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Prospectus Hit List for September 3



by Matthew Kory

Hit List for August 30 Hit List for September 4
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.

Did you miss your Hit List? Because your Hit LIst missed you.

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

73

63

72.4

69.3

70.5

.524

.544

1.4%

13.6%

15.0%

5.3%

-3.3%

Matt Wieters just hit his 20th homer, which is a nice way to ignore his .288 on-base percentage.
2

73

64

68.8

62.3

63.5

.488

.508

0.5%

10.5%

11.0%

4.0%

5.2%

The Yankees have the worst OPS from the DH position in the American League. Jason Giambi’s .657 OPS would be almost a 70-point improvement.
3

77

61

79.8

80.6

80.7

.576

.556

14.8%

83.4%

98.2%

2.6%

3.5%

Mat Latos threw nine innings, striking out two batters and walking one. Afterward, he said “I’m celebrating with my main dame and a bucket of hooch down at the swing parlor!” The he added, “I’ll see you behind bars, see?” before flicking his Cuban. (the pitching line is from the 1930s!)
4

79

58

77.1

76.2

74.7

.560

.580

51.0%

46.2%

97.2%

1.9%

31.2%

The A's took the lead on a Coco Crisp homer off the foul pole. Said Brett Anderson, "It's exciting. He's the table-setter. He eats the food, too." I didn’t make that up, Anderson actually said that.
5

80

57

75.7

77.1

78.0

.567

.548

44.2%

55.7%

99.9%

0.3%

0.9%

“THE PIRATES ARE IN FIRST PLACE! WHAT? NO NO! IN ACTUAL BASEBALL!”
6

81

57

86.3

92.9

92.2

.638

.657

99.8%

0.1%

99.9%

0.2%

0.6%

Bruce Rondon threw seven pitches to David Ortiz. Five of them were 100 mph or higher, four were 102 mph or higher, and one of them hit 103 mph. Fortunately Ortiz struck out because had he hit one of those pitches his bat would’ve disintegrated.
7

79

58

82.9

78.1

77.7

.580

.560

41.0%

58.7%

99.8%

0.1%

0.3%

Adam Wainwrong, amiwainrite???
8

82

55

76.7

79.4

77.2

.575

.556

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.1%

0.2%

“In a year that has been so probable, the possible has happened!” - 2013 Vin Scully
9

71

66

73.5

66.0

66.7

.506

.526

0.1%

0.7%

0.8%

0.0%

0.3%

The Royals are like the kid in grade school who after getting mercilessly teased for a few years, talks his mom into getting him a Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles lunchbox only to discover nobody watches that show anymore.
10

61

76

58.5

59.5

59.9

.436

.416

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Padres have a .802 OPS on Tuesdays but a .602 OPS on Mondays. Garfield joke!
11

62

75

57.4

61.3

60.7

.441

.460

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Soon they’ll find a position Dustin Ackley can play, and whichever one it is will probably end in “-bench.”
12

63

75

56.4

55.5

57.5

.421

.402

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Jonathan Papelbon didn’t sign with the Phillies to close out meaningless games in early September for a losing team. Except, yeah, that’s exactly what he did.
13

61

76

59.1

63.5

64.4

.453

.433

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The 49ers are excited to open against the... we what? The Giants? Still??? [walks off set]
14

62

74

64.3

62.4

61.9

.461

.441

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

[looks for six hours] Hey! Everyone! The Mets are tied for sixth in triples! [passes out]
15

63

75

63.6

61.6

63.6

.456

.476

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Jose Bautista wasn't in the lineup because Jose Bautista doesn't believe in lineups. Because, when you really think about it, we're all up to bat all the time.
16

60

76

58.6

60.7

61.1

.442

.462

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

I searched and I found a category in which the Twins are the best in baseball: Pinch-runner OPS!
17

59

78

61.0

64.2

65.7

.456

.436

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Have the Brewers signed Jeff Francoeur yet? May as well get it over with now.
18

58

79

62.8

65.7

65.8

.460

.440

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

After Junior Lake's name in the box score are the initials "LF" which, I have been assured, stand for "Lake Field."
19

64

72

66.5

68.7

67.7

.491

.511

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Angels announcers had finished extolling Peter Bourjos for playing the game right and being gritty when Bourjous swung and missed at a pitch by about, I'm not kidding, 700 feet.
20

45

92

49.0

44.1

46.3

.336

.355

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Last in Errors, but just 27th in Defensive Efficiency: Astros Baseball! Fever caught! And then dropped!
21

65

74

67.9

67.7

64.6

.477

.457

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Rockies lost to the Dodgers which at this point is contractually required.
22

84

53

83.8

84.0

81.0

.607

.588

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The highest OPS B.J. Upton has had at any point this season is .602 on August 2nd.
23

51

85

54.2

49.7

50.5

.378

.359

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Marlins have to win 12 of their remaining 26 games to avoid a 100 loss season and a full-on soul-crushing look at the cardboard cutout of Jeffrey Loria in his birthday suit.
24

56

80

59.2

59.3

58.8

.429

.449

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

I checked and the 14 National League teams who have outscored the Chicago White Sox this season didn’t get to use the DH.
25

82

57

83.6

83.0

82.2

.595

.614

92.7%

6.1%

98.9%

-0.4%

3.5%

The Red Sox were shut out by Detroit, blemishing their previously perfect record when they wear their alternate home beards.
26

79

58

77.7

77.1

76.0

.565

.585

49.0%

46.3%

95.3%

-1.1%

2.0%

Adrian Beltre put up a .759 OPS during his five years in Seattle. In the four years since leaving Seattle he has a .913 OPS.
27

69

67

68.7

67.2

67.3

.500

.480

0.0%

0.9%

0.9%

-1.3%

-4.1%

Brandon McCarthy became just the second pitcher to throw a complete game while only striking out two hitters yesterday.
28

69

68

66.5

67.6

66.9

.493

.473

0.0%

1.2%

1.2%

-1.7%

-0.8%

Reports say Jayson Werth's beard has become disinterested with baseball and will move to a small cabin in the Montana wilderness where it will commune with bears and eat them.
29

72

65

71.2

69.9

71.7

.520

.540

0.1%

11.4%

11.6%

-3.0%

-22.1%

This is your daily reminder that Jason Giambi is starting in September for a team with playoff aspirations. Plan your life accordingly.
30

75

61

72.1

79.1

79.5

.562

.581

5.4%

64.9%

70.4%

-6.9%

-17.5%

Sam Fuld now has the best ERA in baseball.

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

Astros comment was a definite lmao. Nice setup...

Sep 03, 2013 10:42 AM
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BP staff member Matt Kory

Thanks!

Sep 03, 2013 11:54 AM
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DetroitDale

Maybe the Yanks should change the name of the position to designated misser.

Sep 03, 2013 12:20 PM
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