This entry lists the best and worst for the past 30 days of the 2017 regular season, through games of Sunday, October 1. Here is an explanation of this weekly feature.

Comment of the week: It’s pretty easy to guess who’ll be the Players and Pitchers of the Month: José RamírezJ.D. Martinez, Justin Verlander, and Stephen Strasburg, right? Also, note that eight of the playoff teams were in the top five in won-lost record in their leagues over the past 30 days. Only one was in the bottom five.

I teach skiing in the winter. On the last day of classes, we instructors all say to each other, “See you next winter.” Being a realist, I add, “assuming I’m not dead.” This feature will return in mid-May 2018, assuming I’m not dead.

American League
   Team W-L              
1. Cleveland        24- 4
2. Houston          21- 8
3. New York         20- 8
4. Oakland          17-11
5. Boston           16-11
       
   Worst Team W-L        
1. Detroit           6-22
2. Baltimore         6-21
3. Texas            11-17
4. Los Angeles      11-16
   Seattle          11-16

   Batting Average       
1. Ramirez, Cle      .415
2. Gonzalez, Hou     .363
3. Garcia, Chi       .359
4. Castellanos, Det  .358
5. Cain, KC          .356
       
   On Base Percentage    
1. Ramirez, Cle      .474
2. Judge, NY         .470
3. Gonzalez, Hou     .440
4. Ellsbury, NY      .439
5. Lowrie, Oak       .421

   Slugging Percentage   
1. Ramirez, Cle      .915
2. Judge, NY         .907
3. Olson, Oak        .813
4. Donaldson, Tor    .724
5. Castellanos, Det  .651
     
   On Base Plus Slugging 
1. Ramirez, Cle     1.389
2. Judge, NY        1.377
3. Olson, Oak       1.200
4. Donaldson, Tor   1.134
5. Davis, Oak       1.037

   Worst OPS             
1. Engel, Chi        .454
2. Bradley, Bos      .517
3. Davidson, Chi     .520
4. Machado, Bal      .545
5. Simmons, LA       .553
          
   Home Runs             
1. Judge, NY           15
2. Olson, Oak          13
3. Donaldson, Tor      10
4. Escobar, Min         9
   Ramirez, Cle         9
 
   Runs                  
1. Judge, NY           29
2. Dozier, Min         27
3. Lindor, Cle         24
4. Altuve, Hou         23
5. Two with            22

   RBI                   
1. Judge, NY           31
2. Encarnacion, Cle    27
3. Castellanos, Det    25
   Escobar, Min        25
   Gregorius, NY       25
       
   Stolen Bases          
1. Anderson, Chi        9
2. Merrifield, KC       8
3. Ellsbury, NY         6
   Trout, LA            6
5. Three with           5
  
   Saves                 
1. Allen, Cle           8
2. Giles, Hou           7
3. Chapman, NY; Colome, 6
   TB; Minaya, Chi;Minor,
   KC; Treinen, Oak
 
   ERA                   
1. Kluber, Cle       0.84
2. Odorizzi, TB      1.03
3. Verlander, Hou    1.06
4. Carrasco, Cle     1.51
5. Mengden, Oak      1.54

   Worst ERA             
1. Porcello, Bos     5.93
2. Anderson, Tor     5.86
3. Hamels, Tex       5.13
4. Tanaka, NY        4.99
5. Perez, Tex        4.50
 
   FIP                   
1. Carrasco, Cle     1.98
2. Kluber, Cle       2.02
3. Severino, NY      2.09
4. Verlander, Hou    2.69
5. Happ, Tor         2.72
 
   WHIP                  
1. Verlander, Hou    0.65
2. Severino, NY      0.70
3. Odorizzi, TB      0.72
4. Kluber, Cle       0.79
5. Mengden, Oak      0.83
 
   Strikeouts            
1. Kluber, Cle         50
2. Sale, Bos           44
3. Carrasco, Cle       43
   Verlander, Hou      43
5. Tanaka, NY          39
National League
   Team W-L
1. Chicago          18-10
2. Arizona          16-11
3. Washington       16-12
4. Milwaukee        15-12
5. Col, Phi, SL     15-13

   Worst Team W-L
1. Cincinnati       10-17
2. Miami            11-17
3. Los Angeles      12-17
   New York         12-17
5. San Diego        12-16
   
   Batting Average     
1. Martinez, Ari     .398
2. Panik, SF         .391
3. Cabrera, NY       .371
4. Gonzalez, Col     .370
5. Votto, Cin        .363
 
   On Base Percentage  
1. Votto, Cin       .482
2. Gonzalez, Col    .477
3. Lucroy, Col      .466
4. Panik, SF        .4388
5. Hernandez, Phi   .4386

   Slugging Percentage  
1. Martinez, Ari     .959
2. Gonzalez, Col     .753
3. Santana, Mil      .663
4. Cabrera, NY       .607
5. Arenado, Col      .604

   On Base Plus Slugging
1. Martinez, Ari    1.392
2. Gonzalez, Col    1.231
3. Santana, Mil     1.047
4. Arenado, Col     1.041
5. Cabrera, NY      1.038
      
   Worst OPS
1. Parra, Col        .522
2. Suarez, Cin       .528
3. Duvall, Cin       .531
4. Goldschmidt, Ari  .558
5. Swanson, Atl      .601

   Home Runs
1. Martinez, Ari       16
2. Santana, Mil         8
   Stanton, Mia         8
4. Five with            7
   
   
   Runs    
1. Martinez, Ari       24
2. Gonzalez, Col       21
3. Gordon, Mia;        20
   Hernandez, Phi; 
   Stanton, Mia; Pham, SL

   RBI      
1. Martinez, Ari       35
2. Williams, Phi       25
3. Hoskins, Phi        23
4. Stanton, Mia        22    
5. Two with            21

   Stolen Bases          
1. Gordon, Mia         12
2. Marte, Pit           8
   Pham, SL             8
   Reyes, NY            8
   Turner, Was          8

   Saves
1. Doolittle, Was       8
   Neris, Phi           8
3. Hand, SD             7
   Knebel, Mil          7
5. Five with            5

   ERA
1. Strasburg, Was    0.83
2. Hill, LA          1.86
3. Hendricks, Chi    2.01
4. Anderson, Mil     2.06
5. Quintana, Chi     2.51

   Worst ERA
1. Straily, Mia      6.60
2. Marquez, Col      5.28
3. Weaver, SL        5.17
4. Cole, Pit         5.10
5. Lynn, SL          5.02

   FIP
1. Strasburg, Was    1.54
2. Quintana, Chi     1.98
3. Gray, Col         2.73
   Chacin, SD        2.73
5. Gohara, Atl       2.78

   WHIP
1. Hill, LA          0.76
2. Strasburg, Was    0.80
3. Quintana, Chi     0.96
4. Samardzija, SF    0.97
5. Ray, Ari          0.98

   Strikeouts
1. Ray, Ari            48
2. Nola, Phi           43
3. Hill, LA            40
   Strasburg, Was      40
5. Gray, Col           39
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