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MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Red Sox, Braves on Top, Indians Fall

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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. 

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A few observations:

  • Reminding everyone how this works, the Yankees hold the top spot over the Red Sox at this point simply because they have mathematically proven to provide the best chance of covering spreads. The fact that the Red Sox lead them by two games and kick their butt every time they play is not relevant. That being said, the point of these Power Rankings is not to suggest who is in fact the best team, it’s to provide a betting tool to assist with wagering. For those of you that suggest the Red Sox should be ahead of the Yankees, if that’s what makes you happy, go ahead and flip them. Either way, the point is that both these teams provide very good wagering opportunities from the long side. There is no doubt however that the Boston Red Sox are en fuego.
  • For those of you wagering on the short side against the Cleveland Indians thinking that there was no way their hot start could continue, you have been rewarded. The team that held the # 1 spot for the first 1/4 of the season has gone 1-9 in their last 10 games and is now only a +6 on the year dropping all the way to # 12.5 this week
  • The Zack Greinke effect continues as the # 7 Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the best teams in baseball going 25-11 since he came off the DL. Zack himself has now won his last six starts and the Brewers have closed to .5 games of the St. Louis Cardinals.  I hope many of you were able to take advantage of our call a few weeks ago to ride the Brewers and have been able to make some nice change. There’s no reason to jump off the band wagon now….
  • For the past few weeks we’ve been saying that the Minnesota Twins were on life support. Then they swept a four game series against the Royals. Minnesota’s momentum has continued as they have now gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, no longer have the worst record in baseball and are now a – 64 up from -90 just two weeks ago. The Twins are getting healthy and are only 9 games in the AL Central with a long way to go. Considering who the Twins have been without this year, an ultimate AL Central title would be remarkable. It’s pretty clear that betting against the Twins is no longer the way to go.

TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 11

TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
WIN %
R S
R A
Net Runs

1 – Yankees
36
27
.571
330
255
+75

2 – Red Sox
39
26
.600
350
281
+69

3 – Braves
38
28
.576
258
214
+44

4 – Phillies
40
26
.606
267
225
+42

5 – Cardinals
38
29
.567
324
283
+41

6 – Rangers
36
31
.537
313
278
+35

7 – Brewers
38
28
.576
287
256
+31

8 – Reds
34
33
.507
329
303
+26

9 – Diamondbacks
36
30
.545
304
284
+20

10 – Rays
35
30
.538
272
260
+12

11 – Tigers
35
30
.538
294
283
+11

12.5 – Indians
34
29
.540
283
277
+6

12.5 – Rockies
31
34
.477
286
280
+6

14 – Blue Jays
31
34
.477
286
280
+6

15.5 – Mariners
34
32
.515
241
244
-3

15.5- Giants
37
29
.561
230
233
-3

17 – White Sox
33
35
.485
289
296
-7

18 – Mets
32
33
.492
275
284
-9

19 – Nationals
30
36
.455
245
256
-11

20.5 – Marlins
32
32
.500
255
268
-13

20.5- Pirates
31
33
.484
242
255
-13

22 – Angels
31
36
.463
248
264
-16

23 – Athletics
28
39
.418
240
260
-20

24.5 – Dodgers
31
36
.463
263
285
-22

24.5 – Padres
29
38
.433
224
246
-22

26 – Royals
29
37
.439
297
331
-34

27 – Orioles
30
33
.476
258
294
-36

28 – Twins
26
39
.400
246
310
-64

29 – Cubs
25
39
.391
258
327
-69

30 – Astros
24
42
.364
262
339
-77

* 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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