Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

Full Ranking

                                                  STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM                W   L  PF  PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
TAMPA BAY         105  72 850 732  0.112 96.121    1  1.003    1  0.249    2  0.210    1 0.5343  0.474  0.147  0.273 -0.068
L.A. ANGELS       101  65 778 715  0.066 87.143    2  0.998    2  0.237    5  0.144    2 0.5324  0.429  0.041  0.246  0.074
BOSTON            101  72 891 750  0.105 93.399    3  0.997    3  0.226    1  0.249    3 0.5324  0.514  0.222  0.276  0.175
N.Y. YANKEES       89  73 789 727  0.103 87.379    4  0.877    4  0.159    4  0.150    4 0.5225  0.507  0.118  0.183  0.113
CHICAGO WHITE SOX  90  76 821 746  0.084 88.358    5  0.782    5  0.134    7  0.138    5 0.5187  0.457  0.060  0.216  0.202
TORONTO            85  76 709 609  0.103 86.820    6  0.736    6  0.121    3  0.180    6 0.5180  0.280 -0.048  0.409 -0.038
MINNESOTA          88  75 829 745  0.061 85.271    7  0.698    7  0.114    6  0.142    7 0.5156  0.702  0.295 -0.011 -0.209
CHICAGO CUBS       97  67 861 691 -0.077 76.763    8  0.676    8  0.108    8  0.114    8 0.5154  0.557  0.127  0.100  0.081
PHILADELPHIA      102  73 859 721 -0.068 82.595    9  0.640    9  0.100   10  0.086    9 0.5131  0.493  0.041  0.132  0.035
CLEVELAND          81  81 805 761  0.059 84.666   10  0.520   10  0.040    9  0.096   10 0.5060  0.570  0.122  0.071  0.057
TEAM                W   L  PF  PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
MILWAUKEE          91  75 759 704 -0.066 78.564   11  0.519   11  0.038   12  0.020   11 0.5053  0.489 -0.029  0.069 -0.124
TEXAS              79  83 901 967  0.071 85.639   12  0.512   12  0.027   16 -0.006   12 0.5045  0.882  0.335 -0.347  0.281
N.Y. METS          89  73 799 715 -0.087 75.321   13  0.511   13  0.026   11  0.029   14 0.5030  0.619  0.100 -0.043 -0.124
HOUSTON            86  75 712 743 -0.056 76.934   14  0.506   14  0.019   21 -0.049   13 0.5032  0.459 -0.125  0.028  0.058
ST. LOUIS          86  76 779 725 -0.071 76.437   15  0.502   15  0.005   14 -0.002   15 0.5013  0.588  0.040 -0.045 -0.104
KANSAS CITY        75  87 691 781  0.085 86.587   16  0.497   16 -0.007   19 -0.029   17 0.4987  0.513 -0.057 -0.002 -0.104
OAKLAND            75  86 646 690  0.071 85.086   17  0.496   17 -0.012   13  0.001   16 0.4996  0.338 -0.179  0.182 -0.128
FLORIDA            84  77 770 767 -0.074 75.829   18  0.495   18 -0.015   20 -0.047   18 0.4970  0.684  0.089 -0.183 -0.090
DETROIT            74  88 821 857  0.076 86.006   19  0.491   19 -0.023   15 -0.005   19 0.4967  0.669  0.116 -0.127  0.192
L.A. DODGERS       88  82 740 679 -0.092 78.784   20  0.486   20 -0.034   18 -0.016   20 0.4946  0.504 -0.052  0.020 -0.337
TEAM                W   L  PF  PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
BALTIMORE          67  92 777 861  0.115 86.860   21  0.458   21 -0.059   17 -0.011   21 0.4933  0.724  0.165 -0.187  0.096
ARIZONA            82  80 720 706 -0.103 74.461   22  0.455   22 -0.063   22 -0.060   22 0.4900  0.373 -0.211  0.091  0.204
CINCINNATI         74  88 704 800 -0.046 78.342   23  0.327   23 -0.109   25 -0.143   23 0.4852  0.519 -0.165 -0.121  0.082
COLORADO           74  88 747 822 -0.095 75.138   24  0.179   24 -0.144   26 -0.147   25 0.4786  0.587 -0.105 -0.189  0.173
ATLANTA            72  90 753 778 -0.072 76.539   25  0.167   25 -0.149   23 -0.100   24 0.4793  0.547 -0.096 -0.104  0.103
SAN FRANCISCO      72  90 640 759 -0.090 75.502   26  0.114   26 -0.162   27 -0.196   27 0.4758  0.418 -0.309 -0.084  0.046
SEATTLE            61 101 671 811  0.070 85.740   27  0.091   27 -0.171   24 -0.112   26 0.4777  0.528 -0.125 -0.098 -0.087
PITTSBURGH         67  95 735 884 -0.043 78.556   28  0.062   28 -0.184   28 -0.199   28 0.4752  0.790  0.044 -0.443 -0.175
SAN DIEGO          63  99 637 764 -0.087 75.746   29  0.008   29 -0.259   29 -0.221   29 0.4631  0.620 -0.148 -0.294 -0.424
WASHINGTON         59 102 641 825 -0.053 77.527   30  0.000   30 -0.275   30 -0.273   30 0.4615  0.472 -0.338 -0.208  0.039

NL WEST
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR L.A. DODGERS 88 82 740 679 -0.092 78.784 20 0.486 20 -0.034 18 -0.016 20 0.4946 0.504 -0.052 0.020 -0.337 ARIZONA 82 80 720 706 -0.103 74.461 22 0.455 22 -0.063 22 -0.060 22 0.4900 0.373 -0.211 0.091 0.204 COLORADO 74 88 747 822 -0.095 75.138 24 0.179 24 -0.144 26 -0.147 25 0.4786 0.587 -0.105 -0.189 0.173 SAN FRANCISCO 72 90 640 759 -0.090 75.502 26 0.114 26 -0.162 27 -0.196 27 0.4758 0.418 -0.309 -0.084 0.046 SAN DIEGO 63 99 637 764 -0.087 75.746 29 0.008 29 -0.259 29 -0.221 29 0.4631 0.620 -0.148 -0.294 -0.424

NL CENTRAL
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR CHICAGO CUBS 97 67 861 691 -0.077 76.763 8 0.676 8 0.108 8 0.114 8 0.5154 0.557 0.127 0.100 0.081 MILWAUKEE 91 75 759 704 -0.066 78.564 11 0.519 11 0.038 12 0.020 11 0.5053 0.489 -0.029 0.069 -0.124 HOUSTON 86 75 712 743 -0.056 76.934 14 0.506 14 0.019 21 -0.049 13 0.5032 0.459 -0.125 0.028 0.058 ST. LOUIS 86 76 779 725 -0.071 76.437 15 0.502 15 0.005 14 -0.002 15 0.5013 0.588 0.040 -0.045 -0.104 CINCINNATI 74 88 704 800 -0.046 78.342 23 0.327 23 -0.109 25 -0.143 23 0.4852 0.519 -0.165 -0.121 0.082 PITTSBURGH 67 95 735 884 -0.043 78.556 28 0.062 28 -0.184 28 -0.199 28 0.4752 0.790 0.044 -0.443 -0.175

NL EAST
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR PHILADELPHIA 102 73 859 721 -0.068 82.595 9 0.640 9 0.100 10 0.086 9 0.5131 0.493 0.041 0.132 0.035 N.Y. METS 89 73 799 715 -0.087 75.321 13 0.511 13 0.026 11 0.029 14 0.5030 0.619 0.100 -0.043 -0.124 FLORIDA 84 77 770 767 -0.074 75.829 18 0.495 18 -0.015 20 -0.047 18 0.4970 0.684 0.089 -0.183 -0.090 ATLANTA 72 90 753 778 -0.072 76.539 25 0.167 25 -0.149 23 -0.100 24 0.4793 0.547 -0.096 -0.104 0.103 WASHINGTON 59 102 641 825 -0.053 77.527 30 0.000 30 -0.275 30 -0.273 30 0.4615 0.472 -0.338 -0.208 0.039

AL WEST
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR L.A. ANGELS 101 65 778 715 0.066 87.143 2 0.998 2 0.237 5 0.144 2 0.5324 0.429 0.041 0.246 0.074 TEXAS 79 83 901 967 0.071 85.639 12 0.512 12 0.027 16 -0.006 12 0.5045 0.882 0.335 -0.347 0.281 OAKLAND 75 86 646 690 0.071 85.086 17 0.496 17 -0.012 13 0.001 16 0.4996 0.338 -0.179 0.182 -0.128 SEATTLE 61 101 671 811 0.070 85.740 27 0.091 27 -0.171 24 -0.112 26 0.4777 0.528 -0.125 -0.098 -0.087

AL CENTRAL
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR CHICAGO WHITE SOX 90 76 821 746 0.084 88.358 5 0.782 5 0.134 7 0.138 5 0.5187 0.457 0.060 0.216 0.202 MINNESOTA 88 75 829 745 0.061 85.271 7 0.698 7 0.114 6 0.142 7 0.5156 0.702 0.295 -0.011 -0.209 CLEVELAND 81 81 805 761 0.059 84.666 10 0.520 10 0.040 9 0.096 10 0.5060 0.570 0.122 0.071 0.057 KANSAS CITY 75 87 691 781 0.085 86.587 16 0.497 16 -0.007 19 -0.029 17 0.4987 0.513 -0.057 -0.002 -0.104 DETROIT 74 88 821 857 0.076 86.006 19 0.491 19 -0.023 15 -0.005 19 0.4967 0.669 0.116 -0.127 0.192

AL EAST
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR TAMPA BAY 105 72 850 732 0.112 96.121 1 1.003 1 0.249 2 0.210 1 0.5343 0.474 0.147 0.273 -0.068 BOSTON 101 72 891 750 0.105 93.399 3 0.997 3 0.226 1 0.249 3 0.5324 0.514 0.222 0.276 0.175 N.Y. YANKEES 89 73 789 727 0.103 87.379 4 0.877 4 0.159 4 0.150 4 0.5225 0.507 0.118 0.183 0.113 TORONTO 85 76 709 609 0.103 86.820 6 0.736 6 0.121 3 0.180 6 0.5180 0.280 -0.048 0.409 -0.038 BALTIMORE 67 92 777 861 0.115 86.860 21 0.458 21 -0.059 17 -0.011 21 0.4933 0.724 0.165 -0.187 0.096


DIVISION     W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
AL EAST    447 385 0.537    1  0.197
AL CENTRAL 408 407 0.501    2  0.087
AL WEST    316 335 0.485    3  0.009
NL CENTRAL 501 476 0.513    4 -0.055
NL EAST    406 415 0.495    5 -0.077
NL WEST    379 439 0.463    6 -0.162

Home field advantage amounts to:
     0.105 points in main ratings (0.058 for semineutral)
     0.014 points in improved RPI (0.006 for semineutral)
Average of 2.65 points per score
Predict score:
Team Strength vs. Time Plot:
posted: Mon Nov 24 15:06:48 2008
games through: Mon Oct 27 2008

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