Here is an explanation of this weekly feature. This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days through games of Sunday, September 13.

Comments of the week: (1) Toronto and Boston have the best and third-best records in the American League over the past 30 days. The reason is offense. The two teams have at least three of the top five hitters over the past 30 days in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, home runs, runs scored, and RBI. (2) The top of the NL Central is still good.

American League            
   Team W-L                   
1. Toronto          18- 8
2. Texas            18-10
3. Boston           17-10
   Minnesota        17-10
5. Cleveland        16-11
       
   Worst Team W-L             
1. Detroit          10-17
2. Oakland          10-16     
3. Baltimore        11-17     
4. Tampa Bay        11-16     
5. Los Angeles      12-15     

   Batting Average            
1. Revere, Tor       .385     
2. Betts, Bos        .368     
3. Altuve, Hou       .362     
4. Bogaerts, Bos     .360     
5. Bradley, Bos      .357 
       
   On Base Percentage         
1. Choo, Tex         .452     
2. Revere, Tor       .439     
3. Bautista, Tor     .432     
4. Encarnacion, Tor  .427     
5. Davis, Bal        .425     

   Slugging Percentage        
1. Encarnacion, Tor  .793     
2. Ortiz, Bos        .788     
3. Bradley, Bos      .774     
4. Donaldson, Tor    .683     
5. Escobar, Min      .659     
     
   On Base Plus Slugging      
1. Encarnacion, Tor 1.221     
2. Ortiz, Bos       1.200     
3. Bradley, Bos     1.193     
4. Donaldson, Tor   1.100     
5. Davis, Bal       1.074     

   Worst OPS                  
1. Escobar, KC       .475     
2. V Martinez, Det   .477     
3. Sandoval, Bos     .551     
4. Kipnis, Cle       .563     
5. Sanchez, Chi      .569     
          
   Home Runs                  
1. Encarnacion, Tor    11     
2. Davis, Bal          10     
3. Ortiz, Bos           9     
   Sano, Min            9     
5. Bautista, Tor        8     
 
   Runs                       
1. Revere, Tor         25     
2. Betts, Bos          24     
   Bradley, Bos        24     
   Choo, Tex           24     
   Donaldson, Tor      24     

   RBI                        
1. Donaldson, Tor      34     
   Encarnacion, Tor    34     
3. Moustakas, KC       28     
4. 3 with              26     
                              
       
   Stolen Bases               
1. Altuve, Hou          6     
   Andrus, Tex          6     
   Marte, Sea           6     
4. 3 with               5     
                              
  
   Saves                      
1. Tolleson, Tex        9     
2. Street, LA           8     
   Wilhelmsen, Sea      8     
4. Allen, Cle           7     
   Jepsen, Min          7     
 
   ERA                        
1. Keuchel, Hou      1.54     
2. Kelly, Bos        1.67     
3. Verlander, Det    2.11     
4. Rodon, Chi        2.12     
5. Porcello, Bos     2.15     

   Worst ERA                  
1. Cueto, KC         7.60     
2. Tilman, Bal       7.16     
3. Bauer, Cle        6.59     
4. Jimenez, Bal      5.59     
5. Samardzija, Chi   5.46     
 
   FIP                        
1. Price, Tor        2.17     
2. Miley, Bos        2.19     
3. Hamels, Tex       2.40     
4. Verlander, Det    2.49     
5. Sale, Chi         2.55     
 
   WHIP                       
1. Tomlin, Cle       0.73     
2. Verlander, Det    0.89     
3. Keuchel, Hou      0.91     
4. Tanaka, NY        0.92     
5. Fiers, Hou        0.96     
 
   Strikeouts                 
1. Sale, Chi           57     
2. Ventura, KC         48     
3. Archer, TB          46     
4. Keuchel, Hou        41     
   Price, Tor          41
National League
   Team W-L
1. New York         19- 8
2. Pittsburgh       19-10
3. Los Angeles      17- 9
4. Chicago          16-12
5. Miami, SL        15-13

   Worst Team W-L
1. Atlanta           4-25      
2. Cincinnati        9-19      
3. Philadelphia     10-18      
4. Arizona          12-17
5. San Diego        12-16
   
   Batting Average     
1. Escobar, Was      .411     
2. Votto, Cin        .361     
3. Lucroy, Mil       .355     
4. Braun, Mil        .354     
5. Zimmerman, Was    .347     
 
   On Base Percentage  
1. Votto, Cin        .561     
2. Harper, Was       .496     
3. Escobar, Was      .488  
4. Freeman, Atl      .4404       
5. Granderson, NY    .4400

   Slugging Percentage  
1. Cespedes, NY      .767
2. Zimmerman, Was    .722
3. Votto, Cin        .663
4. d'Arnaud, NY      .658
5. Harper, Was       .651 

   On Base Plus Plugging   
1. Votto, Cin       1.224       
2. Harper, Was      1.147     
3. Cespedes, NY     1.137       
4. Zimmerman, Was   1.129       
5. d'Arnaud, NY     1.071       
      
   Worst OPS
1. Peralta, SL       .539       
2. Bruce, Cin        .547     
3. Peterson, Atl     .549       
4. Turner, LA        .556       
5. Suzuki, Mia       .558   

   Home Runs
1. Cespedes, NY        14
2. Gonzalez, Col       11
3. Arenado, Col         9
4. 3 with               8
                         

   Runs    
1. Cespedes, NY        27       
2. Harper, Was         26     
3. Granderson, NY      24
4. Votto, Cin          22
5. 2 with              20

   RBI      
1. Cespedes, NY        33       
2. Zimmerman, Was      38      
3. Kemp, SD            27       
4. Arenado, Col        26
   Bryant, Chi         26

   Stolen Bases             
1. Gordon, Mia         15
2. Blackmon, Col        7     
   Segura, Mil          7   
4. 4 with               6
                         

   Saves
1. Melancon, Pit        9
   Ramos, Mia           9
3. Familia, NY          8
   Jansen, LA           8
   Rondon, Chi          8 

   ERA
1. Arrieta, Chi      0.62
2. Happ, Pit         0.88
3. Kershaw, LA       1.15
4. Greinke, LA       1.70
5. Bumgarner, SF     2.08

   Worst ERA
1. Niese, NY         7.96
2. Perez, Atl        7.92
3. Hand, Mia         7.28
4. Rusin, Col        7.14
5. Harang, Phi       6.96

   FIP
1. Kershaw, LA       1.50
2. Bumgarner, SF     1.53
3. Arrieta, Chi      1.88
4. Happ, Pit         2.07
5. Garcia, SL        2.51

   WHIP
1. Happ, Pit         0.68
2. Arrieta, Chi      0.69
3. Kershaw, LA       0.79
4. Greinke, LA       0.80
5. Bumgarner, SF     0.81

   Strikeouts
1. Kershaw, LA         54     
2. Bumgarner, SF       52
3. Kennedy, SD         48
4. Arrieta, Chi        46
5. Iglesias, Cin       43
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