2019 Scores&Stats MLB Betting Power Rankings: Who's at the TOP?
by Brad Mullins Scores & Statson
The crack of the bat, the crisp sound of the ball landing in the catcher's mitt is where we are and it all starts now. The 2019 MLB season has arrived and we all want to know where our team stands. You want to know if your team has a chance to win the World Series and/or if they have a shot at the playoffs. Last season was fantastic and although many of the top tier teams come in as the favorite, what teams may be a surprise, what teams have made improvements and what teams will make a run?
Sports bettors have bet on baseball since the dawn of time and this is certainly no secret. Now that sports betting is legal in all 50 states, bettors are flocking to their online sportsbooks to get their bets in and baseball is a favorite. Baseball is a moneymaker if the cards are played right. The sharpest and wealthiest sports bettors the world overall have a story to tell about making it big with baseball.
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. 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. 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. Simply because the Orioles are starting out in this ranking in the 30th spot, this does not mean they have no betting value, in a week time, they may have the best betting value in all of baseball! Stay tuned from week to week and know who the best team to bet on really are. We will tell you!
MLB ATS Trends:
Road Teams: 2-0 100% Home Teams: 0-2 0.00% Favorites: 0-2 0.00% Underdogs: 2-0 100% Road Favorites: 0-0 0.00% Road Underdogs: 2-0 100% Home Favorites: 0-2 0.00% Home Underdogs: 0-0 0.00%
Everyone is back and that will be the key to the Red Sox success going into this season. Will they win 108 games again? Probably not, however, with a healthy rotation and a fierce starting lineup, this team will battle all season for the top spot in baseball and certainty, the AL East.
This team will win between 90-95 games and will prove to be a great bet all-season. They are hitting the lights out and pitching well. Can they win a World Series? The stakes are high, but the competition is fierce.
The Dodgers have pitching depth and with the signing of Joe Kelly, they will also have strength in the “bullie,” right where they needed it most last season. Look for this team to reach the high 90’s and dominate a bad NL West.
The Harper effect should be a game changer for this team and it will be. Staying healthy is key but isn’t it for everyone? Look for a league-best “on base percentage” and that equals runs. Runs equal wins!
Who doesn’t love the Cubbies? We all do, but are they any good? Yes, they bring back a healthy lineup but a somewhat old rotation. Can they hang around all-season? Look for them early and to fade late.
The Braves surprised the world last year by winning the NL East and they will compete once again. The problem is the Phillies and their new-found offense. Look for the Braves to push the “Phils” to October.
Look, the Indians still have Ramirez and Lindor and that’s a lot to have! This team can flat out hit from night-to-night and they will be solid and in every game. They must add to the rotation and a 17-14 spring training record speaks volumes.
The Brewers will win more than 86 games so find that total and jump on it. This team is well coached with Counsell and he has the lineup to consistently be on base. The Brew crew must find lightning in a bottle and add to the rotation quickly but remain a solid play.
The Cardinals are much improved and it all started with the firing of the beloved skipper, Matheny. The guy had to go, and it has worked. Goldschmidt is the X factor and Carpenter is healthy. Look for 85+ wins.
The best 1-3 lineup in baseball will carry them a very long way. Can they recover from the loss of Harper, it’s a big loss but with this rotation, they will be solid and put together a fantastic season, without the man.
The Mets may look like a mess, but they’re really pretty good. They can win 90 games! The NL East will not be owned by Atlanta and Philly alone. Can their rotation stay healthy? As with the Cubs, look for quick success.
They have the best player in baseball with Trout and he is staying put with a cool $400 Mil! Can they win the west? Yes. Will they? Maybe, they are playing with Seattle, Houston, and Oakland. Houston is the problem and the wildcard is a longshot. They probably miss the playoffs until the find a solid ace that can win 20 games.
The offseason was a disaster but who knows… This team had an ok spring that highlighted young arms. They are already 2-0 after winning two straight over Oakland in Tokyo. They will struggle down the stretch.