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Prospectus Hit List for August 1



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.

It's Friday, Friday, traded for depth on Thursday.

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

64

43

62.9

67.7

67.0

.611

.630

38.0%

61.4%

99.4%

0.0%

0.4%

The accumulation of G's on Tyler Skaggs' jersey caused forearm tightness and he had to leave the game. One G is enough, America.
2

58

50

57.0

56.8

56.2

.524

.504

14.4%

51.3%

65.7%

-0.6%

-16.5%

“Did we get anyone?” -- Hunter Pences’s crazy eye. “Nope! I don’t think so!” – Hunter Pence’s other crazy eye.
3

66

41

70.7

68.7

68.0

.639

.657

61.9%

38.0%

99.9%

0.1%

0.0%

Billy Beane was dismayed to learn that with the trade deadline over he wouldn’t be able to add another ace pitcher next week. “What?” he thundered. “Whose dumb idea was a deadline?”
4

60

49

57.7

56.7

56.1

.529

.509

36.0%

29.6%

65.6%

-1.5%

-5.1%

The Brewers' janitorial staff picked the wrong day to steal every phone in the team’s offices and hide them in the toilet.
5

58

51

56.9

55.5

55.1

.517

.497

22.7%

28.3%

50.9%

0.6%

0.4%

The Braves would have done something but they got caught up with Sharknado 2 and were too afraid to cross the carpet to pick up a phone.
6

57

51

54.0

56.0

56.9

.518

.498

19.8%

26.6%

46.4%

-5.4%

3.4%

The Pirates tried to trade for Pedro Alvarez’s swing but Altoona wouldn’t budge off a final offer of six hot dogs and two large slushees.
7

56

52

60.5

60.0

59.4

.546

.566

0.1%

23.0%

23.0%

1.8%

-3.7%

Austin Jackson is better than the hamsters in roller balls the Mariners have been starting in center field and that’s all that matters.
8

60

47

56.9

55.2

55.6

.532

.552

49.2%

22.3%

71.5%

-5.6%

6.8%

When introduced to new reliever Andrew Miller, Orioles skipper Buck Showalter accidentally struck out.
9

57

50

53.7

56.7

56.5

.523

.503

38.9%

22.0%

60.9%

7.3%

4.0%

John Lackey should love St. Louis. And St. Louis, if they love swearing, guns, big trucks, bigger trucks, large hats, larger hats, and swearing, should love John Lackey.
10

60

50

59.6

59.1

58.8

.540

.560

38.1%

21.9%

60.1%

4.1%

25.0%

Sure everyone around them got better, and sure they didn’t do anything worth while, and sure they still have some huge holes in their roster, but… where was I going with this?
11

54

54

55.3

53.3

53.6

.501

.481

5.2%

13.2%

18.4%

3.1%

-2.6%

Reports: The Reds tried to take Billy Hamilton out of the game to trade him but they couldn’t catch him.
12

62

47

61.4

63.4

61.7

.570

.550

85.6%

12.3%

98.0%

0.7%

13.3%

The Dodgers failed to get David Price or Jon Lester but they did keep Vin Scully and you tell me who is more important.
13

58

48

60.7

60.1

59.6

.562

.542

74.8%

10.7%

85.5%

-3.1%

-1.5%

Jerry Blevins: 2.97 FIP, 5.45 ERA. Drew Storen: 3.07 FIP, 1.53 ERA.
14

55

52

50.2

49.6

50.4

.479

.499

8.6%

9.9%

18.4%

1.0%

-13.8%

Brian Cashman revealed that a quick and easy "what about Drew” text message to Ben Cheringon precipitated the Yankees easy acquisition of Stephen Drew. This prompted a flurry of texts from Cashman to everyone he knows asking “what about your money.”
15

55

52

53.7

48.6

50.0

.484

.504

9.4%

7.1%

16.5%

3.4%

2.6%

The Royals are all in, y’all! Fear the powder blue!
16

53

55

53.5

59.1

58.9

.520

.540

4.1%

6.0%

10.1%

-0.6%

0.2%

“Holmes, how could you trade David Price in a pennant race?” “Simple, my dear Watson! We’re not in a pennant race!”
17

53

55

54.4

54.5

54.5

.501

.521

4.8%

4.7%

9.6%

-2.7%

-9.8%

The worst part of the Justin Masterson trade is now people in St. Louis movie theaters are going to have to be careful. Justin Masterson is tall.
18

58

47

56.5

57.7

56.9

.545

.565

83.9%

3.4%

87.3%

-3.1%

-7.6%

The Price is right! Ha ha… a huh huh… huh… huh… oooo…
19

53

55

51.8

50.8

50.5

.477

.457

1.2%

3.0%

4.1%

-0.7%

3.1%

Another year, another deadline, another missed opportunity to trade Giancarlo Stanton to your favorite team for a bunch of nobodies.
20

52

56

55.6

52.9

52.3

.493

.473

1.4%

2.5%

3.9%

-0.6%

1.4%

By not trading Bartolo Colon the Mets are signaling they can compete next season. Or it signals they like hilarious pitcher at-bats.
21

53

56

53.2

52.4

52.1

.483

.503

1.7%

2.2%

3.9%

1.7%

2.4%

So much for my proposed Paul Konerko for Derek Jeter trade idea that would have made sense.
22

48

60

49.8

45.6

45.8

.438

.418

0.0%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.1%

0.0%

The trade deadline went down and the Padres still don’t have a GM. But that’s probably not that important.
23

48

60

47.9

49.8

50.4

.454

.474

0.0%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

-2.3%

I’d make a joke about moving deck chairs on the Titanic but the Red Sox traded the deck chairs.
24

48

61

47.1

47.3

47.2

.435

.415

0.0%

0.2%

0.2%

0.1%

0.0%

The Diamondbacks are one of those posters at the mall that become a 3D picture of a boat if you stare at it long enough, except when you stare at this one it becomes a bunch of small disassociated color splotches.
25

48

61

47.7

48.1

48.9

.442

.422

0.0%

0.1%

0.2%

0.0%

0.1%

Not one trade. Maybe they had a glitch and had to turn their commodore 64s on and off.
26

45

62

48.3

51.7

51.1

.458

.439

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Jake Arrieta allowed three hits in seven innings during his comeback campaign yet can’t escape my brain calling him Jake Areola.
27

44

64

49.2

50.2

48.4

.441

.421

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

0.0%

Someone high up on a mountaintop somewhere knows what the Rockies are doing but he’s almost certainly suffering from altitude sickness.
28

44

65

43.9

44.0

46.8

.410

.429

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Hard to believe the Astros traded Jarred Cosart and broke up the 2017 World Championship pitching staff before they’d even got together.
29

43

65

42.1

40.2

42.0

.387

.406

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

What did you want them to do, trade a DL spot?
30

48

59

48.6

49.4

49.2

.456

.476

0.2%

0.0%

0.2%

-0.2%

-0.2%

Extending Kurt Suzuki is like buying a Suzuki and naming it Kurt. It’s a fine idea and quite cute, but it’ll probably break down soon and all your money will be gone.

Matthew Kory is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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