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Prospectus Hit List for May 30



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.

Within: long cons, anagrams, neck fat.

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

28

24

28.2

28.2

28.4

.519

.539

15.7%

21.5%

37.2%

4.6%

-10.5%

It's hard to prove Jason Giambi and Mark Reynolds are father and son, but it's also hard to disprove.
2

30

22

29.0

29.1

29.3

.544

.524

50.1%

9.3%

59.5%

4.5%

10.5%

Gerardo Parra leads the league with seven times caught stealing. He only has four stolen bases.
3

33

20

29.9

29.9

29.9

.540

.520

12.7%

47.9%

60.7%

3.8%

11.9%

Not only did they win, but they had two errors on a play: one by the first baseman, and one by the third baseman who was playing in the second base position.
4

29

24

28.4

28.6

28.3

.504

.524

5.2%

12.7%

17.9%

3.1%

3.4%

Really getting tired of this Chris Davis-Miguel Cabrera MVP debate. It's the same thing every year.
5

28

24

27.7

28.9

29.5

.538

.558

16.1%

27.4%

43.5%

2.5%

2.3%

Desmond Jennings has some good splits against the Marlins, proving he is a professional baseball player.
6

26

27

21.9

22.5

22.3

.456

.436

5.8%

4.2%

10.0%

2.5%

-0.9%

Domonic Brown just may have enough power to sustain an on-base of over .300. Maybe!
7

24

29

25.6

26.7

25.8

.516

.536

6.1%

14.7%

20.8%

2.4%

4.8%

Jered Weaver is back from the disabled list and nobody can touch him. It's a new clubhouse rule; they can't take any chances.
8

35

17

34.1

31.9

31.4

.586

.567

49.2%

42.3%

91.4%

2.0%

10.0%

For tough, gritty eighth-inning rallies, get what the pros use. Get new maximum-strength Descalso. Now sold at retailers near you.
9

31

23

30.0

30.0

29.1

.536

.556

22.9%

32.1%

55.0%

1.9%

20.4%

Every day Nate Freiman can stay in the big leagues is one more day he doesn't have to live with Master Shake and Meatwad.
10

21

29

21.3

21.3

21.3

.454

.434

2.0%

1.4%

3.4%

1.2%

0.7%

Marlon Byrd homering against the Yankees is merely a tryout to be the next random Yankees outfielder later this year.
11

23

30

23.2

22.3

23.5

.468

.488

0.6%

2.9%

3.6%

0.9%

-0.3%

All that universal health care can't fix Ricky Romero's pitching, but he's got free eyeglasses for life.
12

24

28

23.7

23.8

24.0

.466

.446

2.8%

1.7%

4.5%

0.5%

0.1%

It's a shame they don't celebrate walkoff victories in Petco Park by releasing a herd of dogs.
13

21

30

25.6

27.5

27.6

.491

.471

0.1%

1.7%

1.8%

0.3%

-1.2%

Dioner Navarro is the first catcher to hit three homers in a game since John Buck, which while we're on the subject, do you want to trade for Alfonso Soriano?
14

22

28

22.4

20.7

21.9

.421

.441

0.2%

0.3%

0.5%

0.2%

0.2%

How long until Josh Willingham is sold through QVC? And how long until Ron Gardenhire is a QVC host?
15

16

37

17.2

15.3

17.3

.348

.366

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

According to these lab results, Jose Veras is an anagram for Jose Saver.
16

13

40

16.1

13.3

13.3

.331

.313

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

For the last 15 games, their 3-4 hitters have been Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna, who are not video game-generated character names.
17

19

32

20.7

21.5

23.2

.448

.429

0.0%

0.6%

0.7%

-0.2%

-1.6%

Yuniesky Betancourt playing first base is a long con by traditional baseballists to demonstrate that Betancourt gets to first base more than you think.
18

22

31

21.7

24.5

25.2

.456

.476

0.4%

1.3%

1.7%

-0.5%

-2.4%

Do not stare directly at their lineup or else you become part of it. (This is how Raul Ibanez got stuck there.)
19

21

29

24.2

20.7

20.8

.454

.474

0.9%

1.4%

2.3%

-0.6%

-7.2%

They would consider trading for Don Mattingly, but only to play first base.
20

33

20

33.7

33.0

31.9

.589

.570

37.9%

48.1%

86.0%

-0.8%

2.2%

It's dangerous to bat Ryan Hanigan and Jack Hannahan back to back. Even Hanigan and Hannahan cannot tell each other apart.
21

32

20

31.6

31.0

30.7

.577

.597

70.5%

15.6%

86.1%

-0.9%

-3.9%

A pessimist would look at a rainstorm and see no baseball. An optimist sees rain and sees a night at home with sandwiches and video games.
22

24

26

22.2

22.9

22.0

.465

.485

3.1%

4.8%

7.9%

-1.4%

-0.1%

Brian Omogrosso's ERA is up to an even 7.00. That's just ... what's the word for it? Ah yes. Disgusting.
23

27

26

24.0

24.0

24.1

.501

.481

27.0%

14.0%

41.0%

-2.0%

0.0%

Ryan ZImmerman hit three home runs, Jordan Zimmermann allowed three home runs, and Johnnn Zimmermannn doesn't exist. Yet.
24

22

29

21.3

24.3

24.2

.513

.493

16.6%

6.6%

23.2%

-2.4%

-2.7%

Leave it to Hollywood to try and make a sequel to the 2011 Red Sox that nobody asked for.
25

28

25

26.0

26.8

28.0

.511

.491

20.5%

8.5%

29.0%

-2.4%

-14.3%

It's amazing that Hunter Pence can even concentrate on baseball during mating season.
26

29

22

31.9

35.1

34.2

.607

.626

80.1%

9.5%

89.6%

-2.5%

2.3%

Jhonny Peralta leads all middle infielders in the month of May in both OPS and neck fat.
27

30

22

27.9

26.0

26.1

.547

.567

45.8%

25.9%

71.6%

-3.2%

-8.4%

Suddenly the idea of Ramon Ortiz joining their starting rotation doesn't seem too crazy. Well, it is. But given the standard.
28

28

25

29.5

30.9

30.3

.510

.490

9.9%

5.2%

15.1%

-3.4%

-7.7%

Troy Tulowitzki picked the wrong time zone to break out a two-homer night.
29

31

21

30.7

29.6

28.7

.543

.523

65.2%

8.5%

73.7%

-3.7%

-7.3%

Do you remember that moment last night when time suddenly stopped? That was when Freddie Freeman tripled.
30

32

22

31.5

31.4

30.6

.557

.577

32.3%

29.9%

62.2%

-6.5%

-0.5%

John Lackey pushed the boundary of a quality start by allowing three solo home runs.

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9 comments have been left for this article.
DetroitDale

Re: the Pirate's comment, I thought "who" was playing the first base position, and "what" was playing the second base position.

You really can't tell the players without a scorecard.

May 30, 2013 07:06 AM
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BP staff member Matt Sussman

I don't know.

May 30, 2013 07:50 AM
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DetroitDale

third base

May 30, 2013 14:56 PM
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mgolden

If Ricky Romero gets free eyeglasses for life -- and he might need them to find the plate right now -- it has nothing to do with the Canadian health care system. How hard would that be to check?

May 30, 2013 07:52 AM
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SeanDoyle

"Free visits to the eye doctor for life"

May 30, 2013 08:13 AM
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CalWhite

Doubt if it would apply. He's not a citizen... ;-)

May 30, 2013 09:03 AM
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CraigB

When a team is tied for the 2nd best record in all of baseball and has a composite record of 13-5 against teams that are either leading their divisions or ahead tied with them in the overall standings, you'd think that a believable ranking methodology would have them higher than 14th.

Just sayin' that

May 30, 2013 11:24 AM
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Llarry

And 20-15 against everybody else is only a half-step up from pedestrian.

Just sayin'.

It's great to beat the good teams, but you need to beat the bad ones dependably, too.

May 30, 2013 11:56 AM
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djwells

20-15 extrapolated over 162 games is 92 wins. Not shabby.

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