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Major League Baseball Power Rankings, June 20th, 2016

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

1 – Chicago Cubs (47-20) SD Score +4.19; Record this week (4-2)

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

The best team in the league lost a close Game 3 in the series against the Nationals which caused them to lose the series, but they rebounded nicely against the Pirates.

2 – Washington Nationals (39-24); SD Score +1.86; Record this week (4-3)

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

Getting a series win against the Cubs was huge, but splitting with the Padres was puzzling.

3 – San Francisco Giants (44-26); SD Score +1.25; Record this week (6-0)

Opponents – Brewers (3-0), Tampa (3-0)

They were able to sweep a couple of below-average teams at home, but the Giants are on a roll, winning 9 of their last 10. They travel to Pittsburgh for a 4-game series on Monday.

4 – Texas Rangers (45-25); SD Score +1.08; Record this week (6-1)

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

The Rangers had one of the best weeks of anyone this week and they’ve won 23 out of their last 30 games.

5 – Boston Red Sox (39-29); SD Score +2.22; Record this week (3-3)

Opponents – Orioles (1-2), Mariners (2-1)

Boston’s offense continues to carry them, but they need to put a win streak together.

6 – Cleveland Indians (38-30); SD Score +1.29; Record this week (3-3)

Opponents – at Royals (0-3), at White Sox (3-0)

They drop a couple spots after getting swept by the Royals, but this is still one of the top teams in the AL.

7 – Baltimore Orioles (40-28); SD Score +0.71; Record this week (4-2)

Opponents – at Red Sox (2-1), Bluejays (2-1)

Good solid week for the Orioles and they improved to 19-16 against teams better than .500.

8 – Seattle Mariners (36-33); SD Score +1.38; Record this week (2-4)

Opponents – at Tampa (1-2), at Red Sox (1-2)

The Mariners lost some ground in the AL West race and needs to play better against Detroit this week.

9 – Toronto Bluejays (39-33); SD Score +0.95; Record this week (4-3)

Opponents – Phillies (1-1), at Phillies (2-0), at Orioles (1-2)

The Bluejays have been inconsistent and fortunately for them, their schedule is favorable this week.

10 – Los Angeles Dodgers (38-33); SD Score +0.98; Record this week (5-2)

Opponents – at Arizona (2-1), Brewers (3-1)

The Dodgers didn’t fall too far behind the Giants, but they have a tough series with the Nationals this week and a 4-gamer against the Pirates.

11 – St. Louis Cardinals (35-33); SD Score +1.70; Record this week (0-5)

Opponents – Astros (0-2), Rangers (0-3)

Awful week for the Cards and they have some tough games coming up against the Royals and Mariners. Their offense is still real good.

12 – Miami Marlins (37-32); SD Score -0.06; Record this week (5-1)

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

Miami was able to have a good week against below average teams for a change.

13 – Kansas City Royals (38-31); SD Score -0.10; Record this week (6-1)

Opponents – Indians (3-0), Tigers (3-1)

Excellent week for the champs. Need to keep up this pitching.

14 – New York Mets (36-32); SD Score +0.22; Record this week (2-4)

Opponents – Pirates (2-1), Braves (0-3)

The Mets are able to keep pace with good teams, but then they lose ground in rankings by losing to bad teams. Getting swept at home against the Braves is embarrassing.

15 – Detroit Tigers (34-35); SD Score +0.18; Record this week (2-5)

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

Detroit is now struggling against everyone, not just good teams.

16 – Houston Astros (34-36); SD Score -0.17; Record this week (4-1)

Opponents – at Cardinals (2-0), Reds (2-1)

This week was a nice bounce-back for the Astros. The Royals series will be intriguing.

17 – Pittsburgh Pirates (33-36); SD Score -0.24; Record this week (1-6)

Opponents – Mets (1-2), at Cubs (0-3)

Awfully tough week for the Pirates and it doesn’t get easier with the Giants and Dodgers coming to town.

18 – Colorado Rockies (32-36); SD Score -0.14; Record this week (2-3)

Opponents – Yankees (2-0), Marlins (0-3)

If they could have won a game against the Marlins, that would have helped them.

19 – New York Yankees (34-35); SD Score -0.51; Record this week (3-3)

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

The Yankees can hang around the middle of the pack, but that’s probably as high as they’ll go. Their record against winning teams is still only 11-20.

20 – Tampa Bay Rays (31-36); SD Score -0.28; Record this week (2-4)

Opponents – Mariners (2-1), Giants (0-3)

Tampa is still hanging around, but getting swept by the Giants was big. We’ll see how they fare this week on the road in Cleveland and Baltimore.

21 – Chicago White Sox (33-36); SD Score -0.46; Record this week (2-4)

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

The Sox had a good series against Detroit, but had a brutal trip to Cleveland.

22 – Arizona Diamondbacks (32-39); SD Score -0.40; Record this week (4-2)

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

Solid week for the Diamondbacks and now they’ve improved to winning 14 out of their last 30.

23 – Los Angeles Angels (31-38); SD Score -0.56; Record this week (4-2)

Opponents – Twins (2-1), at A’s (2-1)

The Angels had some improvement this week, but it was against a couple of the AL bottom-feeders.

24 – Milwaukee Brewers (31-39); SD Score -1.42; Record this week (1-6)

Opponents – at Giants (0-3), at Dodgers (1-3)

The Brewers are the Brewers when they play the good teams. They finish June against the Nationals and Dodgers.

25 – San Diego Padres (29-42); SD Score -1.33; Record this week (2-4)

Opponents – Marlins (1-2), Rockies (1-2)

The Padres are headed towards one of the worst records in baseball this year.

26 – Philadelphia Phillies (30-40); SD Score -2.63; Record this week (1-6)

Opponents – at Toronto (1-1), Toronto (0-2), Arizona (0-3)

The Phillies had to be disappointed with their week. They’ve only won 7 of their last 30.

27 – Oakland A’s (28-41); SD Score -1.66; Record this week (2-5)

Opponents – Rangers (1-3), Angels (1-2)

Losing 18 of their last 27 games will keep the A’s near the bottom.

28 – Cincinnati Reds (27-43); SD Score -2.51; Record this week (3-4)

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

The Reds will win occasional games, but they’ll be near Atlanta this year when it’s over.

29 – Atlanta Braves (23-46); SD Score -2.48; Record this week (5-2)

Opponents – Reds (2-2), at Mets (3-0)

Good outings this week, especially at the Mets.

30 – Minnesota Twins (21-48); SD Score -2.83; Record this week (2-5)

Opponents – at Angels (1-2), Yankees (1-3)

Same as last week – Not much to say as the Twins are likely going to be the worst of the AL this season.

 

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)