• A’s, Angels, Braves & Nationals

    Posted by on May 1st, 2014 · Comments (4)

    Are they the best teams in baseball right now?

    Rk Tm Lg G W L W-L% R RA Rdiff SOS SRS ▾
    1 ATL NL 26 17 9 .654 3.5 2.9 0.6 1.2 1.8
    2 WSN NL 28 16 12 .571 4.5 3.9 0.6 1.0 1.7
    3 OAK AL 28 18 10 .643 5.3 3.2 2.1 -0.5 1.6
    4 LAA AL 27 14 13 .518 5.5 4.0 1.5 0.1 1.6
    5 MIA NL 27 13 14 .481 4.7 3.9 0.8 0.8 1.6
    6 STL NL 29 15 14 .517 3.6 3.1 0.5 0.9 1.4
    7 NYM NL 26 15 11 .577 4.1 3.9 0.2 1.0 1.2
    8 MIL NL 28 20 8 .714 4.1 3.4 0.7 0.4 1.0
    9 CIN NL 27 12 15 .444 3.8 3.4 0.3 0.6 0.9
    10 PIT NL 26 10 16 .385 3.7 4.0 -0.3 0.8 0.5
    11 COL NL 29 16 13 .552 5.4 4.6 0.8 -0.4 0.4
    12 SEA AL 25 11 14 .440 3.9 4.1 -0.2 0.4 0.2
    13 DET AL 23 14 9 .609 4.5 4.1 0.4 -0.3 0.1
    Avg 13 13 .500 4.2 4.2
    14 SFG NL 28 17 11 .607 4.3 3.6 0.6 -0.7 -0.1
    15 MIN AL 24 12 12 .500 5.5 5.3 0.1 -0.4 -0.2
    16 CHC NL 26 9 17 .346 3.8 4.2 -0.3 0.1 -0.2
    17 KCR AL 26 14 12 .538 4.0 3.7 0.3 -0.8 -0.4
    18 CHW AL 29 14 15 .483 5.3 5.2 0.1 -0.5 -0.4
    19 PHI NL 26 13 13 .500 4.1 4.7 -0.6 0.2 -0.4
    20 LAD NL 27 15 12 .556 4.0 3.8 0.2 -0.7 -0.5
    21 SDP NL 29 13 16 .448 2.7 3.6 -0.9 0.4 -0.5
    22 TEX AL 28 15 13 .536 4.1 4.8 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8
    23 CLE AL 28 11 17 .393 3.8 4.7 -0.9 0.0 -0.9
    24 TBR AL 27 11 16 .407 4.1 4.6 -0.4 -0.6 -1.1
    25 NYY AL 26 15 11 .577 4.2 4.7 -0.4 -0.8 -1.2
    26 BAL AL 24 12 12 .500 4.5 4.8 -0.3 -1.0 -1.2
    27 TOR AL 27 12 15 .444 4.5 4.7 -0.2 -1.0 -1.3
    28 BOS AL 27 13 14 .481 4.1 4.6 -0.4 -0.8 -1.3
    29 HOU AL 28 9 19 .321 3.1 5.1 -1.9 0.4 -1.5
    30 ARI NL 31 9 22 .290 3.8 5.8 -2.0 0.0 -2.0
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/1/2014.

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    Comments on A’s, Angels, Braves & Nationals

    1. baseballbob
      May 1st, 2014 | 9:39 am

      The Braves and A’s look really good, especially since some of Oakland’s bats haven’t got it together yet. Not sure if I buy into this SRS stat though, as half of the top 10 are under .500 or barely over. Interesting to see the Mets and Marlins so high, though.

    2. MJ Recanati
      May 1st, 2014 | 12:39 pm

      As Evan pointed out the last time you posted this SRS table, sample size matters. Unless you think the Marlins are a good team or that the Twins are better than the Red Sox or Yankees.

      All five AL East teams are at the bottom of this table, ahead of only the consensus two worst teams in baseball. If nothing else, that tells me that beating up on the other teams in the best division in baseball generates flaws in SRS.

    3. Mr. October
      May 1st, 2014 | 3:16 pm

      baseballbob wrote:

      Interesting to see the Mets and Marlins so high, though.

      Kurtis Granderson’s “prime” continues to get better by the day… With his 1-for-3 Tuesday night against PHI, he closed out the first month of the 2014 campaign within .064 points of The Mendoza Line… And with only 29 K’s, the right fielder had three (3) fewer strike outs in the month of April at the age of 33 than DiMaggio had playing CF in the 1947 season in total and at the same age…

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      As Evan pointed out the last time you posted this SRS table, sample size matters. Unless you think the Marlins are a good team or that the Twins are better than the Red Sox or Yankees.

      Sample size matters?

      I agree that with a rotation of 1. a starting pitcher that has gone 17-16 with a 4.83 E.R.A. from 2013-14; 2. a 39-year old starting pitcher who was 0–6 with a 6.56 ERA in his last eight starts in 2013 and is 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA in his first 5 starts in 2014; 3. Vidal Nuno; and 4. Michael “Latin American Idle” Pineda, the $211 million Team Cashman might be better than the 25th-best team in baseball, but I wouldn’t put NYY in the top 10 either…

    4. Mr. October
      May 1st, 2014 | 3:32 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      … the best division in baseball…

      Please. This isn’t exactly the A.L. East of 1978…

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