2011 MLB Power Rankings: Indians, Cardinals, Braves Yankees on Top - Opposing Views

2011 MLB Power Rankings: Indians, Cardinals, Braves Yankees 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 after six weeks of play.

  • Going into week six, the Cleveland Indians remain atop our MLB Power Rankings and are tied for the best record in baseball, yet they have the lowest home attendance figures in baseball. C’mon Cleveland!
  • Three teams in the NL East (Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Florida Marlins) are among the top eight teams in MLB.
  • The Detroit Tigers jumped 10 spots this week from #25 to #15 going 5-1 with +16 runs on the week.
  • After starting on 0-6 the year, the Tampa Bay Rays are now at #6 our Power Rankings with +29 on the year having gone 20-8 to reach the 20-14 mark.
  • The Minnesota Twins continue to be devastated by injuries and it shows as they have the lowest win total in baseball (12). The Twins are currently -63 on the year and last in our Power Rankings. 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.

TheXLog.com MLB Power Rankings – Week 6

TEAM
WINS
LOSSES
WIN %
R S
R A
Net Runs

1 – Indians
22
11
.667
165
117
+48

2 – Cardinals
20
15
.571
183
139
+44

3 – Braves
20
16
.556
150
107
+43

4 – Yankees
19
13
.594
170
132
+38

5 – Phillies
22
11
.667
144
108
+36

6 – Rays
20
14
.588
147
118
+29

7 – Angels
20
15
.571
149
126
+23

8 – Marlins
20
13
.606
152
131
+21

9 – Reds
18
16
.529
173
153
+20

10 – Rockies
18
14
.563
139
125
+14

11 – Royals
18
16
.529
170
157
+13

12 – Rangers
18
17
.514
168
156
+12

13 – Athletics
18
17
.514
120
117
+3

14 – Giants
18
16
.529
120
121
-1

15 – Tigers
17
18
.486
152
158
-6

16.5 – Blue Jays
15
19
.441
142
149
-7

16.5 – Diamondbacks
15
18
.455
154
161
-7

18.5 – Red Sox
16
18
.471
144
153
-9

18.5 – Mets
15
19
.441
143
152
-9

20 – Pirates
17
17
.500
128
140
-12

21 – Brewers
14
20
.412
129
143
-14

22.5 – Nationals
16
18
.471
121
140
-19

22.5 – Padres
14
20
.412
105
124
-19

24 – Mariners
16
19
.457
125
147
-22

25 – White Sox
13
22
.371
134
160
-26

26 – Cubs
15
18
.455
127
157
-30

27 – Dodgers
16
19
.457
127
159
-32

28 – Orioles
14
19
.424
128
161
-33

29 – Astros
13
21
.382
146
181
-35

30 – Twins
12
20
.375
103
166
-63

* 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 @ michael.cardano@rotoexperts.com or follow him on Twitter @RotoExperts_MC3

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