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2011 MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Braves, Reds

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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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  • Our top five teams remain unchanged this week.
  • The New York Yankees offense is among the best in the game no doubt. Currently they rank second in MLB with 399 run scored (Boston Red Sox 409) but their pitching isn’t getting the credit it deserves. While on the surface the current rotation may feature CC Sabathia and pray for rain, the reality is that the Yankee pitching staff on the whole, anchored by the ageless Mariano Rivera,  is currently carrying the 4th-lowest ERA in the American League at 3.59 behind only the Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels. At this pace the Yankees would post its ERA since 1978, when they logged an absurdly low 3.18 (league average was 3.78). I think it’s important to note that if the current AL average ERA of 3.88 were to hold, that too would be the lowest since 1978 (not counting 1981 as it was a strike-shortened season).
  • The Philadelphia Phillies offense isn’t what it once was, but the pitching has certainly lived up to the lofty preseason expectations created by the signing of Cliff Lee. Led by Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee the Phillies Team ERA is at a remarkable 3.05; Hence the best record in MLB at 49-30.
  • You don’t hear much about the Atlanta Braves but at 3.08, they have the second best pitching in MLB and are nine games over .500.
  • You want to know how to drop four spots in the rankings really quick? The St. Louis Cardinals score 21 runs this week while giving up 32. Credit the absence of the big bat missing in the heart of their lineup. Darn it, I can’t remember the guys name – I have it on the tip of my tong…..

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  • # 11 – Washington Nationals are two games over .500 @ + 12
  • # 12 – Arizona Diamondbacks are seven games over .500 @ +11
  • # 16 – strong> New York Mets without Ike Davis, David Wright and Johan Santana are now right at the .500 mark and have only given up two more runs on the year than they have scored! Could this be the week they break into the plus column?
  • # 18 – San Francisco Giants are 10 games over .500 yet they have given up four more runs on the year then they have given up. That’s the sign of a team that knows how to win. They are going to have to find some offense from someone at some point here if they are going to repeat.
  • # 20 – Seattle Mariners and # 21.5 Oakland A’s can’t hit, but they can pitch.
  • # 21.5 – Pittsburgh Pirates are hanging in there at 1 game above .500 and only a -12 on the year. It’s hard to take them seriously though until they show that they can gore more runs than they give up.

TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 13

TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
WIN %
R S
R A
Net Runs

1 – Yankees
45
31
.592
399
302
+97

2 – Red Sox
45
32
.584
409
324
+85

3 - Phillies
49
30
.620
320
257
+63

4 – Braves
44
35
.557
308
269
+39

5 – Reds
40
39
.506
383
347
+36

6 – Rays
44
34
.564
334
300
+34

7 – Brewers
44
35
.557
351
324
+27

8 – Tigers
42
36
.538
357
336
+21

9 – Rangers
41
38
.519
370
350
+20

10 – Cardinals
41
38
.519
369
353
+27

11 – Nationals
40
38
.513
306
294
+12

12 – Diamondbacks
39
34
.534
334
321
+13

13.5 – Blue Jays
39
39
.500
356
349
+7

13.5 – Indians
40
36
.526
325
318
+7

15 – Rockies
38
39
.494
344
338
+6

16 – Mets
39
39
.500
337
339
-2

17 – Angels
39
40
.494
297
300
-3

18 – Giants
44
34
.564
265
269
-4

19 – White Sox
38
41
.481
324
331
-7

20 – Mariners
39
39
.500
269
277
-8

21.5 – Athletics
35
44
.443
280
292
-12

21.5 – Pirates
39
38
.506
290
302
-12

23 – Padres
34
45
.430
273
303
-30

24 – Dodgers
35
44
.443
297
339
-42

25 – Royals
33
45
.423
342
385
-43

26 – Marlins
34
44
.436
293
338
-45

27 – Orioles
35
40
.467
313
359
-46

28 – Twins
32
44
.421
280
350
-70

29 – Cubs
31
46
.403
313
385
-72

30 – Astros
28
51
.354
316
401
-85

* 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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