Welcome to our weekly ranking of all the MLB teams! In this ranking, we use aggregate team hitting, pitching, and fielding statistics--not team wins, losses, runs scored, or runs allowed--to evaluate the performance of teams to date. You can think of the estimated winning percentage (eW%) below as how we'd expect teams to fall out if we threw teams with these aggregate statistics into one big league and let them battle it out for thousands of games.
The table is sortable if you click in the header. All data are park-adjusted when possible. A legend is below the table, followed commentary about five teams. There is also a table comparing actual vs. expected run scored and run allowed totals, as well as actual vs. expected winning percentages.
BtB Power Rankings: Through Tuesday, June 23
Offense = wOBA (park-corrected), eRS (estimated runs scored; wRC from FanGraphs, then park adjusted)
Pitching = tRA and tRns are a home-brew version of Graham MacAree's statistic.
Fielding = Fld: average of bUZR (from FanGraphs) and THT's batted balls statistic (converted to runs)
eRA (estimated runs allowed) = Pitching - Fielding
eW%lg = estimated winning percentage within the specific league (AL or NL)
LgAdj = league adjustment (bonus to AL teams, penalty to NL teams, because the AL has superior level of play)
eW% = estimated winning percentage if all teams were in one league (after league adjustment)
Methods provided in more detail in the first post in this series
Team Leaders (asterisks indicate teams improving in specific ranking):
Offense (wOBA): ,
Pitching (tRA): , Royals,
Fielding (Fld): , ,
Offense (wOBA): , *,
Pitching (tRA): , , Dodgers*
Fielding (Fld): ,
"On Paper" Playoff Leaders (asterisks indicate new leaders):
American League: E=
National League: E=Mets, C=Brewers, W=Dodgers, WC=Rockies
Commentary below the jump!
How hot are the Rockies?!? They've won 17 of their last 19, and are now just 1.5 games behind the Giants in the wild card race. Check out their sparkline! Last week, they ascended to be our on-paper wild card leaders, and they solidified that position this past week with continued dominance. In my June 3rd posting, I wrote that Troy Tulowitski needed to pick up his game or I might have to end the last vestiges of my man-crush on him. That's precisely what has happened this month, and he's a big part of why the Rockies have been so awesome. But having the best pitching in the National League isn't hurting matters either. They'll cool off eventually, but I like them to be in the wild card hunt come September.
After a brief 4-game winning streak courtesy of the Reds, the Royals are back to losing, continuing to slip back in the rankings as they have most of the month. Their greatest strength is their pitching, but even there, for the first time, we're ranking the White Sox above the Royals' staff. It has to be frustrating to be a KC pitcher. The Royals rank 11th in the AL in offense and dead last in fielding (dropping 4 fielding runs in the past week!). At least my Reds can catch the ball (while simultaneously generating lots of outs on offense)! :)
When we began these rankings at the end of May, the Mariners ranked 26th of 30 teams--despite the adjustment bonus for playing in the American League! In fact, once I switched over to tRA instead of FIP as my pitching statistic, they were ranked 28th! As of today, though, they've climbed up to 18th overall, with substantial improvements in all aspects of their game: offense, pitching, and fielding. They're not exactly dominating, but this is another case where the sparkline shows a lot--they've gone from mostly winning one and losing a few to winning a few and losing one. The offense is still essentially Ichiro and Branyan(!), but they're a competent team that might be starting to find themselves. The west is still a dogfight between the Rangers and Angels, however.
Giants fans will be glad to see that the hapless Nationals have finally fallen almost to the bottom of the National League (and, more to the point, below the Giants). Even so, the Nationals still represent the second largest discrepancy (behind the Giants) between Pythagorean records and the expected league winning percentage calculated in our rankings. The Nationals are almost certainly better than their 0.294 winning percentage shows. Nevertheless, their offense has really sputtered, falling from a 0.349 wOBA on May 26th all the way to 0.329 in today's ranking. They still have their powerhouse trio of Dunn, Johnson, and Zimmerman, and the ever-surprising Guzman, but the supporting cast--especially Dukes, Kearns, and Hernandez--is pulling them down. Offense is all this team has, and if it can't be above-average, then they have little hope of any level of respectability.
What has happened to this organization? Even before park adjustments, they've given up runs at the fourth-highest rate in the National League. Accounting for the park, we rate their pitching as the 3rd-worst in the league, and their fielding checks in below average. Offensively, the team has the lowest uncorrected run scoring rate in the league, and even after park adjustments, they rank only 10th in the 16 team league in wOBA. What do you say, Padres fans? What is it going to take to get this team back on track?
Actual vs Expected Performances
Below are actual vs expected winning percentages, runs scored, and runs allowed. When a team's ranking deviates substantially from their actual performance (e.g. the Giants), this table will hopefully help you see why.