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Prospectus Hit List for August 6



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

61

51

63.3

64.6

65.3

.567

.548

9.1%

80.2%

89.3%

-0.0%

-1.0%

Since May, Devin Mesoraco has hit exactly two home runs a month. He hit two on Sunday, so way to blow your allotment.
2

65

46

71.3

69.1

67.5

.614

.595

39.8%

59.2%

99.0%

-0.1%

0.9%

Adam Wainwright has issued a walk in each of his past nine starts, which is crazy when you realize he didn't walk his ninth batter until his 14th start.
3

66

45

62.9

68.6

68.2

.598

.617

44.7%

49.3%

94.1%

0.8%

-0.1%

The Rays haven't lost five games in a row since 2011. Dude, no fair.
4

67

44

62.3

62.2

63.6

.575

.555

51.1%

48.2%

99.3%

0.1%

2.4%

Can't decide if Mark Melancon, Lights-Out Closer is weirder than Jason Grilli, Lights-Out Closer but these are the questions they pay baseball analysts the big bucks for. [flips coin] It's not as weird.
5

68

46

67.5

66.1

65.8

.586

.606

53.5%

40.3%

93.9%

-1.9%

3.6%

Jarrod Saltalamacchia allowed six stolen bases last night, but only because of this new rule where you have to say your own name before throwing down to second.
6

62

50

60.9

59.7

60.2

.542

.562

6.0%

37.6%

43.6%

-7.2%

1.4%

Chris Perez's career splits on August 5th: three appearances, three blown saves, 11 runs allowed, five outs.
7

63

50

59.7

61.0

61.2

.542

.562

45.2%

25.4%

70.7%

7.8%

25.9%

It may be too late in the season to change my fantasy baseball team name to Engelbeltre Humperdinck.
8

64

47

61.8

61.6

60.0

.557

.577

54.7%

22.1%

76.9%

-0.3%

-14.4%

It would be cool if Yoenis Cespedes held public batting practice on off days, in the streets of Oakland, breaking building windows to onlookers' delight.
9

61

51

58.2

55.9

56.4

.517

.537

1.6%

14.2%

15.8%

1.4%

-12.9%

Danny Valencia has a good chance to be the first person in baseball history to clear both drug allegations and waivers in the same month.
10

56

55

56.1

53.2

53.2

.492

.472

4.6%

6.5%

11.1%

0.0%

-9.0%

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt also leads the team in, among all the other good numbers, stolen bases with 10.
11

65

45

69.3

74.6

73.7

.642

.660

93.6%

4.3%

97.9%

0.4%

3.1%

Miguel Cabrera's request to play third base riding a segway has been denied.
12

57

52

57.5

50.9

51.5

.498

.518

0.4%

3.9%

4.3%

1.4%

2.6%

Both shutouts on the team belong to Jeremy Guthrie. Why again did they need to trade for starting pitching?
13

54

58

51.9

51.5

51.5

.466

.447

0.1%

3.6%

3.7%

-1.1%

-2.9%

Gio Gonzalez was saved from the PED scandal, so please properly dispose of your "Giogenesis" jokes into the trash.
14

57

54

53.4

47.8

48.9

.467

.487

0.1%

2.6%

2.8%

-2.1%

-8.3%

I'm not sure why A-Rod would have a painting of himself as a centaur when he's actually half man and half goat! All that and more, news and weather at the bottom of the hour, plus your calls, texts and tweets.
15

62

49

57.6

60.4

58.6

.537

.517

95.0%

1.0%

96.0%

1.2%

10.8%

Zack Greinke is worth more bWAR than Carl Crawford this season on batting alone.
16

49

60

50.5

50.3

49.5

.457

.437

0.0%

0.5%

0.5%

0.3%

-0.2%

Bobby Parnell may be headed to the disabled list, so the next closer will be the lucky person holding raffle ticket number 144708.
17

52

60

50.3

49.9

49.6

.450

.431

0.2%

0.2%

0.5%

-0.1%

-0.1%

If you write 2,000 words on the impact of Everth Cabrera's loss to the 2013 Padres, maybe YOU'RE the one on drugs.
18

50

61

49.4

52.2

53.0

.461

.441

0.2%

0.2%

0.4%

-0.0%

-0.2%

One way to win baseball games is to score four runs, three of them unearned and the fourth on a Jeff Francoeur pinch-hit. But I would accuse you of witchcraft.
19

52

61

53.7

54.5

52.1

.470

.450

0.1%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.1%

-1.8%

If Carlos Gonzalez goes back to the disabled list, the team might as well go rock climbing for the rest of the season.
20

50

61

45.8

46.2

47.6

.427

.408

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.1%

-0.7%

Antonio Bastardo will miss the next 50 games out of the Phillies bullpen due to his Biogenesis connections. Jonathan Papelbon wishes he'd have thought of that.
21

52

60

53.1

50.8

52.4

.465

.485

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

-0.1%

His average is down to .105, but if his role wasn't as "R.A. Dickey's catcher" then Josh Thole would probably be doing this Hit List instead of me. So thank heavens for the knuckleball.
22

49

62

52.2

54.7

55.0

.475

.455

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

-0.4%

The Cubs picked up Thomas Neal off waivers. Or is it Neal Thomas? Better sew one of each jersey just to be safe.
23

68

45

69.6

69.5

67.2

.607

.587

99.9%

0.0%

99.9%

-0.0%

2.1%

I heard if their winning streak goes to 15 games, Joey Terdoslavich will change his name to Joey Coolpizza.
24

51

60

54.3

57.4

56.2

.493

.513

0.0%

0.0%

0.1%

-0.2%

-0.4%

Well, if you release Ryan Madson you pretty much have to sign Dontrelle Willis, so as not to disturb the Gods.
25

41

69

46.0

47.6

47.5

.414

.433

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

And with an 8-1 victory, they finally snapped their 10-game losing streak! And this was the biggest story of the Yankees-White Sox game.
26

52

60

50.1

53.7

53.4

.467

.487

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

-0.3%

Humberto Quintero is hitting .389/.421/.611 since joining the Mariners, so perhaps the team will only need to go through about three more catchers to finish the season.
27

37

74

39.1

33.9

36.2

.329

.347

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Chris Carter broke the Astros record for most strikeouts in a season last night in his first AB with 146, and followed it up with three more strikeouts. For the fans.
28

48

61

47.2

47.6

48.0

.438

.457

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

It's not fair that Jamey Carroll can pitch a scoreless inning while Casey Fien isn't allowed to go and play second base in a blowout.
29

43

67

44.7

40.8

41.0

.385

.366

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

This team's going to be scary good in a couple years. Seriously, just imagine all those elite players they can trade for prospects.
30

47

65

48.5

51.6

52.0

.444

.425

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

Finally, Ryan Braun will have some company in his brand new Mario Kart league.

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

Miggy doesn't need the Segway to pay third, he needs it to run the bases.

Aug 06, 2013 06:50 AM
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ahemmer

I assume his request was denied because he weighs too much to use a Segway, right?

Aug 06, 2013 10:32 AM
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Llarry

I love my Segway, but trying to use one at 3rd, Bad Idea. Might be okay in the outfield, if you had the off-road tires.

Since bullpen carts are a thing of the past, how about having relievers ride a Segway in for mid-inning pitching changes? Wouldn't that be cool? (Until Papelbon has what we call a "Loss of Traction Event" and takes a header...)

Aug 06, 2013 10:59 AM
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