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 after six weeks of play.
- Going into week six, the Cleveland Indians remain atop our MLB Power Rankings and are tied for the best record in baseball, yet they have the lowest home attendance figures in baseball. C’mon Cleveland!
- Three teams in the NL East (Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Florida Marlins) are among the top eight teams in MLB.
- The Detroit Tigers jumped 10 spots this week from #25 to #15 going 5-1 with +16 runs on the week.
- After starting on 0-6 the year, the Tampa Bay Rays are now at #6 our Power Rankings with +29 on the year having gone 20-8 to reach the 20-14 mark.
- The Minnesota Twins continue to be devastated by injuries and it shows as they have the lowest win total in baseball (12). The Twins are currently -63 on the year and last in our Power Rankings. 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.
|TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 6|
|TEAM||WINS||LOSSES||WIN %||R S||R A||Net Runs|
|1 – Indians||22||11||.667||165||117||+48|
|2 – Cardinals||20||15||.571||183||139||+44|
|3 – Braves||20||16||.556||150||107||+43|
|4 – Yankees||19||13||.594||170||132||+38|
|5 – Phillies||22||11||.667||144||108||+36|
|6 – Rays||20||14||.588||147||118||+29|
|7 – Angels||20||15||.571||149||126||+23|
|8 – Marlins||20||13||.606||152||131||+21|
|9 – Reds||18||16||.529||173||153||+20|
|10 – Rockies||18||14||.563||139||125||+14|
|11 – Royals||18||16||.529||170||157||+13|
|12 – Rangers||18||17||.514||168||156||+12|
|13 – Athletics||18||17||.514||120||117||+3|
|14 – Giants||18||16||.529||120||121||-1|
|15 – Tigers||17||18||.486||152||158||-6|
|16.5 – Blue Jays||15||19||.441||142||149||-7|
|16.5 – Diamondbacks||15||18||.455||154||161||-7|
|18.5 – Red Sox||16||18||.471||144||153||-9|
|18.5 – Mets||15||19||.441||143||152||-9|
|20 – Pirates||17||17||.500||128||140||-12|
|21 – Brewers||14||20||.412||129||143||-14|
|22.5 – Nationals||16||18||.471||121||140||-19|
|22.5 – Padres||14||20||.412||105||124||-19|
|24 – Mariners||16||19||.457||125||147||-22|
|25 – White Sox||13||22||.371||134||160||-26|
|26 – Cubs||15||18||.455||127||157||-30|
|27 – Dodgers||16||19||.457||127||159||-32|
|28 – Orioles||14||19||.424||128||161||-33|
|29 – Astros||13||21||.382||146||181||-35|
|30 – Twins||12||20||.375||103||166||-63|
* 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.