*Stats and records through 05/24/2014
#1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 30-19 (Last Week – #1)
The A’s only went 3-3 last week, but part of that was because they dropped two to the red hot Blue Jays. They are still very strong statistically (2nd in combined WAR), so I didn’t feel like going against a hot team should drop them from the top spot.
#2 – SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, 31-18 (Last Week – #5)
Advanced stats be damned, the Giants just win. The 4-1 week leaves them with the best record in baseball in what appears to be one of the toughest divisions at this point. They are third in ERA now, and it is well supported by fourth in xFIP.
#3 – TORONTO BLUE JAYS, 28-22 (Last Week – #9)
The Blue Jays are the hottest team in baseball, which pushed them into the AL East division lead and up to #2 on my list. The offense has been the catalyst (E5 had 5 HR for the week), but the pitching has been decidedly better as well (3.23 ERA last week).
#4 – LOS ANGELES ANGELS, 27-21 (Last Week – #4)
The Angles now have the top combined WAR, and they went 4-2 for the week. Trout is rebounding from his slump. Lots to like here.
#5 – DETROIT TIGERS, 28-17 (Last Week – #2)
The Tigers had a miserable week, going 2-5. That said, they still have the second best winning percentage in the majors, and the third highest combined WAR. The biggest worry at this point is that Justin Verlander is really struggling. They need their one time Ace to at least be better than average.
#6 – MILWAUKEE BREWERS, 29-21 (Last Week – #3)
The Brewers also struggled with a 2-5 wee, but a lot of that was because of a four-game set against the Braves. Their pitching staff is beginning to turn into a pumpkin, but they have enough to hang around for a while.
#7 – ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, 27-22 (Last Week – #8)
The Cards went 4-2 last week and the stats are supporting the surge the last two weeks. They are up to 8th in combined WAR on the season.
#8 – ATLANTA BRAVES, 27-21 (Last Week – Just Missed)
The Braves had a great 5-2 week with great pitching and solid offense, and they vaulted back into the top 10. Frankly, I was probably a little hasty in moving them out last week.
#9 – COLORDO ROCKIES, 27-22 (Last Week – #6)
The Rox are still up in the top 5 of combined WAR, but they just don’t seem to have the fear factor they had a couple of weeks ago. .
#10 – LOS ANGELES DODGERS, 26-24 (Last Week – #7)
The Dodgers had a pretty so-so week, but it was just enough to keep them in the top 10. The offense is better than the pitching at this point, but they have the #11 ERA…so not too shabby either way.
FLORIDA MARLINS, 26-24 (Last Week – #10) – The Marlins dropping out was more about the Braves moving up.
NEW YORK YANKEES, 25-23 – I feel better about leaving them out this week as other teams are stepping up.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS, 24-24 – Royals holding serve
BALTIMORE ORIOLES, 24-23 – Went 2-5 last week, more like what their stats would suggest
CLEVELAND INDIANS, 24-26 – Tribe rides a 5-2 record into the just missed