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MLB Power Rankings: Cardinals Within Reach

Cincinnati Reds fighting in NL Central
By Ryan Fowler, WhatIfSports.com
July 18, 2011

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 Yankees-62.54.73.4
2.Boston Red Sox+161.04.73.6
3.Philadelphia Phillies-158.34.03.1
4.St. Louis Cardinals+456.74.54.0
5.Cincinnati Reds+256.14.43.7
6.Tampa Bay Rays+556.04.03.4
7.Los Angeles Angels-355.63.93.4
8.Texas Rangers-355.24.64.0
9.Cleveland Indians+854.83.83.3
10.New York Mets-453.04.54.2
 TeamChangeWin PctRS/GRA/G
11.Milwaukee Brewers+152.54.54.2
12.Atlanta Braves-251.93.63.4
13.Toronto Blue Jays+151.94.03.9
14.Detroit Tigers-551.64.14.0
15.San Francisco Giants-49.83.63.5
16.Los Angeles Dodgers+449.73.93.9
17.Washington Nationals-149.43.63.6
18.Arizona Diamondbacks-548.94.04.1
19.Chicago White Sox-148.53.63.7
20.Pittsburgh Pirates+148.33.63.8
 TeamChangeWin PctRS/GRA/G
21.Florida Marlins+447.83.84.1
22.Kansas City Royals-347.53.84.2
23.Colorado Rockies-145.03.94.4
24.Seattle Mariners-144.82.93.3
25.Oakland Athletics+244.73.13.5
26.Chicago Cubs-43.23.94.6
27.San Diego Padres-343.23.13.6
28.Minnesota Twins+239.23.34.3
29.Houston Astros-39.13.74.8
30.Baltimore Orioles-236.33.85.4

Ryan Fowler is the Fantasy Baseball Editor for FOXSports.com. He can be reached at rfowler@whatifsports.com.

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