The top team remains the same this week, though a few clubs did jump in the rankings.
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- The Yankees have a 20% HR/FB rate as a team, which is going to come down even with their offensive prowess and home park.
- The Rays have started to pick things up, while the Red Sox keep losing. Neither offense is flourishing - though the Sox have more fire-power in their line-up on paper, and have been better. Boston still has the worst ERA and FIP in baseball, but it's moving in the right directions (and their xFIP is closer to middle of the pack). Might the AL East not be as strong this year as it appeared before the season started? Toronto is scoring runs even without crazy home run numbers and their pitching has been quite good, but Baltimore's pitching has taking a step back from their early season success while their offense continues to sputter.
- The Royals are leading the AL in runs scored, but their run prevention will probably regress - their ERA outpaces their FIP/xFIP by a half-run.
- The Indians are in a similar position, making the AL Central standings interesting. Are both teams going to keep this up (or, at least, something close to it)? Is one team going to drop off significantly? Of only one, which one will it be?
- The AL West has the top three teams in the majors in ERA, with LA and Oakland running neck and neck for the #1 spot and the Rangers not far behind. Of course, one of those team hits (even without Josh Hamilton), one hits a little, and one doesn't hit much at all
- The Braves have a .258 BABIP on offense - they'll start scoring more runs at some point, to complement their great pitching staff.
- The Phillies, on the other hand, have a .338 ERA. Once Atlanta and Philadelphia get closer to equal there, it should be quite a fight to see who can score enough runs for the pitching to carry them.
- Wow, the Mets though. Their pitching isn't as bad as it appears, but then add on the worst defense in the majors according to DRS (and by a fair bit). And they're not hitting much either.
- The Cardinals went from not hitting and having one of their best players set to miss some significant time, to mashing and getting Matt Holliday back earlier than expected. That's a potent enough offense if everyone's healthy and clicking.
- The Cubs offense has been above average thus far, and their pitchers have suffered from some poor fortune (ERA over a run worse than FIP/xFIP).
- The Rockies have hit well (even adjusting for their home park), and their run prevention unit is once again strong (once you adjust for their home park). They might be the only NL West team who can get it done on both sides of the ball (though the Giants may be able to get there with the bats).