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Prospectus Hit List for July 21



by Matt Sussman

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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.

After the long All-Star break, Sussman's got a full bladder of jokes he's been holding!

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

61

37

65.1

62.5

62.7

.641

.659

58.2%

41.4%

99.6%

0.1%

-0.0%

Brandon Moss leads the team in intentional walks and also HBPs, because some teams figured out how to save three pitches.
2

59

38

57.7

61.5

60.6

.616

.634

41.5%

57.9%

99.4%

0.3%

0.5%

The Huston Street trade is a departure from their previous relief pitcher trades, in that this time they actually wanted a good one.
3

54

41

51.8

53.1

52.0

.555

.574

83.7%

6.1%

89.8%

4.4%

-4.5%

If you're running out hobbies, track how Detroit is on pace to hit 75 sacrifice flies as a team, nearly the most by a team since 1927.
4

55

45

55.6

56.7

54.8

.555

.535

62.1%

25.7%

87.8%

3.7%

-3.0%

Kids everywhere are trying to emulate Clayton Kershaw's delivery, which is why this year there is a 146 percent increase in kids falling off the mound.
5

53

43

55.5

54.6

54.3

.566

.547

66.7%

17.5%

84.2%

3.3%

3.9%

The Presidents' Race was finally won by newcomer Ulysses S. Grant! Never mind, that was Jayson Werth.
6

54

44

53.3

53.3

52.5

.539

.519

37.9%

35.8%

73.6%

-4.6%

4.0%

Once this team figures out time travel they're going to acquire 2010 Cody Ross so hard. Possibly 2001 Barry Bonds if the technology lets them go back that far.
7

54

45

51.4

54.2

54.4

.540

.520

49.0%

18.9%

67.9%

-4.6%

3.6%

If you look up the world "archipelago" in the dictionary you'll see a picture Carlos Martinez's beard.
8

54

44

51.3

50.5

50.5

.526

.506

32.6%

32.7%

65.3%

5.4%

1.8%

Dan Uggla now has enough free time and resources to begin his own baseball league filled with nothing but under-producing second basemen.
9

53

44

50.8

50.3

50.0

.526

.546

43.4%

9.7%

53.1%

-4.5%

-5.8%

Adam Jones became the 12th player in history to record a home run, five RBIs and two stolen bases in a game. Dante Bichette is the only one to accomplish this twice.
10

54

45

50.9

50.5

50.2

.519

.499

22.5%

24.8%

47.3%

-3.5%

-3.9%

Carlos Gomez hasn't personally rattled anyone's cage since the All-Star break so he is officially slumping.
11

52

46

55.7

54.8

54.1

.553

.572

0.3%

41.1%

41.4%

-3.9%

-3.6%

Dominic Leone lost a game in the 16th inning, then won a game the next day in the 12th.
12

52

46

49.3

51.5

52.2

.523

.503

15.7%

22.8%

38.4%

6.6%

12.9%

If you bat Jordy Mercer anywhere but eighth ... [pauses for audience laughter] ... you might be a Hurdleneck!
13

51

48

51.7

51.4

51.6

.520

.540

26.0%

7.9%

33.9%

4.8%

-0.0%

Munenori Kawasaki, Steve Tolleson and Don Johnson in your infield is a sign that either (a) you're out of the playoff race, or (b) you're actually good and it's just Sunday.
14

51

47

51.4

50.3

50.4

.518

.498

12.9%

19.7%

32.6%

-5.4%

-17.9%

He chose baseball instead of golf, but Manny Parra at least had the apt name for it.
15

50

47

45.3

44.9

46.3

.481

.501

21.7%

7.2%

28.9%

2.4%

7.3%

Brian McCann hit a walkoff single to short right field yesterday, although at Yankee Stadium there is no other kind.
16

50

48

49.1

48.8

48.9

.502

.522

11.0%

16.0%

27.0%

-3.9%

10.9%

Michael Brantley continues to crush the competition and make an MVP case, while Matt LaPorta just found a grocery store in town that accepts double coupons.
17

48

49

48.0

44.7

46.3

.482

.502

4.0%

6.4%

10.4%

-1.0%

-8.4%

They only mustered six extra-base hits all weekend, and three of them were Omar Infante doubles. Other than that, decent weekend.
18

47

53

48.2

53.4

53.3

.505

.525

6.0%

2.6%

8.6%

2.0%

4.1%

The Rays may be the team most in need of David Price, but do they have the prospects to pry him from the Rays, and are they willing to give them up?
19

46

52

45.6

47.0

47.1

.474

.494

3.0%

1.8%

4.7%

0.9%

1.0%

Brock Holt has played every position this year except pitcher and catcher. Tune in next week when he starts a game at catcher, catching for ... Brock Holt.
20

47

52

46.9

46.0

46.1

.470

.490

0.9%

1.4%

2.3%

-1.1%

0.3%

Did Mr. and Mrs. Danks even consult with the makers of television chyrons before naming their sons Joh. and Jor.?
21

46

52

50.5

48.4

47.8

.492

.472

0.6%

1.3%

1.9%

-1.0%

-0.8%

At least they weren't the first team to be no-hit by the Padres, but they won't be the last team to lose when the pitcher tries to field the ball and instead somersaults into the ground.
22

44

53

45.7

45.3

45.0

.464

.484

0.5%

0.4%

0.9%

-0.4%

-1.7%

Now that the All-Star Game is over, no more games in Target Field will count.
23

45

52

45.5

44.2

43.9

.460

.441

0.1%

0.4%

0.5%

0.2%

-0.3%

The Home Run Derby clearly broke Giancarlo Stanton's swing, because now he's only hitting home runs and thousands are being maimed by baseballs.
24

43

55

43.0

42.1

42.8

.436

.416

0.1%

0.1%

0.2%

-0.1%

-0.2%

They're still very much in this thing, if by "this thing" you mean the National League East.
25

43

56

42.7

43.1

42.9

.434

.414

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.0%

0.1%

That awkward moment when Josh Collmenter still leads the team in pitching wins and it's, like, almost the trade deadline and you're not sure what "selling high" means.
26

43

55

43.2

39.5

39.6

.422

.402

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

0.0%

Odrisamer Despaigne lost a no-hitter in the eighth—perhaps in a teammate's camouflage jersey, but there's no way to find out.
27

40

57

44.2

46.3

46.2

.456

.436

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

-0.1%

Guess which team has a 6.00 ERA in the month of July, worst in the National League? Give up? It's the... okay lucky guess.
28

41

58

40.3

41.4

43.6

.420

.440

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

Chris Carter spent all night with the feeling he forgot something. Then he looked at the box score. Zero strikeouts. Whoops.
29

40

58

44.1

45.5

43.6

.438

.419

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

-0.0%

If you've been paying close attention to the Rockies starting rotation this year, where are your parents?
30

39

59

38.0

35.6

37.4

.383

.402

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Colby Lewis will continue to gripe about unwritten rules until a publisher picks up his novel, "The Colby Code," a psychological thriller about a bunt that threatens to take over the world.

Matt Sussman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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5 comments have been left for this article.
NatsLady

Love these! (But proofreading would be nice...)

Jul 21, 2014 08:26 AM
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BP staff member SamMiller

I count one typo. What are you looking at?

Jul 21, 2014 09:03 AM
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peabodydg

Absolutely brilliantly executed silly baseball humor!

Jul 21, 2014 09:57 AM
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ahemmer

If the Blue Jays are down to Don Johnson, they're really in trouble.

Jul 21, 2014 10:19 AM
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KerryFam4

The Nationals comment made me LOL. Well done!

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