These rankings are based on a 300 point system, 150 for offensive production and 150 for pitching production. 30 points (1 point for each team) is the most points any team can get in a given category. For instance if the Rays lead the league in HR’s they will get 30 points for that category. The 5 offensive categories used:
HR’s, RBI’s, Runs, Average, and SB’s. The 5 pitching categories used: Wins, Saves, WHIP, ERA, and K’s
1.(↔) New York Yankees (24-13): The Yankees showed their offensive prowess again by scoring in the top six in each batting category this week on their way to 140 points. New York currently leads the AL Wild Card but needs to improve on their road record (12-10). Their top four starters (Hughes, Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett) are a combined 18-4 on the year.
2.(↔) Tampa Bay Rays (26-11): The Rays have four pitchers with ERA’s 3.00 or below (Garza, Shields, Price, Niemann) and are second in the league this week in pitching points (130). Their offensive power numbers seem to be slipping a bit (101 of 150 batting points) but still they are producing plenty of runs to win. They are an impressive 15-4 on the road this year.
3. (↔) Toronto Blue Jays (23-16): The Blue Jays will probably be staying in the Wild Card mix most of the year as they are currently just two games back. They finished the week with a sweep of the Rangers, and if you look below they are no slouch either. The Jays have a lot of good young players so lets see how management keeps them composed.
4.(↑6) Texas Rangers (20-18): As I mentioned the Rangers were swept to finish the week but still move up six spots to make it into the top five for the first time this year. The Rangers seem to be more of a speed team (third in stolen bases, 37) this year as they try to manufacture runs to support their pitching. Overall a well-balanced team with 96 offensive and 106 pitching points.
5.(↓1) Minnesota Twins (23-14): The Twins just reached over 200 total points this week as they scored in the top 10 in six of the ten categories. Again, the theme here is balance 97 offensive and 107 pitching points, this will get you into the top five in most weeks.
6.(↑2) Philadelphia Phillies (23-13): The Phillies swept the Brewers to finish the week and are now four games up on the rest of their division. They have won 8 of their last 10 and just reached the 200 point mark this week. They lead the league in average to date while hitting at a .279 clip.
7.(↑8) Cincinnati Reds (21-16): I don’t know if I would ever have predicted the Reds making the top 10 let alone the top seven this year. Cincinnati has won eight of their last ten on their way to a half-game division lead over the Cards. They don’t lead the league in any single category but are another well-balanced team with 95 offensive and 102 pitching points.
8.(↑11) Florida Marlins (20-18): Florida has the sixth most pitching points this week with 110. They scored in the top 11 in every pitching category while scoring in the top half of the league in four-of-five offensive categories. They are another solid team, with Josh Johnson leading the way with his 3.06 ERA.
9.(↑9) Los Angeles Dodgers (20-17): The Dodgers have a ton of fantasy studs, but the issue is that isn’t translating to a ton of wins. They sit third in the division behind the Padres and Giants while 1.5 games back in the Wild Card. I just heard today that Ethier may have to go on the DL so it will be tough for L.A. to duplicate their 9-1 record over their last ten.
10.(↓3) San Francisco Giants (21-15): The second of the three teams in a row out of the NL West, the Giants, finish the week again with the best pitching. They have three pitchers (Lincecum, Zito, Sanchez) with a 2.66 ERA or lower and Matt Cain isn’t one of them. They finished the week with a sweep of the Astros.
11.(↓5) San Diego Padres (22-15): The three-game sweep the Dodgers handed them to finish the week certainly hurt the Padres, but I still think they are a very good team.
12.(↔) Boston Red Sox (19-19): If it wasn’t for their weak stolen base performance (third worst) they would be in the top ten.
13.(↓8) St. Louis Cardinals (21-17): St. Louis’ offense hasn’t hit its stride yet, when it does they should take over the division with ease.
14.(↓1) Colorado Rockies (19-18): The Rockies are the fourth team from the NL West in the top 14. The competitive division could hurt their chances of making the playoffs.
15.(↓6) Milwaukee Brewers (15-22): The Brewers can score with anyone but as their management knows, they need some stoppers in the pen. They brought up two new faces to help this past week.
16.(↓5) Chicago Cubs (16-22): The Cubs are a balanced team, unfortunately they need to be better on either offense or defense. I’ll let them decide.
17.(↔) Detroit Tigers (22-16): The Tigers are catching up to the Twins, albeit slowly, but they look to be their only competition this year in the Central.
18.(↑4) Washington Nationals (20-18): The Nationals are actually not that boring to watch. They run, they have some pop, and soon enough they will have a phenom who can throw a no-no anytime out.
19.(↓3) New York Mets (18-20): The Mets, well they were in second place for a little while. They now sit at the bottom of their division after losing five in a row.
20.(↓6) Arizona Diamondbacks (15-23): Like the Brewers, the D’backs can score with anyone, unfortunately their pitching is horrendous scoring the third least pitching points (35).
21.(↑2) Los Angeles Angels (18-21): The Angels are in one of the worst division fortunately for them and their porous pitching staff.
22.(↑2) Kansas City Royals (14-24): The Royals are in last place in the Central and are below .500 at home and on the road. Not this year K.C. fans.
23.(↓2) Chicago White Sox (15-22): Peavy is turning it around, Gavin Floyd is not. He gave up five earned runs and his ERA is now 7.00.
24.(↑1) Seattle Mariners (14-23): For the second week in a row if it wasn’t for Seattle’s speed on the base-paths they would probably have the worst offensive scoring, still they only managed 34 with receiving 25 points in SB.
25.(↑3) Atlanta Braves (18-19): The Braves are a pretty good home team (10-5) and are starting to crawl back into the Wild Card hunt (3.5 games back).
26.(↓6) Oakland Athletics (18-20): The A’s have lost five in a row and are still just 2 GB in their division. They are just 5-13 on the road however.
27.(↔) Houston Astros (13-24): Houston is not a fun team to watch while at the plate. They finished last in 4 of 5 categories for a total of 18 offensive points.
28.(↑1) Baltimore Orioles (12-26): If given a choice to go see the Orioles or the Athletics, I would see the Orioles. With that said I’d prefer neither.
29.(↓3) Pittsburgh Pirates (16-21): The Pirates failed to reach 40 in either offensive or pitching points…again!
30.(↔) Cleveland Indians (15-20): Although they are third in the AL Central the Indians find themselves last in the FPR again. They have a total of 69 points this week.
Best Offense: (140) New York Yankees
Best Pitching: (132) San Francisco Giants
Worst Offense: (18) Houston Astros
Worst Pitching: (33) Pittsburgh Pirates