The 5 pitching categories used:
Wins, Saves, WHIP, ERA, and K’s
1.(↑1) Tampa Bay Rays (65-39): The Rays are back to the number one spot after Texas had dominated this position for the past few weeks. The Rays scored 249 of a possible 300 points this week, finishing six points higher than the Rangers. Tampa finishes with the 2nd best pitching and tied for the 6th best offensive production this week.
2.(↓1) Texas Rangers (61-44): The Rangers look to have a strangle hold on their division, not only in the standings but also in the rankings. While they are eight games up on the Angels, they are also 78 points greater than the halos here. If you combine Oakland’s and Seattle’s points, the Rangers still outscore them by 16 FPR points.
3.(─) New York Yankees (66-38): New York keeps their cool in these rankings finishing in 3rd place yet again, however, they went bonkers at the conclusion of the deadline. The Yankees acquired Kerry Wood and Lance Berkman at the deadline, surely in hopes that they can catch the Rays and Rangers in these rankings.
4.(↑10) Chicago White Sox (59-45): The biggest movers of the week, the White Sox, score their highest point total of the year with 215 total points (110 off. and 105 pit.). Chicago has won 7-of-10 and is now tied with the 3rd best home record in the AL.
5.(↑1) San Francisco Giants (61-45): The Giants are playing as well as anyone and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. San Fran leads the NL West with 205 points and are now the most balanced team in their division now that Buster Posey has been able to make a difference.
6.(↑2) Boston Red Sox (60-45): There is absolutely no way the Red Sox are making the playoffs this year and they will easily finish in the top 10 of the FPR come season’s end. The Red Sox scored in the top four in 4-of-5 offensive categories for the fourth most offensive points at 115.
7.(↓3) San Diego Padres (61-42): San Diego’s pitching is absolutely dominant, as they finish with the most points yet again (144). The Padres ranked in the top four in 6-of-10 categories this week.
8.(↓4) Cincinnati Reds (59-47): The Reds have a solid offense from top to bottom, however their pitching staff (which is deep to some) doesn’t impress me enough to think they can pull out a division win this season.
9.(↑4) Minnesota Twins (59-46): The Twins are a game back of the White Sox for first place in the AL Central. I wonder how much value the Twins can get in the Matt Capps deal, I would guess not enough to make it matter.
10.(↓1) St. Louis Cardinals (59-46): St. Louis has the 2nd best home record in the majors after completing the sweep of the Pirates. They are tied up with the Reds for the division lead, and that division is anyone’s guess. Still, the edge has to go to Albert Pujols, Carpenter, and Wainwright.
11.(─) Colorado Rockies (55-50): Colorado is seven games back in their division and 5.5 games back in the wild card.
12.(↑3) Philadelphia Phillies (57-48): Philly is still three games back of the Braves.
13.(↑3) Toronto Blue Jays (54-51): Jose Bautista is leading the Jays to their league-leading 161 HR’s.
14.(↓7) Atlanta Braves (59-45): The Braves drop seven spots this week surprisingly. The NL East is going to get very interesting.
15.(↓2) Florida Marlins (53-52): I don’t see Florida giving up, but I don’t see them competing for anything either.
16.(↓4) Los Angeles Angels (54-53): See the Texas Rangers.
17.(↓7) Los Angeles Dodgers (54-51): Before you know it the Dodgers are going to be out of the playoff race.
18.(↑2) New York Mets (53-52): The Mets have been in worse shape, however, they are in the bottom 10 in four categories.
19.(─) Oakland Athletics (52-52): As I said a long, long time ago: Kevin Kouzmanoff is their cleanup hitter.
20.(↓2) Milwaukee Brewers (40-58): The Brewers are doing a good thing I think; keeping Fielder and resigning Hart.
21.(↑3) Washington Nationals (46-59): The Nationals robbed the Twins blind for in the Capps-for-Ramos trade.
22.(↓1) Chicago Cubs (46-59): Why would Joe Girardi ever leave the Yankees for the Cubs? Stop it already!
23.(─) Kansas City Royals (45-60): They did just sweep the Orioles.
24.(↓2) Detroit Tigers (52-52): The Tigers have a 35-17 home record and if you go ahead and reverse that you will find their road record.
25.(─) Arizona Diamondbacks (39-66): I just wonder what’s in store for Brandon Webb in the off-season.
26.(↑1) Houston Astros (45-59): Life after Oswalt begins.
27.(↓1) Seattle Mariners (39-67): The Mariners are received one point in four of the five offensive categories.
28.(─) Cleveland Indians (44-61): Carlos Santana just got taken off the field after a collision at home plate.
29.(─) Pittsburgh Pirates (36-68): Pittsburgh scores 24 and 22 points in each category, go ahead and look if you want.
30.(─) Baltimore Orioles (32-73): The Orioles continue to dominate the Worst Pitching category and drop two more points from last week.
Best Offense: (126) Texas Rangers
Best Pitching: (144) San Diego Padres
Worst Offense: (24) Pittsburgh Pirates
Worst Pitching: (7) Baltimore Orioles