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Top Ten Thursday



  1. Chicago Cubs


Yes, I am a Cubs fan, but how could I not pick them for the number one spot? The season-ending injury to Kyle Schwarber had fans (somewhat) worried but the Cubs have proven that we don’t need to worry. Right now the Cubs are 20-6, with one of those wins coming from an Arrieta no-hitter, and they are outscoring opponents by an average 3.6 runs per game. Just 4 years ago, it took the Cubs 60 games to reach 20 wins and this year, it took them only 26. They were also the first team to reach 20 wins this season. I definitely think they will keep this pace for the rest of the season, there’s really no other competition in the NL Central.


  1. Chicago White Sox


I cheer for the Northside team, but this Southside team has been impressive so far. They are currently 1st in the AL Central and their pitching has been great. The White Sox were given a tough April schedule. In 25 of the Sox games in April, 16 were on the road. Home games included the Indians, Angels, and Rangers. The road stretch ended in Toronto (three-game sweep) and Baltimore (four-game split after losing first two games), which are two difficult places to play. After the Adam LaRoche ordeal, the White Sox are now getting attention because they’re winning, not because of drama surrounding their team.


  1. Washington Nationals


Their new manager, Dusty Baker, has the Nationals at 19-8 for their best start since 1979, when they were the Montreal Expos. They have won five of their last six games. The Nationals have an ERA of 2.36 and have won 10 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. On offense, Daniel Murphy leads the team with 39 hits, Bryce Harper has 26 RBIs, and Jayson Werth has five home runs.


  1. New York Mets


The Mets’ bats have been hot. Michael Conforto is one of the MLB’s best young hitters. The Mets produced one of their most successful opening months ever, as the 15 wins were tied for the third-most in April in franchise history. In April, the Mets’ pitching staff surrendered only nine home runs, the fewest in the majors.


  1. Pittsburgh Pirates


The Pirates are 2nd in the NL Central, behind the Chicago Cubs. Francisco Cervelli leads the team with a .421 on-base percentage. Their pitching isn’t doing so hot, but I think they’ll be able to get it together this month.


  1. Baltimore Orioles


The Orioles should be renamed the “Manny Machados” because he leads the team in batting average (.355), on-base percentage (.410), and hits (38). Their offense is great, but their pitching needs more work.


  1. Texas Rangers


The Rangers’ offense is off to a good start, right fielder Nomar Mazara was named the American League Rookie of the Month after batting .333 with two homers, two doubles and seven RBIs in April. Ace Cole Hamels headlines their rotation and he’s been dominant. Pitcher AJ Griffin is putting up similar numbers to Hamels’.


  1. Detroit Tigers


Justin Upton is off to a slow start, he finished April with a .242 batting average with only 2 home runs and 8 RBIs. In 103 plate appearances, Upton struck out 39 times. Jordan Zimmermann was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for April. His strikeout total isn’t high, but his ERA makes up for that.


  1. Boston Red Sox


Of course, David Ortiz is leading the team in home runs, RBIs, and on-base percentage. Unfortunately, that won’t get them to the World Series. Their pitching really needs to pick up the pace if they want to be contenders.


  1. Kansas City Royals


Mike Moustakas has been their best hitter, he finished the month of April with seven home runs and 11 RBIs. With runners in scoring position, they have been horrible but the season is still young.

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