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MLB Power Rankings

You look at the baseball standings, see the Orioles at the bottom of the AL East and the Red Sox at the top and automatically decide to bet on Boston. That's not an example of powerful handicapping and not a smart way to make bets. Standings give you part of the picture, not the whole frame.

MLB power rankings help complete the picture and make it more realistic. Does Baltimore's strengths play into Boston's weaknesses? Are the standings masking an issue that you can exploit as a baseball bettor? Check out the MLB Power Rankings here at OddsShark.com each week to see how teams climb the ratings ladder, then fall down it. Compare it against the live baseball odds. See below the ratings chart for details on the math that underlies the rankings.

Team Name Rank Last Week Change points modifier adjusted points
Seattle 1 8 7 40.881 0.492 20.100
Tampa Bay 2 2 - 23.875 0.471 11.255
Baltimore 3 4 1 19.542 0.550 10.748
San Diego 4 1 -3 24.660 0.430 10.604
Washington 5 5 - 19.809 0.492 9.740
Cleveland 6 7 1 13.331 0.536 7.142
Kansas City 7 9 2 15.547 0.440 6.841
Houston 8 21 13 10.016 0.425 4.257
Pittsburgh 9 11 2 7.417 0.500 3.708
Milwaukee 10 10 - 7.364 0.500 3.682
Cincinnati 11 14 3 6.625 0.450 2.981
LA Angels 12 18 6 1.330 0.486 0.646
San Francisco 13 23 10 0.500 0.521 0.261
Chi Cubs 14 17 3 0.115 0.470 0.054
LA Dodgers 15 12 -3 -0.058 0.513 -0.030
Minnesota 16 20 4 -3.640 0.540 -1.966
Oakland 17 3 -14 -3.875 0.520 -2.015
Toronto 18 6 -12 -4.220 0.521 -2.201
Miami 19 16 -3 -6.571 0.490 -3.220
Detroit 20 13 -7 -7.654 0.467 -3.572
NY Yankees 21 15 -6 -9.580 0.486 -4.653
Colorado 22 26 4 -9.772 0.490 -4.788
Philadelphia 23 25 2 -10.042 0.483 -4.853
NY Mets 24 22 -2 -12.462 0.500 -6.231
St. Louis 25 28 3 -15.875 0.558 -8.864
Texas 26 19 -7 -19.274 0.486 -9.362
Arizona 27 27 - -21.750 0.500 -10.875
Atlanta 28 24 -4 -19.583 0.570 -11.163
Boston 29 30 1 -28.625 0.493 -14.108
Chi White Sox 30 29 -1 -33.095 0.467 -15.444

How are MLB Power Rankings calculated?

OddsShark.com boasts tons of baseball handicapping data from matchup reports to umpire stats, but some of the most important numbers you will find are in the MLB Power Rankings chart. There are sortable stats for team offense, such as runs per game, hits, walks and strikeouts, along with defensive equivalents based on runs per game, team ERA and more. We take the home and road factors of each and include the all-important factor for MLB moneyline bettors - wins - and come up with a powerful number.

We take the overall baseball power stat and multiple it against a strength-of-schedule factor to achieve a final rating. If the Orioles are 40-70 but have played half their games in a division that includes the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays and Jays, they might not be as bad as their record. Chances are, their power rank might indicate they are a great bet outside the AL East.

Importantly, some of the numbers may be odd early in the year until all teams have completed a few road and home series. A bad home series or one against a top team may unfairly skew their ranking, so handle with care in April each year. But stick with it. In time, the numbers provide a solid, true glimpse into the quality of teams and can help you find line value (and ultimately win more wagers).

Good luck with your MLB baseball handicapping this year!