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 Monday, September 5.

Comment of the week: No, really, you can’t. Here at Banished to the Pen, we are nothing if not proper dressers. As for baseball: Illustrating that baseball is a team sport, of the ten players listed here as leaders in OPS over the past 30 days, only three play for teams that would make the postseason as of today. Of the ten ERA leaders, only 3.5 (half credit for Baltimore, which is tied for the second wild card) would play into October.

American League
   Team W-L              
1. Kansas City      19- 8
2. Texas            18- 9
3. New York         16-10
4. Cleveland        17-11
5. Houston          16-11
       
   Worst Team W-L        
1. Minnesota         7-21
2. Oakland          10-17
3. Chicago          12-15
4. Baltimore        13-15
5. LA, TB           13-14

   Batting Average       
1. Pedrioia, Bos     .429
2. Abreu, Chi        .375
3. JD Martinez, Det  .3704
4. Beltre, Tex       .3700
5. Sanchez, NY       .3696
       
   On Base Percentage    
1. Trout, LA         .495
2. Pedroia, Bos      .455
3. Sanchez, NY       .453
4. Beltre, Tex       .453
5. Ortiz, Bos        .448

   Slugging Percentage   
1. Dozier, Min       .808
2. Sanchez, NY       .793
3. Beltre, Tex       .720
4. Martin, Tor       .688
5. Abreu, Chi        .681
     
   On Base Plus Slugging 
1. Sanchez, NY      1.246
2. Dozier, Min      1.198
3. Beltre, Tex      1.172
4. Trout, LA        1.154
5. Ortiz, Bos       1.103

   Worst OPS             
1. Mondesi, KC       .498
2. Marte, Sea        .511
3. McGehee, Det      .518
4. Smolinski, Oak    .571
5. Orlando, KC       .572
          
   Home Runs             
1. Dozier, Min         16
2. Davis, Bal          12
3. Machado, Bal        11
   Sanchez, NY         11
5. Two with            10
 
   Runs                  
1. Dozier, Min         29
2. Springer, Hou       27
3. Bregman, Hou        26
4. Eaton, Chi          24
5. Beltre, Tex         23

   RBI                   
1. Dozier, Min         29
2. Abreu, Chi          27
   Betts, Bos          27
4. Four with           26
   
       
   Stolen Bases          
1. Dyson, KC           10
2. Ramirez, Cle         9
3. Davis, Cle           8
4. Andrus, Tex          7
5. Three with           6
  
   Saves                 
1. Betances, NY         8
   Diaz, Sea            8
3. Four with            7
   
   
 
   ERA                   
1. Graveman, Oak     1.93
2. Rodon, Chi        1.99
3. Gausman, Bal      2.02
4. Tanaka, NY        2.08
5. Ventura, KC       2.23

   Worst ERA             
1. Andriese, TB      9.30
2. Miley, Bal        7.14
3. Estrada, Tor      6.58
4. Weaver, LA        6.39
5. Gibson, Min       6.17
 
   FIP                   
1. Archer, TB        2.02
2. Carrasco, Cle     2.03
3. Tanaka, NY        2.51
4. Sale, Chi         2.62
5. Porcello, Bos     2.65
 
   WHIP                  
1. Porcello, Bos     0.82
2. Verlander, Det    0.84
3. Gravelman, Oak    0.88
4. Jimenez, Bal      0.91
5. Tanaka, NY        0.95
 
   Strikeouts            
1. Carrasco, Cle       56
2. Sale, Chi           50
3. Verlander, Det      45
4. Archer, TB          43
5. Gausman, Bal        42
National League
   Team W-L
1. Chicago          21- 7
2. Los Angeles      16-11
3. New York         16-12
4. Washington       15-12
5. St. Louis        14-12

   Worst Team W-L
1. San Diego         9-18
2. Miami            10-18
3. San Francisco    10-17
4. Milwaukee        11-18
5. Philadelphia     10-15
   
   Batting Average     
1. LeMahieu, Col     .406
2. Votto, Cin        .404
3. Bryant, Chi       .375
4. Seager, LA        .369
  Segura+Owings, Ari .369
 
   On Base Percentage  
1. Freeman, Atl      .508
2. Votto, Cin        .500
3. LeMahieu, Col     .482
4. Bryant, Chi       .458
5. Seager, LA        .454

   Slugging Percentage  
1. Freeman, Atl      .800
2. Blackmon, Col     .753
3. Grichuk, SL       .735
4. Bryant, Chi       .723
5. Arenado, Col      .703

   On Base Plus Slugging
1. Freeman, Atl     1.308
2. Bryant, Chi      1.181
3. Blackmon, Col    1.169
4. Votto, Cin       1.163
5. Arenado, Col     1.124
      
   Worst OPS
1. Myers, SD         .480
2. Ozuna, Mia        .515
3. Gordon, Mia       .525
4. Ramos, Was        .561
5. Reddick, LA       .567

   Home Runs
1. Gyorko, SL          11
2. Blackmon, Col       10
   Bryant, Chi         10
4. Freeman, Atl        10
5. Two with             9

   Runs    
1. Bryant, Chi         30
2. Freeman, Atl        28
3. Blackmon, Col       26
4. Goldschmidt, Ari    25
5. Arenado, Col        24

   RBI      
1. Arenado, Col        35
2. Freeman, Atl        26
   Gonzalez, LA        26
4. Votto, Cin          25
   Yelich, Mia         25

   Stolen Bases          
1. Hamilton, Cin       19
2. Broxton, Mi         12
   Segura, Ari         12
   Turner, Was         12
5. Villar, Mil         10

   Saves
1. Chapman, Chi        10
2. Jansen, LA;          8
   Johnson, Atl;Melancon,
   Was; Rodney, Mia;
   Watson, Pit   

   ERA
1. Lester, Chi       1.34
2. Hendricks, Chi    1.60
3. Lugo, NY          2.08
4. Martinez, SL      2.18
5. Syndergaard, NY   2.20

   Worst ERA
1. Greinke, Ari      7.76
2. Gray, Col         7.26
3. Nelson, Mil       7.06
4. Velasquez, Phi    6.99
5. Wainwright, SL    6.68

   FIP
1. Scherzer, Was     2.24
2. Martinez, SL      2.30
3. Ray, Ari          2.38
4. Syndergaard, NY   2.786
5. Nova, Pit         2.790

   WHIP
1. Hendricks, Chi   0.76
2. Lester, Chi      0.83
3. Scherzer, Was    0.917
4. Syndergaard, NY  0.918
5. Taillon, Pit     0.94

   Strikeouts
1. Scherzer, Was       45
2. Bumgarner, SF       43
3. Velasquez, Phi      38
4. Finnegan, Cin       37
   Hendricks, Chi      37
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