I think we're referring to the same thing, actually, just using different terms. :) I meant higher number is more likely to be renewed (i.e. 49 is more likely to be renewed than 17), whereas you meant higher ranking/lower number is less likely to be renewed (17 is less likely to be renewed than 49). It's a bit confusing since the list is ordered backwards. Regardless, all those Fox shows I mentioned are less likely to be renewed than Pitch according to that list.
But anyway, I agree that this was one of the surprises of the season. I stumbled on it accidentally on Hulu when the show was 6 episodes in and ended up watching all the episodes available. Hadn't heard much promotion prior or since for the show, though I'm not a baseball fan at all.
Maybe I'm just being optimistic, but I don't think the show is completely dead yet. Even if the signs don't look great, there are many other shows on Fox that seem to have done worse, and they only have 4 drama pilots this season, so I would assume some of the existing shows have to be kept. I just hope that Pitch is one of them, or that the producers approach MLB network or elsewhere for other possibilities for the show to continue.