For those of you joining us for the first time, we have somewhat of an odd way of calculating our rankings. First, we put each team in order of 1-10 based on Win Percentage (WPCT) and then again for Run Differential (Rdiff). After that, we assign a score to each team based on their ranking for both categories. The number 1 team gets 10 points, number 2 gets 9, number 3 gets 8, and so on.
I hope you’re still with me.
Then, we add up each teams score for WPCT and Rdiff and line them up in order from greatest to least, the team with the greatest score ranks first. Teams that are tied are decided by the Pythagorean Win-Loss (pythWL) record.
Here’s an example of how it all works works:
As you see in the far right side of the table, the Yankees and Astros were tied with a total score of 18 and the Mariners and Phillies were tied at 6 points. The Astros were ranked ahead of the Yankees (below) because their pythWL record is better. The same goes for the Mariners and Phillies.
Now on to the fun stuff:
At this point in the season it’s clear that baseball’s top three teams, the Astros, Yankees, and Red Sox are the teams to beat in the MLB. Four teams, the Braves, Brewers, Phillies, and the Mariners are new to the WTTS Top Ten Power Rankings this month. They take the place of the Diamondbacks, Angels, Dodgers, and the Mets.
Here are the rankings for the month of May:
1. Houston Astros
Record: 37 – 22 | April Ranking: 1
2. New York Yankees
Record: 36 – 17 | April Ranking: 7
3. Boston Red Sox
Record: 39 -19 | April Ranking: 2
4. Chicago Cubs
Record: 31 – 23 | April Ranking: 3
5. Atlanta Braves
Record: 34 – 23 | April Ranking: Not Ranked
6. Milwaukee Brewers
Record: 36 – 22 | April Ranking: Not Ranked
7. Washington Nationals
Record: 32 – 24 | April Ranking: 6
8. Philadelphia Phillies
Record: 31 – 24 | April Ranking: Not Ranked
9. Seattle Mariners
Record: 35 – 22 | April Ranking: Not Ranked
10. Cleveland Indians
Record: 30 – 26 | April Ranking: 9