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

1 – Los Angeles Dodgers (64-29) SD Score +3.92, Ranking Last Week – 1

Opponents – at Marlins (3-0)

Another sweep for the red-hot Dodgers. That’s 26 wins in their last 30 games.

2 – Houston Astros (62-30); SD Score +3.67, Ranking Last Week – 2

Opponents – vs Twins (2-1)

The Astros are still the top team in the AL and have the highest offense in the Majors.

3 – Washington Nationals (55-36); SD Score +2.34, Ranking Last Week – 4

Opponents – at Reds (3-0)

The Nationals are the top scoring offense in the NL and put up 29 more runs this weekend.

4 – Boston Red Sox (52-41); SD Score +1.45, Ranking Last Week – 5

Opponents – vs Yankees (2-2)

The Red Sox weren’t able to extend their lead over New York, but they didn’t lose any ground either.

5 – Arizona Diamondbacks (53-39); SD Score +2.10, Ranking Last Week – 3

Opponents – at Braves (0-3)

This wasn’t how the Diamondbacks wanted to start the second half of the season.

6 – Milwaukee Brewers (52-42); SD Score +1.00, Ranking Last Week – 9

Opponents – vs Phillies (2-1)

The Crew was able to win another series, but the Cubs picked up a game.  

7 – Colorado Rockies (53-41); SD Score +0.66, Ranking Last Week – 7

Opponents – at Mets (1-2)

After losing a lot of ground, losing a series to the Mets after the break has to be a bit disappointing.

8 – New York Yankees (47-43); SD Score +2.21, Ranking Last Week – 9

Opponents – at Red Sox (2-2)

The Yankees missed an opportunity to gain some ground against Boston.

9 – Tampa Bay Rays (49-44); SD Score +0.42, Ranking Last Week – 10

Opponents – at Angels (2-1)

The Rays have really closed the gap in the AL East and are right there with the Yankees and Red Sox.

10 – Cleveland Indians (47-43); SD Score +1.48, Ranking Last Week – 8

Opponents – at A’s (0-3)

The Indians have to be a bit stunned that they got swept by the A’s this weekend.

11 – Minnesota Twins (46-45); SD Score -1.50, Ranking Last Week – 12

Opponents – at Astros (1-2)

What a tough opponent right out of the gates in Houston, but the Twins fared well and won a game. They’re only a game and a half out of first now.

12 – Texas Rangers (45-46) SD Score +0.67, Ranking Last Week – 13

Opponents – at Royals (2-1)

The Rangers are in full wild card mode and won a big series against the Royals this weekend.

13 – Chicago Cubs (46-45) SD Score +0.38, Ranking Last Week – 15

Opponents – at Orioles (3-0)

The Cubs were able to get momentum going and pick up a game against the Brewers. Can they keep it going?

14 – Kansas City Royals (45-45); SD Score -0.51, Ranking Last Week – 11

Opponents – vs Rangers (1-2)

The Royals are back to .500, but they’ll have a lot to say about the final results in the AL Central.

15 – Seattle Mariners (46-47); SD Score -0.04, Ranking Last Week – 17

Opponents – at White Sox (3-0)

The Mariners got back into the Wild Card race with a nice sweep over the White Sox

16 – Atlanta Braves (45-45); SD Score -0.79, Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents – vs Diamondbacks (3-0)

The Braves are back at .500 and have a chance.

17 – St. Louis Cardinals (44-47) SD Score +0.34, Ranking Last Week – 14

Opponents – at Pirates (1-2)

The Cards took a step backwards this weekend. 

18 – Los Angeles Angels (46-49); SD Score -0.50, Ranking Last Week – 16

Opponents – vs Rays (1-2)

The Angels have to get a string of wins together if they want to have any hope at the Wild Card.

19 – Pittsburgh Pirates (44-48); SD Score -0.50, Ranking Last Week – 19

Opponents – vs Cardinals (2-1)

The Pirates did themselves a favor by avoiding the sweep.

20 – Detroit Tigers (41-49); SD Score -0.59, Ranking Last Week – 24

Opponents – vs Blue Jays (2-1)

The Tigers need to all of a sudden become a great team and go 2-1 in every series for the rest of the year.

21 – Baltimore Orioles (42-49); SD Score -2.16, Ranking Last Week – 20

Opponents – vs Cubs (0-3)

I’m starting to think the Orioles are done.

22 – Oakland A’s (42-50); SD Score -1.75, Ranking Last Week – 25

Opponents – vs Indians (3-0)

The A’s are probably not going to get a Wild Card, but they sure hurt the Indians this weekend.

23 – Miami Marlins (41-49); SD Score -0.64, Ranking Last Week – 21

Opponents – vs Dodgers (0-3)

And that was a tough way to start by having to face the Dodgers.

24– New York Mets (41-48); SD Score -0.95, Ranking Last Week – 23

Opponents – vs Rockies (2-1)

The Mets are in a real tough spot. They are way behind in the division and Wild Card race and have to overcome injuries. Not a good combo.

25 – Toronto Blue Jays (42-49); SD Score -1.54, Ranking Last Week – 22

Opponents – at Tigers (1-2)

Yeah, the Blue Jays are out of it too.

26 – Chicago White Sox (38-52); SD Score -0.81, Ranking Last Week – 26

Opponents – vs Mariners (0-3)

The White Sox are another team that just doesn’t look like they’re ready to compete this year.

27 – Cincinnati Reds (39-52); SD Score -1.36, Ranking Last Week – 27          

Opponents – vs Nationals (0-3)

The Reds need to go on a big run now, but it looks like it’s over.

28 – San Diego Padres (40-51); SD Score -2.63, Ranking Last Week – 28

Opponents –vs Giants (2-1)

Well, they are not as bad as the Giants.

29 – San Francisco Giants (35-58); SD Score -2.35, Ranking Last Week – 29

Opponents – at Padres (1-2)

I’d say they’re not as bad as the Phillies, but I’m not sure.

30 – Philadelphia Phillies (30-60); SD Score -2.01, Ranking Last Week – 30

Opponents –at Brewers (1-2)

It’s possible they could catch the Giants.

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)