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, October 2.

Comment of the week: Kansas City’s Terrance Gore finished the season with 11 stolen bases and three plate appearances. I wondered whether that’s the greatest ratio of SB to PA ever, with a minimum of 10 SBs. I knew that Oakland’s 1974 “designated runner” Herb Washington probably held the record, and he did, 29 SBs, 0 PAs. But Gore isn’t in second, either. That goes to another A’s runner, Larry Lintz, who stole 31 bases and had four plate appearances in 1976. Gore was a far more proficient basestealer, succeeding in 85% of his attempts, compared to 74% for Lintz and 64% for Washington.

This report covers September 3 to October 2, so it’s a decent proxy for the final month of the season. Given that, let’s predict that the players of the month are Justin Upton and Joey Votto while the pitchers of the month are Justin Verlander and Jon Lester.

This is, of course, the last Trailing 30 report for the year. We’ll see you again sometime in May 2017. Enjoy the postseason and the winter.

American League
   Team W-L              
1. Boston           18-10
2. Cleveland        17-11
   Seattle          17-11
4. Baltimore        16-12
5. Los Angeles      15-13
       
   Worst Team W-L        
1. Minnesota         9-18
2. Tampa Bay        11-18
3. Kansas City      12-16
   Oakland          12-16
5. Houston, Toronto 13-15

   Batting Average       
1. Kinsler, Det      .372
2. Beltre, Tex       .362
3. Andrus, Tex       .338
4. Cabrera, Det      .337
5. Healy, Oak        .330
       
   On Base Percentage    
1. Trout, LA         .453
2. Santana, Cle      .448
3. Cabrera, Det      .432
4. Kinsler, Det      .421
5. Bautista, Tor     .419

   Slugging Percentage   
1. Upton, Det        .748
2. Cruz, Sea         .685
3. Beltre, Tex       .677
4. Ramirez, Bos      .661
5. Cabrera, Det      .656
     
   On Base Plus Slugging 
1. Upton, Det       1.106
2. Santana, Cle     1.079
3. Cabrera, Det     1.076
4. Beltre, Tex      1.071
5. Cruz, Sea        1.044

   Worst OPS             
1. Moreland, Tex     .400
2. Kepler, Min       .564
3. Schoop, Bal       .591
4. Miller, TB        .599
5. Martin, Tor       .604
          
   Home Runs             
1. Upton, Det          12
2. Ramirez, Bos        11
3. Cruz, Sea           10
   Gattis, Hou         10
5. Four with            9
 
   Runs                  
1. Buxton, Min         21
2. Cano, Sea           20
   Trout, LA           20
4. Five with           19
   

   RBI                   
1. Morales, KC         29
2. Upton, Det          26
3. Cruz, Sea           25
4. Ramirez, Bos        24
5. Two with            23
       
   Stolen Bases          
1. Davis, Cle           9
   Gore, KC             9
   Trout, LA            9
4. Kiermaier, TB        8
5. Martin, Sea          8
  
   Saves                 
1. Allen, Cle           8
   Britton, Bal         8
   Colome, TB           8
   Giles, Hou           8
5. Four with            7
 
   ERA                   
1. Verlander, Det    1.82
2. Nolasco, LA       1.85
3. Miranda, Sea      1.91
4. Cotton, Oak       2.15
5. Sabathia, NY      2.27

   Worst ERA             
1. Volquez, KC       7.36
2. Bauer, Cle        6.39
3. Hamels, Tex       5.86
4. Shields, Chi      5.79
5. Duffy, KC         5.34
 
   FIP                   
1. Paxton, Sea       2.06
2. Darvish, Tex      2.73
3. Porcello, Bos     2.75
4. Verlander, Det    2.87
5. Rodriguez, Det    2.93
 
   WHIP                  
1. Miranda, Sea      0.78
2. Cotton, Oak       0.82
3. Jimenez, Bal      0.83
4. Porcello, Bos     0.88
5. Nolasco, LA       0.91
 
   Strikeouts            
1. Verlander, Det      56
2. Sale, Chi           48
3. Darvish, Tex        42
4. Three with          39
National League
   Team W-L
1. New York         18- 9
2. Atlanta          16-10
3. Los Angeles      17-11
4. Chicago          16-11
5. Washington       16-12

   Worst Team W-L
1. Colorado         10-18
2. Pittsburgh       11-18
3. Philadelphia     11-17
4. Cincinnati       12-17
5. Miami            11-15
   
   Batting Average     
1. Molina, SL        .394
2. Votto, Cin        .389
3. LeMahieu, Col     .379
4. Drury, Ari        .362
5. Freeman, Atl      .359
 
   On Base Percentage  
1. Votto, Cin        .453
2. Hernandez, Phi    .445
3. Freekman, Atl     .440
4. Granderson, NY    .439
5. Belt, SF          .435

   Slugging Percentage  
1. Blackmon, Col    .656
2. Granderson, NY   .6552
3. Votto, Cin       .6548
4. Drury, Ari       .649
5. Freeman, Atl     .630

   On Base Plus Slugging
1. Votto, Cin       1.108
2. Granderson, NY   1.094
3. Drury, Ari       1.072
4. Freeman, Atl     1.071
5. Blackmon, Col    1.056
      
   Worst OPS
1. Moss, SL          .404
2. Kendrick, LA      .437
3. Altherr, Phi      .503
4. Espinosa, Was     .515
5. Panik, SF         .517

   Home Runs
1. Carter, Mil         11
2. Granderson, NY       8
  Kemp, Atl;Segura, Ari 8
   Turner, Was          8
   Villar, Mil          8

   Runs    
1. Granderson, NY      24
2. Inciarte, Atl       22
3. Drury, Ari          21
4. Segura, Ari         21
5. Reyes, NY           20

   RBI      
1. Carter, Mil         23
2. McCutchen, Pit      22
3. Freeman, Atl;       21
   Granderson, NY; Kang,        
   Pit; Rendon, Was  

   Stolen Bases          
1. Gordon, Mia         15
2. Turner, Was         13
3. Villar, Mil         11
4. Goldschmidt, Ari     9
5. Two with             8

   Saves
1. Melancon, Was        9
2. Ramos, Mia           8
3. Familia, NY          7
   Jansen, LA           7
5. Three with           6

   ERA
1. Kershaw, LA       0.41
2. Lester, Chi       1.13
3. Cueto, LA         1.65
4. Gsellman, NY      1.95
5. Hill, LA          2.05

   Worst ERA
1. Koehler, Mia      6.08
2. Shipley, Ari      6.04
3. Gray, Col         5.52
4. Bradley, Ari      5.28
5. Perdomo, SD       5.23

   FIP
1. Bradley, Ari     1.97
2. Hill, LA         2.05
3. Nova, Pit        2.10
4. Lester, Chi      2.197
5. Samardzija, SF   2.198

   WHIP
1. Kershaw, LA       0.71
2. Hill, LA          0.78
3. Eickhoff, Phi     0.87
4. Lester, Chi       0.89
5. Bumgarner, SF     0.92

   Strikeouts
1. Scherzer, Was       46
2. Bumgarner, SF       44
3. Bradley, Ari        39
   Samardzija, SF      39
5. Martinez, SL        37
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