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MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Braves, Red Sox, Phillies and More

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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:

Who’s Hot

The Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies who are not coincidentally the top three ranked teams have all won eight out of their last ten games. The Nationals have gone 8-2 in their last ten games and the resurgent Minnesota Twins have also gone 8-2 winning 14 of their last 16 games.

If you recall for the past two weeks we have been recommending betting on the Twins. For the majority of the first half of the season, primarily because of injuries, they were the worst team in baseball. They are getting healthy on offense and pitching light out. I expect them to close the gap further before the All-Star break.

Who’s Not

What a week for the Florida Marlins. First they demote 2009 ROY Chris Coghlan, then their manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned in a cowardly act.  The Marlins are 0-10 and 1 for their last 19. It looks like Jack McKeon will run the club the rest of the way.

Is it time for a winning streak in Florida? Well, they aren’t a bad team so this isn’t going to last forever. My suggestion here comes from my days in the stock market where I always lived by the mantra that there was no need to catch a falling knife. I would let things settle a bit, let Hanley Ramirez truly get healthy and wait for Josh Johnson to get back in the lineup.

TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 12
TEAM WINS LOSSES WIN % R S R A Net Runs
1 – Yankees 41 29 .586 372 276 +96
2 – Red Sox 43 28 .606 381 298 +83
3 - Phillies 40 28 .616 299 238 +61
4 – Braves 40 33 .548 283 251 +32
5 – Reds 38 35 .521 349 319 +30
6 – Cardinals 40 33 .548 348 321 +27
7 – Rangers 38 35 .521 336 315 +21
8.5 – Rays 39 33 .542 293 275 +18
8.5 – Tigers 39 33 .542 329 311 +18
10 – Brewers 38 28 .576 287 256 +31
11 – Diamondbacks 39 34 .534 334 321 +13
12 – Indians 39 31 .557 307 295 +12
13 – Rockies 35 36 .493 318 308 +10
14 – Blue Jays 36 36 .500 338 330 +8
15 – Nationals 35 37 .486 286 279 +7
16 – White Sox 35 38 .479 305 309 -4
17 – Giants 39 33 .542 248 254 -6
18 – Mets 35 37 .486 304 311 -7
19 – Mariners 37 35 .514 254 262 -8
20 – Angels 35 38 .479 271 282 -11
21 – Athletics 33 40 .452 265 277 -12
22 – Pirates 35 36 .493 262 278 -16
23 – Padres 30 43 .411 242 271 -29
24 – Royals 31 41 .431 322 359 -37
25 – Dodgers 32 41 .438 275 315 -40
26 – Orioles 32 37 .464 281 3234 -42
27 – Marlins 32 40 .444 276 319 -43
28 – Twins 31 39 .443 263 3200 -57
29 – Astros 27 46 .370 291 359 -68
30 – Cubs 29 42 .408 291 362 -71

* 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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