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Prospectus Hit List for May 2



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.

Pun, pun, pun, pun, looking forward to the weekend.

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

18

10

20.1

20.2

19.3

.602

.621

41.4%

26.4%

67.8%

0.6%

3.6%

Probably not a good thing when Daric Barton's strikeout total (14) matches his OPS+.
2

14

13

17.4

17.4

17.0

.574

.593

35.9%

24.6%

60.5%

-0.3%

8.4%

How is there not a female Angels mascot named Sara Phim?
3

14

9

12.5

12.8

12.6

.553

.573

70.2%

8.9%

79.0%

1.0%

7.8%

Al Alburquerque must not have gone to college, because most graduates learn at a young age you can't survive on sliders alone.
4

17

12

15.8

16.9

16.0

.578

.559

64.2%

23.3%

87.5%

3.0%

-1.7%

In Game 1, the Dodgers scored nine runs, whileYasiel Puig went 4-for-4 and scored zero runs. So clearly he's a distraction to his teammates when they're batting.
5

16

12

16.0

16.0

16.5

.563

.543

52.4%

20.0%

72.4%

0.6%

8.3%

There are eight players in the Nationals minor league system (Class A or higher) younger than Bryce Harper.
6

17

10

15.5

17.2

17.2

.562

.542

33.1%

21.9%

55.0%

-2.2%

-6.0%

Aaron Harang finally went bad. Looks like *somebody* forgot to put the twist tie back on him.
7

13

16

13.4

15.1

15.2

.518

.538

23.7%

19.3%

42.9%

6.2%

-1.0%

Grant Balfour had two saves yesterday. The Cubs have two saves on the season.
8

20

9

16.1

17.2

16.6

.549

.530

47.1%

16.3%

63.4%

-3.7%

0.5%

So many nice things are written about Scooter Gennett, but that will happen when his family owns a large chain of newspapers.
9

17

11

16.0

14.7

14.4

.549

.529

27.9%

39.6%

67.5%

-0.5%

12.7%

Matt Cain cutting himself making a sandwich won't affect his season, and in fact is just more propaganda for Big Burrito.
10

15

14

16.3

16.9

16.7

.548

.528

35.7%

17.6%

53.3%

1.1%

1.0%

Sending Kolten Wong to Triple-A Memphis seems like either a bad idea for player development or a good idea for a barbecue sauce run.
11

15

12

12.1

12.5

12.0

.504

.524

35.6%

18.2%

53.9%

-2.0%

0.7%

Surprised there is not yet a day spa in New York where you can have your neck wrapped in pine tar. I am assuming there isn't, but then again it's New York.
12

13

16

13.0

14.0

13.6

.503

.523

21.9%

17.7%

39.6%

-7.3%

-0.5%

A Koji Uehera-pitched baseball reaches the outfield stands. It is cold, hungry and delirious. It recognizes nobody, and yet all the strangers are staring at him. Its worst nightmare.
13

13

15

13.8

13.9

13.0

.494

.514

11.4%

11.5%

22.9%

3.3%

-0.4%

Still can't believe this team released Roy Halladay in the offseason. They really could use him.
14

14

13

14.1

13.0

12.3

.490

.510

13.2%

10.8%

24.0%

-3.0%

5.1%

Here's one: the Royals are tied for last in fewest pinch hitters used (five) yet lead the league in pinch-hitters that got thrown out stealing (two).
15

17

13

17.6

17.9

16.9

.529

.509

5.8%

16.7%

22.5%

1.9%

5.2%

Who saw this year coming from the ageless Dante Bichette? Never mind it's just Justin Morneau wearing a Dante Bichette mask.
16

12

14

12.7

12.0

12.5

.487

.507

8.7%

16.1%

24.7%

2.5%

10.2%

That may be the first time they went to Yankee Stadium and won a two-game series with the pitching tandem of Never Heard Of Him and He Still Plays?
17

15

13

11.8

12.4

12.5

.481

.501

14.0%

20.1%

34.1%

-1.2%

-15.2%

Robbie Ross joined elite company with Roy Oswalt, Scott Feldman and Derek Holland as the only Rangers pitchers this century to allow 10 runs in a game.
18

13

15

15.7

15.9

15.8

.521

.501

13.0%

9.5%

22.4%

2.7%

-8.9%

Billy Hamilton left yesterday's game with a hand injury. Like a broken escalator, they can turn Hamilton into a full-time pinch-runner, no?
19

14

15

14.9

14.4

14.5

.481

.501

7.0%

6.8%

13.7%

0.1%

-1.3%

Jose Abreu: one whole day and still homerless this month.
20

14

12

12.9

10.7

10.5

.468

.488

7.4%

9.1%

16.5%

1.6%

-4.2%

It's only April, but Nick Markakis has yet to ... never mind it's actually May and he hit two homers yesterday.
21

14

14

16.4

16.5

17.1

.504

.484

1.9%

3.9%

5.8%

1.2%

1.6%

Yes, that's Mike Dunn, second on the team in wins and sporting a 6.17 ERA. What of it?
22

12

14

12.7

11.8

12.2

.459

.479

3.8%

4.4%

8.1%

-1.4%

-2.7%

Fairly odd that Sam Fuld gets his own jersey and not Nick Punto's old one.
23

11

17

11.2

11.7

12.0

.449

.469

5.9%

6.0%

11.9%

-0.0%

-10.3%

Michael Brantley and David Murphy have combined for 38 RBI, or the same amount as Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera.
24

15

12

13.7

10.8

11.5

.466

.446

5.7%

8.5%

14.2%

-1.4%

0.9%

A day in the future you will try connecting to the Internet but cannot. It will be because Bartolo Colon got a base hit and the Internet subsequently crumbled.
25

13

13

11.4

10.6

11.3

.464

.444

6.9%

8.9%

15.8%

-1.8%

-4.4%

29-year-old Kyle Kendrick is the youngest pitcher in the Phillies rotation. If he were on the Nationals he would be the oldest.
26

10

18

12.5

11.6

12.4

.456

.436

3.2%

4.3%

7.6%

-1.2%

-3.2%

Dropping Starling Marte down in the lineup to bat Ike Davis second is like spinning around a lazy Susan, hopelessly, until you find the good cans.
27

9

17

12.0

11.8

11.5

.441

.422

1.0%

1.0%

2.0%

0.4%

-0.3%

Jason Hammel's .138 BABIP against is totally sustainable as long as the umpires never find out he's throws baseballs of pure limestone.
28

13

16

11.0

10.3

11.3

.440

.420

2.0%

7.7%

9.7%

0.2%

-3.8%

Congratulations to Jedd Gyorko on the birth of his twin sons, Gyjustin and Gzvzczxzxqqqxzmatthew.
29

9

19

8.2

8.5

9.4

.366

.385

0.0%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.0%

-0.3%

They're not the worst hitting team and not the worst pitching team, but boy howdy they're close on both fronts and have the personnel to pull this off.
30

9

22

9.5

11.0

11.6

.404

.385

0.1%

0.8%

0.9%

-0.3%

-2.0%

They're 3-0 in extra-inning games, which explains why Kevin Towers is petitioning the league to let them play the 10th inning first.

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

Big Burrito, love it

May 02, 2014 10:04 AM
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salvomania

Sending Kolten Wong to Triple-A Oklahoma City seems like either a bad idea for player development...

It's a terrible idea, since Oklahoma City is the Astros' affiliate.

May 02, 2014 11:06 AM
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BP staff member Matt Sussman

Well Memphis has good barbecue too. Also they play at Oklahoma City on Tuesday and ah you know what I'll just fix it.

May 02, 2014 11:19 AM
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DetroitDale

Love the Angels, Tigers AND Braves comment

May 02, 2014 12:50 PM
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BP staff member Matt Kory

My real name is Gzvzczxzxqqqxzmatthew

May 02, 2014 22:36 PM
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Sharky

Eating this stuff up !

May 03, 2014 17:37 PM
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