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Prospectus Hit List for May 30



by Matthew Kory

Hit List for May 28 Hit List for June 2
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.

Hittin' in the front seat, Listin' in the back seat.

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

32

22

37.8

37.9

37.8

.595

.614

46.8%

35.0%

81.8%

-3.8%

-6.7%

Brandon Moss has suited up for four teams: in order, Boston (.804 OPS), Pittsburgh (.667 OPS), Philadelphia (.000 OPS), and Oakland (.901 OPS). Kinda instructive in an odd way, isnít it?
2

30

23

31.2

34.6

34.0

.577

.597

45.2%

36.8%

82.0%

4.3%

0.6%

There might not be any hitter in baseball hotter than Mike Trout since Thursday at about 6:55 p.m. pacific time.
3

30

20

27.0

27.3

26.7

.551

.571

85.8%

4.7%

90.4%

2.5%

0.2%

Victor Martinez is hitting .344, proving you donít need speed or knees to hit for a high batting average.
4

32

23

30.5

29.4

28.8

.530

.550

43.7%

16.9%

60.7%

-4.8%

16.0%

Edwin Encarnacion homered twice more, his 15th and 16th homers this month which, I mean, whatever. Two more homers. Boring. A home run that cures cancer is interesting. Did the homers cure cancer? Cure cancer with your homers, Edwin, otherwise keep it to yourself.
5

29

26

28.3

28.2

27.4

.563

.543

34.5%

48.6%

83.2%

-3.6%

1.7%

Down by three in the ninth, Vin Scully led off with a story about Jason Grilli making his major league debut exactly 30 years after his dad, a story about Grilli starting a grilled cheese-making business was second, and a story about Joe DiMaggio telling a third base coach to shove it hit third. The Dodgers lost anyway.
6

35

19

33.1

30.2

30.2

.560

.540

60.4%

31.4%

91.9%

3.9%

8.4%

The Giants have the best interleague record in baseball as they are 6-0 versus the AL. Not coincidentally the have a six-game lead in the NL West.
7

29

25

29.9

31.7

30.9

.553

.533

52.5%

17.3%

69.9%

-1.6%

0.4%

The Cardinals have grounded into 49 double plays while inducing 40 of their own. Doesnít sound like the best organization in baseball is what Iím saying.
8

28

24

25.3

23.9

23.9

.503

.523

28.1%

18.0%

46.1%

1.6%

3.3%

Yesterday was an off-day for the Yankees but Derek Jeter doesnít stop. In fact, he was just as productive yesterday as heís been for each game all year.
9

23

31

24.1

25.6

25.9

.499

.519

8.3%

8.3%

16.6%

1.8%

-3.2%

Getting swept in Boston this weekend could be the beginning of the end of David Priceís career in Tampa.
10

24

29

24.7

23.9

23.8

.495

.515

8.5%

10.8%

19.3%

3.3%

-2.0%

ďKnock, knock, orange you glad I didnít say banana!Ē --A.J. Pierzynski: stand-up comedian.
11

26

27

27.7

25.5

26.7

.494

.514

3.0%

14.1%

17.1%

-3.1%

-7.0%

The Mariners have the most wins against left-handed pitching in baseball, 14. Itís all those other games that are messing them up.
12

26

26

24.6

24.0

23.5

.491

.511

11.3%

14.5%

25.8%

-3.0%

5.4%

Nelson Cruz has 19 homers. Weíre getting to the point where his rest-of-the-season PECOTA projections are going to be negative.
13

25

27

26.1

26.7

26.9

.524

.504

39.8%

9.9%

49.7%

0.9%

-10.5%

Stephen Strasburg: The Kids Board Game. Okay, roll the dice! If itís a one you struck out. If itís a two you struck out. If itís a three, you struck out. If itís a four you struckÖ
14

28

25

30.4

31.5

29.8

.522

.502

3.3%

23.1%

26.3%

-0.8%

-10.4%

Secret of the Rockies success revealed: the Rockies are first in the NL in Holds!
15

28

26

25.9

23.9

24.8

.481

.501

4.9%

15.3%

20.2%

1.4%

15.1%

Itís easy to make fun of Rougned Odorís name, but the kid has a lot going for him. Probably. I mean, his name is funny, I know that much.
16

32

22

29.0

29.1

28.5

.518

.498

39.2%

22.6%

61.8%

2.8%

13.9%

The Brewers may have cooled off but they still lead baseball in sacrifice bunts or wait, do you think those two areÖ nah.
17

28

25

27.0

28.3

28.4

.516

.496

40.8%

12.8%

53.6%

-2.8%

-7.4%

When you click on the highlight videos on B.J. Uptonís MLB.com player page it says ďvideos taken down by user.Ē
18

24

30

24.4

25.0

25.6

.472

.492

3.5%

6.5%

10.1%

0.7%

-9.4%

Jason Giambi hit his second homer of the season on Wednesday to pull back in front of Ben Revere for the lead in Most Unlikely Homers.
19

28

27

26.5

25.7

25.2

.470

.490

5.6%

8.2%

13.8%

-0.5%

4.3%

White Sox batters have struck out an MLB-leading 487 times this season. If you laid each strikeout end to end they would reach from home plate at Comiskey Park all the way back to the Pacific ocean.
20

25

28

24.9

23.4

23.1

.466

.486

3.1%

5.6%

8.7%

1.9%

-8.1%

The Royals won after firing their hitting coach so GM Dayton Moore has prepared the necessary pink slips that will allow them to go 134-28. Youíre next, Sluggerrr!
21

24

27

22.7

23.8

23.5

.457

.477

1.9%

4.6%

6.6%

-2.5%

-9.1%

Joe Mauerís on-base percentage is .353. Joe Mauerís slugging percentage is .352. Who ya got???
22

24

30

23.5

21.6

22.3

.478

.458

1.5%

9.6%

11.1%

-0.3%

6.5%

The Padres have been hit by 10 total pitches this season, two more than Shin-Soo Choo and 28 fewer than me playing backyard Wiffleball with my 5-year-old yesterday.
23

28

25

29.0

28.4

28.4

.477

.457

8.2%

4.7%

12.9%

-0.0%

3.7%

The Marlins are 20-8 at home and 8-17 on the road. Variety is the spice of losing baseball, apparently.
24

23

32

23.3

25.4

26.5

.435

.455

0.0%

0.8%

0.8%

0.3%

0.6%

The Astros yesterday won without second baseman Jose Altuve, who George Springer mistakenly hit out of the park.
25

23

29

23.7

25.0

25.1

.474

.454

4.0%

5.4%

9.4%

-1.5%

-7.6%

Joey Votto could be really hurt or he could be just being patient.
26

24

29

23.7

23.8

24.6

.472

.452

3.9%

5.5%

9.5%

2.3%

1.1%

Justin Morneauís slugging percentage, 2012-2014: .440 (in Minnesota), .411 (Minnesota and Pittsburgh), .559 (Colorado). Nothing bumps up a slugging percentage like making it much, much easier to hit for power.
27

25

28

25.9

24.1

24.0

.465

.445

6.2%

3.3%

9.5%

1.8%

2.6%

If Edvard Munch were to paint a picture of a Mets fan he might call it The $%#*&^#@ Scream.
28

19

32

24.2

25.9

25.6

.459

.440

0.3%

0.8%

1.1%

-0.1%

-0.8%

The Cubs are 3-10 in one-run games because 10 of those one-run games were losses.
29

23

28

22.1

21.0

21.8

.451

.431

5.0%

2.6%

7.5%

-1.2%

-2.5%

Sure, the Phillies wish Ryan Howard could walk a little more, but mostly they wish they could walkÖ away from his contract!
30

23

33

22.1

24.3

24.6

.449

.429

0.2%

2.3%

2.5%

0.2%

0.9%

The Diamondbacks have given up more homers than the Rockies and giving up homers is the Rockies' thing!

Matthew Kory is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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1 comment has been left for this article.
lmarighi

Amazing to see the Astros not in last in the power rankings.

May 30, 2014 13:35 PM
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