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MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning July 21

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 20

Rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.

1. (1) Oakland Athletics – 4.18

The Athletics lead a division with three teams at least six games over .500. Even Seattle would be within two games, in the win column, from first place in any other division.

2. (2) Los Angeles Dodgers – 3.94

Yasiel Puig has contributed a team-best 3.4 WAR to the Dodgers in 2014.

3. (3) Washington Nationals – 3.93

Washington has maintained the best ERA (3.10) in baseball despite nothing spectacular from Stephen Strasburg (3.55) and Gio Gonzalez (3.74).

4. (5) Los Angeles Angels – 3.80

The Angels continue to chase the first-place A's. They have the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

5. (4) Detroit Tigers – 3.72

Detroit has been average as of late, but still have more than a five-game edge in the American League Central.

6. (6) Seattle Mariners – 3.61

7. (T8) Atlanta Braves – 3.54

8. (13) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.53

T9. (T11) San Francisco Giants – 3.52

-- (T11) St. Louis Cardinals – 3.52

11. (7) Baltimore Orioles – 3.47

12. (T8) Milwaukee Brewers – 3.44

T13. (10) Cincinnati Reds – 3.43

-- (14) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.43

15. (17) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.34

16. (16) Cleveland Indians – 3.33

17. (15) New York Mets – 3.28

18. (19) Boston Red Sox – 3.21

19. (18) Kansas City Royals – 3.10

20. (21) New York Yankees – 3.08

21. (20) Miami Marlins – 2.98

22. (22) Chicago White Sox – 2.96

23. (24) San Diego Padres – 2.95

24. (23) Chicago Cubs – 2.88

25. (28) Arizona Diamondbacks – 2.76

26. (25) Colorado Rockies – 2.75

27. (T26) Philadelphia Phillies – 2.68

28. (T26) Minnesota Twins – 2.62

29. (29) Houston Astros – 2.56

30. (30) Texas Rangers – 2.10

 

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MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning July 14

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 13

Rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.

1. (1) Oakland Athletics – 4.20

The Athletics are first for the eighth-straight week. They have the best record in baseball and rank second in both runs scored and ERA.

2. (2) Los Angeles Dodgers – 3.98

Dan Haren and Hyun-Jin Ryu are holding the rotation back. Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw all have sub-2.75 ERAs.

3. (3) Washington Nationals – 3.91

Washington could use a bat for a stretch run. They have the lowest ERA (3.08) in the game, but rank 15th in runs scored.

4. (5) Detroit Tigers – 3.81

An early run in the second half could end the race in the American League Central. The Tigers have the largest margin (6.5) of any division leader.

5. (4) Los Angeles Angels – 3.77

Oakland has dominated baseball's first half, but after winning 12 of 14 games the Angels are just 1.5 games back in the AL West.

6. (8) Seattle Mariners – 3.61           

7. (T9) Baltimore Orioles – 3.55

T8. (6) Milwaukee Brewers – 3.50

-- (7) Atlanta Braves – 3.50

10. (14) Cincinnati Reds – 3.49

T11. (T9) San Francisco Giants – 3.48

-- (12) St. Louis Cardinals – 3.48

13. (13) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.45

14. (T9) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.40

15. (19) New York Mets – 3.35

16. (18) Cleveland Indians – 3.25

17. (T15) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.21

18. (17) Kansas City Royals – 3.15

19. (21) Boston Red Sox – 3.11

20. (T15) Miami Marlins – 3.02

21. (22) New York Yankees – 2.99

22. (23) Chicago White Sox – 2.97

23. (20) Chicago Cubs – 2.93

24. (24) San Diego Padres – 2.89

25. (25) Colorado Rockies – 2.76

T26. (26) Philadelphia Phillies – 2.72

-- (28) Minnesota Twins – 2.72

28. (27) Arizona Diamondbacks – 2.68

29. (29) Houston Astros – 2.53

30. (30) Texas Rangers – 2.11

 

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Be The GM: Andrew McCutchen vs. Clayton Kershaw

By Andrew Perna

Over the next several weeks RealGMBaseball will be holding our 2014 Major League Baseball ‘Be The GM’ Contest to determine which player would be the best selection to build a franchise around.

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 out the link for rules on how to enter to win a $50 Retro Brand gift card and to see the full contest schedule.

We have advanced into the Elite Eight and will determine our Final Four over the next two weeks.

Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers are featured in Wednesday’s matchup. Voting will extend through July 11.

It's hard to believe that McCutchen, the reigning National League MVP, is just 27 years old. A career .298/.385/.495 hitter, he has been the face of a baseball resurgence in Pittsburgh. An All-Star for three consecutive years, he appears headed for Minneapolis next month (.319/.419/.546).

He is an above-average hitter, but McCutchen is one of the most valuable players in the game today when you consider the complete package. He has ranked in the top three among NL WAR leaders in each of the last two seasons. The outfielder ranks 38th among all active players in WAR with 30.9 over his 822 games.

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, 1.077 WHIP and 1,321 strikeouts over 1,267.1 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 twelfth among all active pitchers in career WAR (35.9). 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: McCutchen or Kershaw?

Previous Matchups:

July 7: Fernandez or Harper?

July 2: Trout or Hernandez?

June 30: Tanaka or Cabrera?

Next Matchup: July 14 – Final Four Begins!

Don’t forget to Tweet your pick along with #BeTheGM to be entered to win a $50 Retro Brand gift card.



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