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Prospectus Hit List for April 9



by Matt Sussman

Hit List for April 8 Hit List for April 10
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 was an off day for some, but not for the Hit List!

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

4

2

4.2

5.2

5.3

.675

.658

59.7%

20.8%

80.5%

-0.5%

2.9%

Their bullpen has yet to allow a run (and just one hit in 13 innings), which is wrong and perhaps illegal. Where are the cops when you need them?
2

5

2

5.6

5.4

5.3

.663

.645

73.8%

8.6%

82.4%

2.8%

6.2%

Today in "things that won't be kept up," Joey Votto's batting line stands at .240/.472/.320, which is also coincidentally my luggage combination.
3

5

2

5.1

5.3

4.9

.619

.637

14.7%

20.8%

35.5%

-0.7%

5.3%

I like to imagine that A's fans have slumber parties in the stadium on off days.
4

5

2

5.4

4.8

4.7

.617

.635

26.6%

19.9%

46.5%

2.2%

5.6%

After Opening Day, nobody wants to fire the manager, so consider it a successful one.
5

5

2

4.3

5.0

4.7

.616

.635

41.7%

26.5%

68.3%

2.5%

11.8%

If Joe Nathan found a secret strike zone hidden in the dirt, then Jon Daniels is signing nothing but groundhogs.
6

6

1

5.5

4.8

4.5

.626

.607

29.5%

21.0%

50.5%

3.4%

7.9%

Even Paul Maholm has to admit deep down that, yeah, despite allowing one hit over seven innings ... it was the Marlins.
7

5

2

5.4

5.1

4.6

.605

.585

16.6%

15.7%

32.3%

3.5%

1.9%

For yet another night, Matt Harvey gave the Mets' fans the most dangerous substance known to a fanbase: hope.
8

5

2

5.3

5.5

5.0

.592

.573

2.6%

5.8%

8.4%

0.3%

4.5%

If we're going to make jokes about their pitching later in the season, we must recognize their superior ERA so far. It's only fair.
9

4

2

3.4

3.8

3.8

.547

.566

9.3%

9.3%

18.6%

-0.2%

1.4%

Alex Rios happens to be the team leader in hits, home runs, walks, RBIs, stolen bases, and names which translate to "rivers."
10

5

2

4.3

4.6

4.3

.585

.565

20.8%

27.8%

48.6%

-3.7%

6.7%

"Yeah, well we loosened him!" team slogan on Justin Upton.
11

2

4

2.9

3.3

3.6

.526

.546

37.9%

25.9%

63.8%

-0.1%

-6.0%

All that speed and they have one stolen base on the year, and it's courtesy of Howie Kendrick.
12

4

3

4.5

3.9

3.9

.526

.546

7.9%

9.0%

16.9%

0.9%

4.8%

Yes, they're a city known for their bullpen and their barbecue; but is it worth it to make a special trip to Kansas City for either?
13

3

3

2.7

3.0

3.0

.524

.544

65.4%

10.5%

76.0%

-0.7%

-3.4%

Bullpen didn't give up a single run yesterday.
14

3

4

3.9

4.6

4.7

.519

.539

2.0%

2.6%

4.6%

-0.5%

-1.0%

No hits or RBIs in two games. Has Chris Davis been wrought with the grippe?
15

4

4

4.0

4.2

4.4

.501

.521

5.6%

11.9%

17.5%

1.2%

-1.4%

They're on pace to shatter the MLB record for highest Value over Replacement Saunders.
16

3

4

3.5

4.0

3.7

.501

.521

16.3%

12.0%

28.4%

-1.8%

0.1%

Nick Swisher has never looked happier hitting a sacrifice fly.
17

3

4

3.1

2.7

2.9

.489

.509

40.1%

18.7%

58.9%

2.5%

-1.7%

Travis Hafner sure picked a swell time for his 100th career home run at Progressive Field.
18

4

3

3.6

3.9

4.0

.478

.498

1.1%

0.8%

1.9%

0.3%

0.7%

Aaron Hicks is just 2-for-30 in that leadoff position with two walks and two singles. Rookies.
19

4

2

2.2

2.4

2.4

.498

.478

43.3%

19.5%

62.8%

0.0%

1.3%

DidBryceHarperHitTwoMoreHomeRunsToday.com
20

3

4

2.7

2.1

2.3

.449

.469

20.8%

18.8%

39.6%

-4.5%

-7.9%

Where were you when Jose Molina stole that base? And did you feel it?
21

4

3

2.3

3.0

3.3

.483

.463

15.3%

24.1%

39.3%

1.9%

0.2%

A Hunter Pence go-ahead home run counts as a plague according to the book of Exodus.
22

2

4

1.8

1.8

1.9

.417

.437

10.5%

12.9%

23.4%

-1.0%

-7.7%

Jose Reyes is still performing as expected. Worst case, he makes an excellent trade candidate.
23

3

4

3.9

2.1

2.3

.454

.434

12.0%

16.6%

28.6%

-5.2%

0.0%

Allowing six earned runs in the ninth inning is a weird if not numerically accurate way for Mitchell Boggs to honor Stan Musial.
24

2

5

2.2

2.2

2.5

.401

.382

5.3%

7.8%

13.1%

2.2%

-4.8%

Norichika Aoki is the hottest leadoff hitter you've never heard of, although ... well, now you just learned about him, so strike that.
25

2

5

1.7

1.9

2.1

.388

.369

10.0%

11.8%

21.8%

-2.4%

-8.0%

That awkward moment when your starting pitching ERA is on the wrong side of 7.00.
26

2

5

2.1

2.0

2.0

.382

.363

3.5%

6.7%

10.2%

-2.6%

-7.8%

It's a shame how a perfectly beautiful Cubs Opening Day can get ruined by a simple thing like Cubs baseball.
27

2

5

2.5

1.6

1.3

.378

.359

5.4%

8.4%

13.7%

1.1%

-5.2%

Five hits in a baseball game, sadly, raises their collective batting average way up.
28

1

6

1.6

1.9

2.2

.333

.315

0.6%

1.2%

1.8%

-0.2%

-0.4%

Tied for the team lead in hits is Placido Polanco and Donovan Solano, which is simply an alternate spelling of Placido Polanco.
29

1

5

0.7

0.8

1.0

.308

.291

1.7%

4.3%

5.9%

-0.6%

-5.5%

Perhaps it's time to consider a camouflage win-loss record.
30

1

6

1.3

0.6

0.8

.260

.276

0.0%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.1%

-0.5%

So much for the theory that Safeco Field is Philip Humber's Valhalla.