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Settling it on the field
Yankees No. 1, but Braves, Mets fighting for second
Posted: Tuesday September 21, 1999 08:32 PM
College football has the BCS. College basketball has the RPI. And now baseball has the CNN/SI Power Rankings, a purely statistical formula to rank the 30 major league teams.
The ranking will be calculated on a weekly basis every Tuesday. All information is based on games through Sunday.
The New York Yankees regained the top spot after a one-week hiatus. However, the battle for No. 2 means even more. As the Braves and the Mets kick off a critical three-game series Tuesday in Atlanta, the two teams occupy the second and third spots, respectively, in the rankings. Cleveland, which was No. 1 last week, fell to fourth.
The CNN/SI Power Rankings combine a number of different statistical factors -- winning percentage, team ERA, run differential, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, pitching ratio (walk+hits/innings pitched), average with runners in scoring position (RISP), road winning percentage and winning percentage in one-run games. The ranking is Rotisserie-style, with teams leading the league in a category receiving 30 points, teams in last receiving one point. The maximum points a team can receive is 300.
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