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  1. The 30: It’s a Brave New World

    Jonah Keri

    The A's and Cubs pulled off the first blockbuster of trade-deadline season with a six-player swap over the holiday weekend, but it's tough to know when we'll see another deal that big. That's because with one week to go until the...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  2. The 30: Stuck in the Middle With You

    Jonah Keri

    When Major League Baseball introduced the second wild-card spot in 2012, it triggered the Age of Uncertainty: The extra playoff spots mean more opportunity, but they also mean less clarity in the standings throughout the year. Such is the case as...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  3. The 30: A Yankee in Winter

    Jonah Keri

    If you had to pick one word to describe the 2014 season, you could do a lot worse than ... weird. The Dodgers, heavy favorites in the National League, are as close to last place as they are to first. Last year's cellar-dwelling Jays and moribun...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  4. The 30: Hope Springs

    Jonah Keri

    This week's edition of The 30 is dedicated to the great Norichika Aoki, master of misfortune. Rest assured, Nori, we kid because we love. We love you when you swing so hard you helicopter yourself into the ground. We love you when...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  5. The 30: Youth, Movement

    Jonah Keri

    Saturday provided quite a glimpse into baseball's future. Toronto's Marcus Stroman was the first kid to make a splash. The 23-year-old rookie was electric against the Royals in his first MLB start, yielding just one run on five hits over s...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  6. The 30: Lucky or Good?

    Jonah Keri

    Two weeks ago, I wrote about using run differential as a tool for predicting a team's success. Today, let's advance to Sabermetrics 201 for a lesson on "cluster luck." Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, presented cluster luc...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  7. The 30: Change Begets Change

    Jonah Keri

    No matter how much we watch, study, and obsess over baseball, the game will still make us look like fools. That's because for all of its hidebound ways, baseball is ultimately propelled by change. We might think we know which teams are going to ...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  8. The 30: Running for Their Lives

    Jonah Keri

    As part of my weekly effort to explain the difference between a true power rankings column and a page that simply ranks teams by record, I've noted the importance of multiple factors beyond wins and losses. One of the biggest is roster q...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  9. The 30: The Blue Period

    Jonah Keri

    Every week my rankings manage to piss off readers, who have various questions for me, such as: How can you put this team so high? Are you ignoring this squad's record and run differential? Have you failed to account for the gravitational pull of...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  10. The 30: The Lone Rangers

    Jonah Keri

    We've reached the point of the season when we can no longer ignore or minimize results. With 22 of 30 teams at least 25 games deep, we now have a large enough sample size to get a read on how things might unfold from here ...; all the way t...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  11. The 30: Armed and Dangerous

    Jonah Keri

    Got the post-Easter blues? Dreading a week full of TPS reports? Just remember: Things could be worse. Way worse. It's Week 3 of The 30. ...; and never left. 30. Houston Astros (5-14 record, -41 run...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  12. The 30: Trouble’s Brewing

    Jonah Keri

    If you were hoping for increased clarity on baseball's pecking order two weeks into the season ...; keep hoping. Injuries continue to plague some of the best players on the best teams; several clubs that looked like playoff locks have stumb...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  13. The 30: Early Returns

    Jonah Keri

    Welcome to the 2014 season premiere of The 30! Each week, I'll use a wide array of criteria to rank all 30 major league teams, grouping them into tiers with similar squads and taking an in-depth look at one team per tier. Early in the season, I&...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  14. Jonah Keri ranks the MLB teams

    Jonah Keri

    Cincinnati may not be in first place now, but its lethal, homegrown roster has it poised to make an October run

    Story | Conversation | August 19, 2013
  15. The Vernon Power Rankings

    Jonah Keri

    Whacked by news that Phil Hughes and Derek Jeter will likely join Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Michael Pineda on the disabled list to start the season, the Yankees are reportedly on the verge of acquiring Vernon Wells from th...

    Blog | March 25, 2013
  16. MLB Power Rankings, Week 1

    Jonah Keri

    Welcome to the inaugural edition of Grantland's weekly MLB Power Rankings. Every Monday we'll size up all 30 teams, evaluating each one based on a combination of recent play, overall team quality, and statistical spelunking. Most teams have p...

    Blog | April 09, 2012