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Prospectus Hit List for May 29



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 very special Interleague hit list, in which all the comments are basically exactly the same as always.

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

29

21

31.6

34.4

33.5

.609

.628

84.5%

7.3%

91.8%

-0.4%

5.5%

Rick Porcello struck out 11, breaking not only his career best by three but also the concept of baseball batting.
2

32

20

31.6

31.0

30.7

.577

.597

73.5%

12.9%

86.4%

0.7%

-1.2%

Visions of Yu Darvish's likeness have appeared in pieces of toast across Texas. The toast then strikes out on a Yu Darvish curveball.
3

32

21

31.0

31.1

30.3

.560

.580

35.1%

33.7%

68.8%

-1.6%

8.7%

Alfredo Aceves has gone back to the minors after great and horrible starts. He needs to work on being sorta medium.
4

33

19

33.5

32.8

31.6

.593

.573

39.7%

47.9%

87.6%

0.2%

4.1%

What happened to the second "t" in Mat Latos's name? Odds are he moved it to his surname, because "Matt Laos" sounded too much like an action film star.
5

30

21

28.0

25.8

25.8

.552

.572

46.8%

28.5%

75.3%

-2.6%

-5.1%

That blown save against the Mets finally means Rivera can one day tell his grandchildren about the time he had an out-of-body experience.
6

34

17

33.4

31.0

30.6

.585

.565

47.3%

41.0%

88.3%

1.5%

11.5%

All four runs came on home runs yesterday, which is as American League as they've ever been.
7

30

23

29.2

29.7

28.7

.536

.556

20.9%

30.8%

51.6%

7.5%

16.3%

Commenting on those gaudy yellow jerseys completely ignores the giant elephant on the hat.
8

27

24

27.0

28.0

28.7

.536

.555

13.4%

25.2%

38.7%

4.1%

-2.6%

Kelly Johnson has usurped James Loney's super power of hitting well but thankfully is using the power for good, not evil. So far.
9

27

24

27.4

27.5

27.6

.517

.537

11.8%

20.7%

32.5%

-4.0%

-20.2%

No victory, but they did hit a Reds batter. By the Mitch Hedberg property of sports, that's way more satisfying.
10

23

29

25.0

25.8

25.0

.514

.533

5.3%

16.1%

21.4%

-1.4%

5.8%

Joe Blanton lowered his ERA to under 6.00, because it's important in life to have goals.
11

31

20

30.5

29.6

28.7

.548

.528

68.3%

10.2%

78.5%

-2.3%

-3.1%

Brian McCann finally hit a home run from the designated hitter spot, and he hit two of them. (Also, Evan Gattis was hitting ahead of him because...?)
12

30

22

29.0

29.1

29.3

.544

.524

45.3%

12.4%

57.7%

-2.7%

3.1%

Paul Goldschmidt's road splits are way better than his home splits, probably because when he's on the road he can stay up as late as he wants!
13

28

24

27.6

27.7

27.5

.501

.521

4.2%

12.4%

16.7%

-0.9%

4.2%

Pitching needs: ace, 2-starter, 3-starter and 4-starter. Rumor is they are willing to trade at least six of their 5-starters.
14

32

20

29.1

29.6

29.6

.541

.521

12.7%

42.2%

54.9%

3.5%

9.9%

What magical demon could strike out Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to save a 1-0 game? Either Jason Grilli or a Cerberus.
15

22

28

20.9

24.2

24.1

.515

.495

18.0%

8.3%

26.3%

3.2%

2.9%

How can a fan use Hyun-Jin Ryu's shutout to boo Matt Kemp? This may require some thinking coupled with the unheralded art of throwing one's voice.
16

28

24

29.3

30.3

29.8

.513

.493

13.1%

5.7%

18.8%

-0.3%

-3.3%

Jorge De La Rosa's sparkling May could make him an outside candidate to be a Star De La All.
17

28

24

25.8

26.2

27.3

.512

.492

21.2%

8.8%

30.0%

-6.5%

-18.9%

Pablo Sandoval seems like the perfect man for them to DH during interleague games, but ... okay, Marco Scutaro it is. You're the baseball expert fella.
18

24

25

22.4

23.0

22.0

.471

.491

2.9%

6.5%

9.3%

1.2%

-0.0%

Their game against the Cubs was rained out? Maybe they can see if ... no, it's raining at Wrigley Field too. What were the odds.
19

27

25

23.8

23.9

24.0

.505

.485

26.6%

15.5%

42.1%

2.3%

4.0%

Their .232 average in May is worst in the NL other than the Mets and Marlins. That's Congress for ya, right buddy?
20

22

30

22.5

21.3

22.6

.463

.483

0.5%

1.9%

2.4%

-0.9%

0.1%

They designated Ramon Ortiz for assignment. Now they're looking deep into the rulebook to see if they can claim him off waivers.
21

22

30

21.3

24.7

25.3

.460

.479

0.3%

1.7%

2.0%

-1.0%

-1.9%

Does Eric Wedge know that being the Mariners manager doesn't require him to grow the facial hair of an actual mariner?
22

21

28

23.9

20.5

20.5

.457

.477

0.8%

2.1%

2.8%

-0.8%

-9.6%

Yes, they're not scoring runs. Yes, they're losing games. But many other teams have moved away from a ceremonial monarch. Keep up with the times, your highness.
23

20

30

24.4

26.4

26.7

.485

.465

0.1%

1.5%

1.7%

-0.8%

-2.6%

If it never stops raining in Chicago, and I mean for all eternity, then Chicago will end history with a win.
24

23

28

23.1

22.6

22.9

.461

.441

2.5%

1.3%

3.8%

1.8%

-1.6%

One of the first Google search suggestions for Jedd Gyorko is "Jedd Gyorko fantasy," which sadly is a bit of a disappointing set of results.
25

21

28

21.6

20.1

21.4

.418

.438

0.1%

0.2%

0.3%

0.1%

-0.0%

Perhaps it was a little premature to write off Aaron Hicks after his first month in the big leagues. Then again my fantasy league only gives out points for April stats. This is a terrible fantasy league.
26

25

27

21.3

21.8

21.6

.453

.433

3.9%

3.4%

7.3%

-0.0%

-2.4%

Cliff Lee has chosen not to age, which in retrospect is a brilliant career strategy.
27

19

31

20.5

21.2

22.9

.451

.431

0.1%

0.8%

0.9%

-0.0%

-2.2%

Could Jean Segura join Paul Molitor and Robin Yount as the only franchise players with 10 doubles, triples, homers and stolen bases in a season? Brewers fans gotta track something this year.
28

20

29

20.3

20.6

20.5

.449

.430

1.2%

1.0%

2.2%

0.1%

-1.3%

A miracle comeback is one to way to wipe clean the memory of Ruben Tejada going 0-for-4 with a pickoff and a throwing error.
29

15

37

16.4

14.9

16.9

.345

.363

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Yesterday was their first 2-1 loss of the season. But was it the last?
30

13

39

15.9

13.4

13.4

.334

.316

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Eight MLB players have more saves than they have wins, including former Marlins middle reliever Edward Mujica.

Matt Sussman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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3 comments have been left for this article.
trueblue33

As a Cub fan, I'm totally fascinated by Mat Latos. For reasons unknown.

Article De La Nice!

May 29, 2013 09:41 AM
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BP staff member Matt Sussman

I can't believe I did that again. I will see to it that it's fixed.

May 29, 2013 10:43 AM
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jj0501

Re : Eric Wedge add on...he should get extra antiquity points for anti-sabremetrics rant blaming stat geeks for Dustin Ackley's performance. Way to take responsbility, and being a real motivator by implying Dustin is an airhead.

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