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Prospectus Hit List for June 25



by Matt Sussman

Hit List for June 24 Hit List for June 26
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.

Crossing "Appel pun" off our bucket list.

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

42

32

45.5

50.6

50.2

.604

.623

90.3%

5.0%

95.3%

-0.7%

-0.1%

Their starters and relievers have the exact same strikeout rate and batting average against a good reason to never look at statistics again.
2

45

33

46.0

44.9

44.9

.555

.575

49.9%

28.2%

78.2%

-1.2%

1.3%

Off days are when all the Red Sox shave their heads and add hair additives to their beards.
3

44

32

40.9

41.9

42.2

.554

.574

66.3%

18.4%

84.8%

1.4%

14.4%

Late endless nights in St. Louis are exactly why their ancestors left there for Texas.
4

44

34

43.8

44.7

43.1

.543

.562

32.3%

34.3%

66.6%

0.6%

-7.8%

Grant Balfour hasn't blown a save all year, which is more impressive because it's his winter!
5

47

29

49.4

47.4

46.4

.581

.561

48.9%

46.1%

95.1%

-0.4%

-1.4%

Edward Mujica is the only pitcher with more than one save and zero decisions, and he has 21 saves.
6

40

37

40.2

43.1

44.1

.536

.556

13.1%

25.2%

38.3%

5.8%

3.5%

It seems most of these scary pitcher comebacks happen in Tropicana Field. Solution: just put a catwalk in front of the pitcher.
7

41

34

37.4

34.3

34.8

.530

.550

26.3%

29.6%

55.9%

0.8%

-7.8%

Some want Mariano Rivera to start the All-Star Game, and others want him to close. Let's compromise: fifth inning.
8

45

32

44.7

45.1

44.7

.568

.548

28.5%

59.0%

87.5%

-0.3%

-4.7%

Mike Leake leads their rotation in ERA, and the NSA is trying to figure out how this information was released.
9

33

43

36.6

39.0

37.7

.522

.542

1.1%

4.7%

5.9%

-0.5%

-6.4%

Howie Kendrick, owner of the team's highest batting average (.323) by 17 points, is second on the team with four intentional walks.
10

44

33

45.0

45.2

43.7

.543

.523

83.7%

4.7%

88.4%

-1.1%

-4.7%

Freddie Freeman's walkup song should be "Freebird." The whole thing. Games would last 30 minutes longer but the crowd would be happier.
11

39

36

39.5

37.5

38.2

.503

.523

8.2%

19.0%

27.2%

1.6%

7.9%

Mike Aviles is batting .162/.224/.162 in the 2-spot. He's been there the last eight games.
12

42

35

39.6

40.4

41.1

.498

.518

8.2%

22.7%

30.9%

-3.8%

-4.2%

Just another reminder that the leader in OPS, Chris Davis, still routinely bats fifth, over 350 points better than 3-hitter Nick Markakis.
13

38

37

37.8

34.9

36.1

.494

.514

2.5%

7.7%

10.1%

-4.1%

4.3%

Their winning streak may have ended in Tampa Bay, but there's something about the grass in Tropicana Field that they just adore.
14

46

30

41.5

40.1

41.3

.532

.512

22.5%

61.0%

83.5%

-0.9%

21.0%

Pedro Alvarez has won NL Player of the Week three times, all in different seasons. Honus Wagner won zero.
15

41

34

39.9

38.3

38.5

.521

.502

44.6%

7.6%

52.3%

-1.0%

6.6%

Heath Bell already has more home runs allowed and wild pitches than last year. Overachiever.
16

33

42

32.6

34.6

34.9

.514

.494

10.5%

2.0%

12.5%

2.2%

1.4%

Why in heaven's name is there a band called Puig Destroyer and not one called The Puiggles?
17

38

38

36.2

39.2

40.0

.509

.489

20.0%

4.2%

24.1%

-2.1%

-8.6%

More bad news for San Francisco as Angel Pagan could miss up to three months with a ruptured paradox.
18

35

38

37.4

31.0

31.8

.467

.487

1.1%

3.1%

4.1%

0.3%

-4.8%

Less than 10 percent of their innings have been thrown by left-handed pitchers. Free Bruce Chen?
19

39

38

42.1

44.4

42.8

.505

.485

14.9%

4.1%

19.0%

0.3%

-5.3%

Rafael Betancourt has been on the disabled list all month, but so far he has only missed one pitch.
20

34

43

32.0

34.4

34.9

.459

.479

0.3%

0.6%

0.8%

-0.2%

-0.4%

Mike Morse is second on the team with 11 home runs. He hasn't hit one all month.
21

37

38

33.9

33.4

33.7

.489

.469

13.2%

6.3%

19.5%

0.7%

-0.8%

Maybe they should put Danny Espinosa into a basket and push him down the river. Wait ... the Potomac? Never mind.
22

31

42

32.5

31.9

30.0

.446

.466

0.2%

0.3%

0.5%

0.2%

-0.4%

They sure needed an off day. They could use another week, honestly.
23

34

38

33.6

34.0

34.9

.443

.463

0.3%

1.1%

1.3%

-0.2%

0.3%

They have a winning record in June, so a big Minnesota nice thumbs up for them.
24

31

43

35.7

38.1

38.3

.480

.460

0.0%

0.6%

0.7%

0.1%

-0.3%

In a fit of marketing genius, the team changes their name to the "Stanley Cubs." Hockey fans show up in droves, completely confused.
25

39

38

36.7

36.0

36.1

.475

.455

10.0%

2.3%

12.3%

2.6%

-1.7%

So you want to start a Padres blog, but can't come up with the name? That's because you haven't thought of Tu Stults Es.
26

31

43

32.0

33.9

34.9

.464

.444

0.0%

0.7%

0.7%

0.2%

-0.0%

They lead the league with 103 infield hits, so they may as well just convert the outfield to extra seats.
27

30

42

31.3

31.0

30.5

.460

.440

1.0%

0.4%

1.4%

0.4%

0.9%

By some metrics they just may be the best base-running team. But by hitting metrics ... small sample size.
28

36

41

31.9

32.8

32.2

.453

.434

2.1%

0.9%

3.0%

-0.6%

-2.3%

There are six Google results for "Delmon Young trade rumors." The Internet is a disgusting bastion.
29

29

48

28.6

24.8

26.4

.369

.388

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Really kicking myself for not calling the MLB Draft "Appel Picking Season."
30

25

50

27.0

23.3

23.2

.367

.349

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Marcell Ozuna will be their All-Star, right? Because they can't send the sculpture. Or can they?