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 baseball at (29-15 / .659) and are now a + 66 in Net Runs on the year.
- The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays went winless the first week of the season but those poor starts seem like a long time ago now as the cream seems to be rising to the top. The Rays enter this week at #6 and the Red Sox come in at #13.
- The Atlanta Braves continue to fly under the radar. Josh Johnson is now on the DL for the Florida Marlins and it may be hard for them to remain in contention, but the Braves come into this week ranked at #4, one spot above the 1st place Philadelphia Phillies.
- 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 (15) and after just 45 games, have given up an astounding 86 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 8|
|TEAM||WINS||LOSSES||WIN %||R S||R A||Net Runs|
|1 – Indians||29||15||.659||228||162||+66|
|2.5 – Cardinals||28||20||.583||243||193||+50|
|4 – Braves||26||23||.531||194||163||+31|
|5 – Phillies||28||18||.609||176||146||+30|
|6 – Rays||26||21||.553||198||173||+25|
|7 – Reds||25||22||.532||237||214||+23|
|8 – Rangers||24||23||.511||205||188||+17|
|9 – Rockies||23||22||.511||199||186||+13|
|10 – Blue Jays||23||23||.500||208||197||+11|
|11.5 – Marlins||26||19||.578||190||179||+11|
|11.5 – Angels||24||14||.500||189||183||+6|
|13 – Red Sox||25||21||.543||209||204||+5|
|14 – Athletics||22||25||.468||169||165||+4|
|15 – Giants||27||19||.587||163||160||+3|
|16 – Diamondbacks||23||23||.500||204||203||+1|
|17 – Tigers||23||23||.500||197||198||-1|
|18 – Brewers||24||23||.511||189||191||-2|
|19 – White Sox||22||26||.458||194||202||-8|
|20.5 – Mariners||22||24||.478||163||172||-9|
|20.5 – Nationals||21||25||.457||178||187||-9|
|22.5 – Royals||22||24||.478||208||218||-10|
|22.5 – Mets||22||24||.478||186||196||-10|
|24 – Pirates||22||24||.478||173||187||-14|
|25 – Padres||19||28||.404||165||192||-27|
|26 – Cubs||19||28||.404||165||192||-27|
|27 – Orioles||21||24||.467||181||222||-41|
|28 – Dodgers||21||27||.438||166||208||-42|
|29 – Astros||17||30||.362||188||239||-51|
|30 – Twins||15||30||.333||153||239||-86|
* 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.