- Colorado Rockies (16-10)
The Rockies were 8-0 in one-run games with 13 saves in April. You can’t win the division in April, but establishing the ability to closeout games could prove valuable later in the season.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (16-11)
An aggressive approach at the plate is paying dividends for the Diamondbacks. Even with the second-most strikeouts in the bigs, Arizona is still sitting in second behind the Washington Nationals in runs scored.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (14-12)
Defensively, the Dodgers are fantastic and allow the fewest runs per game in the MLB. Offensively, however, LA is unable to get runners across the plate despite sitting in the top 10 in doubles. Also, third baseman Justin Turner finished April batting .404—pretty impressive.
- San Diego Padres (11-16)
Another weak offensive team, the Padres are scraping the bottom of the barrel in batting average and extra-base hits. First baseman Wil Myers, who hit for the cycle earlier in the month, led the Padres with a .310 average, seven homers and 20 RBIs in April.
- San Francisco Giants (9-17)
Pitcher Madison Bumgarner is expected to miss three months with a sprained left shoulder, but that’s the least of the worries in San Francisco. The only team with an offense worse than the Giants’ is the Kansas City Royals, as they sit second to last in slugging and OPS.
- Houston Astros (16-9)
The AL West is Houston’s to lose. No other team in this division can keep up with the AL’s top offense. Over the course of April, the Astros lost just two of the eight series they played.
- Anaheim Angels (14-13)—I will not call them the LA Angels of Anaheim
The Angels got off to a hot start at 6-2, but super cooled just before the month’s midway point and dropped nine of their next 10 games. With a generally weak batting order, the Angels will likely struggle all season.
- Oakland A’s (11-14)
No player on the A’s roster, who has more than five plate appearances, hit over .300 in the month of April. An inability to get on base had Oakland averaging just 3.64 runs per game during the first month of the season.
- Texas Rangers (11-14)
Even though the Rangers never lost more than three games in a row in April, they could string together two or more wins only twice. The problem has been the bullpen, as it registered just two saves with a 2-6 record in one-run ballgames.
- Seattle Mariners (11-15)
Aside from last year’s total, the Mariners are hitting better than they have since 2009. However, this bullpen was a mess in April and blew a lot of late-inning leads.
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