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MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Cardinals, Indians, Phillies, 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.

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A few observations:

  • The New York Yankees enter this week in our top spot. Yes I know that they aren’t even in first place in their division, but lets not forget that these rankings are used for wagering purposes. Right now, the Bombers come out on top when it comes to the likelihood of having a margin of victory greater then the spread in their games. While we are not suggesting that they are the best team in baseball, from a wagering standpoint, you can certainly make some good money betting on them with the right matchups.
  • Some of the Cleveland bloom is starting to come off the Indians rose as they are now 5-5 in their last 10 games and have dropped out of the top spot for the first time this year.
  • After starting 0-6, the Boston Red Sox have put one hell of a streak together and it shows in the Power Rankings, as this week they move up from # 13 to # 6.
  • Don’t look now but the Pittsburgh Pirates are just 3 games under .500 (yes you read that correctly) and only a -7 on the year. With a good week they may be able to get into positive territory.
  • The Minnesota Twins continue remain this seasons biggest disappointment / surprise.  Stars on their roster continue to resemble a M*A*S*H unit. They have the lowest win total in baseball (17) and after just 51 games, have given up an astounding 89 more runs then they have scored. Through the first two months 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. We are going to give them the month of June to see if they can get healthy and put something together, but the situation certainly looks bleak. You can continue to make money betting against them until their key players return to health.

TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 9

TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
WIN %
R S
R A
Net Runs

1 – Yankees
28
23
.549
264
2095
+55

2 – Cardinals
32
22
.593
268
220
+48

3 – Indians
31
19
.620
242
197
+45

4 – Phillies
33
20
.623
220
178
+42

5 – Braves
30
24
.556
210
177
+33

6 – Red Sox
30
23
.566
253
221
+32

7 – Rays
28
24
.538
222
193
+29

8 – Rangers
28
25
.528
241
116
+25

9 – Blue Jays
27
26
.509
249
229
+20

10 – Rockies
25
27
.481
238
221
+17

11 – Brewers
29
24
.547
226
211
15

12 – Reds
227
27
.500
266
252
+14

13 – Marlins
30
21
.588
211
198
+13

14 – Athletics
27
27
.500
197
185
+12

15 – Diamondbacks
29
23
.547
243
232
+11

16 – Angels
28
27
.509
213
206
+7

17 – Pirates
24
27
.471
191
198
-7

18- Giants
28
24
.538
177
186
-9

19.5 – Tigers
26
23
.500
220
231
-11

19.5 – Mariners
26
26
.500
186
197
-11

21.5 – White Sox
24
31
.436
220
241
-21

21.5 – Nationals
22
30
.423
198
219
-21

23 – Mets
24
28
.462
212
236
-24

24 – Royals
23
29
.442
237
262
-25

25 – Padres
22
31
.415
179
206
-27

26 – Cubs
23
38
.451
219
253
-34

27 – Orioles
24
27
.471
209
248
-39

28.5 – Dodgers
24
30
.444
187
208
-39

28.5 – Astros
19
34
.358
209
270
-61

30 – Twins
17
34
.333
175
264
-89

* 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.