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Prospectus Hit List for April 22



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.

It's astonishing! It's uproarious!

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

12

6

12.5

11.8

11.8

.598

.617

31.5%

30.5%

62.0%

-4.5%

9.9%

Idea for their Fourth of July game: David Ortiz recreates the speech from Independence Day, but with curses.
2

7

10

7.6

8.3

8.6

.507

.527

21.1%

28.3%

49.4%

3.2%

0.4%

In grade school Mark Trumbo kept getting detention for stealing left-handed nerds' Trapper Keepers and throwing them into the air 400 feet.
3

10

8

10.7

10.3

10.7

.553

.533

22.7%

25.4%

48.2%

3.1%

-2.7%

It's astonishing! It's uproarious! It's the triumphant return of Didi Gregorius!
4

10

7

10.0

10.1

10.4

.580

.600

48.7%

23.6%

72.3%

-2.4%

2.8%

Somebody needs to do something about Ichiro batting seventh.
5

13

5

13.0

13.0

12.3

.613

.594

44.1%

22.9%

67.0%

-0.7%

-1.6%

They can still go 161-1, but it will require a DeLorean and Kris Medlen needs to be careful not to make his mother get a crush on him.
6

12

7

10.3

10.6

10.8

.548

.528

27.7%

22.5%

50.1%

3.1%

2.1%

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled program, "Barry Zito Controls The Universe."
7

12

7

11.5

11.1

10.1

.549

.569

21.9%

22.2%

44.1%

-2.4%

-3.1%

These East coast trips are quite unpleasant for A's fans, given that they are mostly vampire bats.
8

8

10

6.8

10.2

10.1

.531

.511

43.3%

21.1%

64.5%

-1.3%

-15.8%

Skip Schumaker, Designated Hitter because you are not supposed to understand the world and its mysteries.
9

10

8

7.5

7.6

7.5

.497

.477

36.7%

20.1%

56.8%

-2.3%

2.0%

If Ross Detwiler keeps pitching this amazing, the front office is going to start limiting his innings.
10

12

6

12.3

11.7

10.6

.599

.618

55.0%

19.2%

74.1%

1.9%

6.0%

Well if Jeff Baker is also going to be a main contributor to the lineup then we're just not playing fair anymore.
11

8

10

8.2

7.7

8.4

.491

.511

12.3%

18.8%

31.2%

3.1%

-0.1%

Their OPS leader so far is James Loney, as we all predicted.
12

10

8

11.2

8.1

8.3

.514

.494

19.8%

15.8%

35.6%

-0.9%

-0.7%

Obsessive compulsive Cardinals fans have just been BEGGING to take Marc Rzepczynski's name and alphabetize it.
13

11

8

12.6

13.1

12.1

.599

.579

56.3%

15.6%

71.9%

-0.9%

10.6%

Joey Votto's hitting dingers again, so everybody can resume ducking again.
14

10

8

9.2

8.8

9.5

.508

.488

14.8%

12.2%

27.0%

3.9%

6.8%

Let's just save time and anoint Jason Grilli as an All-Star, because that's what you do with Pirates closers.
15

9

8

10.2

9.5

9.5

.526

.506

11.0%

12.1%

23.1%

1.5%

-4.3%

LaTroy Hawkins would like you to know that he still is employed with a baseball team, performing baseball functions.
16

10

7

9.8

8.8

8.9

.513

.533

11.8%

10.9%

22.6%

6.4%

5.0%

First place in the AL Central in April is about as prestigious as a fast food birthday crown, but at least you can wear the latter in public.
17

8

11

6.7

5.9

6.2

.435

.455

4.7%

10.4%

15.1%

0.8%

-5.7%

Adam Lind's series against the Yankees: five plate appearances, five walks.
18

13

5

11.7

12.5

11.5

.558

.538

5.4%

10.0%

15.4%

-1.8%

8.0%

Hopefully they're not peaking too early in the season. Haha, peak.
19

7

10

7.8

8.4

7.9

.479

.499

12.0%

10.0%

21.9%

2.7%

-4.7%

Since 1916, Giambi is the seventh person with five RBIs in a game as a 42-year old. The others: Barry Bonds (twice), Julio Franco, Dave Winfield, Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski, and Doc Cramer.
20

8

11

7.5

7.8

8.2

.458

.438

8.1%

9.9%

18.0%

1.2%

-5.2%

They're finally starting to draw walks again, but only after spending a late night perusing the rulebook and learning what happens after four balls.
21

9

9

9.6

10.8

10.6

.563

.583

71.1%

8.8%

79.9%

-3.5%

-5.3%

When some said the team needed a diet, they didn't need to entirely cut out hits with runners in scoring position.
22

10

8

10.0

10.0

10.4

.512

.532

2.8%

8.2%

11.0%

-0.9%

3.1%

Their .131/.209/.246 hitting among designated hitters demonstrates they are ready for the National League.
23

9

8

7.4

7.1

7.4

.462

.442

6.3%

6.8%

13.1%

-3.1%

4.0%

A terrible start, followed by a torrid streak in the correct direction. The Brewers have played like the opposite of a Jean Segura baserunning episode.
24

7

11

8.3

8.1

7.4

.451

.471

4.3%

4.6%

8.9%

-2.8%

-3.1%

Not only is Jeff Keppinger's average (.153) higher than his on-base percentage (.149), but three of his four RBIs did not occur on base hits.
25

5

12

6.5

8.1

8.5

.448

.428

2.8%

3.8%

6.6%

-0.7%

-3.2%

Nearly one-fifth of the runs they allow are of the unearned variety, making the Cubs the least profitable bank in America.
26

7

13

6.1

7.0

7.3

.412

.431

2.0%

3.6%

5.7%

-1.8%

-5.9%

Pitching Aaron Harang the day before Felix Hernandez is a pretty clever way to lull the opponent into a false sense of satisfaction, but it doesn't work if Harang pitches your series finale.
27

5

13

6.6

5.8

6.8

.403

.384

0.9%

1.7%

2.6%

-1.1%

0.3%

Six series in, they've already been swept three times.
28

8

7

6.8

7.9

8.1

.455

.475

0.8%

0.8%

1.6%

0.1%

1.0%

Some have argued for a demotion to Triple-A, but instead Aaron Hicks is now hitting eighth in the Twins lineup, which is basically the same thing.
29

4

15

4.2

3.5

3.9

.315

.298

0.1%

0.1%

0.2%

-0.1%

-0.2%

It's the same old story: Miguel Olivo can only hit so many pinch-hit home runs before someone else will need to step up.
30

5

13

5.8

5.4

6.1

.348

.366

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

-0.2%

On Saturday night, after holding Cleveland to 19 runs in the first five innings the bullpen finally started to settle down.

Matt Sussman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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1 comment has been left for this article.
Shaun P.

"These East coast trips are quite unpleasant for A's fans, given that they are mostly vampire bats."

Which makes sense, seeing as a noted baseball expert told us prior to last season that most Oakland fans would be dead by the time the team competed again; vampires are technically undead, right, which is close enough.

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