Here is an explanation of this weekly feature, listing the best and worst for the past 30 days through games of Saturday, September 5.

 

Comments of the week: (1) Take a look at the top three and bottom three in the American League at OPS. Couldn’t you easily imagine those lists being reversed at some point this season? (2) NL ERA and FIP leaders are four Cy Young contenders and one guy with a career 4.19 ERA who’s never had a full-season FIP below 4.00. (3) The top of the NL Central is good. But you knew that.

American League            
   Team W-L                   
1. Toronto          19- 6
2. Kansas City      19- 9
3. Texas            17-10
4. Cleveland        16-11
   Minnesota        16-11
       
   Worst Team W-L             
1. Detroit           9-18
2. Baltimore        10-18     
3. Oakland          10-16     
4. Los Angeles      11-17     
5. Chicago          13-15     

   Batting Average            
1. Bradley, Bos      .402     
2. Brantley, Cle     .392     
3. Lindor, Cle       .390     
4. Cabrera, Det      .380     
5. Ortiz, Bos        .371 
       
   On Base Percentage         
1. Bradley, Bos      .456     
   Cabrera, Det      .456     
3. Zobrist, KC       .452     
4. Brantley, Cle     .439     
5. Lindor, Cle       .437     

   Slugging Percentage        
1. Bradley, Bos      .841     
2. Encarnacion, Tor  .803     
3. Ortiz, Bos        .775     
4. Sano, Min         .670     
5. Davis, Bal        .660     
     
   On Base Plus Slugging      
1. Bradley, Bos     1.297     
2. Encarnacion, Tor 1.216     
3. Ortiz, Bos       1.209     
4. Brantley, Cle    1.078     
5. Cabrera, Det     1.038     

   Worst OPS                  
1. Gomez, Hou        .487     
2. Rodriguez, NY     .496     
3. V Martinez, Det   .509     
4. Escobar, KC       .522     
5. Saladino, Chi     .531     
          
   Home Runs                  
1. Davis, Bal          12     
2. Sano, Min           10     
3. Encarnacion, Tor     9     
   Ortiz, Bos           9     
5. 4 with               8     
 
   Runs                       
1. Bradley, Bos        28     
2. Donaldson, Tor      25     
3. Davis, Bal          22     
   Escobar, Min        22     
5. 2 with              21     

   RBI                        
1. Donaldson, Tor      31     
2. Encarnacion, Tor    28     
3. Bradley, Bos        26     
4. Sano, Min           25     
5. 2 with              23     
       
   Stolen Bases               
1. Cain, KC             7     
2. Altuve, Hou          6     
   Andrus, Tex          6     
4. 3 with               5     
                              
  
   Saves                      
1. Tolleson, Tex        9     
2. Osuna, Tor           8     
3. Boxberger, TB        7     
   Wilhelmsen, Sea      7     
5. 6 with               6     
 
   ERA                        
1. Fiers, Hou        0.67     
2. Verlander, Det    0.76     
3. Ventura, KC       1.13     
4. McHugh, Hou       1.59     
5. Keuchel, Hou      1.77     

   Worst ERA                  
1. Samardzija, Chi   7.13     
2. Nova, NY          6.59     
3. Pelfrey, Min      6.35     
4. Santana, Min      6.15     
5. Hernandez, Sea    6.03     
 
   FIP                        
1. Sale, Chi         1.41     
2. Ventura, KC       2.18     
3. Price, Tor        2.25     
4. Verlander, Det    2.30     
5. Archer, TB        2.40     
 
   WHIP                       
1. Kluber, Cle       0.66     
2. Tomlin, Cle       0.71     
3. Verlander, Det    0.79     
4. Fiers, Hou        0.81     
5. Holland, Tex      0.82     
 
   Strikeouts                 
1. Sale, Chi           53     
2. Price, Tor          47     
3. Archer, TB          43     
   Kluber, Cle         43     
   Ventura, KC         43
National League
   Team W-L
1. Chicago          18- 9
   St. Louis        18- 9
3. Pittsburgh       18-10
4. New York         17-10
5. Los Angeles      15-12

   Worst Team W-L
1. Atlanta           5-22      
2. Cincinnati        7-21      
3. Colorado         11-18      
4. San Francisco    11-17
5. Philadelphia     11-16
   
   Batting Average     
1. Peralta, Ari      .381     
2. Pollock, Ari      .364     
3. Votto, Cin        .356     
4. McCutchen, Pit    .354     
5. Piscotti, SL      .352     
 
   On Base Percentage  
1. Votto, Cin        .532     
2. Harper, Was       .496     
3. McCutchen, Pit    .466  
4. Fowler, Chi       .440       
5. d'Arnaud, NY      .426

   Slugging Percentage  
1. Zimmerman, Was    .7113
2. Votto, Cin        .7111
3. Gonzalez, Col     .696
4. Fowler, Chi       .677
5. Arenado, Col      .675 

   On Base Plus Plugging   
1. Votto, Cin       1.243       
2. Fowler, Chi      1.117     
3. Zimmerman, Was   1.101       
4. Harper, Was      1.069       
5. d'Arnaud, NY     1.058       
      
   Worst OPS
1. Bruce, Cin        .443       
2. Peterson, Atl     .471     
3. Galvis, Phi       .588       
4. Peralta, SL       .595       
5. Hernandez, Phi    .611   

   Home Runs
1. Gonzalez, Col       14
2. Cespedes, NY        11
3. Arenado, Col        10
4. Zimmerman, Was       9
5. 3 with               8

   Runs    
1. Harper, Was         28       
2. Pollock, Ari        24     
   Votto, Cin          24
4. Cespedes, NY        23
5. 3 with              22

   RBI      
1. Zimmerman, Was      34       
2. Kemp, SD            30      
3. Gonzalez, Col       29       
4. Arenado, Col        25
5. Bryant, Chi         24

   Stolen Bases             
1. Gordon, Mia         13
2. Pollock, Ari         9     
3. Blackmon, Col        7   
   Inciarte, Ari        7
5. 5 with               6

   Saves
1. Rosenthal, SL       10
2. Melancon, Pit        9
   Rodriguez, Mil       9
   Rondon, Chi          9
5. 2 with               8 

   ERA
1. Arrieta, Chi      0.42
2. Happ, Pit         0.60
3. Greinke, LA       1.31
4. Kershaw, LA       1.57
5. Bumgarner, SF     1.69

   Worst ERA
1. Harang, Phi       8.13
2. Niese, NY         7.06
3. Scherzer, Was     6.11
4. Hand, Mia         5.94
5. Syndergaard, NY   5.53

   FIP
1. Bumgarner, SF     1.19
2. Kershaw, LA       1.60
3. Arrieta, Chi      1.69
4. Happ, Pit         2.34
5. Martinez, SL      2.39

   WHIP
1. Arrieta, Chi      0.65
2. Iglesias, Cin     0.75
3. Bumgarner, SF     0.78
4. Strasburg, Was    0.80
5. Greinke, LA       0.84

   Strikeouts
1. Kershaw, LA         59     
2. Bumgarner, SF       52
3. Iglesias, Cin       50
4. Arrieta, Chi        44
5. Kennedy, SD         41
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