The first month of the regular season is behind us and it has been filled with a ton of excitement. Rockies starting pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez threw the first no-hitter of the season. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko leads the major leagues with 11 home runs. The Mets have won 10 of their 11 games. The Washington Nationals finish April with a winning record(13-10) and currently sit in 2nd place in the NL East…Strasburg time soon??? Here is a break down of our Top 5 teams, solely based on April’s results.

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#1 Tampa Bay Rays (17-6 overall, 9-1 road): The Rays have been playing the best baseball. They currently lead baseball with 144 runs scored, an AL leading 3.18 team ERA, and a run differential of +68. They swept the Boston Red Sox in a four-game set at Fenway earlier in the month. Third baseman, Evan Longoria is pacing the team with a .329 batting average while crushing four home runs. Pitcher Matt Garza has a 4-1 record with a 2.06 ERA and 34 strike outs in 35 innings.

#2 New York Yankees(15-7 overall, 9-6 road): The Yankees have only played a league low seven home games. They are second to the Rays with 118 runs scored, third in team ERA at 3.53, and first in the league in OPS against(.661) meaning the staff is cutting down on extra base hits and walks. Robinson Cano is pacing the Yankees with .400 batting average, hitting eight home runs and driving in 18 runs. Even with Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez’s slow start, Cano has been baseball’s best hitter. Ace CC Sabathia has 3-1 record with a 3.12 ERA. Their overall pitching staff outside of Javier Vazquez has been great.

#3 St. Louis Cardinals(16-7 overall, 7-5 road): The Cardinals have the best record in the National League. Their pitching staff has an overall ERA of 2.64, lowest in the major leagues. They are tied for the best run differential in the National League, +33. First baseman Albert Pujols has hit seven home runs to go along with a .333 batting average. Ace Adam Wainwright has a 4-1 record with a 2.13 ERA.

#4 Minnesota Twins(15-8 overall, 9-5 road): The Twins are leading the wide-open AL Central division. They rank in the Top 5 in batting average, on-base average, and sport a staff ERA of 3.68, 5th best in the American League. First baseman, Justin Moreanu is leading the team with a .354 batting average, clubbing four home runs. Twins ace, Francisco Liriano has been the best pitcher in the American League so far sporting a 3-0 record with a 0.94 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 29 innings.

#5 New York Mets (14-9 overall, 3-4 road): The Mets are baseball’s hottest team, winning ten of their last eleven games. Their offense has not been great, ranking outside of the Top 10 in slugging percentage, OPS, and team batting average. Their pitching, however, has been really good. Their staff ERA, 3.06, is 4th best in the National League. Pitcher Mike Pelfrey has been one of the National League’s best pitchers, posting a 4-0 record and a microscopic ERA of 0.69. Third baseman David Wright has been playing much better this season, slugging three home runs and driving in a team-high 14 runs during April. The Mets got off to a rough start this month, but have rebounded nicely. The Mets still need to prove that they can win games on the road before being ranked higher.

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