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MLB Power Rankings

8/31/2009 Rankings
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
August 31th, 2009

WhatIfSports.com utilizes its award-winning baseball simulation engine to present the most comprehensive and unbiased ranking possible of all 30 teams in baseball. To come up with the rankings, using only their statistical performance to date this season, each team is simulated against every other team 100 times so that all five pitchers in the current rotation start ten times at each location. Rosters, rotations and stats are up-to-date through Saturday.

(Note: This means that if a pitcher who was in the rotation was recently put on the DL, he will not be included in the simulations. This is true of position players as well, but an injury to a position player will usually have a lesser impact on the weekly results.)

Teams Ranked by Winning Percentage
(everyone plays everyone 100 times)

 TeamChangeWin PctRS/GRA/G
1.New York Yankees-63.46.24.6
2.Los Angeles Dodgers-61.85.34.0
3.St. Louis Cardinals+360.84.83.7
4.Tampa Bay Rays-158.75.64.5
5.Philadelphia Phillies-158.05.54.6
6.Texas Rangers-156.75.14.5
7.Boston Red Sox+354.75.44.8
8.Atlanta Braves-54.64.84.3
9.Colorado Rockies-254.55.24.8
10.Minnesota Twins+153.95.04.6
 TeamChangeWin PctRS/GRA/G
11.Chicago Cubs+553.34.94.6
12.Toronto Blue Jays-351.34.94.7
13.Arizona Diamondbacks+251.04.94.8
14.Florida Marlins-250.35.05.0
15.Los Angeles Angels-249.95.75.8
16.Milwaukee Brewers+349.65.35.3
17.Chicago White Sox-48.94.54.7
18.Cleveland Indians+448.95.15.3
19.Detroit Tigers-548.24.74.9
20.Seattle Mariners-48.24.44.6
 TeamChangeWin PctRS/GRA/G
21.Washington Nationals+446.65.05.5
22.San Francisco Giants-146.14.14.5
23.Houston Astros-44.34.65.2
24.Pittsburgh Pirates-44.24.45.0
25.Oakland Athletics+143.64.45.0
26.Kansas City Royals+242.44.35.1
27.Cincinnati Reds-41.04.45.2
28.New York Mets-1039.64.96.0
29.Baltimore Orioles+139.14.86.0
30.San Diego Padres-136.54.25.7

Paul Bessire is the Product Manager of Content and Quantitative Analysis for WhatIfSports.com, a division of FOX Sports Interactive specializing in free mlb matchup analysis and baseball sim leagues. With any comments, questions or topic suggestions, Paul can be reached at BtB@whatifsports.com. Thanks!

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