Storylines from bottom of the standings

Updated: August 27, 2011, 12:45 PM ET
By Buster Olney

At the bottom of the standings -- beneath the Diamondbacks and Giants, below the Rangers and Angels, the Red Sox and Yankees -- there are seasons being played out, jobs for 2012 being won and lost, trends being set, remarkable numbers being posted.

Here are 10 examples:

1. The Astros' J.D. Martinez is hitting .450 with runners on base, with 18 hits in 40 at-bats, including seven doubles and four homers; that's a .925 slugging percentage. And overall, he's got 15 extra-base hits in 95 at-bats.

2. Since the All-Star break, the San Diego Padres -- yes, the light-hitting Padres -- rank seventh in runs among the 30 teams.

3. Since Justin Morneau suffered a concussion on July 7, 2010, he and Joe Mauer have combined for one home run in Target Field, in 368 at-bats.