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Mike Harrington’s Power Rankings (May 8)

(Through Friday night’s games, last week in parentheses)

1. Chicago Cubs. Second baseman Zobrist erupts for 14 RBIs in five-game stretch. (1).

2. Chicago White Sox. Sale, Latos, Quintana entered weekend with combined 15-1 record. (5)

3. Washington Nationals. Four starters with ERAs under 2.40 – and Scherzer isn’t one of them. (2)

4. New York Mets. There was no way to anticipate this kind of every-day power. (12)

5. Baltimore Orioles. Machado at .342 with OPS still over 1.000. (4)

6. Boston Red Sox. Ump’s horrid strike zone prompts Big Papi meltdown in Bronx. (19)

7. Seattle Mariners. Cano is first in MLB to 30 RBIs. (17)

8. Pittsburgh Pirates. With Cubs rolling, might be playing for fourth straight wild-card. (14)

9. Miami Marlins. Stanton wallops a 475-footer as Fish win 11th out of 12. (27)

10. Cleveland Indians. Back-to-back three-game sweeps of Tigers. (13)

11. Texas Rangers. More trouble in Toronto with three straight losses. (6)

12. Philadelphia Phillies. Biggest surprise over the first month. (24)

13. San Francisco Giants. The Say Hey Kid turned 85 on Friday. (18)

14. Toronto Blue Jays. Hard to believe the team batting average entering the weekend was just .237. (21)

15. Kansas City Royals. Two runs or less in six out of eight games. (3)

16. Detroit Tigers. Have slid back to .500. (9)

17. St. Louis Cardinals. Transition year at hand, already facing eight-game deficit in division. (10).

18. Los Angeles Dodgers. Jays’ Barney is latest victim of Puig’s highlight reel of throws from right field. (7)

19. Colorado Rockies. Odd to see 10 road wins but just 4-8 record at Coors. (11)

20. Tampa Bay Rays. Zero chatter but still hanging around in AL East. (23)

21. Oakland Athletics. AL-high 11 home losses is a major concern. (8)

22. Los Angeles Angels. Massive blow for rotation as Richards will need Tommy John surgery. (20)

23. Cincinnati Reds. Bullpen ends MLB-record streak of giving up a run in 23 straight games. (16)

24. San Diego Padres. Balloting open for All-Star Game at Petco. (26)

25. Arizona Diamondbacks. La Russa dismisses speculation Hale’s time as manager is nearing an end. (15)

26. New York Yankees. Bad alphabet combos: A-Rod and CC hit the DL on back-to-back days (25)

27. Houston Astros. Keuchel’s ERA is 5.11 over six starts (28).

28. Milwaukee Brewers. Long summer ahead, so the bratwurst better be good. (22)

29. Minnesota Twins. Going nowhere 2-13 on road. (30)

30. Atlanta Braves. Going nowhere with 1-13 home record. (29)