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Prospectus Hit List for August 22



by Matthew Kory

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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 Thursday, Thursday, gotta get down on Thursday, everybody's looking forward to the Hit List

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

69

58

67.5

66.2

67.2

.531

.551

2.8%

30.4%

33.2%

5.9%

9.4%

With runners at first and third Justin Masterson has a 24.30 ERA. How many innings? Oh, sure, lemme check, it's WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT?? [runs away]
2

75

54

76.2

75.2

74.2

.582

.602

56.9%

36.0%

92.9%

2.9%

-2.8%

Tuesday in the ninth inning of a tie game with the bases loaded and two outs, John Farrell brought in his worst reliever who walked in the losing run. Wednesday Farrell used his best reliever, Koji Uehara, with an 11-run lead in the ninth.
3

68

58

67.3

65.0

65.7

.528

.548

2.0%

14.2%

16.2%

2.1%

-4.3%

Chris Davis homered and stole his first base, making him MLB's only 46/1 man this year.
4

72

55

73.6

73.2

73.5

.575

.556

25.5%

70.0%

95.5%

2.1%

0.7%

Reds pitcher Mike Leake batted twice, going 1-for-2 with a double bringing his line up to .200/.200/.273. He was pinch-hit for by Cesar Izturis who is hitting… wait for it… .174/.234/.209. Izturis popped weakly to shortstop. I love that.
5

73

53

78.1

74.4

73.1

.593

.573

33.8%

63.9%

97.7%

1.4%

2.7%

While Jake Westbrook didn’t pitch well, he did contribute a two-run single, and, to the post-game eating effort, what some are calling “the finest soufflé I’ve ever eaten.”
6

67

59

63.0

56.3

57.6

.484

.504

0.8%

7.7%

8.6%

1.4%

2.3%

Ichiro collected his 4,000 professional hit, which brings him halfway to Hideki Matsui’s collection of... things.
7

74

52

69.2

71.8

69.9

.565

.546

99.0%

0.4%

99.4%

1.0%

0.6%

Since Yasiel Puig was not late he was allowed to play, however he forgot to bring orange slices and juice boxes, so after the game he had to run laps.
8

74

53

71.3

70.7

69.6

.562

.582

75.9%

16.6%

92.5%

0.7%

-0.2%

The Rangers would have walked off on a sac fly last night but they accidentally DFA'd Adam Rosales before he touched home plate.
9

74

52

79.4

85.4

84.4

.641

.660

97.0%

2.0%

99.0%

0.2%

-0.0%

When he bats third in the order, Miguel Cabrera hits .357/.449/.683, but, when he hits ninth in the order Cabrera hits 1.000/1.000/1.000. Come on, America! #HitMiggyNinth
10

62

64

60.1

60.2

60.4

.482

.462

0.0%

1.2%

1.2%

0.1%

-1.7%

Ryan Zimmerman continued his impressive streak of not making a single throwing error during any of his 4,283 at-bats.
11

57

70

54.2

56.0

56.4

.440

.420

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Padres are like McDonalds. They look good, they’re not as good as they look, and there are much better places to go very close by.
12

59

67

54.3

57.6

57.4

.453

.473

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

Danny Farquahar has struck out multiple batters in six out of his last 10 outings. Oddly, Farquahar is Aramaic for "striking out multiple batters in six of 10 outings."
13

56

70

53.8

57.9

58.7

.449

.430

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

Barry Zito is the first pitcher in the PITCHf/x era to throw his fastball slower than his changeup.
14

57

70

59.0

56.8

59.3

.457

.477

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

R.A. Dickey gave up four runs in nine innings, putting his ERA at 4.49. That’s 146th in baseball, just behind Scott Kazmir, Paul Maholm, and Alfredo Aceves.
15

55

70

54.3

56.5

56.6

.445

.465

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Warning: The Twins called up reliever Michael Tonkin which means MLB.com is preparing a “Gulf of Tonkin” pun.
16

55

72

57.2

60.2

61.2

.460

.440

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Success always breeds imitation and the Brewers are no exception, having gone out and acquired their own Chris Davis, Khris Davis.
17

54

72

57.9

60.9

61.5

.465

.445

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Picking up Jake Arrieta from Baltimore could have been a masterstroke, but it wasn't.
18

55

71

58.5

61.9

60.5

.468

.488

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Angels contract talks with Mike Trout consist of crossing out "Pujols" and writing "Trout."
19

77

49

78.1

78.1

75.2

.612

.593

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

With a 15 1/2 game lead in the National League East, at what point do the Braves stop showing up for games?
20

51

74

54.9

55.1

54.7

.432

.451

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The White Sox have won five in a row. If they keep it going and finish the season with a 42-game winning streak, they will still win only 88 games.
21

41

85

44.1

39.4

41.9

.330

.348

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Rookie Max Stassi’s first major league RBI came because he was hit in the face with the bases loaded. You could make that up, but why would you want to?
22

48

77

50.1

45.6

46.4

.380

.361

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

No joke: Giancarlo Stanton’s homer was hit so hard he had not finished his swing and the radio announcer had not finished saying “here’s the one-oh pitch” by the time the ball left the field.
23

56

70

51.6

50.8

52.9

.419

.400

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

0.0%

Michael Young – no, no, I’m not being snarky -- drove in the winning run – stop it, I’m serious -- in the bottom of – oh come, on, that’s just mean -- the ninth inning – forget it, you guys are just gross.
24

59

69

62.3

62.8

60.2

.477

.457

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

-0.0%

The Rockies aren't a particularly patient team, so it's not surprising they didn't walk, but they only got to two three-ball counts all game.
25

58

67

59.6

59.1

58.3

.470

.450

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

0.0%

After Freddie Freeman’s disputed infield single, Mets Manager Terry Collins, under the mistaken impression that he could get a replay by throwing a challenge flag, threw everything from the dugout on the field. You know, just to be sure.
26

74

52

69.0

70.1

71.4

.564

.545

40.7%

57.7%

98.4%

-0.2%

-0.3%

The Pirates lost a one-run game, which last year would have caused the Earth to tip off its axis. This year though it just means they still have the second-best record in the National League.
27

64

61

64.8

58.3

59.4

.493

.513

0.2%

1.4%

1.6%

-0.9%

-3.7%

If the Royals are serious contenders for the Wild Card (they’re 6 ½ games back with three teams ahead of them), they probably should be beating teams like the White Sox. They aren't. Either. Or both.
28

65

60

64.0

61.6

62.2

.506

.486

1.0%

6.7%

7.7%

-4.3%

-1.9%

Paul Goldschmidt doesn’t just read Chuck Norris Facts, he studies their tendencies so, later on, he can take them deep.
29

72

53

68.6

74.1

74.2

.578

.597

40.3%

48.6%

88.9%

-4.4%

4.9%

The Rays hit two homers. They were hit by players who, coming into the game, had a combined two homers.
30

71

55

70.2

70.0

67.4

.553

.572

24.1%

43.0%

67.1%

-7.9%

-5.5%

Jed Lowrie has two triples on the year. He hit one Tuesday and one Wednesday. Said Lowrie, "I never thought about it before, but you can hit the ball over the wall and just stop at third!"

Matthew Kory is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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2 comments have been left for this article.
jmanig78

Love the Angels' comment but Trout would never sign that. I honestly think negociations OPEN at 10/300.

Aug 22, 2013 10:04 AM
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You don't think Trout would take 8/$212 (that's what's left on Pujols' contract)?

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