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2011 MLB Power Rankings: Indians, Cardinals, Yankees, Braves

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TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings are published each Monday throughout the MLB season with the 30 MLB teams ranked by Net Runs. At first glance this metric (Runs Scored – Runs Against = Net Runs) may appear somewhat primitive, however, when taken into account along with other relevant factors such as current day’s starting pitchers, injuries and availability of players, weather etc., TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings are a helpful tool in gauging probability for those who wager on MLB games (not that any of us do that.) 

At the beginning of the season, anomalies can occur in these rankings as there is simply not enough data for the math to be meaningful or valid. Over time, however, the numbers will speak for themselves and you will find that most, if not all, of the teams at the very top of the rankings will be in the postseason.

From a wagering standpoint, you will find that teams at the very top and at the very bottom of these rankings often tend to play games that are “actionable” both on the long and short side.

A few observations:

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  • The Cleveland Indians are defying the experts odds and remain atop our MLB Power Rankings. Entering the week they have the best record in baseball at (29-15 / .659) and are now a + 66 in Net Runs on the year.
  • The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays went winless the first week of the season but those poor starts seem like a long time ago now as the cream seems to be rising to the top. The Rays enter this week at #6 and the Red Sox come in at #13.
  • The Atlanta Braves continue to fly under the radar. Josh Johnson is now on the DL for the Florida Marlins and it may be hard for them to remain in contention, but the Braves come into this week ranked at #4, one spot above the 1st place Philadelphia Phillies.
  • The Minnesota Twins continue remain this seasons biggest disappointment / surprise.  The Twins went winless on the week as the majority of the All-Stars on their roster continue to resemble a M*A*S*H unit. They have the lowest win total in baseball by a long shot (15) and after just 45 games, have given up an astounding 86 more runs then they have scored. Through the first few weeks our mantra has been, “Keep an eye on the health of this team for some wagering opportunities on the long side as you can expect a rise from the basement commensurate with the health of their star players.” The Twins are now dangerously close to being placed on our “Done” list before the calendar flips to June.

TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 8

TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
WIN %
R S
R A
Net Runs

1 – Indians
29
15
.659
228
162
+66

2.5- Yankees
25
20
.556
235
185
+50

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2.5 – Cardinals
28
20
.583
243
193
+50

4 – Braves
26
23
.531
194
163
+31

5 – Phillies
28
18
.609
176
146
+30

6 – Rays
26
21
.553
198
173
+25

7 – Reds
25
22
.532
237
214
+23

8 – Rangers
24
23
.511
205
188
+17

9 – Rockies
23
22
.511
199
186
+13

10 – Blue Jays
23
23
.500
208
197
+11

11.5 – Marlins
26
19
.578
190
179
+11

11.5 – Angels
24
14
.500
189
183
+6

13 – Red Sox
25
21
.543
209
204
+5

14 – Athletics
22
25
.468
169
165
+4

15 – Giants
27
19
.587
163
160
+3

16 – Diamondbacks
23
23
.500
204
203
+1

17 – Tigers
23
23
.500
197
198
-1

18 – Brewers
24
23
.511
189
191
-2

19 – White Sox
22
26
.458
194
202
-8

20.5 – Mariners
22
24
.478
163
172
-9

20.5 – Nationals
21
25
.457
178
187
-9

22.5 – Royals
22
24
.478
208
218
-10

22.5 – Mets
22
24
.478
186
196
-10

24 – Pirates
22
24
.478
173
187
-14

25 – Padres
19
28
.404
165
192
-27

26 – Cubs
19
28
.404
165
192
-27

27 – Orioles
21
24
.467
181
222
-41

28 – Dodgers
21
27
.438
166
208
-42

29 – Astros
17
30
.362
188
239
-51

30 – Twins
15
30
.333
153
239
-86

* Please note that these rankings are an analysis of past games played and not a predictor of future events. Those who wish to wager based solely on this information do so at their own risk and understand that no specific wagering advice is being provided here.

 
 
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