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Prospectus Hit List for June 9



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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RkTmWLW1W2 W3HLFAHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day7-Day
1

39

24

45.0

44.4

44.6

.606

.625

69.7%

25.6%

95.3%

0.9%

4.6%

Manny Machado was ejected for throwing his bat at… someone, so the umpires ejected A’s pitcher Fernando Abad for… something. Somewhere David Price is wearing his superman t-shirt and smiling.
2

34

28

34.4

37.8

37.5

.564

.584

24.1%

55.0%

79.1%

2.2%

6.1%

As long as Mike Trout keeps hitting grand slam home runs the Angels will never lose a game. So keep hitting ‘em, Trout! Every time. No skimping!
3

42

21

39.5

37.1

36.9

.575

.555

84.2%

14.1%

98.4%

0.0%

4.4%

Tim Lincecum has a “quality start” listed among the two season highlights on his MLB player page.
4

33

31

33.9

36.7

36.4

.549

.529

43.6%

20.6%

64.2%

3.0%

2.8%

I don’t want to tell the Cardinals hitting coach how to do his job, but the team might hit the ball better without birds sitting on their bats.
5

32

29

34.9

35.0

34.4

.556

.536

59.0%

13.8%

72.8%

4.6%

20.5%

The Nationals filed a grievance when they learned that the NBA has sold Tyler Clippard.
6

38

26

36.4

34.8

34.3

.540

.560

68.9%

10.0%

78.9%

-3.3%

14.5%

The Blue Jays have been shut out three times this season and twice in the last two games. Should’ve drafted Manziel!
7

38

26

34.7

33.8

33.1

.519

.499

45.2%

23.5%

68.7%

1.1%

3.8%

The Brewers had four hits last night. Three of them came from Jonathan Lucroy. Of course they won.
8

33

31

34.4

33.7

32.8

.567

.547

15.3%

64.6%

79.9%

2.4%

1.4%

Having hacked into Yasiel Puig’s email account I can tell you backup dancers are the new bat flip.
9

33

29

34.3

32.0

32.7

.511

.531

5.1%

29.4%

34.5%

6.1%

15.8%

On May 12, Felix Hernandez didn’t strike anyone out and the Mariners won. Yesterday he struck out 15 and the Mariners won. Seems like wasted effort to me.
10

32

29

31.5

32.1

32.3

.516

.496

32.1%

20.3%

52.4%

-5.9%

-12.0%

Losing to a team described as “pesky” means you had a “pesky” night.
11

33

30

33.9

31.3

31.7

.465

.445

5.4%

7.1%

12.5%

1.5%

5.0%

Twenty-four players have come to bat for the Marlins this season. Giancarlo Stanton has more homers than 20 of them combined.
12

32

31

30.6

31.2

31.6

.493

.513

15.5%

13.0%

28.5%

2.4%

12.8%

The Indians have scored an average number of runs, have an average number of hits, have an average OPS, and an average ERA. Their averageness is extreme!!!
13

29

33

31.9

33.0

31.3

.493

.473

0.3%

8.6%

8.9%

-2.1%

-8.8%

The Rockies are 1-6 in June for a .143 winning percentage, though that’s still better than March when they didn’t win any games at all.
14

28

36

27.7

29.7

30.9

.442

.462

0.0%

1.0%

1.0%

0.3%

0.4%

Drafting a high school pitcher with the first pick? Good job, Astros! You think high school pitchers are going to help you win in the major leagues? That’s hilarious… what?... Really? …Huh… I see... oh. /buys Astros hat
15

25

35

29.0

31.2

30.9

.471

.451

0.9%

1.4%

2.3%

-0.7%

1.0%

“With the fourth selection in the MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs select… all the wins? No no no no” /walks off stage
16

33

26

30.5

31.3

30.7

.540

.560

70.8%

8.3%

79.0%

-4.9%

-8.1%

After David Ortiz hit the game-winning homer in the ninth, Joba Chamberlain’s beard gripped his face and whispered, “Don’t you dare disappoint me ever again.”
17

29

33

28.8

29.6

30.5

.486

.466

4.9%

8.3%

13.2%

-2.3%

1.5%

The Pirates had more hits, more walks, and fewer errors than the Brewers and the Pirates lost anyway.
18

24

40

26.3

29.4

30.0

.483

.503

1.3%

1.4%

2.7%

-0.5%

-5.3%

The Rays are farther out of first place than the Cubs, Twins, Phillies, and Astros proving that Bud Selig has, in fact, dropped the standings.
19

28

37

27.3

29.5

29.5

.459

.439

0.1%

3.4%

3.5%

0.3%

2.3%

I’d like to make fun of the Diamondbacks for being so bad that they gave a minor-league deal to Joel Pineiro, but they didn’t. The Angels did. So… Arizona should’ve signed Pineiro!
20

28

34

29.3

29.6

29.2

.502

.522

7.3%

10.5%

17.8%

3.9%

-13.3%

To those who say David Ortiz always hits in the clutch, I’ll point out he’s hitting .389 with two outs and runners in scoring position, not 1.000.
21

29

32

28.6

29.1

29.1

.479

.459

5.4%

8.6%

13.9%

0.2%

-2.8%

Billy Hamilton hit an outside-the-park homer which just seems like a waste.
22

31

30

29.4

29.2

29.0

.485

.505

8.8%

10.8%

19.6%

-2.3%

-8.3%

Ubaldo Jimenez hates instant replay. He gave up a grand slam to John Jaso but it was overturned so three batters later he gave one up to Brandon Moss. In your face, replay!
23

31

33

30.1

29.5

28.9

.460

.480

3.8%

4.3%

8.1%

-1.7%

-2.3%

The White Sox were swept by the Angels, but that won’t happen when Carlos Rodon gets to the big leagues. When Rodon gets to the big leagues, the White Sox will only lose two out of three.
24

29

32

28.0

29.1

28.9

.470

.490

4.7%

4.8%

9.4%

0.1%

0.0%

It may have been time to cut bait with Jason Kubel, which is a shame because if he’d got his OPS up .005 he’d be eligible to start the All-Star game for the AL at shortstop.
25

28

35

30.9

28.9

28.6

.464

.444

2.5%

2.5%

4.9%

-0.4%

-5.6%

Six Mets pitchers gave up six runs while Mets batters went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Somebody has been watching Sesame Street!
26

31

31

27.6

26.9

27.2

.487

.507

13.6%

12.8%

26.4%

-3.2%

-11.4%

Derek Jeter is ranked 12 out of 13 in OPS among AL shortstops. He is ranked 81 out of 85 qualifying AL baseball players in OPS. He is ranked 154 out of 168 qualifying baseball players in OPS. He will start the All-Star game. Must be the defense.
27

31

32

28.2

26.1

27.1

.463

.483

1.1%

8.3%

9.4%

-1.6%

-8.4%

The bad news is Mitch Moreland is on the DL for three months. The good news is Ron Washington will still hit him third.
28

31

32

29.8

27.0

26.9

.465

.485

5.3%

5.0%

10.2%

1.4%

2.8%

The Royals have a .761 winning percentage when they homer and a .357 winning percentage when they don’t homer. Unfortunately they only homer 33 percent of the time, meaning 33 percent of the time they have a .761 winning percentage and 67 percent of the time they have a .357 winning percentage. Numbers!
29

25

36

25.1

24.9

25.5

.442

.422

1.0%

0.9%

2.0%

-0.2%

-3.6%

Phillies slugger Ben Revere is just coasting on rep at this point.
30

28

35

25.8

23.8

24.3

.446

.426

0.1%

2.3%

2.4%

-1.5%

-10.0%

The Padres spent a draft pick on Johnny Manziel because A) he is more likely to play baseball for the Padres than their next choice, a pizza, B) it was a subtle “cheers, from one brown team to another” C) They don’t think he can play quarterback in the NFL either

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Brad Clark

Nice Wu Tang reference.

Yo RZA, yo razor, hit me with the major.

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