0.1%

Raul Ibaņez continues to hit dramatic home runs and call it a "car phone."
6

7

6

6.6

7.2

7.4

.550

.570

43.8%

22.9%

66.7%

-0.0%

-1.0%

Of all the Ben Zobrists in the world, you're the Ben Zobristest.
7

8

4

7.7

8.2

8.3

.586

.567

28.4%

19.4%

47.8%

0.5%

4.3%

Aaron Harang is tied for the league ERA lead, which he usually does every year but this time the season has actually started.
8

6

4

5.1

5.4

5.1

.536

.556

57.5%

7.8%

65.3%

-2.9%

-3.8%

Friday night: the team gets one hit. Saturday: Justin Verlander gets two hits. Sunday: the team treats themselves with a copy of Bad Company's "Greatest Hits."
9

7

5

7.0

6.4

6.6

.557

.537

58.1%

15.8%

73.9%

-1.7%

-0.9%

Two players on the team (Steven Souza, Blake Treinen), are making their MLB debut this year. Both are three years older than Bryce Harper.
10

7

6

7.1

6.5

6.2

.512

.532

12.3%

18.5%

30.8%

5.9%

7.8%

Jose Bautista is sporting a funky .225/.446/.625 batting split and has more walks than Adam Dunn and Joey Votto combined.
11

7

6

5.9

6.8

6.3

.510

.530

18.8%

19.8%

38.5%

4.1%

3.0%

There are about 75 gently-used first basemen floating in free agency limbo and they're going with Francisco Cervelli as their stopgap.
12

8

5

7.5

6.6

6.4

.546

.526

21.8%

39.9%

61.7%

6.1%

-0.6%

We all know the real Home Run King is Madison Bumgarner.
13

7

6

6.8

7.1

7.1

.506

.526

13.5%

6.6%

20.1%

2.1%

5.0%

Are you sitting down? Get this: they have twice as many runs as the Tigers and Reds combined. Also please stay sitting down; we are in a rowboat.
14

5

8

5.7

5.6

5.7

.485

.505

21.6%

20.6%

42.2%

-5.7%

-8.0%

On the bright side, Koji Uehera missing time due to an injury is a great way to extend his streak of days without giving up a run.
15

6

6

5.0

5.5

5.0

.475

.495

14.1%

17.2%

31.2%

4.1%

-0.5%

Quick, try to name the current rotation: yes, no, hurt, hurt, no, hurt, that's a football player, no, no, you already said him.
16

7

5

6.0

5.1

5.2

.514

.494

44.8%

18.2%

63.0%

3.8%

2.4%

Randy Choate has faced eight right-handed batters and six lefties, proving Mike Matheny is just tired of walking out there, man.
17

6

7

6.3

5.8

6.0

.473

.493

13.1%

7.3%

20.4%

-2.9%

-4.2%

David Murphy has a team-best 11 RBI and hasn't batted in the top six of the lineup. Yet another way Cleveland is just like Texas.
18

6

6

6.3

5.8

5.9

.472

.492

5.2%

3.5%

8.7%

1.8%

0.7%

This team just keeps sticking Josmil Pinto at DH and he hits a home run and they sweep the Royals and is that blood I taste?
19

4

8

6.3

7.1

6.8

.503

.483

10.9%

8.9%

19.8%

-0.5%

-7.6%

30 percent of their runs this season were scored yesterday.
20

6

7

6.6

7.4

7.1

.503

.483

2.5%

10.1%

12.6%

-5.6%

-1.7%

The offense is clicking, now they just need some pitcher, and for those pitchers to throw baseballs of pure adamantium.
21

6

6

6.1

5.5

5.8

.488

.468

8.8%

9.5%

18.3%

-3.6%

-6.7%

Being swept in Milwaukee is no fun. They can't all be games against the Cubs. The Office of the Commissioner made that very clear.
22

4

7

3.8

4.6

4.7

.437

.456

10.7%

5.9%

16.5%

-3.6%

-6.0%

Like ancient indigenous tribes, the Royals only need one home run and resourcefully use every part of it.
23

6

6

5.4

5.5

5.7

.473

.453

8.0%

8.8%

16.8%

2.3%

-1.1%

Right now Chase Utley is hitting the cover off the ball. When asked about it, he said "I think these baseballs are defective!"
24

5

7

4.8

5.7

5.7

.472

.452

4.4%

15.7%

20.1%

2.2%

-1.2%

After being pranked by teammates in Triple-A, no way Jeff Francoeur falls for the "you've been called up to the Padres" classic gag.
25

5

7

4.9

4.1

4.0

.428

.448

3.5%

7.0%

10.5%

-2.7%

-1.7%

Delmon Young had two outfield assists yesterday, but the real question is why were you in the lineup against the Orioles?
26

5

8

6.7

6.9

7.2

.462

.442

1.1%

1.5%

2.6%

-1.3%

-3.9%

Jeff Baker is struggling, but more importantly he was born in Bad Kissingen, Germany, and refuses to respond to anything but The Makeout King.
27

4

8

5.1

5.5

5.4

.435

.415

1.5%

2.2%

3.7%

-1.8%

-3.1%

Nobody can ever pronounce or spell Jeff Samardzija, so perhaps he can alphabetize it to make it easier for everyone. You would buy a Jeff Aaadijmrsz shirsey.
28

4

11

4.6

5.4

5.7

.405

.386

0.9%

4.5%

5.4%

-2.0%

-3.9%

Since the Dodgers jumped into their pool, Arizona is 0-5 against them. Perhaps the D'backs should just find a pool in LA and commandeer it, just to break the streak.
29

5

8

4.1

3.4

3.5

.358

.377

0.2%

0.5%

0.7%

-0.4%

-0.9%

The most extreme shift they played this year was moving the third baseman all the way into a Houston family's home and turn their TV to the Astros game.
30

5

7

4.4

2.8

3.1

.391

.372

4.4%

5.4%

9.9%

-2.3%

0.4%

Jose Valverde is on the perfect team: allowing game-tying home runs for a fanbase who can no longer feel additional anguish.

Matt Sussman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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trueblue33

How long before the Rangers call up Russell Wilson?

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Llarry Amrose

They have, but Pete Carroll made sure the calls all fall to voicemail...

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