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MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Cardinals, Indians, Phillies, 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 New York Yankees enter this week in our top spot. Yes I know that they aren’t even in first place in their division, but lets not forget that these rankings are used for wagering purposes. Right now, the Bombers come out on top when it comes to the likelihood of having a margin of victory greater then the spread in their games. While we are not suggesting that they are the best team in baseball, from a wagering standpoint, you can certainly make some good money betting on them with the right matchups.
  • Some of the Cleveland bloom is starting to come off the Indians rose as they are now 5-5 in their last 10 games and have dropped out of the top spot for the first time this year.
  • After starting 0-6, the Boston Red Sox have put one hell of a streak together and it shows in the Power Rankings, as this week they move up from # 13 to # 6.
  • Don’t look now but the Pittsburgh Pirates are just 3 games under .500 (yes you read that correctly) and only a -7 on the year. With a good week they may be able to get into positive territory.
  • The Minnesota Twins continue remain this seasons biggest disappointment / surprise.  Stars on their roster continue to resemble a M*A*S*H unit. They have the lowest win total in baseball (17) and after just 51 games, have given up an astounding 89 more runs then they have scored. Through the first two months 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. We are going to give them the month of June to see if they can get healthy and put something together, but the situation certainly looks bleak. You can continue to make money betting against them until their key players return to health.
TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 9
TEAM WINS LOSSES WIN % R S R A Net Runs
1 – Yankees 28 23 .549 264 2095 +55
2 – Cardinals 32 22 .593 268 220 +48
3 – Indians 31 19 .620 242 197 +45
4 – Phillies 33 20 .623 220 178 +42
5 – Braves 30 24 .556 210 177 +33
6 – Red Sox 30 23 .566 253 221 +32
7 – Rays 28 24 .538 222 193 +29
8 – Rangers 28 25 .528 241 116 +25
9 – Blue Jays 27 26 .509 249 229 +20
10 – Rockies 25 27 .481 238 221 +17
11 – Brewers 29 24 .547 226 211 15
12 – Reds 227 27 .500 266 252 +14
13 – Marlins 30 21 .588 211 198 +13
14 – Athletics 27 27 .500 197 185 +12
15 – Diamondbacks 29 23 .547 243 232 +11
16 – Angels 28 27 .509 213 206 +7
17 – Pirates 24 27 .471 191 198 -7
18- Giants 28 24 .538 177 186 -9
19.5 – Tigers 26 23 .500 220 231 -11
19.5 – Mariners 26 26 .500 186 197 -11
21.5 – White Sox 24 31 .436 220 241 -21
21.5 – Nationals 22 30 .423 198 219 -21
23 – Mets 24 28 .462 212 236 -24
24 – Royals 23 29 .442 237 262 -25
25 – Padres 22 31 .415 179 206 -27
26 – Cubs 23 38 .451 219 253 -34
27 – Orioles 24 27 .471 209 248 -39
28.5 – Dodgers 24 30 .444 187 208 -39
28.5 – Astros 19 34 .358 209 270 -61
30 – Twins 17 34 .333 175 264 -89

* 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 @MikeCardano