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Prospectus Hit List for May 19



by Matthew Kory

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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.

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

28

16

31.8

31.7

31.1

.606

.625

53.0%

32.1%

85.1%

2.9%

12.1%

Now with Jeff Francis in the fold, the Aís can set their master plan in motion. Operation Acquiring Only Players With First Names For Last Names is a go! This canít not not work!
2

27

12

25.5

25.6

24.8

.606

.624

91.9%

4.1%

96.0%

1.8%

7.8%

If winning six in a row gets them in all Zubaz, how many more wins do the Tigers need before they rewind fashion to powdered wigs, petticoats, and never bathing because soap gives you bilious fever?
3

24

19

25.6

28.0

27.7

.577

.596

37.8%

37.4%

75.2%

3.5%

12.2%

Albert Pujols: extra base hits > strikeouts > GIDP > Intentional walks > stolen bases > sacrifices > triples
4

23

22

22.2

22.7

22.7

.554

.534

43.2%

36.6%

79.8%

-2.9%

-1.7%

A Dodgers card game: two people put down cards, then the Dodgers pay them each $20 million.
5

28

17

25.6

24.6

24.7

.554

.534

46.5%

36.3%

82.7%

2.6%

2.6%

In 60.1 innings Tim Hudson has walked four batters. One was intentional. I mean, really Bruce Bochy, you couldnít have had him hit him?
6

23

20

20.7

20.9

20.5

.509

.529

35.5%

13.7%

49.2%

-0.1%

2.0%

After six innings yesterday, Hiroki Kurodaís ERA dropped from 4.62 to 4.61 meaning his ERA will drop below 3.00 in five years.
7

23

22

23.2

22.6

21.7

.505

.525

19.0%

11.6%

30.7%

-1.3%

9.4%

In the battle that is not a battle, Jose Bautista leads R.A. Dickey in walks 38-30.
8

20

23

20.2

20.2

20.1

.503

.523

21.5%

11.7%

33.2%

-4.3%

-18.6%

The last time the Red Sox were swept by Detroit in Boston was 1983. Just imagine the silly clothes weíll be wearing in 2045 when it happens again!
9

21

22

22.3

20.8

21.8

.500

.520

5.2%

19.2%

24.4%

4.1%

-5.7%

Robinson Cano went 4-for-4 raising his OPS A) 10 points, B) 20 points, C) 30 points, or D) 30 points is the right answer. Use a number two pencil or your test will be invalid!
10

25

20

27.4

27.5

25.9

.537

.518

8.5%

23.7%

32.1%

2.8%

-5.1%

LaTroy Hawkins has more saves than strikeouts. Four more saves, in fact.
11

23

20

21.8

22.3

22.4

.537

.517

56.8%

16.8%

73.6%

4.2%

7.4%

Gio Gonzalez hit the DL so you could say ĎGio gone dioí but you really shouldnít.
12

19

26

20.1

21.2

21.0

.495

.515

12.4%

9.5%

21.9%

-1.7%

-3.0%

Four of the top five Rays hitters by BWARP are slugging under .400 and the fifth is slugging .412.
13

23

21

23.3

23.2

22.7

.531

.511

44.1%

16.1%

60.1%

-2.7%

9.5%

Matt Carpenter walked three times last night because an on-base percentage less than 100 points above his batting average is straight up embarrassing.
14

22

21

21.9

20.7

20.4

.489

.509

3.4%

15.5%

18.9%

1.6%

2.6%

Alex Gordonís two homers yesterday are equivalent to 10 percent of the homers the Royals had before the game.
15

23

19

21.1

22.2

22.0

.516

.496

31.6%

16.8%

48.4%

4.3%

-6.6%

Every time Justin Upton hits a homer, just for a second I think ďOh, B.J.! Not done yet!Ē and then I think ďI need to improve my reading comprehension.Ē
16

27

17

23.2

22.9

22.1

.516

.496

42.5%

17.0%

59.5%

-4.2%

2.5%

The Brewers have been caught stealing 18 times. Itís reaching the point to where MLB may have to impose a stiffer sentence.
17

22

20

20.1

18.1

18.1

.472

.492

11.6%

7.4%

19.0%

-2.9%

-4.1%

At 92, the Orioles are simultaneously last in baseball in walks and 100 walks behind league-leading Oakland.
18

19

25

18.9

20.8

21.5

.472

.492

1.6%

7.4%

9.1%

-2.4%

-8.2%

The Indians lost 13-3 to Oakland, but if you only include the innings Cleveland scored in, they still lost 6-3.
19

21

23

18.5

17.7

18.5

.470

.490

4.0%

16.0%

20.0%

2.1%

-5.8%

Shin-Soo Choo has walked 25 times this season but his grandmother is upset he refuses to take the dog along.
20

21

21

19.7

19.6

19.9

.467

.487

1.9%

8.7%

10.6%

-2.0%

2.0%

Sure, the Twins are just 21-21, but they have a better record than the Rays, the Red Sox, the Rangers, and the Indians. The grass is always greener somewhere else, unless you live in Minnesota where itís so cold that itís true.
21

21

24

21.4

20.1

20.3

.458

.478

1.1%

5.3%

6.5%

-1.4%

-3.0%

With Jose Abreu on the DL, the White Sox will have to turn to a flaming clown to achieve the same entertainment value, but they wonít do that because they have no imagination. And no flaming clowns.
22

19

23

20.5

21.3

21.0

.490

.470

8.4%

5.6%

14.0%

-1.9%

-9.6%

Looking to out-hit your opponent and still lose by five runs? Try going 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position. The more you know! /shooting star thing
23

23

22

24.6

25.5

25.5

.482

.462

3.5%

4.2%

7.8%

-1.2%

-4.1%

Giancarlo Stanton got the night off as a starter and the Marlins only scored one run and you are more surprised this isnít funny. Not that youíre surprised all that much.
24

18

25

19.5

19.4

19.9

.471

.451

4.3%

4.9%

9.1%

0.5%

-0.3%

In baseball, the best donít often hit above .300, so splitting a double-header is great!
25

21

24

19.5

17.7

19.1

.461

.441

1.5%

7.8%

9.3%

-2.1%

2.9%

The Padres call up reliever Kevin Quackenbush anytime theyíre under the union mandated consonant limit.
26

19

22

18.2

17.2

17.6

.460

.440

5.1%

6.5%

11.6%

1.3%

-0.7%

If the Phillies fall out of the race they might seek to trade Cliff Lee assuming Lee isnít hurt in the fall. (How long can the Hit List go without making a Ruben Amaro joke? So far, one day!)
27

15

27

20.7

21.1

20.8

.460

.440

0.8%

0.8%

1.6%

0.6%

0.7%

Donít look now, but Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are hitting. Actually, look while you can, Cubs fans, before frozen urine from a plane impales one of them.
28

20

23

20.5

17.6

17.9

.453

.433

3.0%

4.4%

7.4%

-2.0%

1.5%

Zack Wheeler: living proof that velocity isnít everything.
29

18

28

17.0

20.6

21.0

.449

.429

0.3%

2.7%

3.0%

0.6%

0.9%

On the 10th anniversary of Randy Johnsonís perfect game, the Diamondbacks continued their imperfect season.
30

16

28

16.3

17.8

18.9

.406

.425

0.1%

0.2%

0.2%

0.1%

0.1%

Yesterday Matt Dominguez hit two homers traveled a total of 835 feet or, for you Astro fans, 151.82 Altuves.

Matthew Kory is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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3 comments have been left for this article.
Marcgiz

How long until California secedes and forms it own Majorer League?

May 19, 2014 08:33 AM
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lonechicken

Typo on the Detroit line. "how" instead of "wow"

May 19, 2014 09:39 AM
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BP staff member Matt Kory

Yes, I tried to fix it but the system wouldn't let me in and then I got sidetracked, but I'll find someone to fix. Thanks for the reminder!

May 19, 2014 10:54 AM
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