How they rank: April 26


The last week of April stats, which will evolve into May benchings (stats through Monday’s games). Previous ranking in parentheses:

1. Texas (1): The Teixara trade keeps getting worse for the Braves. First the Rangers benefited from Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus. Now Matt Harrison, with a career 5.00 ERA, is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA.

2. Philadelphia (2): Raul Ibanez, age 38, hit .230 through June last year. That’s looking pretty good this year with Ibanez at .179  and just 3 extra-base hits in 78 at-bats.

3. N.Y. Yankees (3): Yankees’ 36 home runs lead MLB despite getting none from Derek Jeter (234 career) and Nick Swisher (after back-to-back 29 HR seasons).

4. Colorado (4): Ubaldo Jiminez, a 19-game winner in 2010, is not only winless with 6.75 ERA, but quality start-less, too. He’s made it past the fifth inning only once; threw a Jonathan Sanchez-like five-inning one hitter in his last start, coming out after 4 walks and 96 pitches.

5. Florida (10): Reliever  Brian Sanches has allowed just one hit in his first 13.2 innings this year, has 2.16 ERA as Marlin (2009-2011) after a 6.43 ERA in 47 innings with Phillies and Nats.

6. Boston (7): After allowing 79 runs in first 11 games, Sox have allowed just 16 in last nine, including back-to-back shutouts. Scoreless streak is at 19.1 innings entering Tuesday’s game.

7. St. Louis (11): Ryan Theriot on his way to being worst .300 hitter in baseball — has six walks and four extra-base hits in 90 at-bats to go with .311 average.

8. L.A. Angels (5): Angels may be 13-10, but they’re 3-9 in games Jered Weaver and Dan Haren don’t start. Weaver is 6-0 with an 0.99 ERA; Haren 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA. Combined, they’ve allowed just 49 hits and 15 walks in 82.2 innings.

9. Cincinnati (6): Jonny Gomes doing his best to bring back Adam Dunn — he has 18 walks, 6 home runs, 23 strikeouts and a .211 average in 71 at-bats. And one bad haircut.

10. San Francisco (8): Giants have three relievers (Ramon Ramirez, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo) who have combined to allow just four runs in 27 innings; stopper Brian Wilson has allowed twice that many in 7.1.

11. Tampa Bay (18): Opposing batters hit .294 and slugged .480 vs. James Shields in 2010; they’re flailing at .212 and .343 this year after Shields threw back-to-back complete-game four-hitters.

12. Detroit (20): Last year’s almost Rookie of the Year, Austin Jackson, wouldn’t be in contention this year. He’s at .193 with 27 strikeouts in 83 at-bats.

13. Atlanta (9): Braves don’t have a .300 hitter on the team. Brian McCann leads at .296, and only one other regular (Chipper Jones at .284) is above .250.

14. Kansas City (12): Braves fans may not believe it, but Jeff Francoeur has seven walks in first 83 at-bats. That may not sound like much, but his career high is 42 (642 at-bats). Even better, he’s hitting .325 and slugging .566.

15. Milwaukee (15): Of Brewers’ 62 extra-base hits, four players (Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Casey McGehee and Rickie Weeks) have accounted for 39 of them, including 18 of the team’s 24 home runs. Hurry back Corey Hart.

16. Cleveland (16): Indians in top 10 in MLB in every important category, even though arguably their two best players, Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana are at .207 and .200 respectively.

17. L.A. Dodgers (19): James Loney needs to go — somewhere, anywhere, soon. After consecutive sub-.400 slugging seasons, he’s ahead of his pace this year, batting .170 with two extra-base hits and three walks in 94 at-bats.

18. Toronto (14): Outfielder Travis Snider, 23, hitting .173 but don’t fret. That’s an improvement over last year’s .155 April.

19. Oakland (17): A’s have hit major-league low 10 home runs. They’re two ahead of Jose Bautista, though.

20. Minnesota (24):  Justin Morneau still homerless; that makes 67 at-bats going back to 2010 season ended prematurely by concussion.

21. Chicago White Sox (13): Philip Humber, with career 4.48 minor-league ERA, is 2-2 with a 3.20 ERA after Monday’s seven-inning one-hitter vs. the Yankees. Which makes him the White Sox’s ace.

22. Chicago Cubs (23): Only the Cubs could run the bases this badly: fifth in MLB in on-base percentage, second in average, ninth in slugging percentage, yet 17th in runs scored.

23. Washington (21): Nats glad to have starting pitcher Jason Marquis, who missed most of 2010, back in lineup. Awful offense can use his bat — Marquis is hitting .400 in first 10 at-bats. 3.55 ERA is a bonus.

24. N.Y. Mets (28): Mets are hitting even if Angel Pagan is not — he’s at .159 with just 3 extra-base hits in 69 at-bats.

25. San Diego (22): Brad Hawpe doesn’t miss Colorado — much. Two hits Monday raised his average to .125 with 2 extra-base hits, 3 walks and 22 strikeouts in 56 at-bats. And one very big reason Padres are last in MLB in runs scored, batting average and slugging percentage.

26. Pittsburgh (26): Charlie Morton, 13-30 lifetime with 5.72 ERA, is 2-1 with 3.33 ERA despite 15 walks and only 12 strikeouts in 27 innings. 

27. Arizona (27): D’backs 1-for-8 in quality starts from No. 4 and 5 starters (Armando Galarraga and Barry Enright); it’s even better when Aaron Heilman (12.15 ERA) comes in to bail them out.

28. Baltimore (25): Mark Reynolds, after three straight 200-strikeout seasons, is on pace to fan only 169 times. Unfortunately, he’s also cut down on home runs, too, and is on pace to hit 16.

29. Houston (29): You figure every start will be Nelson Figueroa’s last — he’s 36 with an 8.55 ERA and 31 hits allowed in 20 innings. It’s not safe to play behind him.

30. Seattle (30): Mariners have three regulars (Chone Figgins, Miguel Olivo and Jack Cust) under .200 and a couple more barely above. Cust, signed for his power, has one extra-base hits in 71 at-bats; 16 walks won’t make up for that.

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