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MLB Power Rankings

5/11/2009 Rankings
By Paul Bessire, WhatIfSports.com
May 11th, 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 each Monday during the regular season. 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 50 at home and 50 at the opposing ballpark so that all five pitchers in the current rotation start ten times at each location.

(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 and injury to one position player will usually have a lesser impact on the week-to-week results.)

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

 TeamChangeWin PctRS/GRA/G
1.New York Mets+366.3%6.04.1
2.Toronto Blue Jays-63.0%5.74.3
3.Boston Red Sox+358.8%5.94.8
4.Kansas City Royals+458.8%4.94.0
5.Tampa Bay Rays-258.3%5.64.7
6.Los Angeles Dodgers-557.9%5.14.2
7.Cincinnati Reds+1257.5%5.24.4
8.Texas Rangers+557.5%5.44.7
9.New York Yankees-257.1%6.15.4
10.Milwaukee Brewers-56.7%5.44.6
 TeamChangeWin PctRS/GRA/G
11.Los Angeles Angels+355.1%5.04.6
12.St. Louis Cardinals-754.1%5.34.7
13.Atlanta Braves-454.0%4.74.2
14.Philadelphia Phillies+452.3%5.35.1
15.Minnesota Twins+1249.0%4.74.8
16.Colorado Rockies+948.2%5.15.3
17.Detroit Tigers+547.7%4.64.9
18.Chicago Cubs-147.4%5.05.1
19.Seattle Mariners-746.7%4.04.5
20.Pittsburgh Pirates-946.6%4.34.7
 TeamChangeWin PctRS/GRA/G
21.Washington Nationals+245.2%5.35.9
22.Florida Marlins-744.6%4.24.8
23.San Diego Padres+143.0%4.24.9
24.Arizona Diamondbacks-841.2%4.14.9
25.Houston Astros-440.3%4.45.6
26.Baltimore Orioles+340.1%4.96.1
27.Cleveland Indians-739.6%4.96.1
28.Chicago White Sox-239.5%4.05.1
29.San Francisco Giants-138.2%3.54.8
30.Oakland Athletics-35.2%3.64.9

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

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