How they rank: April 29


Farewell to April stats. Stats through Thursday’s games; last ranking in parentheses:

1. Chicago Cubs (1): Anthony Rizzo hitting only .213, but half of his hits are home runs and 11 of his 16 are for extra bases.

2. N .Y. Mets (12): What happens when you ignore doctor’s orders: Matt Harvey has 4.76 ERA. Batting average against is up (.309 in 2016 after .222 in ’15)  and strikeouts are down (21 in 28.1 innings after 188 in 189.1). There’s a reason Dr. Andrews prescribed a 180-innings limit.

3. Washingon (3): In first 21 games, Bryce Harper has 39% of Nationals’ homers (9 of 23), a quarter of their extra-base hits (15 of 60) and 20% of their bases on balls (15 of 74). Anybody have any ideas if he gets hurt? Not to be outdone, Michael Taylor and Jayson Werth have nearly a third of the team’s strikeouts (57 of 175).

4. Chicago White Sox (10): First-month Cy Young winner is Chris Sale, who’s 5-0 in five starts with 1.66 ERA and .446 OPS against. That’s if he can hold off free-agent pickup Mat Latos, who’s 4-0 with an 0.74 ERA and .444 OPS against.

5. St. Louis (4):  Note to Jhonny Peralta: take all the time you need. Aledmys Diaz is batting .446 with 13 extra-base hits and just three strikeouts in 65 at-bats.

6. Baltimore (5): Reliever Brad Brach has made 11 appearances and allowed only four hits in 13.1 innings. Three of the hits and his only run  came against Toronto on April 20; in 10 other games he’s allowed just one single.

7. Kansas City (2): Lorenzo Cain, MVP finalist last year, is batting .203 with only two extra-base hits — both homers — in 74 at-bats.

8. Pittsburgh (14): At .247, Andrew McCutchen is one of only two Pirates regulars hitting less than .300 (David Freese, at .282, is the other). Pirates lead MLB with .294 team average. It might have been higher but for Thursday’s postponement at Colorado.

9. San Francisco (6): Giants’ first three starters — Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzijia — have 3.34 ERA and have allowed 95 hits 99.2 innings; last two starters — Matt Cain and Jake Peavy — have 6.64 ERA and have allowed 62 hits in 42 innings.

10. L.A. Dodgers (9): After .212 average and .629 OPS in 2015, Chase Utley is batting .307 with .842 OPS. But he has yet to homer in 75 at-bats this year and 28 more at the end of last year, so at least Mets fans can cheer that.

11. Texas (11): A.J. Griffin, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013, is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA and has allowed just two home runs in 25 innings after allowing AL-most 36 with Oakland as a home park in 2013.

12. Boston (16): Whose Red Sox are these? They rank 27th in home runs with 17, first in stolen bases with 20. Go-go Sox are supposed to be White, not Red.

13. Detroit (8): Miguel Cabrera was hitting .206 with a .598 OPS after loss Sunday to Indians; since then he’s 9-for-17 with four extra-base hits, raising his average 69 points to .275 and his OPS 200 points to .798.

14. Seattle (25): Kyle Seager struggling at .143 with just four singles in 77 at-bats. Seven of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases.

15. Cleveland (13): Cody Anderson makes four starts and Indians have seen enough: with 7.65 ERA and 34 hits in 20 innings, Anderson will make his next start in AAA.

16. Toronto (7): Blue Jays led MLB last year in runs scored (891), home runs (232) and slugging percentage (.457); this year they’re 13th  in runs (91) and home runs (23) and 16th in slugging (.390). Russell Martin (.143 with one extra-base hit and 29 strikeouts in 56 at-bats) and Troy Tulowitzki (.184 with five extra-base hits in 76 at-bats) haven’t helped.

17. Philadelphia (22): Odubel Herrera, who walked 28 times last year, has walked 22 this year. Herrera has 37% of Phillies’ bases on balls; no other player has more than Ryan Howard’s seven.

18. L.A. Angels (17): For $25 million, Albert Pujols hits little else but home runs, only not enough of them. He’s batting .169 with five homers, which brings him to 565 in his career. At 36, it’s fair to wonder how many he’ll hit in all.

19. Tampa Bay (23): Whose catchers are worse, Part I: Rays’ Curt Casali and Hang Conger combine for a .164 average, .428 OPS, 2 walks and 27 strikeouts in 64 at-bats.

20. Arizona (26): Even without A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks lead MLB in home runs (36); even with Shelby Miller and Zack Greinke, they’re 24th in ERA (4.73). Greinke is at 6.16 after five starts and Miller at 8.69 after five, with 15 walks and six homers allowed in 19.2 innings.

21. Miami (21): Dee Gordon’s 80-game suspension should give more at-bats to Derek Dietrich, who’s batting .321 with a 1.013 OPS in 32 plate appearances. Before forecasting doom for the Marlins, note that Gordon was hitting.266 this year after last year’s .333 and had just three walks in 97 plate appearances. Gordon might be still be leading the team in steals when he returns — he has six of the team’s nine.

22. Oakland (24): Maybe Marcus Semien spent too much time in the field in spring training, where he’s made just two errors this year after 35 last year. He’s hitting just .192, although five of those hits have been homers.

23. N.Y. Yankees (15): Bronx Bombers are the Bronx duds. Yankees are tied for 28th in runs scored with just 72, one more than the Rays, and are 26th in slugging percentage (.369). Third baseman Chase Headley is hitting just .148 without an extra-base hit in 58 at-bats. You have to wonder how he’s walked 10 times.

24. Houston (20): Whose catchers are worse, Part II: Astros’ Jason Castro and Erik Kratz are batting .111 with no homers and .413 OPS. It’s only that high because .128-hitting Castro doubled and walked in last game.

25.  Colorado (18): Remember how Trevor Story homered in his first four games, and six times in all? He’s just 13-for-64 since, striking out in 30 of those at-bats. He’s down to .241 and is second in MLB with 34 strikeouts, behind Justin Upton’s 36.

26. Cincinnati (19): Reds leadoff batter Zack Cozart has .388 on-base percentage, which sounds good until you notice he’s batting .397. He’s walked once, and has three sacrifice flies.

27. Milwaukee (27): Ryan Braun is hitting .352; other Brewers are batting .214, led by Aaron Hill at .178 (10 for 58) and Ramon Flores at .125 (5-for-40).

28. San Diego (28): Melvin Upton has 40 at-bats as cleanup hitter, where he’s batting .175 (anywhere else in order he’s hitting .323). That’s better than the Padres’ average production at that spot in the order — team’s No. 4 batters are hitting .174

29. Minnesota (29): Byron Buxton hitting .156 with one double, two walks and 24 strikeouts in 45 at-bats; he’s back in minors.

30. Atlanta (30): NL home run leaders are Neil Walker, Bryce Harper, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story with nine each; Braves’ entire team would rank 21st, with four. Imagine where they’d be without Freddie Freeman, who has two.

 

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