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For an explanation of how the SD Score is calculated, see below. Teams will take big jumps forwards and backwards in the first month as the stat ‘sample size’ is small.

1– New York Yankees (8-4); SD Score +2.29 Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents – vs Tampa (3-0), vs Cardinals (3-0)

Although 2017 didnt get off to a great start, the Yankees are now on a seven game winning streak.

2 – Los Angeles Dodgers (7-6) SD Score +2.61, Ranking Last Week – 5

Opponents – at Cubs (1-2), vs Diamondbacks (2-1)

Yasiel Puig is really playing well and the Dodgers are keeping pace in the NL West. Makes for a good combo if you’re a Dodgers fan.

3 – Baltimore Orioles (8-3); SD Score +1.08, Ranking Last Week – 8

Opponents – at Red Sox (1-1), at Blue Jays (3-1)

The Orioles were able to stay atop the AL East with big division wins this week.

4 – Cincinnati Reds (8-5); SD Score +1.80, Ranking Last Week – 7

Opponents – at Pirates (3-0), vs Brewers (1-3)

The Reds kept things going with a big sweep over the Pirates, but lost three of four to the Brewers. Overall, this is still an improvement over last year.

5 – Minnesota Twins (7-5); SD Score +2.46, Ranking Last Week – 2

Opponents – at Tigers (1-2), vs White Sox (1-2)

The Twins are getting good pitching out of Ervin Santana (3-0 and 3 quality starts) as well as good hitting from Robbie Grossman and Miguel Sano, but they lost 3 very close games this week.

6 – Miami Marlins (7-5); SD Score +1.42, Ranking Last Week – 10

Opponents – vs Braves (1-1), vs Mets (3-1)

Miami had a near-perfect week and had a big chance to sweep the Mets. Marcell Ozuna is on fire, batting .404 with 5 homeruns and 35 RBI’s.

7 – Houston Astros (8-4); SD Score +0.80, Ranking Last Week – 16

Opponents – at Mariners (2-1), at A’s (2-0)

The Astros were able to get things off to a decent start, thanks in part to two extra-innings wins. They closed out with two wins over Oakland and now lead the AL West.

8 – Arizona Diamondbacks (8-5); SD Score +0.76, Ranking Last Week – 1

Opponents – at Giants (1-2), at Dodgers (1-2)

Arizona needs to be able to prove that their rotation isn’t just Zack Greinke. Robbie Ray played well, but needs to be consistent. We’ll see if they can bounce back this week.

9 – New York Mets (7-6); SD Score +1.03, Ranking Last Week – 14

Opponents – at Phillies (3-0), at Marlins (1-3)

The Mets have been closing out games, including a big 16 inning game against the Marlins. Unfortunately, they lost the last 3 to Miami.

10 – Colorado Rockies (9-5); SD Score -0.84, Ranking Last Week – 12

Opponents – vs Padres (1-2), at Giants (3-1)

The Rockies struggled with the Padres but were able to take three of four against the Giants. We’ll see how things go with a series against the Dodgers.

11 – Detroit Tigers (3-2); SD Score -0.58, Ranking Last Week – 15

Opponents – vs Red Sox (1-0), vs Twins (2-1), at Indians (2-1)

Detroit held up well this week, especially by winning the Cleveland series.

12 – Milwaukee Brewers (7-6); SD Score +0.89, Ranking Last Week – 26

Opponents – at Blue Jays (2-0), at Reds (3-1)

The Brewers got a number of big wins but they need to continue to be consistent.

13 – Boston Red Sox (7-5); SD Score +0.12, Ranking Last Week – 11

Opponents – at Tigers (0-1), vs Orioles (1-1), vs Pirates (1-0), vs Tampa (2-1)

The Red Sox were able to have a positive week with some big division wins. They’ll need to keep it up on the road against the Blue Jays and Orioles this week.

14 – Chicago White Sox (6-5); SD Score +0.59, Ranking Last Week – 17

Opponents – at Indians (2-1), at Twins (2-1)

The White Sox beat two quality opponents as they head to New York in a big series against the Yankees.

15 – Chicago Cubs (6-6) SD Score +0.31, Ranking Last Week – 3

Opponents – vs Dodgers (2-1), vs Pirates (0-3)

The Cubs started off the week with a big win in the home opener, 3-2 over LA, but then came out and got swept by Pittsburgh at home. Very puzzling.

16 – Washington Nationals (7-5); SD Score -0.05, Ranking Last Week – 22

Opponents – vs Cardinals (2-1), vs Phillies (2-1)

The Nationals found a way to get it done and gain some ground in the NL East.

17 – Tampa Bay Rays (6-7); SD Score -0.24, Ranking Last Week – 4

Opponents – at Yankees (0-3), at Red Sox (1-2)

Well that was fast. Being swept by the Yankees and losing two of three in Boston has brought the Rays back to earth a bit.

18 – Kansas City Royals (6-6); SD Score -0.94, Ranking Last Week – 24

Opponents – vs A’s (1-2), vs Angels (3-0)

The Royals have a four game winning streak right now and are playing good ball.

19 – Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6); SD Score -1.30, Ranking Last Week – 13

Opponents – vs Reds (0-3), at Red Sox (0-1), at Cubs (3-0)

It did not start off very good for Pittsburgh, but they were able to sweep the Cubs at the end.

20 – Los Angeles Angels (6-7); SD Score -1.22, Ranking Last Week – 6

Opponents – vs Rangers (1-2), at Royals (0-3)

The Angels had a solid week last week, but this week was awful as they were lucky to get one win.

21 – San Francisco Giants (5-9); SD Score +0.03, Ranking Last Week – 27

Opponents – vs Diamondbacks (1-2), vs Rockies (1-3)

Another not-so-good week for the Giants. Johnny Cueto is a perfect 3-0 however.

22 – Cleveland Indians (5-7); SD Score -1.01, Ranking Last Week – 20

Opponents – vs White Sox (1-2), vs Tigers (1-2)

Another hard week for a good team. The Indians need to get back to their winning ways.

23 – Oakland A’s (5-7); SD Score -1.30, Ranking Last Week – 21

Opponents – at Royals (2-1), vs Astros (0-2)

Oakland has an opportunity this week to climb on the standings, with home games against Texas and Seattle.

24 – Atlanta Braves (5-6); SD Score -0.47, Ranking Last Week – 30

Opponents –at Marlins (1-1), vs Padres (3-0)

The Braves were stumbling but then they got a sweep.

25– Seattle Mariners (5-8); SD Score -0.41, Ranking Last Week – 29

Opponents – vs Astros (1-2), vs Rangers (3-0)

It was looking ugly, but then Seattle sweeps Texas.

26 – Philadelphia Phillies (4-8); SD Score -0.24, Ranking Last Week – 9

Opponents – vs Mets (0-3), at Nationals (1-2)

Tough week for the Phillies as they were swept by Mets, despite two near-comebacks, and then they lost an extra-innings game to Washington.

27 – San Diego Padres (5-8); SD Score -2.58, Ranking Last Week – 25

Opponents – at Rockies (2-1), at Braves (0-3)

Amazing that San Diego was able to beat the Rockies but not the Braves.

28 – Texas Rangers (4-8) SD Score +0.42, Ranking Last Week – 19

Opponents – at Angels (2-1), at Mariners (0-3)

Texas had a good thing going, but it’s never fun to get swept in a series against a division rivial.

29 – St. Louis Cardinals (3-9) SD Score -2.56, Ranking Last Week – 23

Opponents – at Nationals (1-2), at Yankees (0-3)

The Cardinals are full of losing streaks. They need to turn it around quick.

30 – Toronto Blue Jays (2-10); SD Score -2.51, Ranking Last Week – 28

Opponents – vs Brewers (0-2), vs Orioles (1-3)

The Blue Jays appear to be a shell of their of their 2016 team but it’s early.

SD Score explanation:

Run production is one of the best measures of how a team is performing and how dominant or bad they are.

The formula takes each team’s runs scored and runs allowed totals and how many standard deviations from the league average they are.

Example: 1927 Yankees

The 27 Yankees score 975 runs (1927 AL average was 762 and SD of team runs for the AL was about 115). Take the difference from the league average (975-762=213) and divide by the SD (115), the 1927 Yankees were 1.85 SD above the league average in runs scored.

They allowed 599 runs (the SD in runs allowed for the 1927 AL was about 88.5), which was 163 runs less than the league average. 163/88.5 gives us a 1.84 SD above the league average in runs allowed.

Add 1.85 and 1.84 to get a final SD Score of +3.69 for the 1927 Yankees, which is amazing.

(SD ranking explanation found in “Baseball Dynasties: The Greatest Teams of All Time” by Rob Neyer and Eddie Epstein)