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 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: 1165-984 54.21%
Home Teams: 984-1165 45.79%
Favorites: 963-1186 55.19%
Underdogs: 1186-963 55.49%
Road Favorites: 381-402 48.66%
Road Underdogs: 784-582 57.39%
Home Favorites: 582-784 42.61%
Home Underdogs: 402-381 51.34%

Over & Under Trends:

Extra-Inning Games: Overs- 81 47.37% | Unders- 90 52.63%
Non-Extra-Inning Games: Overs- 938 49.97% | Unders- 939 50.03%
Total Games: Overs- 1019 49.76% | Unders- 1029 50.24%

1. New York Yankees

World Series Odds: +400
Record: 94-50 SU and 83-61-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 1

The Yankees lineup has reared its power and they are beyond the best team n baseball. +400 is a bargain.

2. Houston Astros 

World Series Odds: +200
Record: 94-50 SU and 75-69-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 2
The Astros are dangerous, and they can beat the Yankees, they are also a bargain at +200.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

World Series Odds: +250
Record: 93-52 SU and 69-76-0 Run Line
Previous Rank:
The Dodgers never finish strong, they are strong. Keep betting them ML. 

4. Atlanta Braves

World Series Odds: +700
Record: 89-55 SU and 74-70-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 5

The Braves are a pitcher away from being the best team in baseball. Keep the faith in this team.  

5. Minnesota Twins

World Series Odds: +1600
Record: 88-55 SU and 78-65-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 4     
The Twins are better than we thought they were, and they prove it nightly.  

6. Tampa Bay Rays

World Series Odds: +2200
Record: 86-59 SU and 73-72-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 6

The Rays are a solid baseball team but need a bat or two to stay apace with the Yankees next year. 

7. Oakland Athletics

World Series Odds: +2500
Record: 84-59 SU and 82-61-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 8

The A’s are an amazing story and have done it with far less payroll than their counterparts. Bet them, they are worth the money both ways.

8. Cleveland Indians

World Series Odds: +3300 
Record: 83-61 SU and 78-66-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 7

The Indians are not what we thought they would be, they have a tough lineup but lack pitching depth. 

9. St. Louis Cardinals 

World Series Odds: +1400
Record: 81-62 SU and 78-65-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 10

The Cardinals hold what has become a commanding lead at 4.5 games over the Cubs. This team can be dangerous in the playoffs.  

10. Washington Nationals

World Series Odds: +1800
Record: 79-63 SU and 78-64-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 9

The Nat’s are not going anywhere but they are a solid story with a good record both ways. 

11. Chicago Cubs 

World Series Odds: +2500
Record: 76-66 SU and 68-74-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 12 

The Cubs will finish above .500 but fall short of the division crown. Lay-off betting this team. 

12. Boston Red Sox

World Series Odds: +5000
Record: 76-67 SU and 61-82-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 11

The Red Sox have heart and it shows, but way too little, way too late. 

13. Arizona Diamondbacks 

World Series Odds: +5000
Record: 75-68 SU and 82-61-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 15

The D Backs are making a late run but once again fall well short of where they want to be. Bet them run line, they are solid against it. 

14. Milwaukee Brewers

World Series Odds: +4000
Record: 74-68 SU and 69-73-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 14

The Brewers have played great baseball as of late and are an ML winner. Bet them but know they are going nowhere

15. Philadelphia Phillies 

World Series Odds: +4000
Record: 74-68 SU and 70-72-0 Rune Line
Previous Rank: 13

The Phillies are mediocre at best and not a good bet either way. Run from this team. 

16. New York Mets  

World Series Odds: +6600
Record: 72-70 SU and 70-72-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 16   

The Mets have lost the last two so now is the time to bet them! They win a few, lose a few. It’s time for them to start winning. 

17. Texas Rangers

World Series Odds: 100000
Record: 72-73 SU and 79-66-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 17

The Rangers fell along with ways from where they started, and Oakland has proven to be much better. Keep betting the run line, this team competes. 

18. San Francisco Giants

World Series Odds: +50000
Record: 69-74 SU and 75-68-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 18

The Giants have the potential to be better and they should be better next season. Pick your spots on the RL. 

19. Los Angeles Angels

World Series Odds: +150000
Record: 67-77 SU and 73-71-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 19

Stop betting the Angels altogether, they are not worth any money. 

20. Cincinnati Reds

World Series Odds: +100000
Record: 67-77 SU and 73-71-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 21  
The Reds picked it up slightly but remain a high-risk bet. This team needs pitching and pop in the lineup.

21. San Diego Padres

World Series Odds: +100000
Record: 66-76 SU and 68-74-0 Run line
Previous Rank: 20  

The Padres are right where we figured them to be and a mess against the RL. Bet against them. 

22. Chicago White Sox

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 63-80 SU and 67-76-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 22      

The Sox remain a great bet against and the run line is heating up as well against.  

23. Pittsburgh Pirates

World Series Odds: +100000
Record: 62-81 SU and 66-76-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 23 
The Pirates are still winning against the ML but pick your spots carefully. The run line is a no go, stay away.  

24. Colorado Rockies 

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 60-84 SU and 62-82-0 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.  

25. Seattle Mariners 

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 58-86 SU and 70-74-0 Rune Line 
Previous Rank: 25

The Mariners have big bats and no bullpen and very little starting pitching. This team needs to fire the GM, fire Servais and start from scratch. Bet the over, they hit a ton on dingers. 

26. Toronto Blue Jays

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 55-89 SU and 69-75-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 26

The Blue Jays are bad but find their spots against the run line. Be careful, pick your spots. 

27. Kansas City Royals

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 53-91 SU and 68-76-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 27 

Bet against the Royals, they stink and are getting worse by the day. 

28. Miami Marlins 

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 51-91 SU and 71-71-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 28

Poor Miami! The city is struggling to find a winner and it’s not going to be the Marlins any time soon. 

29. Baltimore Orioles

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 46-97 SU and 60-83-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 29

A terrible baseball team that has enough talent to win a few here and there. Keep hammering that money line and keep winning.  

30. Detroit Tigers

World Series Odds: N/A
Record: 42-100 SU and 60-82-0 Run Line
Previous Rank: 30 

The Tigers have lost 100-games, again! This franchise is worse than the Mariners, the Marlins, and the Royals, that’s bad. A once-proud franchise has become the laughing stock of the MLB.  

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