Major League Baseball Power Rankings - MLB Betting
Major League Baseball Power Rankings - 2017 MLB Betting Preview
30 teams, six divisions, 162 games to see which teams are most likely to advance to the post-season, shouldn’t be too hard, right?
The actual standings in MLB and the standings according to the odds makers are quite different. That’s why our power rankings, based on the MLB futures, present a different look than what we see in the standings.
What is an MLB Baseball Power Ranking?
Rankings, or power rankings, can be directly provided (e.g., by asking people to rank teams), or can be derived by sorting each team’s ratings and assigning an ordinal rank to each team, so that the highest rated team earns the #1 rank.
MLB power rankings help complete the picture and make it more realistic. Do Boston's strengths play into Baltimore's weaknesses? Are the standings masking an issue that you can exploit as a baseball bettor?
Arguing about Power Rankings is half the fun of it, but I think we can all agree the dominant teams are still dominating and the basement teams still struggled. As teams remain in the hunt for this years World Series Title.
Check out the MLB Power Rankings here at GamblersPalace.com each week to see how teams climb the ratings ladder, then fall down it. Compare it against the live baseball odds.
MLB Power Rankings 2017
There are three teams that have accumulated a lead of at least 12 games in their respective division and all but one division leader—the Cubs in the NL Central—have amassed an advantage of at least four and a half games. With a month and a half to go, much of the playoff picture is already coming into focus. The NL Central and the Wild Card races poise the only real question with the AL Wild Card picture filled to the brim with mediocrity while the NL has just the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers providing any real threat to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies who currently hold on to those positions.
With the non-waiver trade deadline having come and gone, there’s less opportunity for teams to reinforce the troops in preparation for a playoff push, but moves can still happen between now and the rest of the month. Look for the fringe teams to continue trying to improve their rosters as they hold onto their slimming playoff hopes.
Many of those fringe teams provide some moneymaking potential if they’re able to go on a run. For now, these have been the most profitable teams for bettors this season.
1: Los Angeles Dodgers (83-34, 30.67 Units) – Los Angeles keeps on winning, blowing through the competition at a historic pace. At this point, the spreads from game-to-game are no longer lucrative, but the Dodgers have become as much of a sure thing as exists in sports betting and because of that, the overall earnings from this team continue to grow. They have been twice as profitable to bettors as the next most profitable team and are 31-6 in their last 37 games including easy wins against contenders and non-contenders alike. With the additions at the deadline, the league leading pitching staff got even better. The team ERA at this point is 3.12, nearly half a run better than the next best team. The offense, meanwhile, is amongst the best in baseball. They’ve shown no issues against southpaws, like last year, and—in fact—have been better against lefties than righties. They can outscore you or beat you in a pitcher’s duel.
2: Colorado Rockies (65-52, 14.83 Units) – We keep waiting for the Rockies to regress and while the surging Cardinals do put the Rockies’ playoff spot into question, they sit ahead of the Diamondbacks in the playoff standings and in position to make the Wild Card. For Colorado, pitching remains a question. The team has lost three straight, but they’ve hit bumps in the road before and have been able to right the ship. For now, they’ve been the second most profitable team in the sport for bettors as they’ve notched several big upsets and continue to win despite the odds going against them based on venue and/or pitching matchups. Kyle Freeland is on the DL now and Antonio Senzatela has had his ups-and-downs since a red-hot start. German Marquez continues to chug along while Jeff Hoffman has shown enough to prove he belongs in the Majors even with a few clunkers of late. Chad Bettis makes his return Monday and should help reinforce a young, but talented rotation.
3: Los Angeles Angels (61-58, 11.07 Units) – The Angels have gone on a nice streak recently and have been the third most profitable team overall despite sitting just three games over-.500. Los Angeles sold at the deadline, shipping David Hernandez off to Arizona, but as of today, they sit in the second Wild Card spot in the AL. How the Angels can win with so little support around Mike Trout remains a mystery, but they have been able to defy the odds makers and win despite being consistent underdogs. For now, Andrelton Simmons and C.J. Cron are the only other average-to-above-average offensive players in addition to Trout. Despite that—and despite a starting staff void of an ace—they’re pitching just well enough and hitting just well enough to win as many as they lose. The return of Tyler Skaggs and the impending return of a few other arms could help build up this rotation enough to hang on to the second Wild Card spot. That is enough of a surprise to keep this team profitable to bettors.
4: Arizona Diamondbacks (65-52, 10.36 Units) – Arizona just continues to hang in there with the production from Paul Goldschmidt and the newly acquired J.D. Martinez leading the way. The pop off the bat of Jake Lamb and the all-around production of David Peralta and A.J. Pollock make this a very formidable lineup. Unlike the Rockies, the rotation is a bit more of a certainty moving forward, too. The issues with this team could still come out of the pen. Archie Bradley remains a team MVP candidate, but the rest of the names could be troublesome. Despite that, this team has continued to produce wins. Arizona should get Robbie Ray back shortly and that gives them a deep enough rotation to provide enough staying power.
5: Milwaukee Brewers (61-59, 9.29 Units) – The Brewers have fallen to third in the NL Central behind the Cubs and Cardinals, yet they remain the fifth most profitable team for bettors. They’re now a couple games over-.500, well above where they were expected to be in the preseason. The odds makers and bettors alike are still skeptical that this team can be a competitor until the end, but they’ve held on thus far. Domingo Santana and Travis Shaw are big parts in that success while Ryan Braun and Eric Thames have provided the consistent veteran presence—at least when healthy. The pitching is where the questions remain for this team. Zach Davies has win 13 games and Jimmy Nelson been very consistent. Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra are on the DL, however.
And the Rest...
6: Houston Astros (72-45, 8.98 Units)
7: Kansas City Royals (59-58, 6.49 Units)
8: Minnesota Twins (59-57, 6.00 Units)
9: Washington Nationals (70-46, 5.25 Units)
10: Boston Red Sox (67-50, 3.19 Units)
11: San Diego Padres (51-66, 0.94 Units)
12: Atlanta Braves (52-63, -0.25 Units)
13: Miami Marlins (56-60, -0.44 Units)
14: Texas Rangers (56-60, -1.82 Units)
15: Pittsburgh Pirates (58-60, -1.99 Units)
16: Baltimore Orioles (58-60, -2.00 Units)
17: Tampa Bay Rays (59-60, -2.79 Units)
18: St. Louis Cardinals (61-57, -4.26 Units)
19: Seattle Mariners (59-60, -5.05 Units)
20: Chicago White Sox (45-70, -7.75 Units)
21: New York Yankees (61-55, -9.63 Units)
22: Oakland Athletics (52-66, -10.37 Units)
23: Detroit Tigers (53-64, -11.05 Units)
24: Cincinnati Reds (49-69, -13.82 Units)
25: Toronto Blue Jays (56-61, -14.26 Units)
26: New York Mets (53-62, -17.25 Units)
27: Cleveland Indians (63-52, -19.01 Units)
28: Chicago Cubs (61-55, -19.34 Units)
29: Philadelphia Phillies (43-72, -20.36 Units)
30: San Francisco Giants (47-72, -28.87 Units)
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