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Prospectus Hit List for August 7



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 the Hit List to ignition, hot and fresh out the kitchen

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

62

51

61.0

59.8

60.4

.538

.558

4.4%

34.3%

38.6%

-5.0%

-5.2%

Chris Perez says he's not talking to the media anymore, but here's hoping he at least answers questions through mime.
2

64

48

62.1

62.0

60.4

.555

.574

50.9%

24.1%

75.0%

-1.9%

-12.3%

Alberto Callaspo has personally played in nine losses in his last 10 games.
3

54

59

52.3

52.1

52.2

.466

.446

0.0%

2.3%

2.3%

-1.5%

-3.4%

Bryce Harper needs to grow up and act, bare minimum, 21 years old.
4

62

50

57.6

60.8

59.1

.534

.515

93.6%

1.1%

94.6%

-1.3%

4.6%

"Guys, we're tired of winning on the road." "I got this, skip." "Thanks, Brandon League!"
5

66

46

62.8

68.9

68.6

.594

.613

37.5%

55.4%

92.9%

-1.2%

-1.8%

Jeremy Hellickson got roughed up a little but also recorded a base hit of his own, and finally understands how fun it is.
6

57

53

57.2

50.7

51.3

.491

.511

0.3%

2.9%

3.2%

-1.1%

0.9%

What "Big Game" James Shields doesn't realize is that you also have to win games against the AL Central and they are not big, so get a new nickname or get a new jersey.
7

57

55

53.8

48.3

49.3

.465

.485

0.1%

1.8%

1.9%

-0.9%

-5.4%

Austin Romine, Jayson Nix and David Adams are morbidly curious to know what it's like to get booed.
8

50

60

51.1

50.6

49.9

.458

.438

0.0%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.3%

-0.7%

LaTroy Hawkins recorded his first save as a 40-year-old. New York is just a city that loves old people finishing things up for the younger generation.
9

52

61

50.5

50.1

49.9

.448

.428

0.1%

0.1%

0.3%

-0.2%

-0.2%

Why are the Padres the least GIF-able team in baseball? Is it because everybody's asleep by then?
10

50

62

49.6

52.7

53.6

.460

.440

0.2%

0.2%

0.4%

-0.0%

-0.0%

Ted Lilly almost signed a contract with him but the Giants didn't like his medical history. Of all the days for him to eat a poppyseed muffin.
11

51

61

54.3

57.9

56.6

.491

.511

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.0%

-0.3%

Mike Trout is starting to get back into the MVP discussion, which is great news because we left so many talking points on the table last year.
12

49

61

48.4

48.8

49.1

.444

.464

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Andrew Albers was two outs from the impossible: a complete game shutout in his major league debut. But he did accomplish the very possible: he became a Twins pitcher you just learned about.
13

37

75

39.3

34.2

36.4

.328

.346

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Your little brother has taken over the Houston Astros and keeps successfully stealing on you. You still beat him, but it's pretty annoying.
14

42

69

46.6

48.1

47.9

.416

.435

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Two wins in a row! Break up the White Sox! Because for some reason they didn't before the deadline!
15

48

65

49.1

52.0

52.4

.446

.426

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Wily Peralta chose baseball over medical school because otherwise everybody would think he was the one that built the Mega Man robots.
16

43

68

45.1

41.5

41.8

.386

.367

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

In their last seven games they haven't allowed more than four runs in a game and are 3-4. Bats: they're what you use to make runs!
17

52

61

50.1

53.7

53.3

.462

.482

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.2%

Tom Wilhelmsen was sent back down to Triple-A for the opportunity to start some games and work on some new mixed drinks.
18

49

63

52.6

55.0

55.2

.473

.453

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

-0.2%

They nearly won thanks to a big-three run homer from Donnie Murphy. Or is it Daniel Murphy? Or is it David Murphy? Did someone feed me a fake name?
19

53

60

54.1

51.7

53.6

.470

.490

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.1%

You will never figure this team out. There is no answer. If they were an SAT question, you would throw it back in the proctor's face and ask for the real SAT booklet.
20

51

61

46.5

46.9

48.4

.430

.411

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

-1.1%

Laynce Nix was designated for assignment; no doubt one procedural move will be him being placed on wayvers.
21

52

62

54.0

55.2

52.7

.469

.449

0.1%

0.2%

0.3%

0.1%

-1.5%

There goes the Rockies' eight-game winning streak at Citi Field. Related: they had a winning streak at Citi Field.
22

69

45

70.2

70.0

67.6

.607

.588

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.1%

1.4%

Jason Heyward had to leave the team's 12th straight win with a strained neck. Probably tweaked it turning back at all the other NL East teams behind them.
23

66

46

72.2

69.8

68.1

.616

.597

43.1%

56.0%

99.1%

0.1%

1.7%

Carlos Beltran just posted his 11th 20-homer season. Is that good?
24

68

44

62.9

62.5

63.8

.574

.554

48.9%

50.6%

99.5%

0.2%

0.6%

A list of Josh Harrison ninth inning accomplishments: broke up a Justin Verlander no-hitter, hit a walkoff home run against the Marlins bullpen.
25

57

55

57.1

53.9

54.0

.496

.476

6.0%

5.7%

11.7%

0.6%

-4.0%

Do all Arizona pitchers grow insane beards, or do they get hit in the face by tumbleweeds and fail to notice? For Josh Collmenter, is it both?
26

66

45

70.3

75.6

74.8

.646

.664

95.4%

3.4%

98.8%

0.9%

4.0%

There's no good way to point out that Austin Jackson and Victor Martinez both have worse on-base and slugging percentages than Don Kelly. No, they haven't lost in 10 games, why do you ask?
27

69

46

68.4

66.9

66.6

.589

.608

60.5%

35.5%

96.0%

2.1%

4.9%

Ryan Lavarnway had four passed balls in the first inning. FOUR! They don't teach knuckleballs at Yale.
28

62

51

64.1

65.2

65.9

.569

.549

8.0%

83.5%

91.4%

2.1%

2.8%

In the three games Mat Latos didn't allow a run, his team has given him an average of two runs of support. "Pitching to the score" rides again.
29

64

50

60.8

61.5

61.8

.544

.564

49.1%

24.3%

73.4%

2.7%

23.7%

Yet another great defensive play is made by the infield. Once again I nudge you and say, "I guess that's why they call them the Rangers." You call for security.
30

62

51

59.0

56.7

57.2

.520

.540

2.0%

18.1%

20.1%

4.3%

-8.3%

Did Chris Davis homer? Why not? Was it something I said? Because it was just a harmless height joke.

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

Kudos for coming up with 30 well-informed jokes, day after day after day. I can't imagine it.

Aug 07, 2013 09:58 AM
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jmanig78

The Brewerss comment made my day.

Aug 07, 2013 18:30 PM
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06Curtain

The best joke on this page is that the Pirates are STILL 9th.

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