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Prospectus Hit List for April 28



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.

Twenty-seven of the finest comments ever written about major-league baseball teams, and three of the worst.

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

15

10

16.6

16.7

16.1

.584

.603

41.2%

21.6%

62.9%

-2.5%

-6.6%

After three seasons, Dan Otero finally recorded a home run. Not as great a feeling as everyone made it out to be, perhaps because he's a pitcher and he gave it up.
2

17

7

16.1

17.7

17.6

.608

.588

45.9%

24.2%

70.1%

6.6%

12.1%

Turns out, yes, you can actually build a starting rotation out of toothpicks and chewing gum and dominate the National League.
3

11

13

14.8

14.8

14.4

.555

.574

27.5%

24.0%

51.5%

2.6%

0.7%

If Garrett Richards literally threw gas, the infield would look much worse.
4

12

9

10.9

11.5

11.3

.543

.563

63.1%

10.1%

73.2%

1.1%

2.8%

Anibal Sanchez is on the DL with a blister on his finger and is expected to be out until the end of the "Money For Nothing" guitar solo.
5

18

7

15.2

17.0

16.4

.580

.561

43.5%

18.6%

62.1%

-4.0%

6.6%

If they stay in the pennant race, here's hoping they again trade for CC Sabathia, for old time's sake.
6

11

14

12.0

14.3

14.5

.531

.551

22.3%

19.3%

41.6%

-5.9%

-8.3%

If Heath Bell improves soon he may find yet another team to pay him not to play baseball for them.
7

14

12

13.3

13.9

13.0

.559

.540

62.2%

22.0%

84.2%

-2.8%

-7.3%

Now they are 7-11 against teams are not the Diamondbacks. They don't play them until mid-May, so it may behoove them to also play other teams well.
8

15

10

12.5

13.1

12.7

.517

.537

23.6%

19.8%

43.3%

-7.3%

8.9%

"You remembered to take Geovany Soto off our All-Star ballot candidates, right?" "No but I'm sure someone did."
9

15

10

11.7

11.7

11.2

.510

.530

38.0%

20.0%

58.0%

5.3%

13.0%

All of Masahiro Tanaka's pitches are lethal: the floater, the bomber, the climber, the builder, the digger wait, these are Lemmings power-ups.
10

14

12

14.1

14.1

14.9

.549

.529

40.5%

23.2%

63.7%

-7.3%

-5.7%

Tanner Roark became the first Tanner to throw a shutout in Major League Baseball history, but the 1706th in Tanner League Baseball history.
11

14

12

14.5

14.7

14.4

.546

.526

39.8%

16.0%

55.8%

2.3%

-5.7%

Jhonny Peralta is now up to 11 extra-base hits, five singles, and an average still below .200. Easily sustainable, just like snowballs in the freezer.
12

12

14

11.4

11.9

11.6

.498

.518

23.6%

21.4%

45.0%

-0.5%

-5.9%

The slumping but healthy Grady Sizemore is a new and different beast that we have not encountered, nor do we understand its eating and mating habits.
13

12

12

12.5

12.5

12.1

.498

.518

13.3%

10.1%

23.4%

4.6%

-1.0%

If you have any new or gently used home runs, please donate them. No team should boast Omar Infante second on the team with them.
14

15

10

14.0

12.1

11.8

.535

.516

29.7%

33.1%

62.8%

1.3%

6.6%

Ever notice how many Brandons this team has? Brandon Crawford, Brandon Hicks, Brandon Belt, Pablo Brandonval, Brandison Brandgartner, Tim Brancecon and Branster Posey.
15

12

13

12.4

11.6

10.9

.488

.508

9.4%

11.2%

20.5%

-0.4%

-6.2%

Their Sunday lineup had an MLB-record six Dominicans, along with a Canadian, two Americans, and a knuckleballer (origin unknown, probably lives on a cloud in the sky).
16

14

12

15.0

15.6

14.6

.524

.504

5.4%

14.5%

20.0%

4.6%

3.7%

Their stellar offense is having to atone for their inconsistent pitching. It's still 1998 and Coors Field should have Goo Goo Dolls concerts after every game.
17

12

11

12.0

11.7

12.0

.482

.502

6.1%

5.6%

11.7%

0.2%

3.9%

Twins fans had to be educated on what "rain delay" meant yesterday. The best explanation was "it's like clear snow."
18

13

13

13.5

12.6

12.9

.482

.502

8.5%

7.5%

16.0%

1.6%

-1.1%

If Jose Abreu's endgame is to weaken the vocal cords of Hawk Harrelson, he's doing a terrific job.
19

11

14

14.1

13.8

13.8

.516

.496

11.7%

11.5%

23.2%

-0.8%

-3.4%

That's now four times Billy Hamilton has been caught stealing this year. That's eight too many.
20

10

14

11.1

10.8

11.2

.475

.495

7.6%

10.9%

18.5%

2.0%

-0.3%

I'll save you an "Against The Wind" joke with Kyle Seager, mostly because his two-homer game likely had to be with the wind.
21

11

14

10.9

11.4

11.5

.466

.486

9.0%

8.2%

17.2%

-0.3%

-1.4%

Carlos Santana is now sporting a .122/.301/.195 line while Lonnie Chisenhall weeps on the bench to be noticed.
22

12

12

11.4

9.6

9.4

.463

.483

6.7%

10.1%

16.8%

-0.5%

1.7%

You can have Manny Machado, Chris Davis or Jemile Weeks, but none at the same time. This is the weirdest witch's curse ever.
23

11

14

13.2

13.3

13.7

.474

.454

0.7%

2.1%

2.8%

-0.9%

-0.9%

"Keep batting Casey McGehee cleanup until somebody notices," that's what I always say.
24

13

12

11.4

10.4

11.3

.471

.452

7.8%

10.8%

18.7%

1.2%

8.1%

Freddy Galvis could go 15 for his next 15 and still have a lower batting average than Chase Utley.
25

14

11

12.5

9.9

10.6

.464

.444

5.0%

8.3%

13.4%

1.9%

3.1%

Bobby Abreu will tell his grandchildren about the time he hit his first home run as a Met, just as soon as they get home from school today.
26

10

16

12.1

10.6

11.6

.461

.441

4.3%

4.8%

9.1%

-2.3%

-4.7%

In six of their last eight games they've scored two or fewer runs. Andrew McCutchen can't do it alone, despite what these lab results say.
27

12

14

10.1

10.1

10.9

.450

.431

2.6%

8.0%

10.6%

0.2%

-10.6%

A team .276 on-base percentage isn't great -- in fact it's the worst in MLB -- but resisting the urge to peel off the basepath and go surfing in San Diego takes discipline.
28

8

16

10.5

10.4

10.2

.432

.412

0.8%

1.2%

2.0%

0.9%

-0.3%

Luis Valbuena is on the All-Star Game ballot, running as a member of the Replacementarian Party.
29

9

17

8.1

8.4

9.0

.374

.393

0.1%

0.3%

0.4%

-0.0%

-0.0%

Minor league free agents with career ERAs near nine are hot commodities, which is why Collin McHugh has allowed one run in 15 1/3 innings.
30

8

20

8.3

9.5

9.5

.398

.379

0.1%

1.5%

1.7%

-0.7%

-1.5%

The constant bright spot for this team remains that giant yellow orb in the sky.

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

RE: the Tigers comment, it actually was the middle finger.

Sanchez is nice guy though, so when asked to show reporters the injury, he politely declined.

Apr 28, 2014 10:05 AM
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20, 10, 27

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Sammy30

The Abreu comment is gold.

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