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

1 – Cleveland Indians (87-56); SD Score +3.22, Ranking Last Week – 3

Winners of 17 straight, the Indians have an amazing +88 run differential and have hit 35 homeruns. Right now, they’re the best team.

2 – Los Angeles Dodgers (92-51) SD Score +2.49, Ranking Last Week – 1

The Dodgers have lost 10 straight and 15 of their last 16, the worst record ever over 16 games for any team that has 90 wins. The bats are cold and it has to be worrying fans.

3 – Houston Astros (86-57); SD Score +2.55, Ranking Last Week – 2

Things were looking better until they got swept over the weekend by the A’s.

4 – Washington Nationals (87-55); SD Score +2.56, Ranking Last Week – 4

Washington has won six of their last seven and are in good shape during the stretch run. They need to play well against the Dodgers this week.

5 – Arizona Diamondbacks (83-60); SD Score +2.15, Ranking Last Week – 5

Arizona won 13 straight before struggling with the Padres. They are almost a lock now for hosting the Wild Card game.

6 – Boston Red Sox (81-62); SD Score +1.40, Ranking Last Week – 6

The Red Sox should still win the East, but the Yankees are nipping at their ankles.

7 – New York Yankees (77-65); SD Score +2.52, Ranking Last Week – 7

The Yankees are 3 ½ games behind the Sox, but are the Wild Card leader. They’re in good shape either way.

8 – Chicago Cubs (77-66) SD Score +1.18, Ranking Last Week – 8

The Cubs lost a huge series this week against the Brewers. Now they have to worry about the Brewers and Cardinals going forward.

9 – Milwaukee Brewers (75-68); SD Score +0.27, Ranking Last Week – 9

The Jimmy Nelson injury is huge, but they still found a way to sweep the Cubs and cut the NL Central lead to 2. Anything can happen.

10 – Colorado Rockies (78-65); SD Score +0.96, Ranking Last Week – 10

The Rockies can only make the postseason as a Wild Card, but have a lot of competition. The time is now.

11 – St. Louis Cardinals (75-68) SD Score +1.11, Ranking Last Week – 14

The Cardinals are hanging around and still play 7 games against the Cubs and 3 against the Brewers.

12 – Minnesota Twins (74-69); SD Score -0.01, Ranking Last Week – 11

The Twins are like the Rockies. Hanging on, but need to win now.

13 – Los Angeles Angels (73-70); SD Score -0.07, Ranking Last Week – 12

The Angels have to find a way to win because now the schedule gets tougher. First up, Houston.

14– Texas Rangers (71-71) SD Score +0.80, Ranking Last Week – 16

Like several teams, whoever can make a run will make the postseason.

15 – Seattle Mariners (71-72); SD Score -0.33, Ranking Last Week – 15

The Mariners need to win this week but it will be hard on the road at Texas and Houston.

16 – Baltimore Orioles (71-72); SD Score -0.54, Ranking Last Week – 13

The Orioles will have their chances as they play the Red Sox and Yankees.

17 – Kansas City Royals (71-71); SD Score -1.09, Ranking Last Week – 18

The Royals have a chance, but the time is now.

18 – Tampa Bay Rays (71-73); SD Score -0.36, Ranking Last Week – 19

See Texas, Seattle, Baltimore, Kansas City, and the Angels.

The below teams are likely out of the race:

19 – Miami Marlins (68-75); SD Score -0.57, Ranking Last Week – 17

20 – Pittsburgh Pirates (67-77); SD Score -1.32, Ranking Last Week – 20

21 – Toronto Blue Jays (66-77); SD Score -1.52, Ranking Last Week – 21

22 – San Diego Padres (65-79); SD Score -2.52, Ranking Last Week – 22

23 – Detroit Tigers (60-82); SD Score -1.47, Ranking Last Week – 23

24 – Atlanta Braves (64-78); SD Score -1.21, Ranking Last Week – 24

25– New York Mets (63-80); SD Score -1.15, Ranking Last Week – 25

26 – Oakland A’s (63-80); SD Score -1.38, Ranking Last Week – 26

27 – Cincinnati Reds (62-82); SD Score -1.30, Ranking Last Week – 27          

28 – Chicago White Sox (56-86); SD Score -1.90, Ranking Last Week – 28

29 – San Francisco Giants (56-89); SD Score -2.46, Ranking Last Week – 29

30 – Philadelphia Phillies (54-88); SD Score -2.03, Ranking Last Week – 30

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)

 

  • Ford Meiser

    I appreciate the recognition for the Indians and the fantastic season. However, please use a picture form the current year. Mike Aviles hasn’t been with the team since 2015, Brad Zimmer is #4!

    • Matt Andruscavage

      That’s fair. I liked the shot of Francona but didn’t make sure it was from 2017. Thanks for pointing it out- Ill be more thorough next time….