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Prospectus Hit List for June 3



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.

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

20

37

19.8

17.7

19.8

.362

.380

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Five straight wins means no jokes for at least five days. Okay, none for today.
2

16

41

19.7

16.8

16.4

.352

.334

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Designating the winning pitcher for assignment after sweeping the Mets is about as Marlins as it gets.
3

21

34

22.7

23.4

24.7

.451

.432

0.0%

0.7%

0.7%

-0.2%

-0.8%

Their first basemen are hitting a combined .516 OPS on the year. This is not all Yuniesky Betancourt's fault, but he's an accessory.
4

24

33

23.4

26.2

26.9

.456

.476

0.2%

0.8%

1.0%

-0.8%

-1.2%

Jeremy Bonderman's back! So much has changed since his last start three years ago. So many advances in technology and new flavors of potato chips. The future is today.
5

24

33

24.5

23.9

25.2

.464

.484

0.3%

1.0%

1.4%

-0.3%

-0.9%

I'll give Ramon Ortiz a 7.5 out of 10 on the Lazarus impersonation, mostly for style points and determination.
6

25

29

25.4

24.0

25.1

.435

.455

0.6%

0.8%

1.4%

0.3%

1.2%

Your password should always be something nobody guesses, but I had to change it from "Ryan Doumit walkoff triple."
7

23

31

26.0

22.1

22.5

.453

.473

1.0%

1.1%

2.1%

-0.6%

-1.7%

Imagine what could happen if hitting coach George Brett was able to coach up one of those Cubs starting pitchers.
8

22

32

21.9

21.8

21.2

.442

.423

0.7%

1.4%

2.1%

-0.7%

0.4%

I tried to look up if any other team had ever swept the Yankees then been swept by the Marlins and my computer started crying.
9

23

32

27.4

28.6

28.8

.486

.466

0.0%

2.1%

2.1%

-0.2%

0.2%

Kevin Gregg has three G's in his name, which is one more G than the Cubs had saves last month.
10

26

30

25.0

24.5

24.5

.459

.439

2.2%

1.1%

3.3%

-1.6%

0.0%

Edinson Volquez hit a home run on a baseball game that began at 10 p.m. Eastern on a Sunday and I can tell on your face that you don't believe me.
11

24

30

22.9

22.7

21.8

.449

.468

1.9%

2.3%

4.2%

0.3%

-6.9%

Casper Wells is having a hard time remembering if on any given day he's facing his former team.
12

27

30

23.0

23.6

23.5

.451

.431

3.2%

3.2%

6.4%

0.5%

-1.1%

Business idea: a cheesesteak delivery service where Domonic Brown just homers them to people's houses.
13

25

32

27.0

28.4

27.2

.517

.537

2.8%

12.7%

15.5%

-1.6%

-11.6%

Don't worry, nobody saw those three home losses to the Astros. One of the perks of living on the West Coast.
14

23

32

22.8

25.2

25.4

.506

.486

10.7%

5.3%

16.0%

-4.3%

-5.4%

Boy, is Yasiel Puig going to be surprised when he shows up in the Dodgers' clubhouse and he's the only non-injured player. Kind of like After Earth meets Field of Dreams.
15

30

27

31.7

33.5

32.6

.510

.490

12.5%

7.0%

19.6%

3.3%

-0.4%

Against the Dodgers, Dexter Fowler went 7-for-14 with two home runs, two walks and a walkoff single. That's it?
16

32

25

30.3

30.7

30.8

.506

.526

7.9%

17.5%

25.4%

3.8%

10.3%

Chris Davis has 20 home runs, two GIDPs and zero stolen base attempts. The only person with that type of ratio in a season was Jim Thome in 2006.
17

28

29

25.4

24.8

25.2

.491

.471

15.3%

11.8%

27.1%

-8.4%

-16.9%

Losing 10 of 15 games is no way to go through life. Although technically it is.
18

30

27

27.0

28.6

30.0

.508

.488

21.7%

8.5%

30.1%

2.3%

-14.3%

Chad Gaudin played for three teams over three seasons without starting a game, and yet here he is, just twirlin' wins on the road for the defending champion.
19

30

26

29.8

29.7

30.2

.515

.535

16.0%

18.3%

34.4%

-5.6%

-5.5%

If Terry Francona wanted to be ejected in a game this weekend, why pick a beautiful Sunday afternoon over that wacky Friday midnight soiree?
20

31

25

31.0

32.1

32.7

.546

.566

19.8%

27.7%

47.5%

4.0%

15.2%

James Loney is hitting .371 on the road and .274 at home. I wonder if it has anything to do with his fear of catwalks?
21

31

25

28.6

26.3

26.7

.533

.553

28.3%

29.1%

57.4%

-6.0%

-22.6%

Sounds like the rain had enough Yankees-Red Sox games on national television.
22

34

24

32.4

33.3

32.4

.543

.563

24.0%

37.2%

61.2%

3.6%

22.8%

They have an MLB-worst .085 average when using a pinch-hitter. Might as well just bunt.
23

35

22

31.2

30.7

31.0

.532

.512

12.8%

48.4%

61.2%

2.9%

8.4%

Just like they drew it up, their starter went one inning, allowed four runs, then the bullpen locked it down for the next 10 innings. Blueprint to success.
24

32

24

31.2

32.0

32.1

.546

.526

52.9%

10.8%

63.7%

3.1%

11.8%

Patrick Corbin is 9-0, so they should consider calling him up from Triple ... what's that you say?
25

35

23

35.2

35.6

34.9

.570

.589

43.7%

28.9%

72.7%

3.3%

5.8%

Clay Buchholz threw a five-inning complete game shutout, the two-dollar bill of sports accomplishments.
26

34

22

34.0

33.1

31.7

.551

.531

80.8%

5.9%

86.6%

6.1%

5.2%

B.J. Upton isn't going to the minor leagues, but if he did they should spell his name b.j. upton.
27

30

25

34.2

37.5

37.0

.603

.622

80.6%

6.7%

87.3%

-1.3%

-3.9%

Rick Porcello learned the hard way what happens when you don't tip your offense.
28

35

22

36.0

35.7

34.7

.589

.569

33.6%

54.7%

88.3%

-2.2%

3.9%

Shin-Soo Choo has been hit so many times this season, all the cool prizes from the carnival shelf have been taken.
29

35

21

34.5

34.0

33.7

.581

.601

73.0%

15.7%

88.7%

0.9%

-0.9%

Yu Darvish would make a poor superhero. He'd show up and strike out the villain, but that wouldn't stop him from stealing rare gems.
30

37

19

37.3

34.3

33.5

.587

.568

53.6%

39.2%

92.8%

-0.4%

9.0%

Yadier Molina was ejected for spiking his helmet into the ground, but nobody was injured, so the helmet worked.

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

Mets, Marlins Reds and Rangers all made me laugh.. 4 in one entry might be a personal best.

Jun 03, 2013 09:36 AM
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dodgerdan

I thought that I was only fan out there that tires of seeing Bosox-Yankee 3hour 52min. athletic endeavor.

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