Originally written on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 8/1/14

Hit List – 4/6/12

WAS - If Stephen Strasburg pitched every day, the Nationals would be playoff favorites. Facing the Cubs every day wouldn’t hurt either.                                                                                                                                   

TOR – Jose Bautista homered in the fourth to pull the Jays within three, and a game-and-a-third’s worth of innings later, Toronto finally won. Colby Rasmus went 0-7, causing his father to demand a trade.

TEX – After dodging an actual tornado a couple days back, playing the White Sox probably won’t seem like much of a challenge for the Rangers. Actually, even without the tornado, it isn’t.

TBA - The Rays may win the division or the Rays may finish in fourth place but one thing is for certain: not many people will see them do it.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

SLN - The Cardinals may not have the best hitter in baseball anymore, but they more than make up for it in manager handsomeness.                                                                                                                                                                                   

SFN – Brandon Belt will play! If the Giants keep bringing above-average players up from the minors at this rate, they’ll be the best team in baseb—aw, crud, they just signed Ryan Klesko again.                                                                                                                                                                                     

SEA – After splitting the first series with the A’s in a dome in a city filled with Asian people by the Pacific Ocean, the Mariners return home to face the A’s in a dome in a city filled with Asian people by the Pacific Ocean. The difference? Tokyo has a basketball team.                                                                                                                                                           

SDN – The Padres hit 33 percent of all the home runs that have been hit in the National League this year, provided you are reading this early in the morning.                                                                                                                                                                       

PIT – Was the Pirates’ lack of hitting the result of facing Roy Halladay or the result of being the Pirates? I’m going to guess both.                                                                                                                                               

PHI – Yesterday the sun rose in the sky, waves crashed against the shore, the Republicans held another debate (probably, I don’t know), and Roy Halladay threw eight shutout innings to get the win. Yawn.

OAK - After improving the fan experience by removing thousands of seats, the A’s have announced they will improve the overall quality of their players by fielding only six at a time.                                                                                                                                                                                    

NYN - After the win, Terry Collins called out his team for being gutless cowards.                                                                                                                                                            

NYA - According to the odds-makers, the Yankees are the favorites to win the division, the league, the World Series, the Mega Millions jackpot, and the Republican presidential nomination.                                                                                              

MIN –  The Twins lost 99 games last year, but if Justin Morneau is healthy and Joe Mauer remembers how to hit for power they might not lose quite that many this year. In happier news, Carl Pavano’s mustache is pretty slam’n.                                                                                                                                               

MIL – The Brewers will miss Prince Fielder. Getting cheese doodles at the post-game buffet will be marginally easier.           

LAN - The Magic Era got off to a magic start when Clayton Kershaw had to leave the game after three innings because of barfiness. The Dodgers still won. Also, Frank McCourt bought a hot dog for $6 and sold it to a guy a couple seats over for $27.                                                                                                                                                                       

KCA – Could this be the Royals year? No. No, it could not.                                                                                                                                               

HOU –The Astros are 300-1 to win the World Series this season. If they played the season 300 times do you really think there’s a chance the Astros would make the playoffs once, let alone win the World Series?                                                                                                

FLO - The new-look Marlins are now 0-2 after Mark Buehrle couldn’t hold back the Reds’ offense. The Marlins have managed but a single a run while Hanley Ramirez is on-baseless in eight plate appearances.                                                                                                                                                            

DET  -- While you were watching Stephen Strasburg, Justin Verlander was demonstrating the phenom’s best-case future: eight shutout innings, two hits, seven strikeouts and a walk, against a Red Sox lineup that looked imposing until the first pitch was thrown.                                                                                                           

COL – Be wary of a fast start by the Rockies as their April schedule features 13 games against the Astros, Padres, Pirates, Mets, and Dodgers.                                                                                                                                                           

CLE – Justin Masterson, who you will remember can’t get lefties out, gave up two hits over eight innings while striking out 10 and walking one. Eight innings after he was removed, the Indians lost the longest Opening Day game ever.                                                                                                                                                            

CIN – Jay Bruce’s home run measured 440 feet and is the longest homer hit so far this season. To put that into perspective, it’s the distance between your face and your computer times 440.                                                                                                 

CHN – On the cover of the Chicago Sun-Times’ Cubs preview issue was a photo of Theo Epstein walking on water. After last night’s loss the euphoria over the new GM might have faded just a bit. No matter. The Cubs are 1) still the Cubs and 2) on the right track anyway.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

CHA – In blackjack, Kenny Williams hits on 21. The weird thing is, sometimes it works.                                                                                                                                   

BOS - The names were different but the results were the same. The Red Sox overcame a two-run deficit thanks to good-glove-no-hit Ryan Sweeney’s ninth-inning triple, only to see their newly reorganized bullpen blow the lead less than a half-inning later.                                                                                                                                                            

BAL - The best-case scenario for the 2012 Orioles might involve losing 120 games and getting the first overall pick in the draft. Unfortunately for them, they’re probably not quite lousy enough. Being sub-ghastly is hard.

ATL – The Chipper Jones farewell tour is off to a lousy start. If it’s any consolation, the Opening Day loss was to the Mets, who are in first place.                                                                                                                                                                        

ARI - Why isn’t Curt Schilling saying mean things about the Diamondbacks? Isn’t it about time for that?

ANA – Mike Trout had three hits in his season opener Thursday night, but it was in Triple-A Salt Lake.  Nobody unseats Vernon Wells, ya hear? At least, not for a few more weeks.


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