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Prospectus Hit List for September 12



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.

In which we twice use the word ************ but disguise it with only one *

RkTmWLW1W2W3HLF AHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day7-Day
1

84

62

90.1

96.9

96.2

.629

.647

99.7%

0.2%

99.9%

0.2%

0.3%

Welcome to everyone's faaaavorite game show, "Make Drew Smyly frown!" Hey, Drew! I don't like you! What do you think of that, huh? Pretty tough to take, eh?
2

89

58

90.4

89.7

89.1

.609

.628

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

0.4%

What is it about men with fish names that they’re good at baseball?
3

84

61

83.7

82.9

80.9

.572

.591

80.3%

19.4%

99.7%

0.8%

2.9%

The A’s have 20 hits, three homers, and seven doubles and it’s only the sixth inning. (You think I’m staying up till the end of this? You crazy.)
4

78

66

75.5

84.1

84.7

.560

.579

0.0%

62.8%

62.8%

-0.7%

-16.2%

All it took was one first-pitch extra-inning pinch-hit grand slam and Roberto Hernandez went back to Fausto Carmona.
5

87

58

87.6

86.1

82.6

.592

.573

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Braves got upset when Jose Fernandez watched his home run, which is understandable because when the Braves homer they put a blindfold on and feel their way around the bases.
6

81

64

80.3

79.7

78.8

.551

.571

19.7%

69.1%

88.8%

-2.4%

-5.8%

Lost eight of 10? Quick! Trade Michael Young! What? You already did? Uh-oh...
7

85

60

88.9

82.9

82.7

.585

.566

65.1%

34.8%

100.0%

0.0%

0.1%

The Cardinals are so nice they let themselves be no-hit for almost six full innings before kicking the crap out of the Brewers. A bunch of fine, upstanding fellas, they are.
8

83

64

84.7

86.2

86.6

.579

.560

10.8%

87.7%

98.5%

-0.1%

0.5%

There's something fitting about J.J. Hoover coming in to clean up after Mike Leake.
9

85

60

81.1

84.4

82.4

.574

.554

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

If Brian Wilson pitches long enough he will become the first person to A) eat a live ball on the field, B) eat a live person on the field, C) B again
10

77

68

77.1

75.1

76.0

.526

.546

0.0%

8.9%

8.9%

-2.7%

3.2%

Chris Davis is one triple away from one.
11

77

68

76.0

73.8

75.4

.521

.541

0.2%

19.4%

19.6%

-4.3%

6.3%

Statistics show when you have the same number of runs as errors your chances of winning drop by at least 3 percent.
12

84

61

77.6

80.5

81.8

.558

.539

24.1%

75.7%

99.8%

0.0%

-0.1%

The Pirates have Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd batting three-four in their lineup. The Pirates are 82-61. Contemplate that away from sharp objects and industrial equipment.
13

77

69

77.5

71.1

72.0

.510

.530

0.1%

5.6%

5.7%

2.5%

4.9%

Not only did James Shields win an important game for the Royals, after the game he traded himself back to the Rays for Wil Myers. "I just want to help the team," he said.
14

69

76

71.5

73.5

72.6

.494

.514

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Mike Trout's second worst monthly OPS is .974.
15

78

68

72.9

65.6

67.1

.486

.506

0.0%

14.6%

14.6%

6.4%

4.0%

In a win that kept the Earth revolving around the sun, the Yankees beat the Orioles. "Phew!" sighed environmental scientists.
16

76

69

72.8

75.1

73.6

.513

.493

0.0%

1.7%

1.7%

0.1%

0.0%

If the Reds finish the season 8-7, the Nationals have to go 15-2 just to tie them.
17

67

78

68.1

64.7

66.6

.459

.479

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Getting passed in the standings by the Angles shouldn't be humiliating. But it is. Oh, it is.
18

73

72

71.8

69.8

69.8

.490

.470

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

-0.6%

Returning from a road-trip, how many times do you think one of the flight attendants mutters to himself, “I have had it with these mother*ucking snakes on this mother*ucking plane!"?
19

63

81

60.5

64.0

63.9

.437

.456

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Down by 10-plus runs for six innings, Ron Gardenhire handed out just five at-bats to players who weren’t in his original starting lineup. NEVER SAY DIE!!
20

65

81

60.3

64.8

63.9

.435

.455

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Do you think anyone would notice if the Mariners just went to the Seahawks game on September 29th?
21

67

80

71.2

70.1

66.9

.468

.448

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

A cool nickname for the top three in the Rockies lineup, Blackmon, Rutledge, and Dickerson would be the Continental Congress.
22

66

80

64.6

69.8

70.4

.464

.444

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Yusmeiro Petit finally did throw that perfect game. Nice job!
23

62

83

66.9

69.7

69.7

.463

.443

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Anthony Rizzo struck out three times and walked because he doesn’t believe in the third true outcome. “Home runs? Sure,” he said after the game. “Show me a Sasquatch and I’ll show you a fly ball go over the fence.” He laughed.
24

62

82

64.5

67.7

69.4

.458

.438

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Silver linings are for losing teams and Donald Trumps bidets/drinking fountains.
25

58

87

62.1

61.0

61.0

.418

.437

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Adam Dunn: four at-bats, four strikeouts. Perfection!
26

64

80

65.5

63.5

63.2

.445

.425

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Mets relievers, Wheeler, Black, and Hawkins, would make beautiful folk-rock together.
27

66

78

62.2

62.5

62.7

.440

.420

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

There has to be a burger joint in greater San Diego that is developing a boxburger as we speak.
28

67

78

59.3

59.7

61.6

.427

.407

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Jonathan Papelbon struck out two for the save. He finished with an emphatic fist pump. The Phillies are 15 games out of the Wild Card.
29

50

96

54.4

48.1

50.6

.348

.366

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

If I'm doing this right, last night's sweep of the Mariners was only the Astros' second sweep.
30

54

90

58.2

53.8

54.7

.383

.364

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Jose Fernandez homered and Braves third baseman Chris Johnson got angry because Fernandez watched, but the Marlins got the last laugh because they’re in last place and no, wait, that’s not why.

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7 comments have been left for this article.
R.A.Wagman

Was the Tigers' joke inspired by old school Sesame Street?

Sep 12, 2013 06:44 AM
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bobbygrace

Let's compile a list of fish-named baseball players! I'll start:

* Mike Trout
* Mike Carp
* Catfish Hunter
* Dickie Thon (that's French for Tuna)
* Carlton Fish

Sep 12, 2013 08:16 AM
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BP staff member Matt Kory

Kevin Bass, Tim Salmon, Art Herring, Derek Lungfish, Horatio Minnow, and Bill Deep-Sea Smelt

Sep 12, 2013 09:01 AM
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steve.k

John "Clams" Castino

Sep 12, 2013 09:38 AM
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Llarry

Mudcat Grant
Catfish Metkovich
Wahoo Sam Crawford

Bonito Santiago?
Harvey Haddock-s?

Sep 12, 2013 10:40 AM
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MattG1973

Surprised nobody has mentioned Little Sharkey who made 2 PA for the Oakland Larks of the Negro League in 1946.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/nlb/player.cgi?id=sharke000lit

Definately, my favorite baseball "fish name".

Sep 12, 2013 12:59 PM
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jedjethro

Well, this is great. The Astros have inflicted all this misery on their fans and the world with their Triple AAA major league roster, and now they're trying to blow getting the No. 1 overall pick for next year's draft.

Sep 12, 2013 11:23 AM
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