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 New York Yankees hold the top spot this week with a +20 Net Runs margin over the #2 Texas Rangers who moved up smartly this week from the #8 spot on the heels of two consecutive shutouts. We’ve gotten lots of email from readers claiming that the Yankees are not the best team in the game referencing mostly their starting pitching staff. Remember, these power rankings are used to aid wagering decisions and as of now, the Yankees continue to provide the best results with regard to covering the spread on the long side.
- You don’t hear many fans talk about the Toronto Blue Jays in AL East as almost all the focus centers around the big three (Yankees, Red Sox Rays), but the Blue Jays come in tied with the Red Sox and Braves at #6 with a + 28 and one game over .500.
- Don’t look now but since Zack Greinke came off the DL, the Milwaukee Brewers have been enfuego going 20-9. Now at 33-26 and just 2 games behind the Cardinals, the Brewers come in at #9 with a +18. I hope many of you were able to take advantage of our call a few weeks ago to ride the Brewers and have been able to make some nice change.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates are now just 2 games under .500 (yes you read that correctly) and only a -2 on the year. With a good week this week they may be able to get into positive territory. The great thing going on in Pittsburgh is that the fans are starting to show up at the ball park and support the team. For my money, the Pirates play at the best stadium to watch a game in MLB. With a wonderful atmosphere and a major league game at minor league prices, your would be well served to take your family to a game at PNC Park.
- The Minnesota Twins are on life support. They swept a four game series against the Royals this weekend and they are going to need to sustain that momentum if they plan on playing any meaningful baseball down the stretch. They need players to do this however, check out the players the Twins have been playing without.
|TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 10|
|TEAM||WINS||LOSSES||WIN %||R S||R A||Net Runs|
|1 – Yankees||33||24||.579||293||222||+71|
|2 – Rangers||34||26||.567||283||232||+51|
|3 – Cardinals||36||25||.590||301||256||+45|
|4 – Phillies||35||24||.593||239||205||+34|
|6 – Red Sox||33||26||.559||290||262||+28|
|6 – Blue Jays||30||29||.508||290||262||+28|
|6 – Braves||32||28||.553||230||202||+28|
|8 – Indians||33||24||.579||268||244||+24|
|9 – Brewers||33||26||.559||254||236||+18|
|10 – Diamondbacks||33||27||.550||277||261||+16|
|11 – Reds||30||30||.500||295||286||+9|
|12.5 – Rays||30||29||.508||243||237||+6|
|12.5 – Rockies||27||31||.466||248||242||+6|
|14 – Mariners||31||28||.525||220||215||+5|
|16.5 – Angels||30||31||.492||234||233||+1|
|16.5 – Marlins||31||26||.544||237||236||+1|
|18 – Pirates||28||30||.483||227||229||-2|
|19 – Tigers||31||27||.534||253||256||-3|
|20 – Athletics||27||13||.450||219||227||-8|
|21 – Nationals||26||33||.441||229||238||-9|
|22 – White Sox||28||33||.459||255||270||-15|
|23 – Padres||27||33||.450||210||229||-19|
|24.5 – Mets||28||31||.475||246||271||-25|
|24.5 – Dodgers||28||32||.467||223||248||-25|
|26 – Royals||25||34||.424||260||301||-41|
|27 – Orioles||26||31||.456||229||274||-45|
|28 – Cubs||23||34||.404||237||289||-52|
|29 – Astros||23||37||.383||244||301||-57|
|30 – Twins||21||37||.362||215||288||-73|
* 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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