Last week's ranking in parenthesis. Statistics are through Friday's games.
1. KANSAS CITY: The Royals defense already has saved 29 runs. The next-closest team has saved 15. (1)
2. ST. LOUIS: Played 19 consecutive games against the dregs of the NL — Brewers, Reds, Nationals and Phillies. (2)
3. HOUSTON: Don't look now, but the Astros have won eight in a row. Actually look now. It can't last much longer. (14)
4. DETROIT: This team has never-ending closer issues. Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. (4)
5. DODGERS: Tried to move them to No. 4, sprained a...