There are 30 teams in Major League Baseball (MLB), made up of 15 teams in the American League (AL) and 15 teams in the National League (NL), which are both divided into three divisions (East, Central, and West) of five teams each. Every division ranks the five teams by their win-loss record, and also includes their percentage of games won (Pct.) and how many teams they are behind the division leader (GB). More detailed standings may include a team’s home and away record, runs scored and allowed, and their current streak.
MLB standings provide a good indicator of how good a team is in comparison to the other teams in its division. For example, the NL East has been dominated by the Atlanta Braves in recent years, while by comparison, the AL East had four different winners between 2018 and 2021. The difficulty of predicting a division winner varies by decision.
Understanding the MLB standings can also help baseball bettors determine who the most offensively productive teams are in terms of runs scored. They can differentiate between good high-scoring teams and good low-scoring teams, which can be advantageous when placing total or over/under bets.