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Prospectus Hit List for August 17



by Ben Carsley

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Hit List updates are published Monday and Thursday through the 2017 season. Data 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.

Let's replace all the bad statues with statues of Rafael Devers.

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

85

34

82.1

83.9

83.1

.702

.698

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

I know knocking down statues is all the rage right now, but I hope people leave Adrian Gonzalez alone.
2

74

46

75.2

78.0

77.1

.634

.639

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

“Altuve focused on playoffs, not MVP” reads the Astros.com headline that makes it clear he doesn’t have a short attention span.
3

65

52

70.7

74.9

73.4

.607

.612

97.3%

1.7%

99.0%

-0.1%

3.4%

Cleveland’s rotation as a 2.37 ERA and 114 strikeouts in August. They’re having an even better month than the Confederacy.
4

64

55

71.1

76.6

75.8

.604

.609

26.8%

64.6%

91.4%

0.9%

1.0%

Might not be a great weekend for Monument Park.
5

71

47

71.2

74.6

72.4

.613

.608

99.9%

0.0%

100.0%

-0.0%

-0.0%

The Nationals’ entire starting outfield is on the DL now. They’re the Mariners’ rotation of outfields.
6

66

54

70.5

70.2

70.4

.577

.572

0.0%

88.8%

88.8%

-1.9%

-5.3%

The D-Backs are 14-23 since the Fourth of July. That’s one hell of a hangover.
7

69

51

69.8

66.8

66.4

.567

.571

72.7%

25.8%

98.4%

0.1%

2.5%

Cleganebowl has less hype than Rafael Devers, who probably launched another ball off the Monster in the time I wrote this.
8

63

56

64.9

68.5

68.3

.556

.551

68.8%

7.1%

75.9%

1.5%

8.4%

Another Kris Bryant proposal? How many rings does one man need?
9

61

59

65.0

66.5

67.3

.541

.536

21.1%

9.7%

30.9%

-7.5%

-3.6%

Seems like Chris Segal really didn’t like the language Yadier Molina and Mike Matheny were using last night. Guess you could say he didn’t appreciate the way they (puts on sunglasses) framed the conversation.
10

67

53

65.7

62.1

61.3

.533

.529

0.0%

85.1%

85.1%

5.6%

-3.5%

2017: the year in which the only good news is about a Rockies pitcher. Congrats, Chad Bettis.
11

60

62

59.9

64.4

65.5

.512

.517

0.3%

14.5%

14.9%

-6.5%

-14.9%

“Archer eyes more success vs. Jays in finale” reads the Rays.com headline that doubles as commentary on bird-hunting.
12

59

60

62.0

58.7

58.9

.501

.506

0.0%

18.5%

18.5%

4.4%

12.3%

Congrats to Jon Daniels on his 1,000th win as Rangers GM, or as Farhan Zaidi would call it, a pretty good season.
13

61

61

59.4

59.1

59.4

.490

.495

0.0%

12.1%

12.1%

0.6%

-22.2%

My god, the Mariners’ starting rotation is so raw it gave Kyle Seager a stomach infection.
14

63

59

62.8

59.2

58.3

.498

.493

9.2%

4.5%

13.7%

2.0%

3.2%

Keon Broxton gets hotter and colder than a Katy Perry song.
15

62

59

60.0

56.4

57.9

.488

.493

0.0%

22.8%

22.8%

3.2%

14.2%

If the Angels actually manage to make the playoffs this year we should get a Second Easter.
16

58

61

58.5

58.9

59.4

.493

.488

0.1%

4.1%

4.2%

0.8%

2.5%

The latest batch of Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are such crap it’s surprising they weren’t tweeted from Mar-A-Lago at 4 a.m.
17

61

59

58.2

55.8

56.4

.482

.487

1.7%

17.9%

19.6%

1.8%

2.9%

Joakim Soria might go on the DL thanks to lat pain. In other words, his arm is soria.
18

59

62

56.2

53.6

55.2

.463

.468

0.2%

3.8%

4.0%

-1.7%

-0.6%

It’s gonna be hysterical when J.J. Hardy gets healthy and Buck Showalter plays him over Tim Beckham.
19

59

58

52.9

51.6

52.3

.461

.466

1.0%

14.5%

15.5%

-2.8%

2.0%

I still enjoy that when MInnesota plays in double-headers they’re technically Twins twin-billings.
20

58

62

52.0

52.8

54.3

.452

.457

0.0%

3.6%

3.6%

0.3%

1.2%

Replacing Francisco Liriano with Brett Anderson is like trading in a Toyota with 150,000 miles on it for a Toyota with 50,000 miles on it, but no engine.
21

53

67

55.0

55.0

54.0

.452

.457

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.1%

-1.6%

Now Angel Hernandez knows what it’s like to be called out when he’s not expecting it.
22

58

62

55.6

53.7

53.1

.459

.454

0.9%

0.4%

1.3%

-0.6%

-1.8%

“Arcia and Diaz had a post-anthem standoff” reads the Pirates.com headline that would be a much bigger deal if this was the NFL.
23

53

68

50.5

55.3

56.1

.444

.449

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

-0.3%

Laugh all you want at trading for Chris Hatcher, but sometimes when they trade for failed catching prospects they end up with (scans past Derek Norris) Josh Donaldson!
24

53

65

53.2

49.8

50.1

.437

.432

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

“I don’t even care,” Robert Gsellman says as he loads up Simple Plan’s “Perfect” on his discman one more time.
25

53

65

51.3

49.5

49.4

.431

.426

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

0.1%

Some people think it’s Jon Snow, others think it’s Daenerys Targaryen, but there’s more and more evidence that suggests that The Prince That Was Promised is actually Ronald Acuna.
26

50

71

50.9

51.7

53.2

.425

.420

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Devin Mesoraco makes Grady Sizemore look like Cal Ripken.
27

45

72

49.6

47.3

49.1

.408

.413

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

“White Sox closer role is a ‘fluid proposition’” reads the WhiteSox.com headline. So is pee, so ...
28

54

66

45.0

49.0

49.7

.412

.407

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

If slow and steady really wins the race, congrats to Jered Weaver on beating the crap out of Aesop’s hare.
29

43

75

47.6

47.7

47.8

.394

.390

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Are we sure the Phillies were giving Rhys Hoskins the silent treatment and weren’t just unfamiliar with how to respond to friendly home runs?
30

48

74

49.1

44.6

45.9

.384

.380

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Frankly, the loser of this upcoming Giants-Phillies series should be relegated.

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This might be your best work yet. Hilarious, especially at 6am. Props

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