Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2016 regular season, through games of Sunday, July 31.

Comment of the week: This is one of the times when the past 30 days coincides with the preceding month, so we can make some guesses about the awards for July (even though we’re missing a day–these data are for July 2 through 31). The American League player of the month looks like Josh Donaldson (sorry, Jason Kipnis). Justin Verlander seems a safe bet for pitcher of the month. In the National League, Joey Votto seems likely to nose out Trevor Story for player of the month, while pitcher of the month could be…I don’t know, nobody really stands out…maybe Stephen Strasburg, despite his winning streak-ending loss, on the strength of his strikeouts and four “wins?”

American League
   Team W-L              
1. Toronto          16- 7
2. Detroit          15-10
   Los Angeles      15-10
   Minnesota        15-10
   Seattle          15-10
       
   Worst Team W-L        
1. Kansas City       7-18
2. Tampa Bay         9-15
3. Texas            10-15
4. Chicago          11-14
5. Cle, Sea         11-12

   Batting Average       
1. Altuve, Hou       .370
   Simmons, LA       .370
3. Cabrera, Chi      .366
4. Kipnis, Cle       .360
5. Betts, Bos        .356
       
   On Base Percentage    
1. Donaldson, Tor    .449
2. Martin, Tor       .446
3. Trout, LA         .427
4. Altuve, Hou       .416
5. Napoli, Cle       .412

   Slugging Percentage   
1. Kipnis, Cle       .663
2. Betts, Bos        .644
3. Napoli, Cle       .638
4. Donaldson, Tor    .618
5. Encarnacion, Tor  .586
     
   On Base Plus Slugging 
1. Donaldson, Tor   1.067
2. Kipnis, Cle      1.065
3. Betts, Bos       1.0504
4. Napoli, Cle      1.0499
5. Altuve, Hou       .992

   Worst OPS             
1. Lowrie, Oak       .458
2. Souza, TB         .501
3. Davis, Bal        .508
4. Escobar, KC       .521
5. Gomez, Hou        .526
          
   Home Runs             
1. Kepler, Min          8
   Napoli, Cle          8
3. 4 with               7
   
   
 
   Runs                  
1. Trout, LA           26
2. Donaldson, Tor      21
   Kipnis, Cle         21
4. 3 with              20
   

   RBI                   
1. Pujols, LA          31
2. Kepler, Min         23
3. Donaldson, Tor      21
   Ortiz, Bal          21
   Tulowitzki, Tor     21
       
   Stolen Bases          
1. Nunez, Min           9
2. Trout, LA            5
3. 7 with               4
   
   
  
   Saves                 
1. Britton, Bal         9
2. Madson, Oak          7
   Osuna, Tor           7
   Rodriguez, Det       7
5. Colome, TB           6
 
   ERA                   
1. Happ, Tor         1.44
2. Sanchez, Tor      1.59
3. Verlander, Det    1.69
4. Santana, Min      1.73
5. 2 with            1.78

   Worst ERA             
1. Perez, Tex        7.22
2. Gray, Oak         7.18
3. Dickey, Tor       6.28
4. Wright, Bos       6.07
5. Sabathia, NY      5.93
 
   FIP                   
1. Happ, Tor         2.239
2. Verlander, Det    2.242
3. Price, Bos        2.43
4. McCullers, Hou    2.57
5. Porcello, Bos     2.59
 
   WHIP                  
1. Sanchez, Tor      0.82 
2. Santana, Min      0.88
3. Verlander, Det    0.89
4. Happ, Tor         0.93
5. Carrasco, Cle     0.95
 
   Strikeouts            
1. Verlander, Det      48
2. McCullers, Hou      44
3. Happ, Tor           42
4. Archer, TB          38
5. 2 with              35
National League
   Team W-L
1. Los Angeles      14- 9
2. Colorado         15-11
   St. Louis        15-11
4. Cincinnati       13-10
   Pittsburgh       13-10

   Worst Team W-L
1. Arizona           7-16
2. Atlanta          10-15
3. San Francisco    10-13
4. San Diego        11-14
5. Philadelphia     12-14     
   
   Batting Average     
1. Votto, Cin        .406
2. Garcia, Atl       .348
3. Murphy, Was       .342
4. Prado, Mia        .341
   Seager, LA        .341
 
   On Base Percentage  
1. Votto, Cin        .552
2. Grandal, LA       .443
3. Bryant, Chi       .4220
4. Kendrick, LA      .4216
5. Hernandez, Phi    .415

   Slugging Percentage  
1. Murphy, Was       .740
2. Grandal, LA       .708
3. Schimpf, SD       .680
4. Stanton, Mia      .652
5. Story, Col        .625

   On Base Plus Slugging
1. Votto, Cin       1.175
2. Grandal, LA      1.151
3. Murphy, Was      1.115
4. Schimpf, SD      1.062
5. Stanton, Mia     1.036
      
   Worst OPS
1. Asche, Phi        .481
2. Revere, Was       .529
3. Ramirez, SD       .539
4. Harrison, Pit     .564
5. Bourn, Ari        .578

   Home Runs
1. Bruce, Cin           8
   Grandal, LA          8
   Schimpf, SD          8
   Story, Col           8
5. 5 with               7

   Runs    
1. Story, Col          20
2. Bryant, Chi         19
   Votto, Ci           19
4. 4 with              17
     

   RBI      
1. Story, Col          22
2. 5 with              21
   
   
   

   Stolen Bases          
1. Hamilton, Cin       16
2. Marte, Pit          15
3. Villar, Mil         12
4. Perez, Mil           9
5. Jankowski, SD        8

   Saves
1. Familia, NY         10
2. Jansen, LA           8
   Melancon, Pit        8
4. 3 with               7
    

   ERA
1. Hendricks, Chi    1.07
2. Scherzer, Was     1.32
3. Guerra, Mil       1.59
4. Davies, Mil       1.71
5. Bumgarner, SF     1.75

   Worst ERA
1. Wisler, Atl       8.89
2. Garza, Mil        6.66
3. Corbin, Ari       6.30
4. Liriano, Pit      5.81
5. Leake, SL         5.70

   FIP
1. Wainwright, SL    2.26
2. Davies, Mil       2.30
3. Bumgarner, SF     2.36
4. Scherzer, Was     2.49
5. McCarthy, LA      2.64

   WHIP
1. Strasburg, Was    0.78
2. McCarthy, LA      0.84
3. Bumgarner, SF     0.8611
4. Straily, Cin      0.8614
5. Scherzer, Was     0.88

   Strikeouts
1. Fernandez, Mia      46
2. Bumgarner, SF       44
3. Ray, Ari            43
4. Scherzer, Was       39
5. Strasburg, Was      37
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