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Brevity has never been my strongest suit at the Hit List, as my poor editors can attest. With a compressed schedule this week due to travel concerns, I decided to try an experimental format while temporarily bringing back the much-missed two-league format (this time with league adjustments): 30 Twitter-length hits, one per team, 140 characters maximum including links, calling upon a host of abbreviations while trying to maintain coherence. Love it or hate it, rest assured that the regular-format list will be back in all of its verbose glory next week.
Rk Team
Overall WL
Week WL
Hit List Factor
Comment

1


Yankees
74-46
3-3
.621
Down
Dog days here but Sabathia keeps rolling. 15 consec. quality starts most for Yank since Guidry ’78 http://bit.ly/aFqTwT http://bit.ly/bn9fct

2


Rays
74-46
5-1
.618
Flat
Hellickson wins again (http://es.pn/by0xhS), Upton raking (.322/.394/.559 in Aug). But “Braysers?” http://bit.ly/bz886k #thegogglesdonothing

3


Twins
70-50
5-0
.601
Down
Twins seize AL Central lead, Thome makes old team pay w/12th walkoff HR of career, ties MLB record http://bit.ly/9PhDls http://es.pn/dmZgge

4


Red Sox
69-52
3-2
.591
Down
Not Again! Papelbon blows big save, Ellsbury breaks ribs, out for yr. (http://bit.ly/92ZVee). Both gone in 2011? http://bit.ly/digjtv

5


Rangers
67-52
2-4
.579
Down
Nelson Cruz hits DL for 3rd time due to hammy, .321 TAv would rank 6th w/enough PA to qualify (http://bit.ly/d49aqp). Vlad tries RF, yikes!

6


Padres
72-47
5-1
.562
Flat
Miguel Tejada 13-for-29 spree as 10-1 tear opens 6-game lead in NL West. TK% shot at playoffs. Kevin Towers says hi http://nyti.ms/cPkUTw

7


Braves
71-49
5-1
.561
Flat
Chipper to rehab not retire, but 3B unsettled http://bit.ly/aAUiJv. Get Derrek Lee, DL Glaus (.192/.292/.288 since 7/1), plan shift #badidea

8


Blue Jays
63-57
3-3
.560
Down
Another No-Hit Bid: After 4-HR disaster, Shaun Marcum 1-hits A’s, only hit a HR http://bit.ly/bhln5K. Jays ≤ H 9x, 2nd http://bit.ly/bHTsiU

9


White Sox
65-55
1-4
.560
Down
2-7 skid costs 1st place in Central. Still need another big bat, DH slot just .239/.308/.411. Shoulda re-signed Thome http://bit.ly/dDuSiK

10


Athletics
59-60
2-4
.537
Down
No Offense: A’s nearly no-hit twice in 3-game span (Marcum, Slowey), 3 R, 7 H while batting .083/.172/.143. Chris Carter 0-for-19, optioned

11


Reds
69-51
5-0
.534
Up
Homer Bailey returns from DL w/6 scoreless in place of Karate Kid Cueto ( http://es.pn/dxbVpG). Mike Leake to bullpen #can’thave2muchpitching

12


Cardinals
65-53
1-4
.532
Down
Cards flop in wake of last week’s drama but Jake Westbrook 3.32 ERA, 9.0 K/9, 3/3 QS. Plus, Pujols reaches 30-HR mark for 10th straight time

13


Phillies
68-51
4-1
.527
Up
Chase Utley 0-for-5 in accelerated return from thumb surgery (http://bit.ly/a0cdF9). Phils 26-17 without him but just .262/.327/.407

14


Giants
67-54
1-4
.514
Down
Another Lincecum disaster, and whatever ails him is catching: starters 5.97 ERA, 4 quality starts out of 13 as Giants shed Wild Card lead

15


Rockies
62-57
3-2
.513
Down
12-18 since ASB, odds below 5%. Hawpe (.189/.302/.351 since 6/25) waived, Francis (4.56 ERA, .471 SNWP) DLed. Ubaldo (.642) only SNWP > .500

16


Tigers
58-62
3-3
.504
Flat
Max Scherzer shuts down Yanks in Bronx, 2.35 ERA, 9.4 K/9 in 15 GS since AAA detour. A-Jax HR vs ex-tm, .302/.354/.405, .419 BABIP leads MLB

17


Angels
60-61
1-4
.498
Flat
16-24 since July 1, Playoff Odds in low-fat milk zone (< 2%). Rough night for Jered Weaver in BOS but leads AL in K (186), 7th in ERA (3.11)

18


Dodgers
61-60
2-4
.489
Down
More Meltdowns: Broxton blows it vs. Phillies. Again. Deposed as closer by Kuo and #dontaskDotel. It doesn’t help. http://es.pn/aVAXEU

19


Marlins
59-60
2-4
.482
Down
Mike Stanton .556/.613/1.185/4 HR in 7 G span. .271/.347/.557 overall, 14 HR since June 8 recall, t-11th in MLB. #cameronmaybinMIA

20


Mets
60-60
3-3
.474
Up
Circus Act: K-Rod slugs father-in-law, tears thumb lig., done for year. Team cedes high moral ground w/2 gm susp., now wants $$$ #soverymets

21


Indians
49-71
1-4
.455
Up
Travis Hafner bops grand slam off Felix Hernandez in 1st game off DL. http://es.pn/9Dy5Jj. He’s Pronking at .290/.390/.476 clip since May 1

22


Royals
51-69
4-1
.452
Up
Killer B’s: 1st pick ’02 flop Bryan Bullington blanks Yanks for 1st W http://bit.ly/cc0EbE. Betemit & Betancourt go deep http://es.pn/anWD0s

23


Mariners
48-73
4-2
.439
Up
Suddenly ancient Mariner Milton Bradley done for year by knee injury after 0-for-3 in hit/field/health (.205/.292/.348) http://bit.ly/b0ldzZ

24


Brewers
57-64
3-2
.436
Up
John Axford‘s mini-meltdown allows Trevor Hoffman to get save 598 http://bit.ly/bdtAZV. Ax 2nd in NL w/6 multi-inning saves, 11th in WXRL

25


Nationals
51-69
2-3
.429
Flat
1st pick Bryce Harper signs for $9.9 mil (Stras $15.1). AFL next? http://bit.ly/azQSg6. Ryan Zimmerman .351/.422/.737/6 HR month #hope

26


Cubs
50-71
2-4
.419
Flat
Derrek Lee 4 HR/3 G after bereavement leave, sits due to bulging disc, traded to Braves http://bit.ly/bqURkF http://bit.ly/9wzlu8

27


Orioles
42-79
2-4
.405
Up
Adam Jones‘ walkoff bunt beats M’s (http://bit.ly/99i9if). .300/.359/.450 2nd half after .276/.304/.453 1st, with 20/9 K/BB following 76/10

28


Diamondbacks
47-74
1-4
.402
Up
LaRoche, Montero, Reynolds & Drew tie MLB record w/4 straight HR http://bit.ly/bS7Y6S. Snakes 2nd in NL with 138 HR, 6 players w/10+, 2 w/8

29


Astros
52-67
4-2
.398
Up
Shawn Chacon grievance finally settled (http://bit.ly/99HXk5), paving way for others to punch Ed Wade for poor returns in dismantling team

30


Pirates
40-80
1-5
.314
Up
Give the ‘Dorf a Break: Ohlendorf’s 6.2 scoreless vs. HOU wasted, 24th straight time w/<4 runs support. 3.90 ERA, .506 SNWP, 1-10. #rawdeal

The Prospectus Hit List rankings are derived from Won-Loss records and several measurements pertaining to run differentials, both actual and adjusted, from Baseball Prospectus Adjusted Standings through the close of play on every Thursday.