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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings (April 24)

(Through Thursday’s games. Last week’s rankings in parentheses)

1. Chicago Cubs. Arrieta’s mind-boggling last 24 starts: 20-1, 0.86 ERA, two no-nos. (2).

2. Washington Nationals. Harper has more HRs (8) than strikeouts (7), slugging at .849 clip. (1)

3. Kansas City Royals. Are 5-1 in AL Central and might dominate in division all season. (3)

4. Baltimore Orioles. AL-high 25 HRs, .510 slugging pct. in first 14 games. (4)

5. Chicago White Sox. Sale is 4-0, 1.80 with 26 Ks, 3 walks in 30 innings. (5)

6. Texas Rangers. Support for Big D in the playoffs: Tweeted team photo of players wearing Stars and Mavs’ jerseys. (12)

7.  Los Angeles Dodgers. Maeda, Kershaw dominant as starters, Jansen 7 for 7 in saves.  (7)

8. Oakland Athletics. Sweep in Bronx produced fourth 6-0 start on road in franchise history. (25)

9. Detroit Tigers. Miggy with just one homer, .232 average in first 56 at-bats. (6)

10. St. Louis Cardinals. No continuity yet, with 15 lineups in first 15 games. (8).

11. Colorado Rockies. Inevitable cooldown for Story: One homer in last 35 at-bats. (13)

12. New York Mets. One home run in first six home games – but 20 HRs in first eight away from Citi Field. (18)

13. Cleveland Indians. Lindor picking right up where he left off last season. (16)

14. Pittsburgh Pirates. Take MLB-best .291 average into four games at hitters-paradise Coors Field starting Monday. (19)

16. Arizona Diamondbacks. At 7-3, only Cubs have more road wins thus far. (26)

16. Cincinnati Reds. No-hitter by Arrieta first against them in regular season since Phils’ Wise in 1971. (20)

17. Seattle Mariners. Cano bounces back from 2-for-20 slump with nine hits, seven RBIs in next seven games. (21)

18. San Francisco Giants. First trip back to the Bay for Bonds as Marlins’ hitting coach. (10)

19. Boston Red Sox. Paid a lot of money for Price not to have a 7.06 ERA in four starts. (9)

20. Los Angeles Angels. Slow Aprils are a Mike Scioscia special. (11)

21. Toronto Blue Jays. Season-opening run of AL East foes ended with disappointing 8-9 record. (14)

22. Milwaukee Brewers. That ugly team ERA of 5.52 won’t get the job done. (23) 

23. Tampa Bay Rays. Starters entered weekend just 2-7. (27)

24. Philadelphia Phillies. With a .214 batting average and just 42 runs in 16 games, a 7-9 record is pretty good. (24)

25. New York Yankees. Offense a disaster, falling into 2-for-50 rut in RISP situations. (15)

26. San Diego Padres. Bizarre first 16 games: Scored 32 runs in three games at Coors, just 29 runs in other 13. (28)

27. Miami Marlins. Spooked by the psychedelic statue? Just 2-7 at home thus far. (22)

28. Houston Astros. Outfield contributions weak with both Gomez, Springer in major struggles. (17)

29. Atlanta Braves. Won four straight after 0-9 start. (30)

30. Minnesota Twins. Mauer off to solid .340 start. (29)