2018-2019 Scores&Stats MLB Betting Power Rankings: Week 6
by Brad Mullins Scores & Statson
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.
World Series Odds:+1200 Record: 21-12 SU and 21-12-0 Run Line Previous Rank: 1
It would be easy to go with the fan favorite and say the Dodgers are the best team in baseball, however, that is simply not true. The Rays are the best team in baseball from top to bottom. It matters not whether you are betting them, or just a fan, they are the best team to bet, and the best team to watch. At 21-12 against the RL, they are the team to keep betting.
World Series Odds:+1200 Record: 20-14 SU and 22-12-0 Run Line Previous Rank: 4
The Cardinals have taken a hit on the ML but still, have a very good record against the RL. Getting swept by their rivals, no surprise. The Cardinals have the pitching, they need the consistent hitting.
World Series Odds:+1600 Record: 18-14 SU and 15-17-0 Run Line Previous Rank: 11
The Indians keep getting better and keep moving up as they continue to pound the baseball and continue to pitch well in late innings. Watch out for the Indians, they’re going to be a contender all season.
World Series Odds:+475 Record: 20-14 SU and 14-20-0 Run Line Previous Rank: 6
The Astros have struggled to find a groove and stay in it. They are a highly talented team but would be in a hole had the Mariners not have taken a dump. The RL is awful, but the ML is a worthy look as always.
World Series Odds:+3300 Record: 19-17 SU and 21-15-0 Rune Line Previous Rank: 7
The Mariners have taken a huge step backwards and it’s ugly. This is what they do every season. They are still a good RL team and they have big bats. They will continue to hit but will lose a lot of games with that pitching.
World Series Odds:+75000 Record: 9-24 SU and 12-21-0 Run Line Previous Rank: 30
Don’t be patient! This team is a work in progress. They must get better, there is simply nowhere else to go. Jeter is realizing exactly how difficult this GM thing really is. The pitching has potential and the hitting could be great, but they are young and lack heart. They must find it quick.