|Team||Rank||Last Week||Change||Power||Schedule||Adjusted Power|
|Chi White Sox||26||23||-3||-26.75||0.52||-13.91|
How are MLB Power Rankings calculated?
* Power Rankings for MLB are updated every Monday and Friday of the regular season. Ranks are based on a rolling 20-game range; early in the season, this date range reaches back to regular-season games of the previous year.
You look at the baseball standings, see the Rays 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. Do Tampa Bay’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 Odds Shark 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.
Odds Shark 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 Rays are 40-70 but have played half their games in a division that includes the Red Sox, Yankees, Jays and Orioles, 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 handicapping this year!