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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