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Prospectus Hit List for April 18



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.

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RkTm WLW1W2W3HLFAHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day7-Day
1

4

14

4.7

5.6

5.8

.380

.361

0.3%

3.2%

3.6%

-0.2%

-7.0%

A portion of Kirk Gibsonís pre-game speech was caught on tape. Gibson: ďOK, men, make outs and play badly on three, ready?Ē Men: "Make outs and play badly!Ē
2

4

10

5.5

5.6

5.7

.412

.393

1.1%

1.9%

3.0%

-0.4%

-2.2%

The Cubs have hit a league-leading nine hitters because losing make Cubs angry!
3

5

11

4.7

4.4

4.6

.355

.373

0.1%

0.5%

0.6%

-0.2%

-0.6%

One day in the future the Astros will win. And one day the future will be here, but it will be the present, so the Astros are doomed
4

6

10

8.1

8.1

8.2

.452

.432

0.8%

1.1%

1.8%

-0.5%

-2.6%

They say Giancarlo Stanton doesnít get cheated on his swings, and itís true. In fact, he gets a 10 percent discount from the Marlins on each one.
5

6

9

8.3

9.2

9.1

.524

.504

11.9%

12.0%

23.9%

0.6%

-0.4%

Billy Hamilton has four stolen bases, two caught-stealings, and a .220 on-base percentage, and heís batting lead-off. I thought Dusty Baker had retired.
6

7

7

6.3

6.6

6.4

.478

.498

15.0%

8.4%

23.4%

3.0%

-1.1%

The Royals have four home runs, which is four more than you so shut up.
7

7

9

6.0

7.0

7.2

.485

.505

25.4%

19.5%

44.9%

-4.2%

-15.2%

If the Rays trade David Price mid-pitch, what happens?
8

7

8

8.8

8.7

9.1

.530

.549

12.5%

14.6%

27.1%

-5.9%

-8.8%

Fernando Rodneyís cap is actually a sundial, which he keeps askew to help time himself to the plate.
9

7

9

6.8

7.2

7.3

.473

.453

3.4%

14.7%

18.0%

-1.4%

-0.1%

The Padres have given up the fewest homers in baseball, so see? Signing Josh Johnson has worked out perfectly!
10

7

8

6.6

6.1

6.4

.454

.434

6.5%

7.4%

13.9%

2.5%

1.8%

Jonathan Papelbon doesnít think velocity is important, but then Jonathan Papelbon doesnít think pants are important, either.
11

7

8

8.6

8.5

8.3

.541

.561

28.7%

23.7%

52.4%

-2.4%

-1.7%

The Angels are 9-for-9 in steal attempts, which includes a package of Tastykakes thieved from the Aís dressing room.
12

7

5

6.2

6.4

6.2

.535

.555

53.0%

11.4%

64.3%

1.7%

-4.8%

Alex Gonzalez is SIGN STEPHEN DREW FOR HEAVENíS SAKE WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR
13

7

7

6.9

5.6

5.6

.465

.485

6.5%

10.2%

16.7%

-0.3%

2.5%

The Orioles have not walked any hitters intentionally, though Iím not sure why doing it by accident is any better.
14

7

8

7.2

6.7

7.0

.475

.495

14.0%

9.0%

23.0%

-2.2%

0.2%

If you arrange the Indians' starting lineup in reverse order of batting average, thatís kinda their starting lineup. Iím on to you, Terry Francona.
15

7

9

7.5

7.2

7.5

.502

.522

28.1%

22.7%

50.8%

4.9%

2.5%

The way Jon Lester is pitching makes Boston's recent four year, $70 million offer look insulting. Thatís right, $70 million is insulting. Weíve come a long way, America.
16

8

8

8.0

7.4

7.1

.492

.512

11.2%

13.2%

24.4%

-4.3%

-0.4%

Headline in Blue Jays Magazine: "'Why is Jose Bautista so mean to me,' says a baseball"
17

8

7

7.5

5.5

5.5

.452

.432

6.6%

7.5%

14.0%

0.4%

3.2%

The Mets have already struck out 150 times. Your move, World.
18

8

7

8.2

7.8

7.9

.488

.508

5.2%

3.9%

9.2%

2.2%

4.7%

The Twins lead all of baseball in walks and on-base percentage. In other news, fecal matter offends pigs and oxygen will kill you.
19

8

8

8.1

8.6

8.6

.497

.517

12.8%

7.1%

20.0%

-1.4%

0.2%

You know the White Sox bullpen is struggling when their worst pitcher is not the middle infielder who pitched in the 14th inning.
20

8

9

8.6

9.7

9.3

.504

.484

2.5%

11.0%

13.6%

0.4%

-4.2%

The way to win baseball games at altitude is to employ a bunch of really short players. There. Fixed. Youíre welcome, Rockies.
21

8

8

8.6

7.8

8.2

.498

.478

8.8%

10.2%

19.1%

3.4%

-9.3%

There are two outcomes for Pedro Alvarez: Heís either a three-true-outcomes hitter, or heís not.
22

9

7

7.2

7.6

7.1

.491

.511

16.5%

15.4%

31.9%

3.7%

2.5%

How badly is Prince Fielder struggling? Judging by the uniform number, his only home run came off Jackie Robinson, who's been dead for more than 40 years.
23

9

7

8.3

7.6

8.2

.532

.512

51.4%

16.1%

67.5%

-3.1%

-13.3%

The Nationals made four errors last night. Actually, five, if you count letting you read this comment.
24

10

5

9.8

10.0

10.1

.593

.613

42.1%

20.3%

62.4%

-0.4%

7.5%

Mike Trout almost single-handedly beat the Aís in back-to-back games, but donít worry. As their 2009 draft shows, the Aís arenít losing jeans-wearing contests, theyíre losing baseball games.
25

10

6

8.9

10.0

9.6

.561

.580

28.8%

20.2%

49.0%

6.0%

12.6%

A home run and a triple play? For his next trick Yangervis Solarte will stay relevant into May!
26

10

6

9.2

8.4

8.1

.551

.531

23.4%

39.4%

62.9%

-2.9%

4.7%

Hunter Pence is hitting the most awkward-looking .206/.296/.317 ever.
27

10

6

9.5

9.3

9.3

.567

.547

52.2%

14.7%

66.9%

3.9%

6.8%

They beat Washington 8-0, but they left 33 men on base. Thatís a missed opportunity, because beating Washington 41-0 with no men left on base would have been much funnier.
28

10

6

9.4

9.1

8.7

.589

.570

70.3%

20.5%

90.8%

4.5%

5.5%

The Dodgers regular with the highest on-base percentage is Dee Gordon because April 19 and Baseball.
29

10

5

9.6

10.8

10.6

.593

.573

34.7%

20.4%

55.1%

-2.7%

14.9%

B.J. Upton has a .242 on-base percentage, which if you squint really hard, take a handful of sedatives, inject yourself with horse tranquilizers, and then run full speed into a brick wall, isnít so bad.
30

11

5

9.7

10.1

10.1

.567

.548

26.0%

19.9%

45.9%

-4.4%

2.3%

Last night the Brewers used four pitchers. Here are their ERAs: 1.46, 27.00, 3.18, 27.00. I have a radical suggestion.

Matthew Kory is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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5 comments have been left for this article.
Shaun P.

Ah, the perfect cure for the Friday morning before vacation and it seems like everyone else is already on vacation blues. I especially enjoyed the Tigers comment, which is funny because its true.

Apr 18, 2014 08:17 AM
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oldbopper

I agree that the Tigers should sign Drew but WHAT are the Mets doing. The Mets could make the playoffs with a major league SS.

Apr 18, 2014 10:48 AM
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BillJohnson

International League playoffs, anyway.

Apr 19, 2014 07:08 AM
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salvomania

I don't think the Cardinals----or any team, ever---left 33 men on base in one game.

Apr 18, 2014 11:22 AM
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BP staff member Matt Kory

It's a total of each player's left on base, so it double and triple counts, but that's how MLB does it in the box score.

Apr 18, 2014 12:12 PM
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