9+ in 9 — No team in history has ever had three starting pitchers average more than a strikeout per inning, but the Detroit Tigers are on pace. Max Scherzer (13.5), Justin Verlander (9.2) and Anibal Sanchez (11) are all above the mark one month into the season. Scherzer’s 13.5 is tied for the league lead with the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish. The major-league record for a season is 13.4, by Randy Johnson in 2001.
Ruthian 5-0 — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore finished April with a 5-0 record. He’s just the third pitcher under the age of 24 to do so. The other two? Greg Swindell and Babe Ruth (credit to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com).
423.5 — Not only is Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton hitting the most home runs in the majors (12), he’s hitting them the farthest, too. Upton’s average of 423.5 feet is the most of any hitter with at least five home runs, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Counts as one — Upton has crushed 12 home runs, but 11 of them were solo homers.
10 bruises — Cincinnati Reds outfielder (and former Indian) Shin-Soo Choo is on pace to break a record, if he doesn’t break a bone first. He has been hit by 10 pitches already. The record for being plunked the most in one season belongs to Ron Hunt, who was hit 50 times in 1971.
Quantity over quality — The Pittsburgh Pirates are turning into one of the better stories in baseball, even if their wins aren’t coming in the most orthodox of ways. The Pirates lead the National League Central with 15 wins but are last in their division with only nine quality starts. A quality start is given to a pitcher who lasts at least six innings and gives up no more than three earned runs.
WAR update — Some unlikely names have risen to the top of the WAR (Wins Above Replacement) leaderboards, according to Fangraphs.com. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez leads the majors with a 2.0. Dexter Fowler of the Colorado Rockies sits alone in second with 1.9. Justin Upton actually dropped from a 2.0 to a 1.8. Two Baltimore Orioles hitters, Manny Machado and Chris Davis, are fourth and fifth, respectively. Indians catcher Carlos Santana is now in sixth place with a WAR of 1.6.
— Ryan Lewis