Beyond the Box Score Power Rankings: Week 14

The Indians have finally fallen out of the top half of the rankings, while the Mets moved above the jump.

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 Yankees 50 31 Over the last three years, Brett Gardner's +42 UZR/150 in left-field is, by far (~20 runs), the best of any player at any position.
2 Red Sox 48 34 Dustin Pedroia striking out more than he has before, but also walking a lot more (15.9%). Thus the .394 OPB with a .278 BA.
3 Phillies 53 31 Over the last two weeks, Halladay, Lee, and Hamels have given up a combined 14 runs - that's 2 fewer than COL allowed yesterday.
4 Rangers 44 40 CJ Wilson has been even better this year (3.38 xFIP) than last. Perhaps his success will help get Neftali Feliz out of the pen too.
5 Brewers 45 39 Yovani Gallardo started out the year having trouble punching out batters, but over the past month his K/9 is up to 9.0.
6 Cardinals 45 39 David Freese coming back has helped offset the loss of Pujols somewhat - he's hitting .381/.435/.429 since returning.
7 Braves 49 35 The Braves' pitching staff has taken over the top spot in the majors in FIP and xFIP, largely due to their outstanding bullpen.
8 Reds 42 42 At age 35, Ramon Hernandez is in the midst of a career year (.307/.365/.503) while sharing time behind the plate.
9 Rockies 41 42 Jorge de la Rosa hasn't pitched since the end of May, but he's still second on the team in pitching fWAR (1.4).
10 Rays 46 37 Evan Longoria's line (.245/.336/.474) is being kept down by his .247 BABIP, but he's been his usual awesome self otherwise.
11 Tigers 44 40 Phil Coke's transition to the rotation hasn't gone so well - he's 1-8 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.2 K/BB - so he's going back to the pen.
12 Mets 41 42 Over the last week, the Mets are hitting .332/.398/.491 as a team, led by Jose Reyes' .579/.669/.789 line.
13 Diamondbacks 45 39 It's a little surprising to see neither Daniel Hudson nor Ian Kennedy selected to the All-Star game. Both have been very good.
14 Blue Jays 40 44 How did the Jays lock Yunel Escobar (.289/.363/.440, 2.5 fWAR already) up for only $5 M a year for 2012-13?
15 Giants 48 36 Ryan Vogelsong's All-Star selection has drawn mixed reviews, but his 2.5 brWAR is above teammate Tim Lincecum's.
16 Indians 44 37 Grady Sizemore has been hitting for power like he did early in his career, but his walks are way down and his K's are way up.
17 White Sox 42 42 Former shortstop Sergio Santos has taken to closing quite well, picking up 18 saves in 20 chances with 11.9 strike-outs per nine.
18 Angels 43 41

Vernon Wells: .210/.241/.380
Juan Rivera: .243/.305/.360
And Rivera was just DFA's recently by Toronto.

19 Dodgers 37 47 Over the last month, Andre Ethier is second on the team in home runs... with 2. Kemp has 8, and 8 others have one each.
20 Athletics 37 47 Guillermo Moscoso has a 2.51 ERA for the A's, but his FIP is just 4.69 and his xFIP is even worse (5.28).
21 Nationals 42 42 Tom Gorzelanny (8.0 K/9) is the only Nat's starter this year with a strike-out rate above 6.3 per nine.
22 Mariners 40 43 Michael Pineda's FIP by month - April: 2.18, May: 3.07, June: 3.83. That last one is still pretty darn solid for a rookie though.
23 Royals 33 50 Felipe Paulino has done a nice job ever since coming over to KC from Colorado; 3.21 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 3.34 xFIP, mostly as a starter.
24 Pirates 42 41 After two months of low strike-out rates and low BABIPs for Charlie Morton, those stats both jumped in June (6.5 K/9, .372 BABIP).
25 Marlins 37 46 Anibal Sanchez has taken a step forward across the board, and has been one of the NL's best starters this year.
26 Orioles 35 45 Nick Markakis is hitting .405 over the last month, getting his season average up towards .300. OPS still only .734 though.
27 Astros 29 55 Houston is still the only major league team with fewer than 30 wins, and they've failed to get there with three straight losses.
28 Cubs 34 50 After coming to the NL with a bang, Matt Garza's strike-out rate has fall off quite a bit (11.9 K/9 in April, 7.3 K/9 since).
29 Padres 38 46 Playing first-base almost full-time, Brad Hawpe is not a defensive liability for the first time in his career (+2.8 UZR overall).
30 Twins 35 46 Scott Baker (3.15 ERA, 3.45 FIP, 3.42 xFIP) has been the team's top starter this year, whiffing batters at a career high rate.

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