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 3.

Comments of the week: The American West features two of the three best teams in the league over the past 30 days, and three of the five worst. That’s what they call separation, I suppose. Also, four of the top five sluggers in the National League over the past 30 days–Wil Myers, Danny Espinosa, Jake Lamb, and Brandon Moss–may be the unlikeliest quartet we’ll see this year.

American League
   Team W-L              
1. Cleveland        20- 8
2. Texas            20- 9
3. Houston          17- 9
4. Detroit          18-10
5. Baltimore        16-12
       
   Worst Team W-L        
1. Los Angeles       8-20
2. Tampa Bay        10-18
3. Oakland          10-17
4. Minnesota        11-16
5. Seattle          12-16

   Batting Average       
1. Morales, KC       .419
2. Altuve, Hou       .396
3. Donaldson, Tor    .388
4. Schoop, Bal       .367
5. Machado, Bal      .366
       
   On Base Percentage    
1. Donaldson, Tor    .508
2. Morales, KC       .474
3. Altuve, Hou       .458
4. Ortiz, Bos        .450
5. Encarnacion, Tor  .433

   Slugging Percentage   
1. Morales, KC       .779
2. Donaldson, Tor    .738
3. Encarnacion, Tor  .734
4. Dozier, Min       .696
5. Davis, Bal        .650
     
   On Base Plus Slugging 
1. Morales, KC      1.253
2. Donaldson, Tor   1.246
3. Encarnacion, Tor 1.167
4. Dozier, Min      1.117
5. Altuve, Hou      1.062

   Worst OPS             
1. Buxton, Min       .581
2. Garcia, Chi       .588
3. Mauer, Min        .590
4. Martin, Sea       .5966
5. Shaw, Bos         .5974
          
   Home Runs             
1. Encarnacion, Tor    11
2. Cruz, Sea           10
   Davis, Bal          10
4. Jones, Bal           9
   Santana, Cle         9
 
   Runs                  
1. Donaldson, Tor      31
2. Encarnacion, Tor    30
3. Jones, Bal          27
4. Schoop, Bal         26
5. Springer, Hou       23

   RBI                   
1. Encarnacion, Tor    32
2. Davis, Bal          27
3. Donaldson, Tor      25
4. Jones, Bal          25
5. Upton, Det          24
       
   Stolen Bases          
1. Davis, Cle          10
   Nunez, Min          10
3. Trout, LA            6
4. 6 with               5
   
  
   Saves                 
1. Dyson, Tex          11
2. Robertson, Chi      10
3. Chapman, NY          8
   Rodriguez, Det       8
5. 3 with               7
 
   ERA                   
1. Fulmer, Det       0.62
2. Bauer, Cle        1.48
3. Hamels, Tex       2.09
4. Carrasco, Cle     2.23
5. Wright, Bos       2.35

   Worst ERA             
1. Wilson, Bal       7.39
2. Zimmermann, Det   7.06
3. Duffey, Min       6.96
4. Karns, Sea        6.67
5. Nova, NY          6.54
 
   FIP                   
1. Bauer, Cle        2.45
2. Paxton, Sea       2.54
3. Kluber, Cle       2.60
4. Pineda, NY        2.97
5. Porcello, Bos     3.14
 
   WHIP                  
1. Fulmer, Det       0.90 
2. Kluber, Cle       0.917
3. Pineda, NY        0.923
4. Estrada, Tor      0.93
5. Bauer, Cle        0.94
 
   Strikeouts            
1. Archer, TB          51
2. Duffy, KC           47
3. Sale, Chi           42
4. 4 with              41

 

National League
   Team W-L
1. Los Angeles      18-10
2. San Francisco    17-10
3. Washington       17-11
4. St. Louis        15-11
5. Miami            14-13

   Worst Team W-L
1. Cincinnati       10-18
   Philadelphia     10-18
3. Milwaukee        10-16
4. Atlanta          12-16
   Pittsburgh       12-16     
   
   Batting Average     
1. Freeman, Atl      .374
2. LeMahieu, Col     .372
3. Carpenter, SL     .337
4. Realmuto, Mia     .356
5. Rizzo, Chi        .355
 
   On Base Percentage  
1. Carpenter, SL     .500
2. Votto, Cin        .464
3. Myers, SD         .448
4. LeMahieu, Col     .444
5. Werth, Was        .441

   Slugging Percentage  
1. Lamb, Ari         .769
2. Myers, SD         .763
3. Espinosa, Was     .761
4. Rizzo, Chi        .699
5. Moss, SL          .695

   On Base Plus Slugging
1. Myers, SD        1.212
2. Espinosa, Was    1.195
3. Carpenter, SL    1.167
4. Lamb, Ari        1.152
5. Rizzo, Chi       1.134
      
   Worst OPS
1. Zimmerman, Was    .498
2. Galvis, Phi       .501
3. Ramirez, SD       .508
4. Utley, LA         .562
5. Molina, SL        .573

   Home Runs
1. Espinosa, Was       11
   Myers, SD           11
3. Bryant, Chi         10
   Lamb, Ari           10
5. 2 with               8

   Runs    
1. Bryant, Chi         24
   Espinosa, Was       24
   Myers, SD           24
4. Blackmon, Col       23
5. 3 with              20  

   RBI      
1. Myers, SD           30
2. Espinosa, Was       28
   Lamb, Ari           28
4. Gonzalez, Col       27
5. Duvall, Cin         26

   Stolen Bases          
1. Revere, Was          8
2. 6 with               7
   
   
   

   Saves
1. Familia, NY         11
2. Jansen, LA           8
   Melancon, Pit        8
4. 5 with               7
    

   ERA
1. Martinez, SL      1.31
2. DeSclafani, Cin   1.780
3. Norris, Atl-LA    1.783
4. Scherzer, Was     1.89
5. Colon, NY         1.91

   Worst ERA
1. Perdomo, SD       7.00
2. Bettis, Col       6.68
3. Niese, Pit        6.67
4. Locke, Pit        6.55
5. Samardzijia, SF   6.43

   FIP
1. Norris, Atl-LA    1.93
2. Fernandez, Mia    1.95
3. Syndergaard, NY   2.02
4. Kershaw, LA       2.04
5. Wainwright, SL    2.26

   WHIP
1. Scherzer, Was     0.69
2. Teheran, Atl      0.70
3. Fernandez, Mia    0.86
4. Bumgarner, SF     0.87
5. Norris, Atl-LA    0.91

   Strikeouts
1. Fernandez, Mia      50
2. Scherzer, Was       47
3. Ray, Ari            42
4. Arrieta, Chi        40
   Kershaw, LA         40
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