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Prospectus Hit List for April 16



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.

A light day for baseball action; a heavy day for baseball jokes.

RkTmWL W1W2W3HLFAHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day7-Day
1

11

1

10.2

10.1

9.8

.683

.666

42.9%

25.8%

68.7%

0.1%

15.9%

It was an off-day yesterday, so they only hit *three* home runs.
2

10

4

9.8

9.1

8.8

.592

.611

27.1%

22.6%

49.8%

2.9%

13.9%

Nate Freiman struck his first major-league homer, but finally Oakland has someone tall enough who can reach those tarps in the upper deck.
3

8

5

9.4

6.8

6.9

.551

.532

26.0%

12.1%

38.1%

1.2%

11.0%

Their lineup card has already been submitted. It reads "1: Matt Adams. 2: Goto 1"
4

8

4

8.5

7.8

7.7

.597

.616

27.4%

27.4%

54.9%

2.6%

6.4%

Clay Buchholz's WHIP is so small, he'd be a pretty terrible lion tamer.
5

7

5

8.0

8.4

8.7

.619

.638

75.9%

9.6%

85.5%

0.1%

9.5%

"Something I was going to do today," the general manager pondered. He looks down at the bullpen. It is flooded. "Ah, I'll think of it later."
6

8

5

7.8

8.5

7.6

.582

.602

49.4%

19.1%

68.5%

-0.2%

2.1%

If A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman keep up their torrid hitting, eventually they'll get 10-year contracts from the Angels.
7

8

4

7.7

7.7

7.5

.584

.565

21.3%

29.9%

51.2%

0.3%

0.1%

Paul Goldschmidt spends the off day coming up with a new nickname that doesn't involve "Gold." So far he's come up with "The Guy." This is harder than he thought.
8

7

4

7.7

7.6

6.9

.577

.557

11.6%

14.7%

26.3%

-1.0%

-6.0%

Has a team ever had two consecutive road games in different cities postponed due to snow?
9

6

7

7.3

7.4

7.1

.545

.525

52.0%

12.0%

64.0%

3.5%

-19.2%

Since 2004, only CC Sabathia and Mark Buehrle have completed more innings than Bronson Arroyo.
10

8

4

7.3

7.7

6.5

.526

.506

1.8%

5.3%

7.0%

-0.3%

-1.1%

When enough snow falls on Coors Field to turn it blue, then you know it's as cold as the Rockies.
11

7

5

7.3

6.7

6.5

.523

.543

7.4%

10.6%

18.0%

0.4%

1.2%

Alex Gordon has the longest active hitting streak at 11 games, with the only hitless game coming on Opening Day.
12

9

4

7.2

7.5

7.9

.565

.545

21.4%

27.5%

48.9%

0.8%

11.3%

It's hard to tell what's wrong with Tim Lincecum, but his Netflix queue indicates he recently watched "The Human Centipede."
13

6

5

6.8

6.2

6.7

.574

.593

47.7%

21.0%

68.7%

-0.6%

9.7%

If only for one year, let's start calling them Your Fantasy Team From 2010.
14

6

6

6.5

7.2

7.3

.513

.533

2.5%

5.7%

8.2%

0.3%

3.1%

Chris Davis has cooled off mightily, so perhaps it's time to pop him back into the microwave.
15

7

6

6.2

9.5

9.3

.597

.577

54.6%

22.4%

77.1%

-3.1%

-3.1%

Well, Chad Billingsley giving up a home run to pitcher Eric Stults just complicates the Dodgers-Padres rivalry even more.
16

8

5

5.9

5.5

5.5

.509

.489

35.9%

22.4%

58.3%

3.4%

-2.6%

For those counting, the Nats have beaten up on the Marlins by a combined score of 21-4 in four games. In a related story, there's a 10-year waiting period for teams to get into the NL East.
17

6

8

5.7

5.8

5.8

.449

.469

4.5%

7.3%

11.8%

0.4%

-4.6%

An idea for Safeco Field's fences: move them in then back out throughout the game. It'll be like mini-golf!
18

5

8

5.4

5.8

5.5

.446

.466

4.1%

6.9%

11.1%

-0.6%

-8.8%

Matt Lindstrom, Addison Reed, Hector Santiago, and Donnie Veal have combined for 21 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball with 21 strikeouts, six hits, and nine walks. It's probably why this quartet of relievers are nicknamed "Lindaddihectveal."
19

6

7

5.3

4.4

4.7

.442

.422

12.0%

7.0%

19.1%

-1.6%

5.6%

It's no surprise that Starling Marte is off to a terrific start, given that he's an anagram for "Smart Triangle."
20

6

7

5.2

5.9

6.3

.475

.455

9.3%

11.6%

20.9%

-2.2%

-0.7%

Word on the street is Ben Revere will be suspended 50 games for violating MLB's zero-tolerance "no jet-pack" rule.
21

5

7

4.8

5.4

5.9

.418

.437

0.3%

0.7%

0.9%

0.3%

-0.9%

I wonder if that Joe Mauer home run at Target Field and the strange electrical disturbance in the greater Minneapolis metropolitan area are related.
22

4

9

4.7

4.3

5.0

.368

.387

0.1%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.1%

0.1%

He couldn't pitch his way out of the first innings, but we're all going to feel like chumps when it's revealed Erik Bedard simply has a fear of the number 42.
23

4

8

4.7

5.2

5.4

.439

.419

5.0%

3.1%

8.0%

-1.5%

-2.9%

The third Monday of April has traditionally been the day Wrigley Field finally gets around to spraypainting the brown ivy green.
24

6

7

4.6

4.2

4.5

.446

.466

9.9%

13.6%

23.5%

2.7%

1.6%

If this was dodgeball, Casper Wells would be picked last, then designated for assignment before he could play.
25

5

6

4.6

4.9

4.5

.465

.485

12.3%

14.2%

26.6%

-0.2%

-1.7%

Look to the left of you. Then to the right of you. One of you is at the Indians game. It is you. The other two are just chairs.
26

4

9

4.0

5.6

5.6

.461

.481

18.9%

26.2%

45.1%

-4.0%

-21.1%

Clearly they had trouble figuring out Kevin Correia yesterday, or even how to pronounce it.
27

3

10

3.9

3.2

4.0

.370

.352

0.9%

2.0%

2.9%

0.6%

-2.9%

It's still very early, so it's a small sample size, but Alexi Amarista is short.
28

4

8

3.8

2.9

3.3

.412

.432

12.4%

14.8%

27.2%

-4.1%

-10.3%

Normally it's easy to subscribe to Joe Maddon's unorthodox managing, but I'm not too keen on this "scoring fewer runs than the opponent" tactic he's employing.
29

3

8

2.9

3.4

3.6

.387

.368

5.0%

3.7%

8.7%

-0.6%

-4.4%

They've yet to score a run in the fifth or sixth inning this year.
30

2

11

2.4

2.0

2.4

.299

.282

0.2%

0.5%

0.7%

0.3%

-1.0%

With no dingers at home, and still just two on the season, they have yet to see their center field Fishtine Chapel go off.

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

Loved these "bad jokes", Matt. Nice work!

Apr 16, 2013 10:37 AM
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BP staff member Matt Sussman

Thanks! They really are quite awful.

Apr 16, 2013 17:57 PM
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NYYanks826

Is the "Fishtine Chapel" a Matt Sussman creation, or was that already coined?

Apr 16, 2013 13:49 PM
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BP staff member Matt Sussman

It's something I'm doing my best at making happen and it's not happening :-(

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