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

1 – Los Angeles Dodgers (79-32) SD Score +3.93, Ranking Last Week – 1

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

Another near-perfect week for the Dodgers, who look virtually unbeatable right now.

2 – Houston Astros (71-40); SD Score +3.42, Ranking Last Week – 2

Opponents – vs Rays (1-3), vs Blue Jays (2-1)

Houston didn’t make any major moves before the deadline and why not? They are cruising to the best record in the AL.

3 – Washington Nationals (65-44); SD Score +2.24, Ranking Last Week – 3

Opponents – at Marlins (1-2), at Cubs (2-1)

Washington just has so much going for them on both sides of the ball. October is going to be fun to watch.

4 – Boston Red Sox (63-49); SD Score +1.48, Ranking Last Week – 10

Opponents – vs Indians (2-0), vs White Sox (4-0)

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

5 – Arizona Diamondbacks (63-48); SD Score +2.21, Ranking Last Week – 5

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

Although they didn’t do well against San Francisco, they got a series win over Chicago.

6 – Colorado Rockies (64-48); SD Score +1.06, Ranking Last Week – 6

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

The Rockies had a solid week and maintain their hold on a ticket to the Wild Card game.

7 – New York Yankees (59-51); SD Score +2.26, Ranking Last Week – 4

Opponents – vs Tigers (1-2), at Indians (2-2)

After dropping the first 2 against Cleveland, it seemed like it was going to be labeled a bad week for New York, but they were able to salvage it. They still lost the division lead to Boston. Aaron Judge became the 11th rookie to hit 35 homeruns in their first season.

8 – Cleveland Indians (59-50); SD Score +1.83, Ranking Last Week – 7

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

While the Indians didn’t have the best week, they’re still leading in the AL Central and perhaps Danny Salazar will be a big help down the stretch.

9 – Chicago Cubs (58-52) SD Score +0.74, Ranking Last Week – 8

Opponents – vs Diamondbacks (1-2), vs Nationals (1-2)

The Cubs stumbled this week against playoff teams, but still hold a half game lead in the Central.

10 – Milwaukee Brewers (59-54); SD Score +0.54, Ranking Last Week – 11

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

The Brewers are now only a half game out and could be getting Chase Anderson back soon. The hitting just has to improve and they’ll have a chance.

11 – Tampa Bay Rays (58-55); SD Score +0.06, Ranking Last Week – 12

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

Tampa avoided a sweep this weekend to Milwaukee, but has to feel good about beating up on the Astros. The Wild Card is very much in play.

12 – Seattle Mariners (57-55); SD Score -0.09, Ranking Last Week – 13

Opponents – at Rangers (2-1), at Royals (2-1)

What a week for the Mariners. They won series on the road against two potential Wild Card teams.

13 – Kansas City Royals (56-53); SD Score -0.17, Ranking Last Week – 9

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

The Royals opened the door for Seattle to be neck and neck with them in the playoff run, but there’s still a lot of time.

14 – St. Louis Cardinals (52-53) SD Score +0.61, Ranking Last Week – 14

Opponents – at Brewers (1-2), at Reds (2-1)

And the Cardinals stand pat, but are still hanging on in the division race.

15 – Baltimore Orioles (55-56); SD Score -0.99, Ranking Last Week – 19

Opponents – vs Royals (3-0), vs Tigers (2-2)

Baltimore is on the cusp of the Wild Card, but they need to have multiple weeks in a row where they win a series or two.

16 – Los Angeles Angels (55-57); SD Score -0.32, Ranking Last Week – 15

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

The Angels seem like a Wild Card contender, but they just aren’t able to get over the hump.

17 – Texas Rangers (53-58) SD Score +0.06, Ranking Last Week – 16

Opponents – vs Mariners (1-2), at Twins (2-2)

The Rangers weren’t able to make up any ground and actually lost more in the Wild Card race.

18 – Minnesota Twins (53-56); SD Score -1.42, Ranking Last Week – 17

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

See Texas.

19 – Pittsburgh Pirates (54-57); SD Score -0.58, Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents – vs Reds (1-2), vs Padres (2-1)

The Pirates had a chance to move up in the Wild Card standings but lost a series to the Reds.

20 – Miami Marlins (52-57); SD Score -0.30, Ranking Last Week – 20

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

Another decent week for Miami, but they have a lot of ground to make up.

21 – Atlanta Braves (51-59); SD Score -1.07, Ranking Last Week – 21

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

The Braves aren’t going to make the postseason, but they seem to be the one team the Dodgers have a hard time with these days.

22 – Detroit Tigers (51-59); SD Score -0.58, Ranking Last Week – 22

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

The Tigers have moved into the role of the spoiler.

23 – Toronto Blue Jays (52-59); SD Score -1.70, Ranking Last Week – 23

Opponents – at White Sox (2-1), at Astros (1-2)

Toronto has been able to rebound from that awful start, but the Wild Card door seems to be closed.

24– New York Mets (49-60); SD Score -1.21, Ranking Last Week – 24

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

The Mets, like many other teams right now, are searching for answers.

25 – Oakland A’s (46-59); SD Score -1.74, Ranking Last Week – 25

Opponents – vs Giants (2-2), at Angels (2-1)

Oakland continues to hurt potential contending teams.

26 – San Diego Padres (49-61); SD Score -2.69, Ranking Last Week – 26

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

Another nail in their coffin.

27 – Cincinnati Reds (45-66); SD Score -1.98, Ranking Last Week – 27          

Opponents – at Pirates (2-1), vs Cardinals (1-2)

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

28 – San Francisco Giants (44-69); SD Score -2.09, Ranking Last Week – 30

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

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

29 – Chicago White Sox (41-68); SD Score -1.70, Ranking Last Week – 28

Opponents – vs Blue Jays (1-2), at Red Sox (0-4)

The White Sox might not win 60 games this year. They might struggle to win 50.

30 – Philadelphia Phillies (40-69); SD Score -1.80, Ranking Last Week – 30

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

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)