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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings for Sept. 27

(Rankings through Friday’s games. Most recent in parentheses)

1. St. Louis Cardinals. Sigh of relief that Molina’s thumb injury is not severe. (1)

2. Pittsburgh Pirates. Three straight postseasons after 20 years of losing. (2)

3. Chicago Cubs. Tough makeup game vs. Royals Monday night at Wrigley. (4)

4. Kansas City Royals. Davis takes over as closer from ailing Holland. (3)

5. Toronto Blue Jays. Quite a ride from 50-51 to first playoff berth since 1993. (5)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers. Big grand slam for Heisey, who spent 17 games with Bisons this summer. (6)

7. New York Mets. Gasping to the finish line as Harvey affair causes huge distraction. (7)

8. New York Yankees. For Yogi: No. 8 is an honor this week. His life is over – but his legacy ain’t. (8)

9. Texas Rangers. Trade impact: Hamels went 5-1, 3.41 in first 10 starts. (9)

10. Houston Astros. After a summer of first place, slipped into real danger of missing playoffs entirely. (11)

11. San Francisco Giants. Look up video of Bumgarner-West staredown Thursday in San Diego. Hilarious. (10)

12. Los Angeles Angels. Looked like they were out of it. Wrong. (14)

13. Minnesota Twins. Have three players (Plouffe, Hunter, Dozier) batting under .250 but with more than 70 runs batted in. (12)

14. Washington Nationals. Injuries, poor managing wasted all the talent. (13)

15. Baltimore Orioles. Did final damage to Nationals in DC. (16)

16. Cleveland Indians. Can’t get over .500, barely on fringe of wild-card race. (15).

17. Seattle Mariners. At 32, Cano becomes just 14th player to get 2,000th hit in first 11 seasons. (17)

18. Tampa Bay Rays. Longoria just fourth 3B in history to post 20-homer season in seven of first eight years. (18)

19. Arizona Diamondbacks. Host Astros in what figures to be crucial three-game season finale. (20)

20. Boston Red Sox. Assistant GM and former Indians minor-league exec Hazen a good choice for GM. (19)

21. Chicago White Sox. Sale gets 1,000th strikeout but falls in Bronx. (21)

22. San Diego Padres. Oh My! Legendary TV voice Enberg to retire after 2016. (22)

23. Detroit Tigers. Victor Martinez becomes sixth Venezuelan with 200 career home runs. (23)

24. Miami Marlins. Goofy team, goofy front office, goofy outfield fish statue. (24)

25. Oakland Athletics. Zito-Hudson matchup Saturday was throwback to early 2000s. (25)

26. Milwaukee Brewers. Eyebrows up with hiring of 30-year-old Boy Wonder GM Stearns. (26)

27. Cincinnati Reds. Phillips entered weekend at .295, looking to hit .300 for first time since 2011. (27)

28. Colorado Rockies. UB’s Murphy goes 6 for 20 with three homers, eight RBIs in first six games. (28). 

29. Atlanta Braves. Thanks to Freeman’s ninth-inning blast, stunned Mets by taking two of three games in Queens. (29)

30. Philadelphia Phillies. Baseball lifer Mackanin gets interim manager tag removed. (30)