How they rank: April 27

First-month stats edition. Stats through Sunday’s games:
1. Kansas City: Royals are second in batters hit by pitches, with 18, which might explain their testiness. They probably lead MLB in games lost to suspension (reliever Kelvin Herrera was suspended seven games in two incidents) and, thanks to Yordano Ventura, vulgarities uttered.
2. St. Louis: Leadoff batter Matt Carpenter has had two hits in 12 of 17 games, which helps offset No. 2 Jason Heyward, who has two walks (and a .230 on-base percentage).
3. Detroit: Tiger leader in home runs and RBIs is not Miguel Cabrera, but J.D. Martinez, who has hit five of the former and knocked in 14 of the latter. Cabrera, who is hitting 114 points more, has three and 13.
4. N.Y. Mets: Jeurys Familia, who has six saves and blown five in his first 93 major-league appearances, is 8-for-8 in 10 games this year.
5. L.A. Dodgers: Alex Guerrero has five homers, two doubles and four singles in 22 at-bats, a .500 average and 1.273 slugging percentage. Jose Uribe, who plays Guerrero’s position, can’t be feeling too secure.
6. N.Y. Yankees: Alex Rodriguez, as Yankees fans insisted last year through Derek Jeter’s farewell, may not be a real Yankee. But he’s off to a real hot start at age 39 — five homers, 14 walks and a .989 OPS, or 372 points more than the “real” Yankee’s last year.
7. Pittsburgh: Mark Melancon, who averaged a strikeout an inning in saving 33 last year, has just five in 9.1 innings this year. His ERA is 5.79 and he’s blown one save already this year, though he’s had three scoreless appearances since it reached 8.53.
8. San Diego: Padres, who were last in runs scored in 2014 with 535, are tied for fourth with 96 in 20 games. And that’s with Jedd Gyorko, their top returning home run hitter (with 10; Seth Smith, Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera all are gone), homerless and batting .149.
9. Chicago Cubs: Chris Coghlan, tied for the team lead in home runs (three) and extra-base hits (seven), is no doubt enjoying it while he can.
10. Houston: Evan Gattis, who slugged .493 last year, and Chris Carter, who slugged .491, are slugging .450 combined this year. Gattis is hitting .156, Carter .150, with a home run apiece. Luis Valbuena, whose 16 last year were a career high, leads Houston with five home runs.
11. L.A. Angels: Outfielder Matt Joyce is batting .140 with a .373 OPS, and the Angels want to get rid of Josh Hamilton?
12. Tampa Bay: Evan Longoria was batting .218 after Friday’s game; he’s up to .306 after getting seven straight hits and reaching base his late eight plate appearances.
13. Colorado: Offense is down, except when Kyle Kendrick pitches. He has a 6.85 ERA, but a .375 batting average. A lifetime .139 hitter, Kendrick is 3-for-8. Alas, that’s just 66 more points than the .309 opponents are hitting off him.
14. Baltimore: Orioles lead MLB with 104 runs scored, trail it in runs allowed with 102 (tied with Boston and Milwaukee) and team ERA (5.04). Opening-day starter Chris Tillman has a 7.58 ERA, but Bud Norris is even worse. His ERA is 12.18, and that’s down after a quality start Sunday from 17.42.
15. Oakland: A’s are eighth in team ERA and fourth in runs scored. Yet they’re four games below .500, probably because they’re 27th in percentage of save opportunities converted. You’d think after last year’s wild-card game, fixing the bullpen would have been a priority.
16. Boston: Is it too late to reconsider that three-year, $19 million contract for Wade Miley? Or the four years and $82 million for Rick Porcello? The latter has a 6.48 ERA, the former an 8.62.
17. Toronto: Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista have combined for eight home runs, but just 20 hits. Encarnacion is hitting .183 and Bautista, who has just two singles, .149. Rookie second baseman Devon Travis leads the Jays with five home runs and 11 extra-base hits.
18. Miami: Dee Gordon, who batted .344 in March and April last year, is at .390 after going 8-for-13 over the weekend vs. the Nats. That weekend average was better than his percentage on the bases, where he’s just 8-for-14 stealing bases.
19. Chicago White Sox: White Sox rotation is Samardzjia and Sale, and three days of fail. Jose Quintana (6.55 ERA), John Danks (5.64) and Hector Noesi (5.23) are keeping the bullpen busy.
20. Cincinnati: Billy Hamilton has 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. Impressive, considering he has just 11 singles and seven walks. He’s not one to waste a chance to steal, knowing every time he reaches base, it may be a while before he’s back.
21. Arizona: The D’backs might want to rethink Ender Inciarte as a leadoff batter. He has a .356 on-base percentage, but that’s because he’s batting .319 and has been hit by pitches twice. He’s walked just twice in 73 plate appearances.
22. Washington: Nats have committed 18 errors, eight by shortstop Ian Desmond, but none by second baseman Dan Uggla. Unfortunately, that’s about what Uggla has contributed to the offense with a .114 average and .356 OPS. With Anthony Rendon nearly ready to return, Uggla presumably has his bats packed.
23. Atlanta: Setup reliever Jim Johnson started the season with five straight scoreless appearances, then allowed runs in his next four. His ERA is 4.66, and he’s allowed 14 hits in 9.2 innings, which means eighth innings are going to be iffy to get to Jason Grilli, who’s saved seven games in seven appearances.
24. Minnesota: Five Twins — Torii Hunter, Brian Dozier, Kennys Vargas, Eduardo Escobar and Oswaldo Arcia — have one home run. Good news is they’re only one off the team lead. Kurt Suzuki and Trevor Plouffe each have two for team tied for last in MLB with nine home runs.
25. San Francisco: Giants’ pitching leader in innings, strikeouts and tied with wins is rookie Chris Heston, 27. You were expecting Madison Bumgarner? It’s an odd year.
26. Cleveland: Indians closer Cody Allen has two losses, a blown save and a 13.50 ERA. Said manager Terry Francona: “Cody is about as trustworthy and dependable as anyone we have,” which doesn’t say much for the rest of the bullpen.
27. Seattle: Nelson Cruz has nine home runs — no one else on the team has more than three — and 20 RBIs — no one else has more than 10. If that keeps up, expect Cruz to soon be sidelined with a bad back.
28. Texas: Nick Martinez, who had a 4.55 ERA as a rookie in 2014, is at 0.35 after four starts this year. We’ll see how long it holds up with 11 strikeouts in 26 innings.
29. Philadelphia: Chase Utley co-leader on team in RBIs, despite hitting .121 with a .430 OPS. He has more RBIs (9) than hits (7).
30. Milwaukee: Ryan Braun, batting .230 with a .556 OPS, has one home run — his only extra-base hit — in 61 at-bats. Since hitting 41 homers in 598 at-bats in 2012, he’s hit just 29 over the last three seasons and 816 at-bats.

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