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Prospectus Hit List for April 21



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.

Today's jokes are hit-and-list.

RkTmWLW1W2W3HLFAHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day 7-Day
1

12

6

11.9

12.9

12.6

.594

.574

35.9%

22.1%

58.0%

-4.4%

10.2%

B.J. Upton has a five-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .273. Even his impressive things aren't impressive.
2

13

5

12.5

12.6

12.3

.611

.630

49.6%

19.9%

69.5%

1.7%

10.2%

The A's gave reliever Sean Doolittle a five-year contract which, combined with the trade for Jim Johnson, makes me certain the A's are no longer a baseball team and are now some sort of performance art project.
3

9

10

8.9

8.5

8.4

.503

.523

28.2%

22.8%

50.9%

4.2%

8.7%

The Red Sox aren't having much luck with instant replay, which might matter if instant replay were about luck.
4

9

8

7.9

8.1

8.0

.487

.507

14.5%

9.9%

24.3%

-5.9%

7.8%

The Royals have been caught stealing as often as they've homered.
5

8

10

10.4

10.8

10.6

.529

.509

12.9%

13.7%

26.6%

4.7%

6.8%

Homer Bailey is second in baseball in home runs allowed, but Bailey's parents didn't think Second-Most Homer Bailey had much of a ring to it.
6

11

8

8.5

9.1

8.5

.505

.525

24.8%

20.2%

45.0%

5.7%

6.4%

The Yankees lead baseball in holds. If you pick up that old beer cup and listen closely you can hear the chant, "Holds! Holds! Holds!"
7

9

6

7.6

8.3

8.1

.544

.563

61.0%

9.5%

70.4%

5.4%

5.1%

Joba Chamberlain has 11 strikeouts and one walk in 6 1/3 innings. He also has a 4.26 ERA, but that's league-mandated.
8

8

9

8.5

7.3

7.2

.468

.488

5.4%

9.8%

15.1%

-0.9%

4.6%

Baltimore blew a 5-0 lead and gave up the losing run on an error. The Astros are threatening a legal action.
9

10

10

11.3

12.5

11.9

.528

.508

2.9%

13.4%

16.2%

-2.7%

3.6%

Colorado has the highest home OPS, so they like home cooking. They're 20th in road OPS, so they don't like road cooking, though, cooking roads, yuck what is that?
10

11

8

8.9

9.8

9.1

.504

.524

17.3%

17.1%

34.4%

-4.2%

3.2%

Last night, the Rangers gave up 18 percent of the runs they've given up this season.
11

14

5

11.6

12.4

12.1

.577

.558

35.4%

20.0%

55.5%

2.7%

1.4%

The Brewers have gotten off to a hot start WHAT YOU THINK CARLOS GOMEZ GONNA TAKE THAT CARLOS GOMEZ AIN'T TAKING THAT!!
12

9

10

10.8

10.8

11.2

.490

.470

1.4%

2.3%

3.8%

0.6%

1.2%

The Marlins' third jerseys are traffic cone orange, which unsurprisingly makes them look like traffic cones with pants. If only they could trade for Adam Dunn.
13

9

10

8.5

9.7

10.0

.496

.476

4.6%

16.6%

21.1%

-0.2%

1.1%

The Padres have just 42 walks, which should make Jose Bautista feel bad because he has 23 by himself, which reminds me to remind you to tune in to Jose Bautista: Walk Hoarder on A&E.
14

12

7

11.2

10.8

10.1

.588

.568

73.1%

18.4%

91.5%

1.8%

1.0%

The Dodgers' leader in on-base percentage is Scott Van Slyke. In second place is Chone Figgins.
15

9

9

8.3

6.4

6.7

.440

.420

4.4%

5.8%

10.2%

1.3%

0.3%

Adding Bobby Abreu is weird, but when you consider that he'll be teammates with Kyle Farnsworth, Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, Jose Valverde, and Diasuke Matsuzaka, it starts to makes sense.
16

5

14

5.0

4.8

5.0

.339

.357

0.1%

0.3%

0.4%

0.0%

-0.3%

The Astros are hitting .192 as a team. As a team, the Astros are one giant Matt Dominguez.
17

9

9

9.7

9.3

9.4

.481

.501

4.3%

3.5%

7.8%

1.3%

-0.9%

The Twins have the best run differential in the AL Central.
18

5

12

6.5

7.0

6.9

.412

.393

0.7%

1.6%

2.3%

-0.5%

-1.4%

An old man sits by the fire. His grandson sits on his lap. "I remember, sonny, the two weeks when Emilio Bonifacio was the best player in baseball." "When was that, grandpa?" "Two weeks ago."
19

11

8

10.8

10.0

10.1

.546

.526

44.5%

17.1%

61.5%

-5.3%

-1.5%

Adam Wainwright has as many extra-base hits (one) as Matt Carpenter.
20

8

10

8.3

8.0

8.3

.469

.489

10.5%

8.1%

18.6%

1.2%

-1.8%

If Nirvana were still around, they'd write a song called "Chief Wahoo Will Have His Revenge On Cleveland", and because I'm old it would sound like a screaming guy swinging a feral cat at another screaming guy who was defending himself with a garbage can lid.
21

5

16

5.8

6.9

7.1

.388

.369

0.3%

2.8%

3.1%

-0.7%

-2.3%

The Diamondbacks have intentionally walked the most hitters in baseball, which doesn't seem like the kind of thing they make commemorative plates for.
22

9

10

9.5

9.5

9.6

.484

.504

9.8%

7.4%

17.2%

2.3%

-2.9%

The White Sox have the only bullpen that has walked more hitters than they've struck out.
23

10

9

10.0

9.1

8.7

.501

.521

12.6%

14.2%

26.8%

-2.3%

-4.0%

Excited over playing two games without getting injured, Jose Reyes strained his hamstring on purpose. "It was going to happen anyway," he said, adding, "I'm looking forward to getting back on the field in a month or so!"
24

8

11

9.6

8.5

9.0

.477

.457

6.4%

7.4%

13.8%

-2.3%

-4.5%

Jason Grilli has now blown three saves, and they're thinking of changing his walk-up music to "Peanut Butter Jelly Time."
25

11

8

10.0

9.8

10.5

.544

.524

53.0%

16.5%

69.4%

1.4%

-4.5%

You think Harper jogging to first was bad, you should've seen the sloppy way he made his bed!
26

8

10

10.2

9.7

9.3

.530

.550

25.4%

25.4%

50.8%

-3.0%

-5.1%

Last night, Anaheim committed three throwing errors on a walk. Fun travel game: invent a sillier play than that, and no, it can't involve sharks with lasers on their heads.
27

11

8

10.5

9.2

9.0

.532

.513

19.1%

37.1%

56.2%

2.4%

-5.5%

Tim Hudson has thrown 30 innings this season, and not only has he not walked anyone, he crawls to and from the mound on principle.
28

8

10

6.9

6.3

7.1

.434

.414

5.3%

5.3%

10.6%

1.0%

-6.2%

If you take out Chase Utley's contributions, the Phillies have won negative games.
29

7

11

8.9

8.8

9.4

.485

.505

7.5%

11.3%

18.8%

-1.3%

-14.1%

The player with the most wild pitches on the team with the most wild pitches in baseball is Felix Hernandez.
30

9

10

9.6

11.1

11.4

.544

.564

29.1%

20.8%

49.9%

-4.4%

-16.8%

The Rays are 4-0 in one-run games, which just goes to show you how important the extra 100 percent is.

Matthew Kory is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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