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

1 – Houston Astros (41-16); SD Score +3.70, Ranking Last Week – 1

Opponents – at Twins (3-0), at Rangers (3-0)

The Astros pounded the first place Twins and just blew through the week, going 6-0 and looking like the most dominant team in the league.

2 – Colorado Rockies (36-23); SD Score +1.45, Ranking Last Week – 4

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

The Rockies are still in the NL West lead, but now it’s only a half game.

3 – Washington Nationals (35-20); SD Score +2.40, Ranking Last Week – 3

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

Not the toughest of opponents, but the Nationals did what they had to and blew through them.

4 – Los Angeles Dodgers (35-23) SD Score +3.19, Ranking Last Week – 5

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

The Dodgers are still getting things done and are right in the thick of the NL West race.

5 – New York Yankees (32-22); SD Score +2.54, Ranking Last Week – 2

Opponents – at Orioles (1-2), at Blue Jays (2-2)

The Yankees had a decent week and still lead the AL East by 2 games.

6 – Arizona Diamondbacks (34-25); SD Score +1.78, Ranking Last Week – 6

Opponents – at Pirates (2-1), at Marlins (1-3)

The Diamondbacks are keeping pace in the difficult NL West but took a hit by losing 3 of 4 to the Marlins.

7 – Boston Red Sox (31-25); SD Score +1.43, Ranking Last Week – 7

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

The Red Sox are only 2 games out of first and play the Yankees this week at New York. Big chance for Boston.

8 – Milwaukee Brewers (30-27); SD Score +0.97, Ranking Last Week – 8

Opponents – at Mets (2-2), vs Dodgers (1-2)

Similar to last week, the Brewers were able to salvage the week by playing good later in each series. They need to build a lead before St Louis and Chicago come out of their slumps.

9 – Minnesota Twins (29-24); SD Score -0.68, Ranking Last Week – 9

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

While the Twins played well against the Angels and still have first place in the AL Central, they really got crushed by the Astros.

10 – Cleveland Indians (29-26); SD Score +1.11, Ranking Last Week – 10

Opponents – vs A’s (3-1), at Royals (1-2)

The Indians were able to have a solid week and are only a game out of first.

11 – Chicago Cubs (28-27) SD Score +0.17, Ranking Last Week – 13

Opponents – at Padres (0-3), vs Cardinals (3-0)

As important as it was to sweep St. Louis, it was that puzzling to see them get swept by San Diego.

12 – Baltimore Orioles (29-26); SD Score -0.27, Ranking Last Week – 16

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

The Orioles held their own against their East rivals and are only 3 ½ games out of first.

13 – Tampa Bay Rays (29-30); SD Score +0.09, Ranking Last Week – 11

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

The Rays are still competing well in the AL East but they need to step it up.

14 – Toronto Blue Jays (28-29); SD Score -0.18, Ranking Last Week – 19

Opponents – vs Reds (3-0), vs Yankees (2-2)

That makes 3 good weeks in a row and now the Blue Jays are approaching the land of .500.

15 – Detroit Tigers (28-28); SD Score -0.11, Ranking Last Week – 20

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

This was a big bounce-back week for Detroit as they are now back to .500.

16 – St. Louis Cardinals (26-28) SD Score +0.09, Ranking Last Week – 12

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

The Cardinals are still not where they were and getting swept by the Cubs definitely hurt.

17 – Seattle Mariners (28-30); SD Score -0.29, Ranking Last Week – 21

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

This was a big week for Seattle, but as said before, they’re in the West. Gonna be tough.

18 – Los Angeles Angels (29-31); SD Score -0.54, Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents – vs Braves (2-1), vs Twins (1-3)

The Angels took a hit against the Twins, but they’re just another AL West team in a major uphill climb.

19 – Texas Rangers (26-31) SD Score -0.16, Ranking Last Week – 14

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

The Rangers are just in a difficult situation. They’re in the West and there are too many Wild Card contenders.

20 – Cincinnati Reds (25-30); SD Score -0.79, Ranking Last Week – 15          

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

The Reds seem to be fading to the background a bit.

21 – Pittsburgh Pirates (26-31); SD Score -0.86, Ranking Last Week – 23

Opponents – vs Diamondbacks (1-2), at Mets (2-1)

This was another decent week for Pittsburgh, but they have a chance to get right into the thick of the NL Central race. Can they take advantage?

22 – Chicago White Sox (24-31); SD Score -0.06, Ranking Last Week – 17

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

The White Sox are another team that is slowly fading away to the world of non-contention.

23 – New York Mets (24-31); SD Score -1.26, Ranking Last Week – 22

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

The Mets have to get a long winning streak going if they’re gonna compete.

24 – Atlanta Braves (24-30); SD Score -1.40, Ranking Last Week – 25

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

The Braves are up and down and find themselves behind the 8-ball.

25 – Miami Marlins (24-31); SD Score -0.62, Ranking Last Week – 27

Opponents – vs Phillies (3-0), vs Diamondbacks (3-1)

Miami had a better week, but it’s still an uphill climb.

26 – Kansas City Royals (24-31); SD Score -1.55, Ranking Last Week – 26

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

Just not sure about the consistency of the Royals.

27 – Oakland A’s (24-32); SD Score -2.32, Ranking Last Week – 24

Opponents – at Indians (1-3), vs Nationals (1-2)

Is it too early to put a fork in them?

28 – San Diego Padres (23-35); SD Score -3.36, Ranking Last Week – 29

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

The sweep of the Cubs was impressive. They could have used a sweep over the Rockies instead, but they had a respectable week.

29 – San Francisco Giants (23-35); SD Score -2.18, Ranking Last Week – 28

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

All that improvement talk is out the window. They struggled with the Phillies. The Phillies.

 

30 – Philadelphia Phillies (19-35); SD Score -2.30, Ranking Last Week – 30

Opponents – at Marlins (0-3), vs Giants (2-1)

It’s still ugly. Though they did win 2 games finally.

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)