Beyond the Box Score Power Rankings: Week 7

The Indians and Royals keep sticking around towards the top of the rankings. Meanwhile, the Twins keep sticking around at the bottom. Been an interesting year in the AL Central.

Just as a reminder: some of the things that go into these rankings include runs scored and allowed, run distributions, wOBA, wRC, FIP, xFIP, DRS, UZR, etc., Base Runs, BABIP and HR/FB% adjustments, and our guts.

Rank Team Wins Losses Comments
1 Cardinals 22 18 The position players have 11 fWAR so far - easily the most in the majors (by over 2 wins). And for all the attention Berkman has gotten, Rasmus is right there with him.
2 Reds 22 17 Not only are they now leading the NL in home runs - led by Jay Bruce's 8 - they've also taken first place away from the Cardinals in the Central.
3 Phillies 25 13 Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, so awesome, yadda yadda. Cliff Lee is tops in the majors in K to BB ratio by a mile at 9.1. And that's worse than last year's 10.3.
4 Indians 24 13 Getting Grady Sizemore back has been a boon for one of the league's best offenses, as he has 6 home runs in only a half season so far.
5 Yankees 20 17 Their HR/FB has come down from the 20% area, but it's still by far the highest in the majors - helped out by Curtis Granderson's 13 longballs.
6 Blue Jays 19 20 Jose Bautista's wOBA is over a 100 points higher than second place. His 16 home runs would have already tied a career high, before 2010.
7 Braves 22 19 Jair Jurrjens 1.66 ERA has helped the Braves pitching staff take over the NL's top spot in that category. And the offense is starting to pick it up as well.
8 Rangers 20 19 Adrian Beltre (10 HR) is helping keep the offense afloat with Josh Hamilton out, and he's been an above average hitter despite a .218 BABIP.
9 Rays 23 16 Their ERA is outpacing their FIP more than any team in baseball, though they also lead in UZR. And with Evan Longoria back, the offense is back to league average.
10 Royals 20 19 Eric Hosmer (.241/.343/.517 with 2 home runs and 5 walks) has made a fine impression since being called up to the majors recently.
11 Rockies 20 17 Ubaldo Jiminez is still winless on the season, but the rest of the staff has picked him up well enough; somewhat less so with CarGo's struggles.
12 Tigers 22 18 Miguel Cabrera and V-Mart are among the league's best hitters, but Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta are putting up wOBAs around .370 themselves.
13 Marlins 23 15 Hanley Ramirez is outhitting Omar Infante, but that's about it on the team. At least they have Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez.
14 Brewers 18 21 Zack Greinke is back dealing (10 K/BB), and the Brewers are 4th in the league in xFIP. Not much production past the Big Three + Jon Lucroy in the lineup, though.
15 Athletics 20 19 The pitching has been very good, but Oakland position players have only 1.6 fWAR - partially due to an out of character -13 UZR.

 

 

 

 

16 Angels 22 18 Very good defense and a great top of the rotation, but an offense led - with some major BABIP help - by guys like Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar.
17 Red Sox 19 20 Adrian Gonzalez has finally started hitting, with 7 home runs in the last week and a half. Carl Crawford has… not. Even with the low BABIP, there are few walks or power.
18 Mets 18 21 Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran look like they're back, but the team's leading pitcher in WAR is the closer, Fransisco Rodriguez.
19 Giants 22 17 Aubrey Huff and Miguel Tejada have been so bad, they've almost cancelled out what has been a fine bounce-back season from Pablo Sandoval.
20 White Sox 16 24 Adam Dunn is at least walking, but not hitting. Gordon Beckham isn't even managing that much. Starter Philip Humber has been a pleasant surprise, though.
21 Orioles 18 20 JJ Hardy, who's missed most of the season with an injury, has a higher fWAR than Luke Scott, Vlad Guerrero, Nick Markakis, and Brian Roberts… combined.
22 Padres 16 23 Cameron Maybin is still striking out a fair bit, but he's already made San Diego look pretty good for picking him up - even if his .340 BABIP comes down some (.335 career).
23 Dodgers 19 21 Of the three above average hitting regulars the Dodgers have - Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Jamey Carroll - the lowest BABIP is .374 (Carroll).
24 Diamondbacks 16 22 Ian Kennedy is tied with Josh Johnson in fWAR. Daniel Hudson is just behind, right there with Hamels, King Felix, Beckett, and Sabathia.
25 Cubs 17 21 Darwin Barney is third on the team, among position players, in fWAR. Matt Garza still has an ERA over 2 runs higher than his FIP. Crazy stuff.
26 Mariners 16 23 Justin Smoak is providing the offense with their only real impact bat, while Michael Pineda is doing a fine Felix Hernandez impression (minus a few groundballs).
27 Nationals 18 21 The offense has really struggled with Ryan Zimmerman out, while the pitching staff is doing well with Jordan Zimmermann and veterans Jason Marquis and Livan Hernandez.
28 Pirates 18 21 Pedro Alvarez isn't getting sent to the minors quite yet, it seems, but 1 home run along with a ton of strike-outs probably has the team at least considering such a move.
29 Astros 15 24 They have MLB's second highest BABIP, and are still below average offensively. They're also second for worst ERA. But they have worst UZR all to themselves!
30 Twins 12 25 The pitching staff is below replacement level. The position players are barely above replacement level. Tough season in Minnesota.

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