1. St. Louis Cardinals (4): With Matt Carpenter at 3B, Jhonny Peralta at SS, Kolten Wong at 2B and Matt Adams at 1B, Cards boast best-hitting infield since 2009 Yankees.
2. Kansas City Royals (2): After his disappearing act with the M’s last season, Kendrys Morales appears born again.
3. Detroit Tigers (3): Early-May showdown in Kansas City a likely preview of mid-October, best-of-seven series between two best teams in AL.
4. New York Mets (1): Overweight? Over the hill? The irrepressible Bartolo Colon, soon to turn 42, keeps on keeping on.
5. Houston Astros (22): Center fielder Jake Marisnick looking like next breakout star on a team with plenty of them.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (5): Carl Crawford’s torn side muscle, which put him on the DL for the seventh time in 14 seasons, was sustained on a swing that produced a triple.
7. Chicago Cubs (12): Despite no victories from Bellarmine Prep grad Jon Lester in April, Cubs finished the month with first winning record since 2008.
8. New York Yankees (8): After whiffing four times Wednesday night, Alex Rodriguez finally got his bat on a ball ... and grounded into a game-ending double play.
9. Boston Red Sox (6): Once regarded as a can’t-miss Boston prospect, Hanley Ramirez — reacquired over the winter after seven seasons with the Marlins and three more with the Dodgers — is determined to prove Red Sox scouts were right all along.
10. Pittsburgh Pirates (21): Andrew McCutchen struggled in April, but concluded the month with an affirmative milestone: career hit No. 1,000.
11. Tampa Bay Rays (18): Relocated series vs. Orioles this weekend finds Rays playing role of Tropicana Field visitors. They’re used to it.
12. Colorado Rockies (8): So far, so good for injury-prone Troy Tulowitzki, averaging 117 games per season since 2007, his first full season in the big leagues.
13. Miami Marlins (24): Stoic Ichiro Suzuki, 41, said he “almost cried” after hitting his first NL homer, a three-run shot at Marlins Park.
14. Baltimore Orioles (14): Runs, hits and errors were an afterthought last week in Baltimore.
15. Los Angles Angels (13): With three Bay Area games against the A’s, followed by three more against the Giants, Angels enjoying a road-trip rarity: six nights in the same hotel.
16. Washington Nationals (10): Nats scored 26 runs, and had 30 hits, over final two games of midweek series at Atlanta.
17. Seattle Mariners (20): King Felix on pace to win 20 games for the first time in his 11-year career.
18. Arizona Diamondbacks (23): Mike Trout and Brian Bosworth are among those who have sent their best wishes to rookie pitcher Archie Bradley, recovering from a line drive to the face.
19. Cincinnati Reds (19): Michael Lorenzen’s rocky but intermittently impressive starting-pitching debut with Reds another learning experience for converted outfielder.
20. Atlanta Braves (15): Catcher A.J. Pierzynski, playing for his fifth team in five seasons, has found a “home” in Atlanta.
21. Toronto Blue Jays (17): Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey confident he can rebound from third awful April in three seasons.
22. Chicago White Sox (26): An 8-2 defeat that took just more than two hours to play? Sox wanted to get out of empty Camden Yards in a hurry.
23. San Francisco Giants (16): Beyond Madison Bumgarner, once-deep starting rotation is peppered with question marks.
24. San Diego Padres (7): After Astros’ first sweep in San Diego since 1982, Padres relieved Houston won’t return to Petco Park any time soon.
25. Oakland A’s (11): Ben Zobrist is not ruling out a late-May return from knee surgery.
26. Minnesota Twins (27): They lost two of three, but plucky Twins gave Detroit all it could handle last week in a series that turned on an eighth-inning pop up lost in the sun.
27. Texas Rangers (25): Josh Hamilton starring in “The Comeback: Episode 29.”
28. Cleveland Indians (28): Jason Kipnis’ three-run shot vs. Royals was his first homer since July 31, 2014.
29. Philadelphia Phillies (29): Phillies playing the same service-time game with uber-prospect Maikel Franco that Cubs played with Kris Bryant.
30. Milwaukee Brewers (30): Bench coach Jerry Narron on the career of third baseman Aramis Ramirez: “It’s bordering on Hall of Fame numbers.”