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2011 MLB Power Rankings for First Two Weeks

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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 anomolies can occur in these rankings as there is simply not enough data for the math to be meaningful or valid. For instance, we obviously are not suggesting that the Cleveland Indians are the 4th best team in baseball. 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 that are at the very top and at the very bottom of this ranking often tend to play games that are “actionable” both on the long and short side. In this first ranking we’ve combined weeks 1 & 2 as week #1 was a short week to start the season.

TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week’s 1 & 2
TEAM WINS LOSSES WIN % R S R A Net Runs
1 – Rangers 8 1 .889 58 26 +32
2 – Phillies 7 2 .778 59 33 +26
3 – Reds 6 3 .667 61 44 +17
4 – Indians 7 2 .778 52 37 +15
5 – White Sox 6 3 .667 62 47 +15
6 – Blue Jays 5 4 .556 44 30 +14
7 – Rockies 6 2 .750 41 27 +14
9.5 – Angels 5 4 .556 39 34 +5
9.5 – Padres 4 4 .500 32 27 +5
9.5 – Diamondbacks 4 4 .500 44 39 +5
9.5 – Giants 4 5 .444 37 32 +5
12 – Royals 6 3 .667 49 45 +4
13.5 – Orioles 6 3 .667 35 32 +3
13.5 – Yankees 5 4 .556 50 47 +3
15 – Athletics 4 5 .444 29 30 -1
16 – Braves 4 6 .400 32 35 -3
17.5 – Pirates 5 5 .500 37 41 -4
17.5 – Cubs 4 5 .444 38 42 -4
19 – Brewers 5 5 .500 38 43 -5
20.5 – Marlins 5 4 .556 37 43 -6
20.5 – Nationals 4 5 .444 36 42 -6
22.5 – Mets 4 5 .444 44 51 -7
22.5 – Cardinals 3 6 .333 27 34 -7
24 – Dodgers 5 4 .556 28 38 -10
25 – Tigers 3 6 .333 43 54 -11
26 – Twins 3 6 .333 24 41 -17
27 – Mariners 2 7 .222 29 47 -18
28.5 – Red Sox 2 7 .222 33 53 -20
28.5 – Astros 2 7 .222 35 55 -20
30 – Rays 1 8 .111 20 44 -24

* 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