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Baseball’s Best Teams Against Baseball’s Best Teams

Much more goes into measuring how good a team is than just taking a look at their regular season record. Sure, a team like the Giants can pad their record by beating up on the Rockies, Padres and D-backs all season — all teams with losing records — but wins won’t come easy come playoff time against the best the league has to offer. With that said, maybe the best measurement for how good a team actually is, is how they fare against strong competition, so let’s take a look at a few standout teams in that situation.  

The reason I single out the Giants is because they’re the only current division leader with a losing record against teams with winning records. At 13-14 (48.1%) in that spot, there should be reason for concern in the Bay Area as the team hasn’t been getting it done against good teams. With 60+ games remaining in the regular season, the Giants have the third-hardest schedule the rest of the way among NL teams. Combining that with a recent 1-7 skid means you should rethink your betting strategy if you’re considering investing some futures dollars with them.

Despite stumbling out of the all-star break, the Texas Rangers haven’t needed to sweat too much when playing other good teams, as they have a league-best 24-13 (64.9%) record vs teams with winning records. It’s a small sample size, but the Rangers are 5-2 against the other AL division leaders, the Orioles and Indians. They’ve also had their way against the team who’s nipping at their heels, the Houston Astros, going 9-1 against them, with six more games between the teams remaining. Something to note for anyone who’s concerned the Rangers can’t hold their spot in the current playoff race — Texas had the third-best record in baseball after the all-star break in 2015.

The New York Mets have a few numbers going in their direction as they’re the league’s fourth-best team against teams with winning records at 28-21 (57.1%) and perhaps more importantly, they have the easiest schedule for the remainder of the season, as their remaining opponents combine for a league-worst .476 win percentage.

Over in the AL East — MLB’s tightest division — it’s the Blue Jays who have the best record vs teams with winning records at 31-23 (57.4%) — third-best in baseball. Anyone prepping to place a futures bet on the division will be interested to know that the Orioles have a harder remaining schedule than both the Jays and Red Sox.

Here’s a look at team ranks and records vs teams with winning records:

Records vs Teams with Winning Records
  • 1. Rangers 24-13 (64.9%)
  • 2. Cubs 32-23 (58.2%)
  • 3. Blue Jays 31-23 (57.4%)
  • 4. Mets 28-21 (57.1%)
  • 5. Indians 30-23 (56.6%)
  • 6. Nationals 27-21 (56.3%)
  • 7. Red Sox 19-15 (55.9%)
  • 8. Orioles 25-20 (55.6%)
  • 9. Dodgers 22-18 (55.0%)
  • 10. Astros 26-23 (53.1%)
  • 11. Tigers 28-26 (51.9%)
  • 12. Marlins 23-22 (51.1%)
  • 13. Mariners 23-22 (51.1%)
  • 14. White Sox 26-26 (50.0%)
  • 15. Angels 25-25 (50.0%)
  • 16. Athletics 20-21 (48.8%)
  • 17. Giants 13-14 (48.1%)
  • 18. Yankees 22-24 (47.8%)
  • 19. Royals 29-32 (47.5%)
  • 20. Cardinals 27-30 (47.4%)
  • 21. Twins 23-31 (42.6%)
  • 22. Rockies 20-27 (42.6%)
  • 23. Pirates 23-32 (41.8%)
  • 24. Phillies 20-30 (40.0%)
  • 25. Braves 24-37 (39.3%)
  • 26. Padres 19-30 (38.8%)
  • 27. Diamondbacks 17-29 (36.9%)
  • 28. Brewers 18-32 (36.0%)
  • 29. Reds 17-40 (29.8%)
  • 30. Rays 13-35 (27.1%)

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