Beginning today, June 1st, I’ll be releasing my official “TBOH Power Ranking” of the top 10 teams in Major League Baseball twice each month. The rank will come out roughly around the 1st and 15th of each month.
Begun a year ago at my own blog, the formula that I use to calculate the Power Ranking comes from statistics provided at Fangraphs, using a combination of Team WAR for both Pitching and Hitting, and incorporating Defensive stats as well.
The bottom line, my Power Ranking is and will be based on statistical performance, which does not always reflect in the actual Win-Loss record for a team in the standings.
However, over the length of a full season, it becomes harder and harder for a team that is not achieving statistically to maintain a position high in the standings. Conversely, a team performing well statistically is almost always going to find itself in the running right to the end.
Also, I am only going to do the Top 10, because lower down the rank, teams lose relevance to this year’s races. The focus will remain on the top of the game. At the end of the season, the final rank will show all 30 teams. As this is a Philadelphia Phillies site, we’ll always let you know where the Fightin’s stand.
The Phillies are currently 20th out of 30 teams in the statistical evaluations, which is surprisingly high considering both their record and the way things have looked to anyone following on a regular basis. But when you get down into the bottom 1/3 of the game, the stats are all closely bunched and bad. They’ll have a hard time staying even that high in 2015.