MLB Power Rankings – April 30, 2018

MLB Power Rankings!
Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr., right, watches the flight of his sacrifice fly as Tampa Bay Rays' Jesus Sucre, left, looks on in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

We’re almost done with the first month of the 2018 MLB season and the rankings are in! They take in a combination of Wins and Losses, the SD Score, and lastly, for at least the month of April, how they entered into 2018.

(For an explanation of how the SD Score is calculated, see below) The number to the right is where they were ranked last week.

1 – Boston Red Sox (20-7); SD Score +2.99  (1)

2 – Houston Astros (19-10); SD Score +3.33 (2)

3 – NY Yankees (18-9); SD Score +2.44  (11)

4 –Arizona Diamondbacks (19-8), SD Score +1.93  (3)

5 – Atlanta Braves (16-11); SD Score +1.96  (5)

6 – Chicago Cubs (15-10); SD Score +1.75  (10)

7 – Pittsburgh (17-11); SD Score +1.09  (15)

8 – NY Mets (17-9), SD Score +0.71 (7)

9 – Toronto Blue Jays (15-12); SD Score +1.39 (6)

10 – Philadelphia Phillies (16-11); SD Score +0.85  (4)

11 –  St. Louis Cardinals (15-12); SD Score +1.25  (8)

12 – LA Angels (16-12); SD Score +0.22  (9)

13 – Seattle Mariners (16-11); SD Score -0.08  (17)

14 – Milwaukee Brewers (16-13); SD Score +0.21  (13)

15 – Cleveland Indians (14-12); SD Score -0.22  (12)

16 – LA Dodgers (12-15); SD Score +0.61  (14)

17 – Oakland A’s (11-11); SD Score +0.48 (16)

18 – Washington Nationals (12-16); SD Score +0.15  (20)

19 – Colorado Rockies (15-14); SD Score -1.21  (21)

20 – Tampa Bay Rays (12-14); SD Score -0.29 (23)

21 – San Francisco Giants (14-14); SD Score -1.00  (22)

22 – Detroit Tigers (11-15); SD Score -0.15  (19)

23 – Minnesota Twins (9-14); SD Score -1.76  (18)

24 – San Diego Padres (10-19); SD Score -1.75  (24)

25 – Texas (11-18); SD Score -1.96  (25)

26 – Chicago White Sox (8-18); SD Score -2.12  (28)

27 – Miami Marlins (9-18); SD Score -2.61  (29)

28 – Cincinnati Reds (7-21); SD Score -2.10  (30)

29 – Baltimore (8-20); SD Score -2.73  (27)

30 – Kansas City Royals (7-20); SD Score -3.10  (26)

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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