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

1– Chicago Cubs (99-56) SD Score +3.37; Record this week (5-1), Ranking Last Week – 1

Opponents – Reds (3-0), Cardinals (2-1)

Home field advantage is all but secured. The Cubs are now waiting for the postseason.

2 – Boston Red Sox (92-64); SD Score +3.13; Record this week (7-0), Ranking Last Week – 5

Opponents – at Orioles (4-0), at Rays (3-0)

Boston is red-hot, riding an 11-game winning streak and they’re poised to steal home-field away from Texas. They can seal the division this week against the Yankees and Blue Jays.

3 – Washington Nationals (91-64); SD Score +2.20; Record this week (3-3), Ranking Last Week – 2

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

The Nationals likely will not catch the Cubs, but they are in a close race with the Dodgers. They have a nice homestand this week against Arizona and Miami that they need to take advantage of.

 

4 – Texas Rangers (92-64) SD Score +0.32; Record this week (4-2), Ranking Last Week – 3

Opponents – Angels (2-1), at A’s (2-1)

The top seat in the AL will likely be up for grabs until the last day, but the Rangers have proven that they’re among the best and now they have secured a playoff spot by winning the AL West.

5 – Cleveland Indians (90-65); SD Score +1.56; Record this week (4-2), Ranking Last Week – 4

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

The Indians can still claim the top spot, but it’s gonna be an interesting race between them, the Red Sox and the Rangers.

6 – Los Angeles Dodgers (90-66) SD Score +1.38; Record this week (6-1) Ranking Last Week – 6

Opponents –Giants (2-1), Rockies (4-0)

The Dodgers have now clinched the NL West and have a shot at bypassing the Wild Card round, but need to do well this week.

7 – Toronto Blue Jays (86-69); SD Score +1.40; Record this week (5-1), Ranking Last Week – 8

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

The Blue Jays are still in every race, but have to play great this week against the Yankees and Orioles before next week’s showdown with Boston.

8 – Baltimore Orioles (85-71); SD Score +0.38; Record this week (3-4) Ranking Last Week – 7

Opponents – Red Sox (0-4), Diamondbacks (3-0)

Baltimore got beat up by Boston, but are still in the Wild Card running and begin and an enormously important series at Toronto today.

9 – New York Mets (83-73); SD Score +0.29; Record this week (3-4), Ranking Last Week – 9

Opponents –Braves (0-3), Phillies (3-1)

The losses to the Braves weakened the Mets’ hold on the top Wild Card spot, but they are still one of the 3 teams competing for the two spots.

10 – San Francisco Giants (82-74); SD Score +0.65; Record this week (3-4), Ranking Last Week – 10

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

The Giants are still in their funk since the All-Star break, but if they play well this week, they could secure a Wild Card berth.

11 – Detroit Tigers (83-72); SD Score +0.30; Record this week (4-2), Ranking Last Week – 11

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

If the Tigers lose one game, the Indians clinch the Central, but the Tigers are very much alive in the Wild Card race as they’re only a game and a half out.

12 – St. Louis Cardinals (81-74) SD Score +0.93; Record this week (3-3), Ranking Last Week – 12

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

Well, it’s another week and the Cardinals are still in the Wild Card race and only out by a game.

13– Seattle Mariners (82-73); SD Score +0.82; Record this week (3-3), Ranking Last Week – 13

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

Seattle plays Houston and then gets a four game series against Oakland. Seattle needs to have a big week as they’re now 2 ½ games out of the Wild Card.

14 – Houston Astros (82-74); SD Score +0.52; Record this week (4-3), Ranking Last Week – 14

Opponents –at A’s (3-0), Angels (1-3)

Houston blew an opportunity this week, but now there are no margins for error as they’re 3 games out of the Wild Card.

15 – New York Yankees (79-76); SD Score -0.54; Record this week (2-4), Ranking Last Week – 15

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

The Yankees had their chances but at 5 ½ games out and Boston around the corner, it looks like they have hit the end of the road.

16 – Kansas City Royals (79-77); SD Score -0.58; Record this week (2-4), Ranking Last Week – 16

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

Remember how they had a favorable schedule and could get into the hunt? Yeah forget all that. Maybe next year.

17 – Colorado Rockies (73-83); SD Score +0.49; Record this week (1-6), Ranking Last Week – 17

Opponents –Cardinals (1-2), at Dodgers (0-4)

No more playoff talk. Time to look to 2017.

18 – Miami Marlins (77-78); SD Score -0.48; Record this week (3-3), Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents –Nationals (2-1), Braves (1-2)

Miami had chances, but it’s onto 2017.

19 – Pittsburgh Pirates (77-78); SD Score -0.05; Record this week (3-3), Ranking Last Week – 19

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

Maybe next year.

20 – Chicago White Sox (74-81); SD Score -0.64;

21 – Milwaukee Brewers (70-86); SD Score -1.01;

22 – Philadelphia Phillies (70-86); SD Score -2.60;

23 – Los Angeles Angels (69-87); SD Score -0.44;

24 – Tampa Bay Rays (65-90); SD Score -0.60; .

25 – Oakland A’s (67-88); SD Score -1.49

26 – Cincinnati Reds (65-90); SD Score -1.88;

27 – Arizona Diamondbacks (64-91); SD Score -1.92

28 – San Diego Padres (66-90); SD Score -1.17

29 – Atlanta Braves (63-92); SD Score -2.16

30 – Minnesota Twins (56-100); SD Score -2.18

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)