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MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Rangers, Cardinals, Phillies 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 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
15- Giants 33 26 .559 212 209 +3
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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