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Prospectus Hit List for April 22



by Matt Sussman

Hit List for April 19 Hit List for April 23
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 astonishing! It's uproarious!

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

12

6

12.3

11.7

10.6

.599

.618

55.0%

19.2%

74.1%

1.9%

6.0%

Well if Jeff Baker is also going to be a main contributor to the lineup then we're just not playing fair anymore.
2

12

6

12.5

11.8

11.8

.598

.617

31.5%

30.5%

62.0%

-4.5%

9.9%

Idea for their Fourth of July game: David Ortiz recreates the speech from Independence Day, but with curses.
3

10

7

10.0

10.1

10.4

.580

.600

48.7%

23.6%

72.3%

-2.4%

2.8%

Somebody needs to do something about Ichiro batting seventh.
4

13

5

13.0

13.0

12.3

.613

.594

44.1%

22.9%

67.0%

-0.7%

-1.6%

They can still go 161-1, but it will require a DeLorean and Kris Medlen needs to be careful not to make his mother get a crush on him.
5

9

9

9.6

10.8

10.6

.563

.583

71.1%

8.8%

79.9%

-3.5%

-5.3%

When some said the team needed a diet, they didn't need to entirely cut out hits with runners in scoring position.
6

11

8

12.6

13.1

12.1

.599

.579

56.3%

15.6%

71.9%

-0.9%

10.6%

Joey Votto's hitting dingers again, so everybody can resume ducking again.
7

12

7

11.5

11.1

10.1

.549

.569

21.9%

22.2%

44.1%

-2.4%

-3.1%

These East coast trips are quite unpleasant for A's fans, given that they are mostly vampire bats.
8

13

5

11.7

12.5

11.5

.558

.538

5.4%

10.0%

15.4%

-1.8%

8.0%

Hopefully they're not peaking too early in the season. Haha, peak.
9

10

8

10.7

10.3

10.7

.553

.533

22.7%

25.4%

48.2%

3.1%

-2.7%

It's astonishing! It's uproarious! It's the triumphant return of Didi Gregorius!
10

10

7

9.8

8.8

8.9

.513

.533

11.8%

10.9%

22.6%

6.4%

5.0%

First place in the AL Central in April is about as prestigious as a fast food birthday crown, but at least you can wear the latter in public.
11

10

8

10.0

10.0

10.4

.512

.532

2.8%

8.2%

11.0%

-0.9%

3.1%

Their .131/.209/.246 hitting among designated hitters demonstrates they are ready for the National League.
12

12

7

10.3

10.6

10.8

.548

.528

27.7%

22.5%

50.1%

3.1%

2.1%

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled program, "Barry Zito Controls The Universe."
13

7

10

7.6

8.3

8.6

.507

.527

21.1%

28.3%

49.4%

3.2%

0.4%

In grade school Mark Trumbo kept getting detention for stealing left-handed nerds' Trapper Keepers and throwing them into the air 400 feet.
14

8

10

8.2

7.7

8.4

.491

.511

12.3%

18.8%

31.2%

3.1%

-0.1%

Their OPS leader so far is James Loney, as we all predicted.
15

8

10

6.8

10.2

10.1

.531

.511

43.3%

21.1%

64.5%

-1.3%

-15.8%

Skip Schumaker, Designated Hitter because you are not supposed to understand the world and its mysteries.
16

9

8

10.2

9.5

9.5

.526

.506

11.0%

12.1%

23.1%

1.5%

-4.3%

LaTroy Hawkins would like you to know that he still is employed with a baseball team, performing baseball functions.
17

7

10

7.8

8.4

7.9

.479

.499

12.0%

10.0%

21.9%

2.7%

-4.7%

Since 1916, Giambi is the seventh person with five RBIs in a game as a 42-year old. The others: Barry Bonds (twice), Julio Franco, Dave Winfield, Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski, and Doc Cramer.
18

10

8

11.2

8.1

8.3

.514

.494

19.8%

15.8%

35.6%

-0.9%

-0.7%

Obsessive compulsive Cardinals fans have just been BEGGING to take Marc Rzepczynski's name and alphabetize it.
19

10

8

9.2

8.8

9.5

.508

.488

14.8%

12.2%

27.0%

3.9%

6.8%

Let's just save time and anoint Jason Grilli as an All-Star, because that's what you do with Pirates closers.
20

10

8

7.5

7.6

7.5

.497

.477

36.7%

20.1%

56.8%

-2.3%

2.0%

If Ross Detwiler keeps pitching this amazing, the front office is going to start limiting his innings.
21

8

7

6.8

7.9

8.1

.455

.475

0.8%

0.8%

1.6%

0.1%

1.0%

Some have argued for a demotion to Triple-A, but instead Aaron Hicks is now hitting eighth in the Twins lineup, which is basically the same thing.
22

7

11

8.3

8.1

7.4

.451

.471

4.3%

4.6%

8.9%

-2.8%

-3.1%

Not only is Jeff Keppinger's average (.153) higher than his on-base percentage (.149), but three of his four RBIs did not occur on base hits.
23

8

11

6.7

5.9

6.2

.435

.455

4.7%

10.4%

15.1%

0.8%

-5.7%

Adam Lind's series against the Yankees: five plate appearances, five walks.
24

9

8

7.4

7.1

7.4

.462

.442

6.3%

6.8%

13.1%

-3.1%

4.0%

A terrible start, followed by a torrid streak in the correct direction. The Brewers have played like the opposite of a Jean Segura baserunning episode.
25

8

11

7.5

7.8

8.2

.458

.438

8.1%

9.9%

18.0%

1.2%

-5.2%

They're finally starting to draw walks again, but only after spending a late night perusing the rulebook and learning what happens after four balls.
26

7

13

6.1

7.0

7.3

.412

.431

2.0%

3.6%

5.7%

-1.8%

-5.9%

Pitching Aaron Harang the day before Felix Hernandez is a pretty clever way to lull the opponent into a false sense of satisfaction, but it doesn't work if Harang pitches your series finale.
27

5

12

6.5

8.1

8.5

.448

.428

2.8%

3.8%

6.6%

-0.7%

-3.2%

Nearly one-fifth of the runs they allow are of the unearned variety, making the Cubs the least profitable bank in America.
28

5

13

6.6

5.8

6.8

.403

.384

0.9%

1.7%

2.6%

-1.1%

0.3%

Six series in, they've already been swept three times.
29

5

13

5.8

5.4

6.1

.348

.366

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

-0.2%

On Saturday night, after holding Cleveland to 19 runs in the first five innings the bullpen finally started to settle down.
30

4

15

4.2

3.5

3.9

.315

.298

0.1%

0.1%

0.2%

-0.1%

-0.2%

It's the same old story: Miguel Olivo can only hit so many pinch-hit home runs before someone else will need to step up.