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Prospectus Hit List for August 12



by Matthew Kory

Hit List for August 10 Hit List for August 14
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.

Don't judge this Hit List for telling the Cortez ship burning story. It was motivational!

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

61

52

58.9

59.3

59.6

.528

.508

69.5%

3.7%

73.2%

8.1%

12.5%

The Mets are in win-now mode, which is why they didn’t send down a 22-year-old outfielder with a .678 OPS. Doesn’t make sense? Just chant “Mets!” over and over and eventually it will.
2

57

56

55.7

58.6

58.9

.509

.529

3.3%

23.2%

26.5%

6.1%

3.3%

Planning on losing, the Rays batted Grady Sizemore second. Sadly, the Braves one-upped them by hitting A.J. Pierzynski fourth in their lineup. Game, set, match. Rays win!
3

62

52

70.1

66.6

66.1

.581

.600

50.2%

40.2%

90.3%

4.1%

25.6%

Marcus Stroman’s doctors say a return to the rotation in September is possible. This is good news for the Blue Jays and bad news for everyone who enjoys mystery pitchers with groucho glasses and mullet wigs.
4

60

52

62.0

62.0

61.0

.547

.527

16.9%

13.6%

30.5%

2.5%

-17.5%

Two home runs last night for Brandon Belt who each time he rounds second base much think ‘so glad I’m not named Brandon Strikeout so glad I’m not named Brandon Strikeout’.
5

52

59

53.3

61.8

62.7

.518

.538

0.1%

6.9%

7.0%

1.9%

0.7%

A Cleveland Indians' chess set comes with 16 kings per side and no other pieces. Indians chess: the game that makes losing mandatory!
6

56

56

52.4

45.8

45.9

.447

.466

0.0%

5.4%

5.4%

1.3%

-4.3%

Miguel Sano went 2-for-3 with a walk and was replaced for a pinch runner. Miguel Sano is 22. Yeesh.
7

53

61

50.4

54.8

56.1

.470

.490

1.1%

2.0%

3.1%

1.2%

-0.5%

Those who predicted a Mariners collapse in March would have said Nelson Cruz would be terrible. Ha ha those are bad at predicting things!
8

53

58

48.3

48.3

49.1

.448

.467

0.0%

3.0%

3.0%

1.1%

-0.3%

After Carlos Rodon struck out 11 Angels, the White Sox clubhouse guy should have left a bunch of radon test kits in Angels players lockers. Since when does a losing record mean you can’t have fun?
9

56

56

59.0

58.6

58.3

.517

.497

1.4%

1.3%

2.6%

0.3%

1.4%

The Diamondbacks scored 11 runs in the second inning last night against Philadelphia. In that inning, the starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson batted twice and singled both times.
10

63

48

58.1

61.2

61.0

.548

.528

4.2%

79.4%

83.6%

0.3%

15.3%

Dan Haren has given up at least one homer in 15 of 24 starts this season. He’d better hope opposing teams don’t catch on to this! Shhh!
11

68

44

64.1

60.2

60.6

.565

.584

99.8%

0.1%

99.9%

0.3%

1.0%

Alcides Escobar has a .318 OBP this season. League average is .315. What say you, Ned Yost decision-o-meter? “Shockingly defensible!”
12

45

68

49.9

53.3

52.9

.445

.425

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Jose Fernandez is injured again. Giancarlo Stanton is injured again. Jeffrey Loria is still very, very rich. Nothing is fair.
13

45

69

41.7

39.7

39.7

.364

.346

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Are the Phillies really the worst team in baseball or just obsessed with outliers?
14

48

66

50.5

48.8

49.3

.431

.412

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Doug Melvin has stepped down as team GM and will take on a paid advisory role to new GM Moug Delvin.
15

47

64

48.2

46.6

46.0

.423

.404

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

0.0%

Troy Tulo… Tulo… Tulodoesn’t work here anymore.
16

49

62

49.9

54.7

54.0

.467

.447

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

-0.1%

Last night the Reds second pitcher Dylan Axelrod gave up four runs in four innings. That is three innings more and three runs less than starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen, so hooray for improvement!
17

72

40

71.2

65.1

64.6

.609

.590

88.5%

11.4%

99.8%

-0.1%

0.3%

The Cardinals are such a strong organization they decided to increase their own difficulty level just for fun. “Hey guys! Ha ha!” “Ha ha! What?” “Let’s try to win the division with Mark Reynolds as our regular first baseman ha ha!” “Ha ha!”
18

51

62

48.5

46.1

45.8

.423

.404

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

-0.0%

Williams Perez gave up two runs on four hits in eight innings. He also walked four and struck out one. Welcome to 1988 where the role of Jeff Ballard will be played by Williams Perez.
19

54

60

51.0

49.1

49.8

.447

.427

0.0%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.1%

-1.7%

Two seasons ago, the Padres established that you need to be able to hit to win baseball games. This season they’re proving that you need to be able to play defense. Next season the Padres will set out to learn whether or not pants are truly necessary.
20

63

50

63.0

69.7

68.0

.583

.564

81.7%

5.1%

86.8%

-0.1%

-5.3%

The Dodgers placed Yasiel Puig on irrevocable wafers. The Marlins were set to make a claim but then Puig ate them.
21

51

63

60.8

61.9

62.6

.518

.538

0.3%

0.6%

0.9%

-0.3%

-0.0%

When facing an opponent who has won eight straight, why not start a pitcher named “Graveman.” Turn into the skid!
22

50

63

49.5

50.4

50.4

.443

.463

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.4%

-0.3%

Every night at about 3am, Ben Cherington’s neighbors hear two screams: one when Cherington wakes up after dreaming he traded John Lackey for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig and one when he realizes he actually did it.
23

54

59

51.2

53.5

53.7

.470

.490

0.0%

3.2%

3.2%

-0.7%

-3.2%

Jose Iglesias’s fielding >>>>> this Hit List joke > Jose Iglesias hitting >> “Let’s bat Iglesias second!”
24

55

56

52.1

50.5

51.5

.471

.491

5.2%

8.0%

13.2%

-2.1%

-0.1%

Perhaps it’s time to re-acquire Ian Kinsler. Anyone know who the GM of the Tigers is?
25

61

50

61.7

63.3

62.8

.560

.580

43.6%

42.6%

86.2%

-2.2%

-8.5%

The Yankees are having one of those dreams about falling though in this case it’s probably better if they don’t wake up.
26

65

45

61.5

59.2

57.9

.554

.534

7.4%

79.2%

86.6%

-3.0%

11.3%

Pedro Alvarez has 14 hits this season and 16 of them are home runs and no I am not checking my math why do you ask?
27

57

55

61.8

57.5

57.5

.522

.542

2.9%

19.3%

22.2%

-3.1%

0.7%

Chris Tillman’s game score of 23 could have been doubled if he’d walked off the mound after throwing the first pitch.
28

59

53

60.0

57.3

57.9

.523

.543

33.4%

24.9%

58.2%

-3.4%

-2.8%

If you ignore the commas after players names, the boxscore says the Angels starting nine included Shane Victorinolf, Erick Aybarss, D.J. Crondh, and Chris Ianettac.
29

61

53

65.5

66.6

66.9

.570

.590

60.0%

20.4%

80.5%

-3.6%

-11.3%

Last night Scott Kazmir’s strikeout-to-home-runs-allowed ratio was 3:2. It almost doesn’t matter what it is though. The problem comes in even having to mention it in the first place.
30

58

54

59.0

60.3

59.1

.528

.508

30.5%

6.2%

36.6%

-7.9%

-16.1%

About the best you can say about Matt Williams as a manager is he wasn’t as good a player as Ryne Sandberg.