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

1 – Los Angeles Dodgers (74-31) SD Score +3.70, Ranking Last Week – 1

Opponents – vs Twins (3-0), vs Giants (3-0)

It’s another perfect week for the Dodgers while Clayton Kershaw continues to rehab.

2 – Houston Astros (68-36); SD Score +3.58, Ranking Last Week – 2

Opponents – at Phillies (2-1), at Tigers (1-2)

The Astros not only have the best record in the AL, but their +161 run differential is tops in the American League by a long way.

3 – Washington Nationals (62-41); SD Score +2.35, Ranking Last Week – 3

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

The Nationals’ strength right now seems to be their ability to play on the road (33-19).

4 – New York Yankees (56-47); SD Score +2.21, Ranking Last Week – 7

Opponents – vs Reds (2-0), vs Rays (3-1)

The Yankees hung around and after a big week, they have taken over the AL East.

5 – Arizona Diamondbacks (60-45); SD Score +2.25, Ranking Last Week – 6

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

Arizona is still the top Wild Card and it’s for a reason. They know how to win games and they can put up runs in a hurry.

6 – Colorado Rockies (60-46); SD Score +1.22, Ranking Last Week – 5

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

Despite the big setback in the sweep by the Cardinals, the Rockies were able to win a big series against the Nationals and get to 60 wins.

7 – Cleveland Indians (57-46); SD Score +1.73, Ranking Last Week – 9

Opponents – vs Reds (1-0), vs Angels (3-0), at White Sox (2-1)

After a near perfect week, the Indians are sitting pretty atop the AL Central.

8 – Chicago Cubs (56-48) SD Score +0.49, Ranking Last Week – 8

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

The Cubs seem to be hitting their stride and are now looking like the team that is ready to defend their title.

9 – Kansas City Royals (55-48); SD Score -0.44, Ranking Last Week – 12

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

The Royals are on a roll. That poor start now seems like a lifetime ago.

10 – Boston Red Sox (57-49); SD Score +1.36, Ranking Last Week – 4

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

Boston fell behind the Yankees this week, but still has a great chance to win the AL East.

11 – Milwaukee Brewers (55-52); SD Score +0.70, Ranking Last Week – 6

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

After a difficult week, the Brewers’ stock is beginning to drop, but they still have a chance.

12 – Tampa Bay Rays (54-52); SD Score +0.28, Ranking Last Week – 11

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

Tampa is still very much alive for the AL East title and a Wild Card berth. However, losing three of four to the Yankees won’t help them.

13 – Seattle Mariners (53-53); SD Score -0.15, Ranking Last Week – 15

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

Seattle has finally reached .500 and appears ready to compete for a Wild Card spot.

14 – St. Louis Cardinals (52-53) SD Score +0.43, Ranking Last Week – 19

Opponents – vs Rockies (3-0), vs Diamondbacks (2-2)

The Cardinals seem to surge just when you think they’re dead.

15 – Los Angeles Angels (51-55); SD Score -0.37, Ranking Last Week – 16

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

The Angels seem like a Wild Card contender, but it’s hard to see how they’re better than Seattle, Tampa or Kansas City.

16 – Texas Rangers (50-54) SD Score +0.23, Ranking Last Week – 14

Opponents – vs Marlins (1-2), vs Orioles (1-2)

The Rangers took a step backwards and are now behind six teams for a Wild Card spot.

17 – Minnesota Twins (50-53); SD Score -1.41, Ranking Last Week – 13

Opponents – at Dodgers (0-3), at A’s (1-2)

The Twins look like they’re fading while several other teams are rising.

18 – Pittsburgh Pirates (51-54); SD Score -0.52, Ranking Last Week – 18

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

The Pirates had a chance to move up in the Wild Card standings but lost to two of the worst teams in baseball.

19 – Baltimore Orioles (50-54); SD Score -1.58, Ranking Last Week – 20

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

Baltimore is way too up and down to trust them to move up in the standings.

20 – Miami Marlins (49-54); SD Score -0.79, Ranking Last Week – 22

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

Miami had a good week but they’ll need to do that for the month of August.

21 – Atlanta Braves (48-55); SD Score -0.81, Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents – at Diamondbacks (1-2), at Phillies (0-3)

I’m closing the door on Atlanta’s Wild Card chances. Getting swept by the Phillies is cause enough for anyone to lose faith in them.

22 – Detroit Tigers (47-56); SD Score -0.41, Ranking Last Week – 21

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

The Tigers beating Houston was a nice surprise for a team that looks like they’re ready for the season to end.

23 – Toronto Blue Jays (49-56); SD Score -1.91, Ranking Last Week – 25

Opponents – vs A’s (4-0), vs Angels (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 (48-55); SD Score -0.88, Ranking Last Week – 23

Opponents – at Padres (2-2), at Mariners (1-2)

The Mets are a long way from the World Series team of two seasons ago.

25 – Oakland A’s (46-59); SD Score -1.61, Ranking Last Week – 24

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

Oakland is gonna be nothing more than a potential spoiler for the rest of the year and they spoiled the Twins’ weekend.

26 – San Diego Padres (47-58); SD Score -2.80, Ranking Last Week – 28

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

The Padres have played better as of late and keep hurting potential Wild Card teams.

27 – Cincinnati Reds (42-63); SD Score -1.71, Ranking Last Week – 27          

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

The Reds have lost too many games including 8 of their last 10. Time to get ready for 2018.

28 – Chicago White Sox (40-62); SD Score -1.10, Ranking Last Week – 28

Opponents – at Cubs (1-1), vs Cubs (0-2), at Indians (1-2)

The White Sox might not win 60 games this year.

29 – Philadelphia Phillies (38-64); SD Score -1.63, Ranking Last Week – 30

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

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

30 – San Francisco Giants (40-66); SD Score -2.42, Ranking Last Week – 30

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

While the Giants hurt the Pirates, they’re just a shell of the playoff team they used to be.

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)