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MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Braves, Red Sox, Phillies and More

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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:

Who’s Hot

The Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies who are not coincidentally the top three ranked teams have all won eight out of their last ten games. The Nationals have gone 8-2 in their last ten games and the resurgent Minnesota Twins have also gone 8-2 winning 14 of their last 16 games.

If you recall for the past two weeks we have been recommending betting on the Twins. For the majority of the first half of the season, primarily because of injuries, they were the worst team in baseball. They are getting healthy on offense and pitching light out. I expect them to close the gap further before the All-Star break.

Who’s Not

What a week for the Florida Marlins. First they demote 2009 ROY Chris Coghlan, then their manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned in a cowardly act.  The Marlins are 0-10 and 1 for their last 19. It looks like Jack McKeon will run the club the rest of the way.

Is it time for a winning streak in Florida? Well, they aren’t a bad team so this isn’t going to last forever. My suggestion here comes from my days in the stock market where I always lived by the mantra that there was no need to catch a falling knife. I would let things settle a bit, let Hanley Ramirez truly get healthy and wait for Josh Johnson to get back in the lineup.

TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 12

TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
WIN %
R S
R A
Net Runs

1 – Yankees
41
29
.586
372
276
+96

2 – Red Sox
43
28
.606
381
298
+83

3 - Phillies
40
28
.616
299
238
+61

4 – Braves
40
33
.548
283
251
+32

5 – Reds
38
35
.521
349
319
+30

6 – Cardinals
40
33
.548
348
321
+27

7 – Rangers
38
35
.521
336
315
+21

8.5 – Rays
39
33
.542
293
275
+18

8.5 – Tigers
39
33
.542
329
311
+18

10 – Brewers
38
28
.576
287
256
+31

11 – Diamondbacks
39
34
.534
334
321
+13

12 – Indians
39
31
.557
307
295
+12

13 – Rockies
35
36
.493
318
308
+10

14 – Blue Jays
36
36
.500
338
330
+8

15 – Nationals
35
37
.486
286
279
+7

16 – White Sox
35
38
.479
305
309
-4

17 – Giants
39
33
.542
248
254
-6

18 – Mets
35
37
.486
304
311
-7

19 – Mariners
37
35
.514
254
262
-8

20 – Angels
35
38
.479
271
282
-11

21 – Athletics
33
40
.452
265
277
-12

22 – Pirates
35
36
.493
262
278
-16

23 – Padres
30
43
.411
242
271
-29

24 – Royals
31
41
.431
322
359
-37

25 – Dodgers
32
41
.438
275
315
-40

26 – Orioles
32
37
.464
281
3234
-42

27 – Marlins
32
40
.444
276
319
-43

28 – Twins
31
39
.443
263
3200
-57

29 – Astros
27
46
.370
291
359
-68

30 – Cubs
29
42
.408
291
362
-71

* 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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