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Prospectus Hit List for August 26



by Matthew Kory

Hit List for August 24
Hit List updates are published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting April 2, 2014. Data presented here is based on games through the day prior to publication.
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.

Ladies and gentlemen, this Hit List is floating in space.

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

70

55

78.8

74.1

73.8

.593

.613

65.8%

32.7%

98.5%

0.9%

5.9%

It seems like the Blue Jays' strategy of trading for a whole bunch of really good players is working out great!
2

70

57

74.2

75.7

76.1

.583

.602

87.3%

8.7%

96.0%

1.8%

11.0%

New written unwritten rule: it’s okay to act like a jerk as long as you’re up 15-0. Otherwise though…
3

77

48

71.8

68.1

68.8

.571

.591

100.0%

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Kendrys Morales hit a 469 foot homer. That must feel like sex drugs and rock ’n roll but without the STDs, hangover, and tinnitus.
4

80

45

78.0

71.9

71.6

.603

.584

78.9%

21.1%

100.0%

0.0%

0.2%

Yesterday, Peter Bourjos hit a pinch-hit homer so yes the Cardinals are going to win the World Series again. Sorry not sorry.
5

69

56

68.1

69.5

69.4

.552

.572

33.5%

60.0%

93.5%

-2.1%

-0.7%

The Yankees' best pitcher Tuesday was their backup infielder. Expect Dodger scouts at fielding practice tomorrow.
6

68

56

68.4

75.8

74.1

.577

.558

81.8%

0.7%

82.5%

8.0%

-1.6%

If Vin Scully won’t come back next year, the Dodgers may as well move him to the bullpen right now.
7

75

49

70.8

69.7

69.1

.574

.554

15.4%

83.7%

99.1%

-0.3%

5.8%

If the Pirates win the World Series they should spend some of their winnings on a huge neon sign in Times Square that reads “Francisco Cervelli is still hitting over .300.”
8

73

51

66.9

69.3

68.7

.560

.540

5.7%

91.2%

96.9%

1.9%

14.2%

Jake Arrieta is fantastic. Might be a good time to give the Orioles a call about Chris Tillman.
9

59

66

60.3

69.8

70.9

.520

.540

0.0%

5.8%

5.8%

1.5%

2.4%

Carlso Carrasco hit the DL with a sore shoulder, which reminds me: always trade all your pitchers forever and ever.
10

62

63

67.8

63.2

63.1

.512

.532

0.2%

6.8%

7.0%

-2.8%

-22.2%

The Wild Card is the north side of the magnet and the Orioles are also the north side of the magnet.
11

62

63

60.4

64.8

65.3

.505

.525

0.5%

16.1%

16.6%

-5.2%

2.0%

Catcher Curt Casali injured his hamstring running to first base after hitting a home run. This is the Hit List joke of injuries.
12

55

72

65.3

67.4

68.8

.505

.525

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

0.0%

The A’s lost another one-run game, but this one wasn’t on the bullpen. You gotta mix ‘em up I guess.
13

66

59

69.1

68.3

67.9

.543

.523

16.9%

2.1%

19.0%

-8.6%

-18.4%

Matt Cain is to pitching what hot sauce is to yogurt.
14

69

56

68.0

67.4

66.6

.542

.522

88.8%

0.2%

89.0%

0.6%

7.1%

When Michael Cuddyer is making the Mets look good, we’re through the looking glass, people.
15

64

61

62.4

60.3

60.9

.495

.515

6.5%

23.8%

30.2%

5.9%

-17.9%

Mike Trout missed a ball in center field. See? I told you Miguel Cabrera should have won the MVP.
16

63

61

64.9

66.5

64.8

.522

.502

11.2%

0.9%

12.1%

-0.6%

-7.7%

Someone took the Nationals playoff odds, drew a line over them and put a “1” on top of it.
17

64

60

59.5

56.9

57.5

.480

.500

6.2%

27.7%

33.9%

-3.9%

12.2%

In a battle of playoff hopefuls, the Rangers are involved yay!!!
18

59

66

57.1

61.1

61.8

.478

.498

0.0%

1.5%

1.5%

-0.9%

-2.4%

The Tigers are nowhere near a playoff spot and they’ve already fired their GM and sold big at the deadline, and yet pitching Alfredo Simon every fifth day still feels like giving up all on its own.
19

62

63

65.7

64.3

63.5

.511

.491

1.0%

0.1%

1.0%

-0.7%

0.3%

Paul Goldschmidt hit a double into the outfield fence on the fly. This concludes the list of interesting things about the Diamondbacks.
20

64

61

61.4

53.5

54.0

.466

.486

0.0%

14.4%

14.4%

4.1%

10.4%

Miguel Sano homered. If he keeps this up the Twins are likely to trade him for someone who isn't a rally murderer.
21

57

69

58.6

59.8

59.3

.466

.486

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.1%

-0.0%

The Red Sox are reportedly going to move Hanley Ramirez to first base next season. He’ll be terrible there of course, so look for Hanley to take over third base coaching duties in 2017.
22

59

65

55.8

55.2

56.5

.457

.477

0.0%

1.8%

1.8%

0.6%

0.3%

Trayce Thompson fell a homer shy of the cycle, just like the rest of us.
23

58

68

52.5

57.3

58.6

.449

.469

0.0%

0.3%

0.4%

0.1%

-1.1%

Nelson Cruz hit his 38th homer last night. The Mariners have 58 wins. Oh how amazing it would be if he could catch them!
24

61

64

57.7

55.4

55.5

.459

.440

0.3%

0.0%

0.4%

-0.3%

0.2%

James Shields' pitching line last night (5 2/3 innings, five runs, four walks, two strikeouts, and one homer allowed) is only going to make reaching the playoffs that more amazing.
25

52

72

55.4

58.7

58.9

.454

.434

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Joey Votto update: four plate appearances, three walks, still awesome.
26

51

75

56.7

58.1

57.2

.442

.423

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

Giancarlo Stanton is on the verge of returning to the lineup. Jeffrey Loria's fantasy team is so psyched!
27

53

73

55.3

53.0

53.5

.426

.407

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Brewers should hire Bernie the Brewer as GM. A GM/mascot could save some serious coin!
28

54

72

51.2

50.2

50.0

.408

.388

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

Yesterday, for five innings, Mike Foltynewicz threw consonants to battery mate A.J. Pierzynski. I assume.
29

50

74

51.3

50.0

48.8

.403

.384

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

I checked the scores and the Rockies won yesterday! Ha! And you didn’t think they were still playing.
30

50

76

46.8

46.1

45.8

.375

.356

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Cameron Rupp wears number 29 because someday, far far in the future, the Phillies will not be 30th on the Hit List. Cameron Rupp sees a brighter future for the (Phillies') children.

Matthew Kory is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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1 comment has been left for this article.
bobbygrace

I'm always proud when I understand the references in the introductory line. (Incidentally, that album is one of my favorites for a late-night fantasy draft.)

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