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April leaders: MLB’s best after one month

May 1, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

Matt Harvey Reuters

Focusing only on the positive, here are a handful of April top 10s for your perusal.

Players by OPS

1. Carlos Santana (Indians): 1.198
2. Chris Davis (Orioles): 1.171
3. Bryce Harper (Nationals): 1.150
4. Justin Upton (Braves): 1.136
5. Travis Hafner (Yankees): 1.104
6. Dexter Fowler (Rockies): 1.032
7. Carlos Gomez (Brewers): 1.031
8. Shin-Soo Choo (Reds): 1.031
9. Wilin Rosario (Rockies): 1.023
10. Mark Reynolds (Indians): 1.019

- Hafner is actually one plate appearance short of being a “qualified” leader, but I’m tossing him on here anyway. Prince Fielder, at 1.009, is the only other player in the 1.000 OPS club at the moment.

Players by rWAR (Baseball-Reference)

1. Matt Harvey (Mets): 2.1
2. Carlos Gomez (Brewers): 2.0
3. Clay Buchholz (Red Sox): 2.0
4. Justin Upton (Braves): 1.9
5. Justin Verlander (Tigers): 1.9
6. Ian Kinsler (Rangers): 1.9
7. Dexter Fowler (Rockies): 1.9
8. Anibal Sanchez (Tigers): 1.9
9. Starling Marte (Pirates): 1.8
10. Jean Segura (Brewers): 1.8

- On a tear of late, Gomez rates as the NL’s seventh most valuable hitter and second most valuable fielder, according to rWAR. Still, that doesn’t overcome Harvey’s league-best 0.818 WHIP and 4.7 H/9 IP.

Players by fWAR (Fangraphs)

1. Adam Wainwright (Cardinals): 2.1
2. Dexter Fowler (Rockies): 1.9
3. Justin Upton (Braves): 1.9
4. Yu Darvish (Rangers): 1.8
5. Carlos Gomez (Brewers): 1.7
6. Anibal Sanchez (Tigers): 1.7
7. Justin Verlander (Tigers): 1.6
8. Chris Davis (Orioles): 1.6
9. Shin-Soo Choo (Reds): 1.5
10. Jean Segura (Brewers): 1.5

- fWAR, on the other hand, isn’t so fond of Harvey’s unsustainable hit rate. It places him seventh among SPs so far. The Tigers claim three of the top five spots on their pitching list, with Max Scherzer trailing Sanchez and Verlander.

Pitchers by ERA

1. Jake Westbrook (Cardinals): 0.98
2. Matt Moore (Rays): 1.13
3. Clay Buchholz (Red Sox): 1.19
4. Anibal Sanchez (Tigers): 1.34
5. Madison Bumgarner (Giants): 1.55
6. Matt Harvey (Mets): 1.56
7. Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners): 1.67
8. Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers): 1.73
9. Mat Latos (Reds): 1.83
9. Justin Verlander (Tigers): 1.83

- With just as many walks as strikeouts this year, Westbrook is merely fWAR’s 65th ranked pitcher, despite the sub-1.00 ERA. He’s also hurt by the fact that he made only four starts in April, throwing 27 2/3 innings. Everyone in the top 50 made five or six starts.

Teams by winning percentage

1. Red Sox: .692 (18-8)
2. Braves: .654 (17-9)
2. Rangers: .654 (17-9)
4. Yankees: .615 (16-10)
5. Tigers: .600 (15-10)
6. Orioles: .593 (16-11)
6. Rockies: .593 (16-11)
8. Royals: .583 (14-10)
9. Cardinals: .577 (15-11)
10. Athletics: .571 (16-12)

- There are seven AL teams in the top 10, but those are the only seven AL teams over .480 for the season. NL teams take all of the spots from No. 11-17 here.

Teams by run differential

1. Red Sox: +38 (18-8)
2. Rangers: +32 (17-9)
3. Braves: +31 (17-9)
4. Tigers: +27 (15-10)
5. Orioles: +26 (16-11)
6. Rockies: +25 (16-11)
7. Cardinals: +24 (15-11)
8. Reds: +24 (15-13)
9. Athletics: +21 (16-12)
10. Diamondbacks: +16 (15-12)

- In a major surprise, the A’s lead the majors with 158 runs scored, 17 more than the Rockies and 20 more than the Orioles. They’re 27th in runs allowed, however. The Red Sox are fourth in runs scored with 135 and fifth in runs allowed with 97. The Braves have allowed the fewest runs (83).

  1. asimonetti88 - May 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    These lists are severely lacking in Angels. You should include batter strikeouts, Josh Hamilton has to be top 10 in that right?

    • carbydrash - May 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      I’m pretty certain they lead the league in “Most Disappointments on an MLB Roster”

  2. sportsdrenched - May 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    what about fGRIT? Kevin Towers intern wants to know.

  3. jm91rs - May 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    The Reds must have had a lot of blowouts to be at +24 run differential. I feel like they only score a max of 2 per game, mostly only 1 or none.

  4. uwsptke - May 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Not enough publicity for what Jean Segura has been doing this month. Too many at bats last year to qualify for ROY, but he and Harvey would be the early leaders. A .367/.418/.567 slash line for a 23 year old SS.

    A very nice haul in exchange for 13 starts of Zack Greinke. Thanks, Angels!

    • jarathen - May 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      The Angels would respond but they are trying to drown in the Pacifi- er, Los Angels Ocean of the Pacific.

    • kollin7 - May 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Not to mention 7 stolen bases, and the best defense at shortstop I’ve ever seen from a Brewer. Every time there is an opportunity to make a tough play, he makes it.

      Segura alone would be big win for Brewers in Greinke trade, but they also got their #3 prospect in the organization. 6’9″ hard-throwing right-hander, Johnny Hellweg

  5. uwsptke - May 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    It was shocked when Gomez, a Boras client, re-upped with the Brewers this spring when he was just one year away from free agency. If he keeps up the new-found plate discipline, he likely cost himself tens of millions of dollars this offseason. Any walk is a near automatic double with his speed, and elite defense in CF to boot. After being rushed to the majors by the Mets, maybe he’s finally figured it out.

    • kollin7 - May 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Actually heard a conspiracy that Boras did the Brewers a favor by giving them a discount on Gomez, as a bribe or a “I’ll scratch your back, so you scratch mine,” so that the Brewers would sign Lohse. Obviously both the Gomez extension and Lohse signing are working out really well for the Brewers right now, but its still interesting.

  6. moogro - May 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    rWAR didn’t take into account Gomez dropping the easy pop-up to lose a whole game off his score the other day.

    • kollin7 - May 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      “Easy pop-up”

      Gomez’s elite speed, and perfect angle made that play seem easier than it was, and maybe half of MLB’s centerfielders would have that ball go over their head.

      Also it wasn’t his fault Brewers lost game. First of all, there’s 9 innings in a game. Second, Roenicke had their .360 BA+ hitter try to drop a suicide squeeze down in top of inning, with Braun up behind him if he didn’t drive him in from third regularly. If they’d have drove that run in, even with Gomez’s drop, it would have only been a tie game, and a completely different game.

      • afanofbaseball - May 2, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        I think most centerfielders would have been happy to get near that ball and GO GO actually over ran the ball.

  7. billyboots - May 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Are you saving tWtW for it’s own post? I’m on pins and needles in anticipation!!!

  8. jrs45 - May 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Could you imagine if Santana Hafner Choo and Reynolds were all on the Tribe. Wow!

    • kollin7 - May 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      They’d probably all have slash lines of .200/.240/.300

  9. thebigtim2012 - May 1, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Kinda says something when the team with the best record has nobody in the top ten on the stats offensively and only our 2 starter for pitching. Guess those stats really don’t mean to much

  10. gosuhgo - May 1, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    “Kinda says something when the team with the best record has nobody in the top ten on the stats offensively and only our 2 starter for pitching. Guess those stats really don’t mean to much”

    Maybe it means that keeping up the best record is statistically unlikely?

  11. thebigtim2012 - May 1, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Time will tell.

  12. ravensallday2012 - May 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Let’s go os. Lets go os

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