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

1 – Los Angeles Dodgers (87-35) SD Score +3.74, Ranking Last Week – 1

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

The Dodgers are pretty much right where the 2001 Mariners were at this point. It’s amazing how dominant they are at this point.

2 – Houston Astros (76-48); SD Score +3.15, Ranking Last Week – 2

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

Houston’s pitching gave them a good week. They’re seeking another arm for the bullpen to go with Francisco Liriano and Tyler Clippard for their postseason run.

3 – Washington Nationals (74-48); SD Score +2.47, Ranking Last Week – 3

Opponents – vs Angels (1-1), at Padres (3-1)

The Nationals were happy to welcome back Stephen Strasburg as they had another good week. All signs are pointing to an epic NLCS between Los Angeles and Washington.

4 – Cleveland Indians (68-54); SD Score +2.23, Ranking Last Week – 5

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

Cleveland is consistently winning and has a firm grip on control of the AL Central.

5 – Boston Red Sox (71-52); SD Score +1.72, Ranking Last Week – 4

Opponents – vs Indians (0-1), vs Cardinals (2-0), vs Yankees (2-1)

The Red Sox are getting the job done and took another big series from the Yankees.

6 – Arizona Diamondbacks (67-57); SD Score +1.53, Ranking Last Week – 6

Opponents – vs Astros (1-1), at Astros (1-1), at Twins (0-3)

Arizona didn’t have the best week, but is still a favorite to play in the Wild Card.

7 – Colorado Rockies (68-56); SD Score +1.11, Ranking Last Week – 7

Opponents – vs Braves (2-2), vs Brewers (1-2)

The Rockies just haven’t been able to break away to secure the Wild Card, but are still in the lead.

8 – Chicago Cubs (66-57) SD Score +0.98, Ranking Last Week – 10

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

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

9 – New York Yankees (66-57); SD Score +2.05, Ranking Last Week – 8

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

The Yankees had a good week, but missed an opportunity to take a game off Boston.

10 – Milwaukee Brewers (65-60); SD Score +0.36, Ranking Last Week – 13

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

The Brewers ended up surpassing expectations by taking a series from Colorado and staying in the NL Central race.

11 – Los Angeles Angels (64-60); SD Score -0.21, Ranking Last Week – 11

Opponents – at Nationals (1-1), at Orioles (2-1)

The Angels have become a major player in the AL Wild Card race.

12 – Minnesota Twins (63-59); SD Score -0.69, Ranking Last Week – 12

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

The Twins are playing much better lately and it continued with a sweep over Arizona. It’s just a shame for them that they couldn’t make up ground on Cleveland.

13 – St. Louis Cardinals (61-57) SD Score +0.84, Ranking Last Week – 9

Opponents – at Red Sox (0-2), at Pirates (2-2)

St. Louis took a step backwards, but is still very much in the NL Central and Wild Card races.

14 – Seattle Mariners (63-62); SD Score -0.16, Ranking Last Week – 16

Opponents – vs Orioles (2-1), at Rays (2-1)

Seattle is only a game and a half out of the Wild Card, which is between about six teams.

15 – Kansas City Royals (62-61); SD Score -0.57, Ranking Last Week – 14

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

The Royals are just trying all they can to stay in the hunt, but may be falling behind.

16 – Texas Rangers (61-62) SD Score +0.78, Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents –vs Tigers (3-0), vs White Sox (2-2)

The Rangers are barely hanging onto Wild Card contention and desperately need to go on a run.

The below teams are likely out of the race:

17 – Miami Marlins (60-62); SD Score -0.24, Ranking Last Week – 20

18 – Tampa Bay Rays (61-65); SD Score -0.41, Ranking Last Week – 15

19 – Baltimore Orioles (60-64); SD Score -0.73, Ranking Last Week – 17

20 – Pittsburgh Pirates (58-60); SD Score -0.86, Ranking Last Week – 19

21 – Toronto Blue Jays (59-65); SD Score -1.53, Ranking Last Week – 22

22 – Detroit Tigers (54-69); SD Score -0.83, Ranking Last Week – 21

23 – Atlanta Braves (55-67); SD Score -1.23, Ranking Last Week – 23

24– New York Mets (54-68); SD Score -0.99, Ranking Last Week – 24

25 – Oakland A’s (54-70); SD Score -1.90, Ranking Last Week – 25

26 – San Diego Padres (55-69); SD Score -2.95, Ranking Last Week – 26

27 – Cincinnati Reds (53-72); SD Score -1.59, Ranking Last Week – 27          

28 – San Francisco Giants (50-76); SD Score -2.10, Ranking Last Week – 29

29 – Chicago White Sox (47-74); SD Score -1.81, Ranking Last Week – 28

30 – Philadelphia Phillies (45-77); SD Score -2.19, Ranking Last Week – 30

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)