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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
LA Angels 1 1 - 44.875 0.400 17.950
Oakland 2 6 4 38.083 0.408 15.551
Tampa Bay 3 3 - 31.051 0.500 15.525
Washington 4 7 3 32.835 0.425 13.955
Cleveland 5 4 -1 26.655 0.500 13.328
Chi White Sox 6 18 12 15.285 0.433 6.624
Atlanta 7 2 -5 12.933 0.467 6.035
San Diego 8 15 7 12.808 0.464 5.946
Boston 9 8 -1 11.125 0.525 5.841
LA Dodgers 10 10 - 10.208 0.493 5.031
NY Mets 11 13 2 12.375 0.400 4.950
NY Yankees 12 17 5 6.000 0.458 2.750
Baltimore 13 11 -2 4.161 0.536 2.229
Pittsburgh 14 9 -5 4.250 0.483 2.054
Detroit 15 5 -10 0.773 0.592 0.457
Minnesota 16 19 3 0.302 0.525 0.159
San Francisco 17 20 3 -0.917 0.525 -0.481
Arizona 18 16 -2 -4.399 0.457 -2.011
St. Louis 19 23 4 -4.125 0.500 -2.063
Milwaukee 20 22 2 -6.994 0.560 -3.917
Toronto 21 21 - -8.886 0.583 -5.183
Cincinnati 22 14 -8 -12.923 0.490 -6.332
Philadelphia 23 28 5 -13.375 0.517 -6.910
Kansas City 24 24 - -16.792 0.560 -9.403
Miami 25 25 - -19.250 0.500 -9.625
Seattle 26 12 -14 -15.994 0.625 -9.996
Colorado 27 30 3 -32.375 0.530 -17.159
Chi Cubs 28 27 -1 -42.328 0.525 -22.222
Houston 29 26 -3 -45.187 0.507 -22.916
Texas 30 29 -1 -41.000 0.575 -23.575

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!