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May 15, 2009
by Jeff Briggs
The RCS MLB Power Ranking Averages combine seven other sites' power rankings to make the most balanced and unbiased grade possible, and to offer the most accurate look at the state of the MLB on a weekly basis.
The Toronto Blue Jays take the top spot in the RCS MLB Power Ranking Averages this week, breaking the Dodgers’ streak of three weeks at number one (LA fell to 3rd). Four new teams enter the top-ten this week, led by the Mets, who shot up from 18th all the way to 5th. Also entering the top-ten are the Brewers (12th to 7th), the Rangers (14th to 8th), and the Tigers (11th to 10th).
The Mets were the high-riser of the week, moving up 13 spots. Also making a big jump were the Angels, who jumped from 21st to 14th. Falling an even more impressive amount were the Mariners, who dropped from 5th to 20th. Also dropping a long way were the Yankees (7th to 15th) and the Pirates (20th to 28th).
The clear outlier of the rankings sites is WhatIfSports, which uses data from this season to simulate each possible matchup 100 times. Noticeable differences between WhatIf and the rest of the sites include the Cardinals at 12th (closest site is Yahoo! who have them 5th), the Giants at 29th (next closest: CBS at 19th), White Sox at 28th (closest ranking: 21st), the Rockies at 16th (closest ranking: 26th), and the Nationals, who they somehow have all the way up at 21st, while Fox has them at 29th, and everyone else at 30th.