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2011 MLB Power Rankings: Indians, Braves, Cardinals on Top

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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:

  • The Cleveland Indians are defying the experts odds and remain atop our MLB Power Rankings. Entering the week they have the best record in the American League (24-13 / .649) and are tied for the most Net Runs in MLB with the Atlanta Braves at +41.
  • For the second week in a row, three teams in the NL East (Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Florida Marlins) are among the top eight teams in MLB.
  • Last week the Detroit Tigers jumped 10 spots from #25 to #15 going 5-1 with +16 runs on the week. This week the Tigers were a + 20. Now winners of 9 out of 10, Detroit has moved up smartly once again.
  • The Minnesota Twins continue remain this seasons biggest disappointment / surprise.  The Twins went winless on the week as the majority of the All-Stars on their roster continue to resemble a M*A*S*H unit. They have the lowest win total in baseball by a long shot (12) and after just 38 games, have given up an astounding 90 more runs then they have scored. Through the first few weeks 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 before the calendar flips to June.
TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 7
TEAM WINS LOSSES WIN % R S R A Net Runs
1.5 – Indians 24 13 .649 181 140 +41
1.5 – Braves 23 19 .548 177 136 +41
3 – Cardinals 22 19 .537 217 177 +40
4 – Phillies 25 14 .641 166 129 +37
5 – Reds 23 17 .575 211 176 +35
6 – Rays 23 17 .575 172 144 +28
7 – Yankees 20 18 .526 190 166 +24
8 – Marlins 23 16 .590 172 156 +16
9 – Rangers 21 19 .525 188 173 +15
10.5 – Tigers 22 18 .555 187 173 14
10.5 – Angels 22 19 .537 167 153 +14
12 – Royals 20 19 .513 187 174 +13
13 – Blue Jays 20 20 .500 185 174 +11
14 – Rockies 20 18 .526 170 163 +7
15 – Athletics 20 20 .500 141 136 +5
16 – Giants 22 17 .564 135 137 -2
17 – Mets 19 21 .475 173 177 -4
18.5 – Red Sox 20 20 .500 173 179 -6
18.5 – Brewers 19 21 .475 169 175 -6
20 – Diamondbacks 17 22 .436 167 174 -7
21 – Padres 17 23 .425 151 163 -12
22 – Nationals 19 21 .475 153 166 -13
23 – Orioles 19 20 .487 156 176 -20
24 – White Sox 17 24 .415 160 182 -22
25 – Mariners 16 23 .410 138 165 -27
26.5 – Cubs 17 21 .447 154 183 -29
26.5 – Dodgers 19 22 .463 145 174 -29
28 – Pirates 18 22 .450 145 175 -30
29 – Astros 15 25 .375 169 213 -44
30 – Twins 12 26 .316 119 209 -90

* 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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