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MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning August 11

By RealGM Staff Report

The Opsera is a statistic RealGM Executive Editor Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA). 

In order to determine the Opsera rating for each, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract their ERA from that number.  

All statistics are through Sunday, August 10.

Rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.

1. (1) Oakland Athletics – 4.08

The Athletics have a 99.6% chance of making the postseason, the highest in baseball.

2. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers – 3.91

If anyone can rival Oakland's balanced attack it's the Dodgers. They rank seventh in OPS (.724) and fifth in ERA (3.33).

3. (2) Washington Nationals – 3.85

Anthony Rendon has been Washington's most valuable offensive player with a .277/.333/.465 slash line and 3.3 oWAR.

4. (6) Seattle Mariners – 3.74

Robinson Cano is hitting .330/.399/.465, but Seattle has still struggled offensively. The second baseman's power numbers are at their lowest since 2008.

5. (4) Los Angeles Angels – 3.69

Mike Trout (6.2) leads all of baseball in WAR, but the Angels have depth with four other players that rank among the Top 40 in the AL -- Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar, Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols.

6. (T8) Baltimore Orioles – 3.64

7. (5) Detroit Tigers – 3.63

T8. (7) Milwaukee Brewers – 3.55

-- (12) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.55

10. (13) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.51

11. (14) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.48

T12. (T8) Atlanta Braves – 3.41

-- (16) Cincinnati Reds – 3.41

14. (11) San Francisco Giants – 3.38

15. (15) Cleveland Indians – 3.37

16. (19) Kansas City Royals – 3.33

17. (T8) St. Louis Cardinals – 3.32

18. (23) San Diego Padres – 3.23

19. (20) New York Yankees – 3.16

20. (17) New York Mets – 3.15

21. (T21) Miami Marlins – 3.03

22. (24) Chicago Cubs – 3.00

23. (18) Boston Red Sox – 2.96

24. (T21) Chicago White Sox – 2.85

25. (25) Colorado Rockies – 2.73

26. (27) Philadelphia Phillies – 2.70

27. (26) Arizona Diamondbacks – 2.69

28. (28) Minnesota Twins – 2.62

29. (29) Houston Astros – 2.53

30. (30) Texas Rangers – 2.20

 

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MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning July 28

By RealGM Staff Report

The Opsera is a statistic RealGM Executive Editor Chris Reina created in order to objectively rank teams by how well they hit (OPS) and pitch (ERA). 

In order to determine the Opsera rating for each, we take their OPS, multiply that number by 10 to move the decimal point over one place to the right and then subtract their ERA from that number.  

All statistics are through Sunday, July 27

Rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.

1. (1) Oakland Athletics – 4.25

It's becoming more and more likely that Oakland will sit in the top spot for the remainder of the season.

2. (3) Washington Nationals – 3.95

A gradual rise has the Nationals, seven wins in 10 games, as the class of the National League.

3. (2) Los Angeles Dodgers – 3.91

Los Angeles has the best road record -- 34-23 -- in baseball.

4. (4) Los Angeles Angels – 3.79

With Troy Tulowitzki on the DL, Mike Trout (5.6) will soon lead the Major Leagues in WAR.

5. (5) Detroit Tigers – 3.65

The Tigers, who ranked ninth in ERA in each of the last two seasons, sit 22nd entering the week.

6. (6) Seattle Mariners – 3.63

7. (12) Milwaukee Brewers – 3.56

T8. (7) Atlanta Braves – 3.50

-- (T9) St. Louis Cardinals – 3.50

-- (11) Baltimore Orioles – 3.50

11. (T9) San Francisco Giants – 3.49

12. (8) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.48

13. (T13) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.44

14. (15) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.42

15. (16) Cleveland Indians – 3.35

16. (T13) Cincinnati Reds – 3.31

17. (17) New York Mets – 3.22

18. (18) Boston Red Sox – 3.17

19. (19) Kansas City Royals – 3.15

20. (20) New York Yankees – 3.13

T21. (21) Miami Marlins – 3.07

-- (22) Chicago White Sox – 3.07

23. (23) San Diego Padres – 2.96

24. (24) Chicago Cubs – 2.89

25. (26) Colorado Rockies – 2.88

26. (25) Arizona Diamondbacks – 2.76

27. (27) Philadelphia Phillies – 2.67

28. (28) Minnesota Twins – 2.54

29. (29) Houston Astros – 2.44

30. (30) Texas Rangers – 2.13

 

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Be The GM Finals: Mike Trout vs. Clayton Kershaw

By Andrew Perna

We've finally made it. Nearly three months after Manny Machado and Xander Bogaerts kicked off RealGM's 2014 'Be The GM' contest we have reached the finals.

The contest, which is being brought to you by the Original Retro Brand, is described and previewed here: RealGM's 2014 'Be The GM' Contest. You'll want to check the link for rules on how to enter to win a $50 Retro Brand gift card and to see the full contest results.

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels is facing off against Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the right to be the ultimate franchise cornerstone.

Drafted five years ago by the Angels in the first round, Trout is already building a Hall of Fame resume. He has hit .314/.403/.559 in 429 games and ranked first in the American League in WAR in each of the last two seasons.

It's easy to forget that Trout, 22, is still among the youngest players in the game. The 2012 AL Rookie of the Year, he has finished second to Miguel Cabrera in the MVP voting two years running. If you rank all active players in WAR, Trout is 74th despite completing just two full seasons. He's already ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury, who has played in the Major Leagues twice as long.

Kershaw is arguably the best pitcher of his generation, having won a pair of Cy Young awards (with a second-place finish mixed in) over the last three seasons. The 26-year-old has a 2.55 ERA, 1.072 WHIP and 1,340 strikeouts over 1,283.1 career innings with the Dodgers. He has led the National League in ERA three years running.

The left-hander was second among all NL players in WAR (8.4) last season and first among pitchers (7.9). Kershaw is still approaching his prime, but already ranks eleventh among all active pitchers in career WAR (36.4). The only knock you can find on him are his postseason numbers, but the sample size is small. In nine playoff appearances, six starts and 38.1 innings, he has a 4.23 ERA, 1.278 WHIP and 39 strikeouts.

Vote In This Matchup: Trout or Kershaw?

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MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning July 21

The Angels and Tigers have swapped spots in our weekly Major League rankings as Los Angeles continues to chase Oakland for the best record in baseball.


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The final matchup before we enter the Final Four pits Andrew McCutchen against Clayton Kershaw. Who would you rather build a franchise around?


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The Athletics continue to dominate, but the Dodgers and Nationals have made up ground in this week's rankings.


MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning June 30

The Tigers have moved up four spots into the top five this week, joining the Athletics, Dodgers, Nationals and Brewers.