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

1 – Los Angeles Dodgers (92.44) SD Score +3.20, Ranking Last Week – 1

Opponents – at Diamondbacks (0-3), at Padres (1-3)

This losing streak is beyond puzzling, but the good news is, Kershaw is back.

2 – Houston Astros (83-53); SD Score +2.88, Ranking Last Week – 2

Opponents – vs Rangers (1-2), vs Mets (3-0)

The Astros may have put themselves over the top by acquiring Justin Verlander.

3 – Cleveland Indians (80-56); SD Score +2.88, Ranking Last Week – 4

Opponents – at Yankees (3-0), at Tigers (4-0)

The Indians could be the hottest team in the majors right now and they don’t appear ready to slow down.

4 – Washington Nationals (82-54); SD Score +2.41, Ranking Last Week – 3

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

The Nationals are still sitting pretty in the AL East, but they could really use Bryce Harper back.

5 – Arizona Diamondbacks (79-58); SD Score +2.03, Ranking Last Week – 7

Opponents – vs Dodgers (3-0), at Rockies (3-0)

The Diamondbacks are also red-hot, winners of 10 straight. They are cemented in as the leader in the Wild Card race and will host the game.

6 – Boston Red Sox (77-60); SD Score +1.28, Ranking Last Week – 5

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

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

7 – New York Yankees (73-63); SD Score +2.32, Ranking Last Week – 6

Opponents – vs Indians (0-3), vs Red Sox (3-1)

The Yankees are still within striking distance of the Division title as they got a big series win over the Red Sox this week.

8 – Chicago Cubs (75-61) SD Score +1.62, Ranking Last Week – 9

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

The Cubs are the clear leader in the NL Central, but even after a hot streak, they are still needing another streak to lock it up.

9 – Milwaukee Brewers (72-65); SD Score +0.25, Ranking Last Week – 10

Opponents – vs Cardinals (1-1), vs Nationals (3-1)

The Brewers came up huge again and are still in the NL Central race. They’re also a half game out of the Wild Card race and they play the Cubs seven more times this month. Anything can happen.

10 – Colorado Rockies (72-64); SD Score +0.73, Ranking Last Week – 8

Opponents – vs Tigers (1-2), vs Diamondbacks (0-3)

The Rockies all of a sudden find themselves struggling to hang on for their playoff lives.

11 – Minnesota Twins (71-65); SD Score +0.12, Ranking Last Week – 12

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

Minnesota is hanging on to their playoff chances but face the Royals on the road this week in a key matchup.

12 – Los Angeles Angels (70-67); SD Score +0.04, Ranking Last Week – 11

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

The Angels are only a game and a half out of the Wild Card in a difficult race.

13 – Baltimore Orioles (70-67); SD Score -0.24, Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents –vs Mariners (3-0), vs Blue Jays (2-2)

The Orioles had a big week and are now only a game and a half back in the Wild Card race.

14 – St. Louis Cardinals (69-67) SD Score +0.93, Ranking Last Week – 13

Opponents – at Brewers (1-1), at Giants (3-1)

The Cardinals are still in it, but are now three games out of the Wild Card.

15 – Seattle Mariners (69-68); SD Score -0.28, Ranking Last Week – 14

Opponents – at Orioles (0-3), vs A’s (3-0)

It doesn’t get any easier for Seattle the rest of the way as they face Houston and the Angels this week. Time to step up.

16– Texas Rangers (68-68) SD Score +0.69, Ranking Last Week – 15

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

It’s time to get that run together because they have ground to make up.

17 – Miami Marlins (67-69); SD Score -0.42, Ranking Last Week – 16

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

Just when you thought Miami was going to threaten, they have a week like this.

18 – Kansas City Royals (67-68); SD Score -1.27, Ranking Last Week – 17

Opponents – vs Rays (1-2), at Twins (2-1)

It may be too late for Kansas City now, but they did get a big series win against the Twins to stay alive.

19 – Tampa Bay Rays (68-70); SD Score -0.20, Ranking Last Week – 18

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

Tampa was hanging on by a thread and now that thread is hanging by a thread.

The below teams are likely out of the race:

20 – Pittsburgh Pirates (65-72); SD Score -1.22, Ranking Last Week – 20

21 – Toronto Blue Jays (63-74); SD Score -1.64, Ranking Last Week – 21

22 – San Diego Padres (62-75); SD Score -2.54, Ranking Last Week – 26

23 – Detroit Tigers (58-78); SD Score -1.43, Ranking Last Week – 22

24 – Atlanta Braves (60-75); SD Score -1.11, Ranking Last Week – 23

25– New York Mets (58-78); SD Score -1.36, Ranking Last Week – 24

26 – Oakland A’s (58-78); SD Score -1.92, Ranking Last Week – 25

27 – Cincinnati Reds (58-79); SD Score -1.45, Ranking Last Week – 27          

28 – Chicago White Sox (54-81); SD Score -1.84, Ranking Last Week – 28

29 – San Francisco Giants (54-85); SD Score -2.40, Ranking Last Week – 29

30 – Philadelphia Phillies (52-84); SD Score -2.10, 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)

 
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