Perhaps I should have done this as a blog but that's too much work. Besides, this is really where this belongs.
I suppose you could call this a power ranking. I wanted to quantify each team's performance over the entire regular season and compare that to other teams.
To do this as objectively as possible requires considering only games involving common opponents. Interleague games could not be considered because the opponents were not common to all teams. This also means AL teams could not be accurately ranked against NL teams and vice versa.
The number that I chose to generate for each team is the number of wins the team would have had in a 162-game season playing each of the other teams an equal number of games. Since 162 is not evenly divisible by 14 that means finding out how many games each team would have won playing each other team 11.57 (eleven and four sevenths) times. For example, the Twins won 14 of 19 games against Detroit this season. Based on that the Twins would be credited for 8.53 wins against Detroit. Similarly, the Twins won 5 of 7 games against Seattle, which translates into 8.27 wins.
Here are the results:
10. Tor 74.92
12. Chi 72.04
13. Bal 59.25
14. KC 52.22
11. Col 73.76
14. Pit 65.60
15. Mia 57.32
I was surprised that our team had the highest number in the AL. My assumption was that since we played in the worst division in MLB that our win total would decrease when the records were balanced. However, this reveals that we did well against all teams, not only those in our division. This also shows that we should not consider our team to be underdogs in the postseason.
I'm sure there are many things that this reveals and I'm not going to try to make a detailed analysis, but the most obvious is that the Dodgers appear to be as dominant as everyone thought, probably even more so.
Edit: I had spaces to make the columns easier to see when I typed it. This didn't come through to the final outcome. Sorry I didn't know how to do this better.
Edited by Nine of twelve, 29 September 2019 - 09:42 PM.