IP Sports Baseball Rankings: 07/23/2010

Power Rankings

Things are starting to settle in, as most pretenders are falling out of the races…

These aren’t your typical rankings; I look at record, run differential, and farm system. I weigh the scores on all 3; record makes up half the score, the run differential makes up a third of the score, and a sixth of the score is from farm system.

For Run Differential, I use the Pythagorean Theorem formulated by Bill James to see what a teams record should be; you can predict how well a team should be playing by this. In theory, a team should be in about the same range for their Pythagorean Record as their true record.

Rank Team Record Pythagorean System Total Last Week
1 TB Rays 29 29 28 58 1
2 NY Yankees 30 30 14 55 3
3 Atlanta Braves 28 24 29 54 2
4 San Diego Padres 27 27 9 48 4
5 Boston Red Sox 24 23 23 47 7
6 Texas Rangers 26 26 8 46 10
7 STL Cardinals 25 28 2 44 12
8 San Francisco Giants 22 25 13 43 11
9 Cincinnati Reds 21 22 17 41 9
10 Chicago White Sox 23 19 6 38 23
11 Minnesota Twins 18 21 16 37 5
12 Colorado Rockies 20 20 11 37 16
13 LA Dodgers 17 16 25 36 6
14 Philadelphia Phillies 15 17 12 30 13
15 LA Angels 16 11 19 30 15
16 Toronto Blue Jays 12 13 26 29 8
17 Detroit Tigers 19 12 3 28 18
18 NY Mets 14 18 5 28 14
19 Florida Marlins 11 14 21 27 17
20 Oakland Athletics 13 15 10 26 19
21 Chicago Cubs 9 10 22 23 20
22 KC Royals 7 6 30 21 22
23 Washington Nationals 8 9 15 19 21
24 Cleveland Indians 6 7 24 19 25
25 Milwaukee Brewers 10 8 7 18 26
26 Seattle Mariners 4 4 27 16 27
27 Houston Astros 5 3 20 14 24
28 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 1 18 9 28
29 Arizona Diamondbacks 3 5 4 8 29
30 Baltimore Orioles 1 2 1 3 30

If the playoffs started today…

Playoffs Based on Record Playoffs Based of Run Differential
Division Team Division Team
AL East Yankees AL East Yankees
AL Central White Sox AL Central Twins
AL West Rangers AL West Rangers
AL Wild Card Rays AL Wild Card Rays
NL East Braves NL East Braves
NL Central Cardinals NL Central Cardinals
NL West Padres NL West Padres
NL Wild Card Giants NL Wild Card Giants

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