Graph of the Day: Are Rich Teams Dominating?

Buster Olney thinks so.  As another look, here are expected winning percentages from the BtB Power Rankings (as of Tuesday 4 August) plotted against current payrolls, as reported by Cot's.

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A fun sidebar to this is that you can use the residual (vertical distance from the data point to the best fit line) as an (imperfect) indicator of how efficiently a team is run.

"Best" Teams: Rays, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Red Sox, Rockies

"Worst" Teams: Reds, Mets, Astros, Padres, Cubs

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