The trick with baseball is finding value on the best teams and following those teams all season long. This power ranking will be based on “against the spread” performance from week to week. In baseball, “the spread” is the “run line.” The money line is the straight-up record. When a team wins a regular-season game, they have just beaten the money line, but possibly, did not beat the run line. 

This ranking is not a popularity contest or which team has the best lineup or the best rotation. This ranking is about beating the spread, (money line/run line). We will base this ranking from week to week on who has a better record against the spread and the team’s performance from a betting perspective. In baseball, this usually means that the best teams, with the best records, are the decisively better teams to bet on, however, there are exceptions. 

Previous Rankings: Week 24, Week 23Week 22Week 21Week 20Week 19Week 18, Week 17Week16Week 15Week 14Week 13Week 12Week 11Week 10, Week 9, Week 8, Week 7Week 6Week 5Week 4Week 3Week 2Week 1Preseason

MLB ATS Trends:

Road Teams: 1222-1023 54.43%
Home Teams: 1023-1222 45.57%
Favorites: 1007-1238 44.86%
Underdogs: 1238-1007 55.14%
Road Favorites: 411-427 49.05%
Road Underdogs: 811-596 57.64%
Home Favorites: 596-811 42.36%
Home Underdogs: 427-411 50.95%

Over & Under Trends:

Extra-Inning Games: Overs- 84 47.73% | Unders- 92 57.27%
Non-Extra-Inning Games: Overs- 978 49.85% | Unders- 964 50.15%
Total Games: Overs- 1062 49.67% | Unders- 1076 50.33%

1. New York Yankees

World Series Odds: +400
Record: 98-53 SU and 87-64-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 1  

The Yankees still the best team in the majors and still the team to bet at least until the playoffs.

2. Houston Astros 

World Series Odds: +200
Record: 97-53 SU and 78-72-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 2

The Astros have better pitching than the Yankees and they will be hard to beat in the playoffs. 

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

World Series Odds: +250
Record: 96-54 SU and 72-78-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 3

The Dodgers will be fine to keep betting them and keep the faith. Easily the best team in the NL.  

4. Atlanta Braves

World Series Odds: +700
Record: 93-58 SU and 78-73-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 4

The Braves are rocking and they get better as the season comes to a close. 

5. Minnesota Twins

World Series Odds: +1600
Record: 91-58 SU and 81-68-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 5

The Twins are a good team, but they need some luck and pop in the lineup. They make no impact in the playoffs. 

6. Oakland Athletics

World Series Odds: +2500
Record: 89-60 SU and 87-62-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 7

The A’s are now the best bet against the RL. Bet them and take home the green. 

7. Tampa Bay Rays

World Series Odds: +2200
Record: 89-61 SU and 76-74-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 6

The Rays are 10-games short of the prize, but it’s been a great year. Next year; watch out. 

8. Cleveland Indians

World Series Odds: +3300 
Record: 87-63 SU and 81-69-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 8

The Indians didn’t take a dump, but they sure haven’t kept up the pace. They are still a great run line bet. 

9. St. Louis Cardinals 

World Series Odds: +1400
Record: 83-65 SU and 80-68-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 9

The Cardinals are on fire and they will win the NL Central. This team is a solid bet on the RL the rest of the way.  

10. Washington Nationals

World Series Odds: +1800
Record: 82-66 SU and 81-67-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 10

The Nat’s are going to finish with a much better record than expected and better than the Phills. That alone makes it a banner year. 

11. Chicago Cubs 

World Series Odds: +2500
Record: 80-68 SU and 72-76-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 11

The Cubs are close, oh so close but going to miss the dance this year. 

12. Milwaukee Brewers

World Series Odds: +4000
Record: 79-69 SU and 72-76-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 14

The Brewers are much like the Indians, just disappointing after such promise. 

13. Boston Red Sox

World Series Odds: +5000
Record: 79-70 SU and 64-85-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 12

The Red Sox are a great bet against the RL. 

14. New York Mets  

World Series Odds: +6600
Record: 77-71 SU and 74-74-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 16

The Mets are slowly getting themselves together and should be better next season. Lay off for the rest of the year, not worth the stress. 

15. Philadelphia Phillies 

World Series Odds: +4000
Record: 74-68 SU and 72-76-0 Rune Line
Previous Rank: 15

The Phillies and Harper really showed Washington. This team needs pitching and heart. Run from them. 


16. Arizona Diamondbacks 

World Series Odds: +5000
Record: 76-73 SU and 84-65-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 13

The D Backs dropped too many too early on and it killed their chances, especially in the NL West.  


17. Texas Rangers

World Series Odds: +100000
Record: 74-76 SU and 81-69-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 17

The Rangers are still a great bet on the RL. They will be better next season. 

18. San Francisco Giants

World Series Odds: +50000
Record: 71-78 SU and 75-74-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 18

The Giants are not a good bet at this point. Bet against or stay away. 

19. Cincinnati Reds

World Series Odds: +100000
Record: 69-80 SU and 75-74-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 20

The Reds move up but this means nothing. They are boring and not worth betting. 

20. San Diego Padres

World Series Odds: +100000
Record: 68-80 SU and 71-77-0 Run line
Previous Rank: 21

The minute we kick the Padres when their down, they get back up and start winning against the RL! Go figure. 

21. Los Angeles Angels

World Series Odds: +150000
Record: 67-82 SU and 74-75-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 19

Look at the Phillies, look at the Angels. Possibly the two best players in baseball between Harper and Trout. It means nothing without pitching.  

22. Chicago White Sox

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 65-83 SU and 69-79-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 22

The Sox showed early promise and then the bottom dropped out. This is a bad baseball team. 

23. Pittsburgh Pirates

World Series Odds: +100000
Record: 65-84 SU and 70-79-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 23

The Pirates are going nowhere, and the rest of the list stays the same. 

24. Colorado Rockies 

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 64-85 SU and 65-84-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 24

“The Rockies are rotten! This team must fire Bud Black and start over. Bet against them any chance you get. “ Dreadful this team…

25. Seattle Mariners 

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 61-88 SU and 73-76-0 Rune Line 
Previous Rank: 25

Lot’s of homers when it doesn’t matter at all. Bet the over and bet against the RL. 

26. Toronto Blue Jays

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 59-91 SU and 73-77-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 26

The Blue Jays are rotten but they seem to stay afloat on the RL. 

27. Kansas City Royals

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 55-94 SU and 70-79-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 27

Another rotten team that keeps games close. Be careful but look closely at RL’s. 

28. Miami Marlins 

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 52-96 SU and 75-73-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 28

The Dolphins were absolutely worked by the Patriots and the Marlins are no better. Miami needs basketball season and in a hurry. 

29. Baltimore Orioles

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 46-100 SU and 63-86-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 29

These guys are as bad as any baseball team in recent memory. They are money in the bank against the RL.  

30. Detroit Tigers

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 42-104 SU and 62-86-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 30

The Tigers are on pace to lose 116 games. Everyone that’s anyone, needs to be fired immediately.

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