|St. Louis Cardinals||10-8||3.5 GB|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||10-9||4.0 GB|
|Cincinnati Reds||9-10||5.0 GB|
|Milwaukee Brewers||8-11||6.0 GB|
The Cubs just continue to roll. Their 14-5 record equals their best start in 47 years. The Cubs took 3 of 4 over the weekend against the Reds in Cincinnati. In the three wins, the Cubs outscored the Reds 33-1. Yes, 33-1.
Jake Arrieta threw his second no-hitter on Thursday night in Cincinnati during a 16-0 win. It was the most lopsided win during a no-hitter since 1884. Arrieta has a 0.84 ERA through his first four starts of 2016.
Dexter Folwer continues to lead all MLB players in fWAR (2.0). Fowler is hitting .385/.506/.692 on the season.
The Brewers have lost 3 of their last 4 games, and find themselves in the basement of the NL Central. The Brewers pitching has been a disaster so far in 2016. The Brewers are dead last in the MLB in ERA (5.81) and FIP (5.67).
Chris Carter is looking like a good pickup for the Brewers, and maybe a player they can flip at the deadline. Carter has 5 home runs and a 155 wRC+. Ryan Braun’s stock is also rising, as he is off to a hot start. Braun is hitting .355/.429/.597 with 4 home runs and a 169 wRC+.
The Pirates started a 10-game west coast road trip on Tuesday. It didn’t get off to a great start, as they lost the first two games in San Diego. The Pirates did go on to win the final game of that series before taking 2 of 3 over the weekend against the Diamondbacks.
The Pirates pitching continues to struggle, but their offense has been great. The Pirates are 22nd in team ERA (4.38), but are 3rd in wRC+ (118). Gregory Polanco is starting to put it together for the Pirates, as he leads in the team in fWAR (1.2), and is hitting .295/.413/.475 with a 143 wRC+. Newly acquired John Jason has been terrific as the Pirates leadoff hitter, as he has a .420 OBP with a 148 wRC+.
Jung ho-Kang could be back soon for the Pirates. He started his rehab assignment on April 20th.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals began the week by losing 2 of 3 in St. Louis to the Cubs. The Cardinals offense only scored 1 run in the first two games of the series. The Cardinals went to San Diego for the weekend, and took 2 of 3 from the Padres. The Cardinals scored 19 runs in the final two games of the series.
The Cardinals offense has been hit or miss at times, but overall they have been very good. They are 2nd in the MLB in wRC+ (124). The Cardinals are being lead by their young shortstop Aledmys Diaz. He is hitting .467/.500/.822 with a 250 wRC+. Diaz has already scored 12 runs in 15 games.
Nick’s Power Rankings
St. Louis Cardinals
(all teams remained in the same spot)
Players of the Week
Pitcher: Jake Arrieta, Cubs: 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K, 3.07 FIP, 0.2 fWAR
Batter: Ryan Braun, Brewers: .524/.615/.762, 1 HR, 262 wRC+, 0.6 fWAR
All statistics only include games played through 4/23/16, and used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats and Info, and Baseball-Reference (including Baseball-Reference Play Index).
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.