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2011 MLB Power Rankings: Indians, Cardinals, Yankees, 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.

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- Yankees 25 20 .556 235 185 +50
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.

 
 
The founder and former owner of MC3 Sports Media, Mike Cardano is the Sr. Business Administrator for RotoExperts and the Executive Director here at TheXLog.com. You may email Mike @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @RotoExperts_MC3

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