MLB: The Real Power Rankings!

John LewisSenior Writer IJune 20, 2008

So you're sitting there, looking through the Major League Baseball standings, trying to decide which teams are the best from each league. You can see the obvious choices, Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, but I have a new theory. 

This could truly determine the top teams.

If you look back on the last 10 World Series winners, only two of them have ever won the title with a losing record on the road entering the playoffs. 2006 the St. Louis Cardinals won with a 34-47 record, and the 2003 Florida Marlins had a 38-43 road mark.

That said, based on the current standings, only four teams have a winning home and road record. They must be the best teams...right?

What would you say if I told you the best two teams from the American League are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the New York Yankees? Or that the two best teams from the National League are the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Angels of Anaheim are easily in the argument as the best team in the American League, with or without this theory, and the Yankees have been streaking of late.

The Angels have won 22 at home and 21 on the road, pretty balanced.  The Yanks have made some waves in the past week and have fought back to 21 wins at home and 19 wins on the road.

With Curt Schilling out for the season, and Daisuke Matsuzaka rehabbing, the Angels have arguably the best one-two-three punch in baseball. The Yanks are a different mystery, but they have worked hard to make a run. With Joba Chamberlain pitching well and Mike Mussina winning 10 games, they're back in the mix  

The Phils, on the other hand, could also, without a doubt, be the top National League team. They have 22 wins at home and 20 wins on the road. The scrappy Cards could be the biggest surprise team, as they have 23 wins at home and 19 on the road.

Philadelphia has a good balance of young and experienced pitchers with Hamels, Moyer and Kendrick, and St. Louis, once Adam Wainwright comes back, can lay claim to the best one-two-three-four rotation in baseball.

The fact of the matter is, teams that win the World Series are well balanced at home and on the road, and while it's still very early to be talking about the championship, it's never too early to be discussing the top teams.