This article is part of our The Z Files series.
We're about a week away from the three-quarter pole, meaning the season can't be split evenly into quarters, so I'm taking a little liberty with the first set of data. Ultimately, it doesn't matter, as you'll soon see. The idea is to look at player performance in 40-game chunks, approximately one-fourth of the season. We'll study the first two quarters, then count backwards from Tuesday, August 7 until we get an average of 40 games played per team. There's a week overlap, but again, no big whoop.
The key when looking at the data is to ignore the names and focus on the numbers. In fact, the names could be left off, but then you'd be distracted trying to remember who each was. Yes, you would have. Though, it is fun to look back at the season and see who did what, just do it after digesting the numbers and understanding the implication they have on your team's category math.
What follows is the Top 30 from the standard batting categories in 5x5 play. To qualify for the batting average rankings, a hitter needed 100 plate appearances in that quarter.
March 28 – May 14