In my career as a financial analyst, one of the repetitive jobs I performed was reviewing companies’ quarterly financials. While it was always important to see how companies performed relative to expectations, one quarter wasn’t always representative of a full year. For example, apparel retailers typically generate most of their revenues and profits during the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons, making much of the year seasonally slow. So in addition to looking at a given quarter, say. the quarter ending June 30, it was often informative to see how a company performed over the twelve months ending June 30 as well. That’s called the trailing twelve months, or TTM.

In a similar vein, in baseball, we may see how a player performed in a given month, but that’s an arbitrary cutoff. This report, which I expect to publish every Sunday for the rest of the season, shows how teams and, especially, players have performed over the trailing 30 days. Edwin Encarnacion was the American League Player of the Month for August, but who’ll the best player for the 30 days ending September 12? This report will help you see who’s hot and who’s not. I’ll list to top five in several categories (and the bottom five in a few).

Please use the comments section of you feel there are statistics you’d like to see. I’m not looking to create a lot of new work for myself, and I’m limited by the stats available on a trailing 30 basis from baseball-reference (limited) and FanGraphs (more extensive), but I’ll try to accommodate suggestions, if not this season, then next year.

Anyway, here are the leaders for the 30 days ending Tuesday, September 1. See you again on September 6. In the meantime, I blog about the Pittsburgh Pirates at onthefieldofplay.com.

 

American League      
   Team W-L                   
1. Toronto          21- 5
2. Kansas City      18- 9
   Texas            18- 9
4. Cleveland        16-11
5. Boston, Tampa    14-12
       
   Worst Team W-L        
1. Baltimore        10-18
2. Detroit          10-16
3. Los Angeles      11-17
4. Chicago          11-16
   Oakland          11-16

   Batting Average       
1. Brantley, Cle     .415
2. Encarnacion, Tor  .395
3. Lindor, Cle       .394
4. Bradley, Bos      .390
5. Altuve, Hou       .383
       
   On Base Percentage    
1. Brantley, Cle     .467
2. Bradley, Bos      .448
3. Encarnacion, Tor  .448
4. Lindor, Cle       .436
5. Goins, Tor        .434

   Slugging Percentage   
1. Encarnacion, Tor  .938
2. Bradley, Bos      .805
3. Donaldson, Tor    .730
4. Ortiz, Bos        .727
5. Sano, Min         .684
     
   On Base Plus Slugging 
1. Encarnacion, Tor 1.386
2. Bradley, Bos     1.253
3. Donaldson, Tor   1.145
4. Ortiz, Bos       1.142
5. Brantley, Cle    1.116

   Worst OPS             
1. Escobar, KC       .475
2. McCann, Det       .507
3. Gomez, Hou        .536
4. Urshela, Cle      .536
5. Rodriguez, NY     .551
          
   Home Runs             
1. Encarnacion, Tor    11
2. Cruz, Sea           10
   Davis, Bal          10
   Donaldson, Tor      10
   Sano, Min           10
 
   Runs                  
1. Donaldson, Tor      29
2. Bautista, Tor       23
   Bradley, Bos        23
   Hosmer, KC          23
5. 2 with              22

   RBI                   
1. Encarnacion, Tor    36
2. Donaldson, Tor      33
3. Sano, Min           27
4. Bradley, Bos        23
5. Davis, Bal          22
       
   Stolen Bases          
1. Altuve, Hou          8
2. Cain, KC             7
3. Correa, Hou          6
   DeShields, Tex       6
   Escobar, KC          6
  
   Saves                      
1. Tolleson, Tex       10
2. Osuna, Tor           9
3. Allen, Cle           7
   Boxberger, TB        7
5. 3 with               6
 
   ERA                   
1. Carrasco, Cle     1.47
2. Kelly, Bos        1.69
   Verlander, Det    1.69
4. Keuchel, Hou      1.77
5. Feldman, Hou      2.12

   Worst ERA             
1. Samardzija, Chi   7.45
2. Simon, Det        7.20
3. Santana, Min      7.11
4. Gonzalez, Bal     6.82
5. Hernandez, Sea    6.60
 
   FIP                   
1. Sale, Chi         2.13
2. Price, Tor        2.28
3. Carrasco, Cle     2.41
4. Verlander, Det    2.50
5. Keuchel, Hou      2.51
 
   WHIP                  
1. Carrasco, Cle     0.68
2. Kluber, Cle       0.81
3. Verlander, Det    0.89
4. Estrada, Tor      0.90
5. Tanaka, NY        0.91
 
   Strikeouts            
1. Sale, Chi           62
2. Archer, TB          50
   Price, Tor          50
4. Kluber, Cle         47
5. Verlander, Det      40
National League
   Team W-L
1. St. Louis        19- 8
2. Pittsburgh       18- 8
3. Chicago          18- 9
   New York         18- 9
5. Los Angeles      14-12

   Worst Team W-L
1. Cincinnati        7-21
2. Atlanta           7-20
3. Colorado          9-19
4. Miami            11-17
5. SF, Washington   12-16
   
   Batting Average     
1. Pollock, Ari      .377
2. Peralta, Ari      .375
3. McCutchen, Pit    .367
4. Bryant, Chi       .350
5. Votto, Cin        .341
 
   On Base Percentage  
1. Votto, Cin        .548
2. Harper, Was       .479
3. McCutchen, Pit    .478
4. Bryant, Chi       .425
5. Fowler, Chi       .420

   Slugging Percentage  
1. Votto, Cin        .694
2. McCutchen, Pit    .644
3. Bryant, Chi       .640
4. Zimmerman, Was    .637
5. Fowler, Was       .616

   On Base Plus Plugging 
1. Votto, Cin       1.243
2. McCutchen, Pit   1.122
3. Bryant, Chi      1.065
4. Fowler, Chi      1.036
5. Pollock, Ari     1.020
      
   Worst OPS
1. Bruce, Cin        .440
2. Wong, SL          .559
3. Galvis, Phi       .575
4. Peralta, SL       .599
5. Hernandez, Phi    .615

   Home Runs
1. Davis, Mil          10
   Gonzalez, Col       10
3. Cespedes, NY         9
   Schwarber, Chi       9
5. Zimmerman, Was       8

   Runs    
1. Pollock, Ari        26
   Schwarber, Chi      26
3. Harper, Was         23
4. Marte, Pit          22
5. 4 with              21

   RBI      
1. Zimmerman, Was      29
2. Kemp, SD            28
3. Cespedes, NY        25
   Schwarber, Chi      25
5. 2 with              23

   Stolen Bases          
1. Gordon, Mia         13
2. Pollock, Ari        10
3. Blackmon, Col        7
   LeMahieu, Col        7
5. 5 with               6

   Saves
1. Rosenthal, SL       11
2. Melancon, Pit       10
3. 4 with               9
 
 

   ERA
1. Harvey, NY        0.33
2. Arrieta, Chi      0.43
3. Wacha, SL         1.13
4. Bumgarner, SF     1.61
5. Kershaw, LA       1.70

   Worst ERA
1. Harang, Phi       7.99
2. Garza, Mil        7.24
3. Koehler, Mia      6.68
4. Scherzer, Was     6.43
5. Niese, NY         5.94

   FIP
1. Bumgarner, SF     1.09
2. Kershaw, LA       1.94
3. Arrieta, Chi      1.95
4. Harvey, NY        2.06
5. Martinez, SL      2.54

   WHIP
1. Harvey, NY        0.63
2. Arrieta, Chi      0.69
3. Iglesias, Cin     0.73
4. Strasburg, Was    0.80
5. Bumgarner, SF     0.81

   Strikeouts
1. Bumgarner, SF       61
2. Kershaw, LA         44
3. Arrieta, Chi        43
4. Grienke, LA         41
5. Iglesias, Cin       40
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