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.(↑1) Tampa Bay Rays (32-12): The Rays are an impressive 19-5 on the road, and have won 8 of their last 10. The most impressive thing about the Rays this year however, is their pitching. This week they scored a ridiculous 140 points while only falling out of the top four in strikeouts. They have a 2.87 team ERA and a 1.17 team WHIP, mix that with the fact that they lead the league in stolen bases (51) and they have to be the favorites to win it all right now.
2.(↓1) New York Yankees (26-18): The Yankees fell just one spot this week but they have some concerns that Yankee fans shouldn’t be thrilled about. With all the money spent in their pitching over the last few years their bullpen is a disaster and pretty much is responsible for a majority of their losses over the last ten games (4-6). With that said they are still the Yankees and will make a move (I am sure) to fix these issues. They put up 240 total points this week.
3. (↑1) Texas Rangers (25-20): The Rangers are one of the surprise teams this year and Vladimir Guerrero has to be one of the pleasant surprises this year for fantasy players. Vlad has a stat-line of .339/10/37 and he has also contributed four steals thus far. The Rangers are only 7-11 on the road so this leads me to believe they will have some issues going forward and will bounce up and down this list.
4.(↓1) Toronto Blue Jays (26-20): I asked if the Blue Jays are really this good, they responded with a resounding YES! The Blue Jays point total keeps growing just as their winning percentage does the same. The Jays lead the league in homeruns (76) and RBI (236) and are second in saves and strikeouts. This team is for real and now that Edwin Encarnacion has come back hot (five homeruns his last three games) they have another threat in the lineup.
5.(↑2) Cincinnati Reds (25-19): The Reds have broken the 200 point total for the first time this year (206) and in turn crack the top five. They don’t lead the league in any one category but scored in the bottom 10 in just one (ERA). Cincinnati is just a half game back of division leader St. Louis and have a pretty easy schedule this week with Pittsburgh and Houston on-deck.
6.(↔) Philadelphia Phillies (26-17): The Phillies scored over 100 in both batting (101) and pitching (102). They don’t lead the league in any categories, and Roy Hallady got shilacked by Boston yesterday for seven runs. I wouldn’t panic yet for Philly fans but they need to work some kinks out if they want to win the NL again.
7.(↓2) Minnesota Twins (26-18): Minnesota is just 4-6 over their last 10 and now has Detroit just one game behind them for the division lead. The Twins are slowly dropping down this list and if I were to guess they probably belong towards the lower half of the top 10. They have Morneau and Mauer to bolster the middle of the lineup but they need some more support.
8.(↑5) St. Louis Cardinals (26-19): The Cardinals pitching is carrying the lineup right now with scoring the fourth most pitching points this week (120). As I said with Cincinnati, St. Louis has just a half game lead and as you can see with the rankings, they have some serious competition.
9.(↑2) San Diego Padres (26-18): The Padres are second in steals, ERA, and WHIP and still they couldn’t crack 200 points (187). I for one, truly believe this pitching staff is over achieving although I do like some of their young talent. Their offense scored in the bottom 10 in all categories except steals for just 59 points. Their .591 winning percentage will be dropping quick.
10.(↓1) Los Angeles Dodgers (25-19): L.A. is 8-2 over their last 10 and now just sit 1 game back of the Padres. The NL West is one of the more competitive divisions in the MLB, but I think the Dodgers will take it over sooner rather than later.
11.(↓3) Florida Marlins (23-22): Florida drops out of the top 10 but remain consistent in their scoring. 82 batting and 98 pitching points while going 6-4 in their last 10.
12.(↔) Boston Red Sox (24-21): Boston has won 6 of 10 and beat the Phillies two times in a row. It seems like their bats are coming around a little scoring 104 points this week.
13.(↑3) Chicago Cubs (21-24): The Cubs are the first team under .500 on the list which tells me they have a glaring issue. That issue is pitching!
14.(↓4) San Francisco Giants (22-21): The Giants scored the third most pitching points with 121. As we all know, good pitching will keep you in the playoff hunt.
15.(↑5) Arizona Diamondbacks (20-25): This club is one of the most one-sided teams with 117 batting points and just 44 pitching points. Their starting pitching needs to be more consistent.
16.(↓1) Milwaukee Brewers (17-27): Even more so than the D’Backs the Brewers are more one sided with 119 batting points and 36 pitching points. Watch for Axford to take the closer’s role.
17.(↓3) Colorado Rockies (23-22): The Rockies are three games back in their division and have won 6 of their last 10. The bad news is that they have just six saves in 10 SVO.
18.(↔) Washington Nationals (23-22): The Nationals could be a huge surprise this year, as long as Nyjer Morgan doesn’t continue to look like a moron in the field.
19.(↑2) Los Angeles Angels (21-25): The Angels have to be better than the 8th worst pitching team. They scored just 62 pitching points, this has to get better.
20.(↓3) Detroit Tigers (25-19): This is a surprise seeing the second place team in the AL Central this far back while they sit just a game back of the Twins. The Tigers can only get better.
21.(↓2) New York Mets (22-23): On one hand the Mets beat the second place team in these rankings in their last series and on the other they are just 6-14 on the road.
22.(↔) Kansas City Royals (18-27): Greinke got shelled yesterday and their pitching is sixth worse according to these rankings.
23.(↑2) Atlanta Braves (23-21): The Braves are one of the hotter teams in the MLB winning 7 of 10, still they moved up just two spots.
24.(↓1) Chicago White Sox (18-25): The White Sox issues start with scoring. If they don’t go deep they don’t score, let alone win the ballgame.
25.(↑1) Oakland Athletics (23-22): The A’s don’t score enough to support their team’s 3.92 ERA. I don’t see this changing at all this year.
26.(↓2) Seattle Mariners (16-28): There is a common them for the past few teams and Seattle is no exception: they can’t get runs across! Just 13 total batting points if you take out steals.
27.(↔) Houston Astros (15-29): This is the start of the bottom four teams, as you can see they all do not move. Think this is telling us something?
28.(↔) Baltimore Orioles (14-31): Baltimore is in a tough division and they are too young. This will not equal success in any sport.
29.(↔) Pittsburgh Pirates (19-25): Not much difference from previous week for the Pirates, their batting put up just 29 points while their pitching has just 39.
30.(↔) Cleveland Indians (16-26): Cleveland is in the bottom five in seven of the ten categories. Not a recipe for success in fantasy or real life.
Best Offense: (134) New York Yankees
Best Pitching: (140) Tampa Bay Rays
Worst Offense: (14) Houston Astros
Worst Pitching: (21) Cleveland Indians