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For an explanation of how the SD Score is calculated, see below.

1 – Los Angeles Dodgers (83-34) SD Score +3.89, Ranking Last Week – 1

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

The Dodgers can lose 11 games and still break the record for most wins in a season. Not sure they will even lose 10 games the rest of the way.

2 – Houston Astros (72-45); SD Score +3.15, Ranking Last Week – 2

Opponents – at White Sox (0-3), at Rangers (1-2)

The Astros have had a rough time of it, especially with injuries. The losses have piled up and now the question is, will their pitching sustain them in the postseason?

3 – Washington Nationals (70-46); SD Score +2.46, Ranking Last Week – 3

Opponents – vs Marlins (3-1), vs Giants (2-1)

The Nationals are probably the only team that has a legitimate chance to defeat the Dodgers in the postseason, but right now, all eyes are on the knee of Bryce Harper.

4 – Boston Red Sox (67-50); SD Score +1.66, Ranking Last Week – 4

Opponents – at Rays (2-0), at Yankees (2-1)

Not a bad time for Boston to pull off a perfect week. They reclaimed the AL East and put the Indians on notice.

5 – Cleveland Indians (63-52); SD Score +1.88, Ranking Last Week – 8

Opponents – vs Rockies (1-1), at Rays (3-1)

Cleveland took control this week and beat two good teams, while holding off the suddenly hot Twins.

6 – Arizona Diamondbacks (65-52); SD Score +2.04, Ranking Last Week – 5

Opponents – vs Dodgers (1-2), vs Cubs (1-2)

The Diamondbacks are still sitting comfortably in the Wild Card race, despite losing both series’ this week.

7 – Colorado Rockies (65-52); SD Score +0.94, Ranking Last Week – 6

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

Colorado blew an opportunity to take advantage of Arizona’s recent troubles, but in all likelihood, they’ll be facing off with them in the Wild Card game.

8 – New York Yankees (61-55); SD Score +2.13, Ranking Last Week – 7

Opponents – at Blue Jays (1-2), vs Red Sox (1-2)

The Yankees weren’t able to get back the lead in the AL East, but are still very much in it.

9 – St. Louis Cardinals (61-57) SD Score +1.00, Ranking Last Week – 14

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

The Cardinals are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the Majors and have a real chance in the Central race.

10 – Chicago Cubs (58-52) SD Score +0.76, Ranking Last Week – 9

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

While the Cubs still hold the lead in the NL Central, the race is too close for comfort if you’re a Cubs fan.

11 – Los Angeles Angels (61-58); SD Score -0.17, Ranking Last Week – 16

Opponents – vs Orioles (2-1), at Mariners (4-0)

The Angels took a big step this week and vaulted past a few teams in the Wild Card race. Getting a sweep in Seattle was impressive.

12 – Minnesota Twins (59-57); SD Score -0.90, Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents – vs Brewers (2-0), at Brewers (2-0), at Tigers (2-1)

If it wasn’t for a walk-off on Saturday, the Twins would have had a perfect week, as they stormed back into playoff contention.

13 – Milwaukee Brewers (61-59); SD Score +0.28, Ranking Last Week – 10

Opponents – at Twins (0-2), vs Twins (0-2), vs Reds (2-1)

The Brewers would get a lot more slack for their season if they weren’t in the Central. Their inability to take the lead back in the race has fans perplexed in Wisconsin.

14 – Kansas City Royals (59-58); SD Score -0.43, Ranking Last Week – 13

Opponents – vs Cardinals (0-2), at Cardinals (0-2), at White Sox (2-1)

The Royals were able to get a series win over the White Sox and salvage a brutal week.

15 – Tampa Bay Rays (59-60); SD Score -0.26, Ranking Last Week – 11

Opponents – vs Red Sox (0-2), vs Indians (1-3)

Tampa fell under .500 again and their playoff hopes took a big blow this week.

16 – Seattle Mariners (59-60); SD Score -0.15, Ranking Last Week – 12

Opponents – at A’s (2-0), vs Angels (0-4)

See Tampa.

17 – Baltimore Orioles (58-60); SD Score -0.84, Ranking Last Week – 15

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

Baltimore missed a chance to gain some ground in the Wild Card race. Those chances don’t come around often.

18 – Texas Rangers (56-60) SD Score +0.25, Ranking Last Week – 17

Opponents – at Mets (1-1), vs Astros (1-2)

Same as last week. Couldn’t make up any ground.

19 – Pittsburgh Pirates (58-60); SD Score -0.83, Ranking Last Week – 19

Opponents – vs Tigers (2-0), at Tigers (1-1), at Blue Jays (1-2)

The Pirates are hanging on by a thread, but there are five teams holding a scissors.

20 – Miami Marlins (56-60); SD Score -0.32, Ranking Last Week – 20

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

See Pittsburgh.

21 – Detroit Tigers (53-64); SD Score -0.58, Ranking Last Week – 22

Opponents – at Pirates (0-2), vs Pirates (1-1), vs Twins (1-2)

The Tigers could be a spoiler, but it hasn’t happened yet.

22 – Toronto Blue Jays (56-61); SD Score -1.52, Ranking Last Week – 23

Opponents – vs Yankees (2-1), vs Pirates (2-1)

The Blue Jays will have a lot to build upon next season.

23 – Atlanta Braves (52-63); SD Score -1.16, Ranking Last Week – 21

Opponents – vs Phillies (0-2), at Cardinals (1-2)

The Braves are done, but they can be a problem for playoff hopefuls.

24– New York Mets (53-62); SD Score -0.98, Ranking Last Week – 24

Opponents – vs Rangers (1-1), at Phillies (3-1)

The Mets had a good week, but it’s too little too late.

25 – Oakland A’s (52-66); SD Score -1.85, Ranking Last Week – 25

Opponents – vs Mariners (0-2), vs Orioles (2-2)

Oakland continues to hurt potential contending teams.

26 – San Diego Padres (51-66); SD Score -3.07, Ranking Last Week – 26

Opponents –at Reds (1-3), at Dodgers (1-2)

Another nail in their coffin.

27 – Cincinnati Reds (49-69); SD Score -1.61, Ranking Last Week – 27          

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

The Reds have to figure out how to get out of the gutter in 2018.

28 – Chicago White Sox (45-70); SD Score -1.61, Ranking Last Week – 29

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

The White Sox surprised everyone with a sweep over Houston, but make no mistake, this isn’t a very good team.

29 – San Francisco Giants (44-69); SD Score -2.14, Ranking Last Week – 28

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

All the Giants can do this year is try not to be ranked last.

30 – Philadelphia Phillies (43-72); SD Score -2.02, Ranking Last Week – 30

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

The Phillies have been spoilers as of late and that’s about all they can hope to do.

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)