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MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning September 2

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 Monday, September 1.

Rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.

1. (1) Washington Nationals – 4.01

The Nationals have a seven-game lead in the National League East as the possibility of a Beltway World Series looms.

2. (2) Oakland Athletics – 3.89

Oakland crumbled against Los Angeles over the weekend, casting doubt over their championship hopes. If they don't regroup quickly, the playoffs may go on without them.

3. (4) Los Angeles Dodgers – 3.88

Clayton Kershaw's 1.73 ERA is more than a half-run better than the next-best in the National League (Johnny Cueto, 2.26).

4. (5) Los Angeles Angels – 3.79

The Angels are hot at the right time and Mike Trout's career-best power numbers are to thank. The 23-year-old has 31 home runs and 97 RBIs with a month to play.

5. (6) Baltimore Orioles – 3.74

The Orioles aren't leading the American League East simply because the competition has been weak. They'd have the NL's best record.

6. (3) Seattle Mariners – 3.72

7. (13) San Francisco Giants – 3.62

8. (T9) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.60

9. (12) Detroit Tigers – 3.55

10. (T9) Atlanta Braves – 3.54

11. (T9) Cleveland Indians – 3.50

12. (7) Milwaukee Brewers – 3.45

13. (8) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.44

14. (14) Kansas City Royals – 3.36

15. (15) St. Louis Cardinals – 3.32

16. (16) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.27

T17. (T17) Cincinnati Reds – 3.17

-- (T17) San Diego Padres – 3.17

19. (19) Miami Marlins – 3.16

20. (22) New York Yankees – 3.13

21. (20) Chicago Cubs – 3.11

22. (21) New York Mets – 3.02

23. (26) Philadelphia Phillies – 2.89

24. (23) Boston Red Sox – 2.86

25. (25) Chicago White Sox – 2.78

26. (24) Colorado Rockies – 2.76

27. (27) Arizona Diamondbacks – 2.68

28. (29) Houston Astros – 2.63

29. (28) Minnesota Twins – 2.55

30. (30) Texas Rangers – 2.19

 

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MLB Rankings For The Week Beginning August 25

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 24.

Rankings from last week are in parenthesizes.

1. (3) Washington Nationals – 4.00

For the first time since early in the season, the Athletics aren't at the top of our rankings. Washington has won nine of their last 10 games and have a 99.4% chance of making the playoffs.

2. (1) Oakland Athletics – 3.95

The mighty A's are scuffling. Losers of seven of their last 10 games, they've been surpassed by the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West.

3. (4) Seattle Mariners – 3.85

Seattle is going to have to settle for a Wild Card and they received a scare on Sunday when Robinson Cano left with dizziness.

4. (2) Los Angeles Dodgers – 3.83

L.A. has the second-best record in the National League, but no have less than a five-game lead over the Giants in the NL West.

5. (5) Los Angeles Angels – 3.74

The Angels have been patient and while everyone talked about the Athletics, they remained within striking distance. The AL West title would be theirs if the season ended today.

6. (6) Baltimore Orioles – 3.63

7. (T8) Milwaukee Brewers – 3.60

8. (11) Tampa Bay Rays – 3.55

T9. (T8) Pittsburgh Pirates – 3.51

-- (T12) Atlanta Braves – 3.51

-- (15) Cleveland Indians – 3.51

12. (7) Detroit Tigers – 3.47

13. (14) San Francisco Giants – 3.43

14. (16) Kansas City Royals – 3.39

15. (17) St. Louis Cardinals – 3.31

16. (10) Toronto Blue Jays – 3.25

T17. (T12) Cincinnati Reds – 3.18

-- (18) San Diego Padres – 3.18

19. (21) Miami Marlins – 3.17

20. (22) Chicago Cubs – 3.10

21. (20) New York Mets – 3.08

22. (19) New York Yankees – 3.07

23. (23) Boston Red Sox – 2.89

24. (25) Colorado Rockies – 2.79

25. (24) Chicago White Sox – 2.76

26. (26) Philadelphia Phillies – 2.73

27. (27) Arizona Diamondbacks – 2.67

28. (28) Minnesota Twins – 2.64

29. (29) Houston Astros – 2.61

30. (30) Texas Rangers – 2.18

 

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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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