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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings: Vin-sanity the focus in LA, wild-card races elsehwere

(Through Friday's games. Most recent in parenthesis)

1. Chicago Cubs. Headed for first 100-win season since 1935. (1).

2. Texas Rangers. Division Series grudge match with Blue Jays in offing if Toronto wins wild card game. (2)

3. Boston Red Sox. Key to the standings: Entered weekend 23-9 vs. AL East since July 1. (5)

4. Washington Nationals. Third NL East title in five years but still looking for first playoff series win since '81 Expos. (3)

5. Cleveland Indians. Injuries to Salazar, Carrasco cripple rotation heading into postseason. (4)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers. For Scully's final weekend at home, a microphone is painted on Dodger Stadium grass as the 'I' in 'Vin". (6)

7. Toronto Blue Jays. Florida reports say $81 million renovation of Dunedin spring complex is in the offing. (8)

8. Detroit Tigers. Starting pitching options make them dangerous if they're a wild card. (9)

9. Baltimore Orioles. Swept in four-game set at home by Red Sox for first time since 2002. (7)

10. New York Mets. Hot streak suddenly stopped with home sweep by Braves. (11)

11. St. Louis Cardinals.  In thick of race for sixth straight playoff berth. (12).

12. San Francisco Giants. Too many bullpen issues to last in postseason -- if they get there. (10)

13. Houston Astros. Open massive three-gamer vs. Mariners at home on Monday. (15).

14. Seattle Mariners. Safeco was taken over by Blue Jays fans from Vancouver area. (14)

15. New York Yankees. Expectations will soar for Sanchez at start of next season. (13)

16. Kansas City Royals. End of their two-year run atop the AL is at hand. (16)

17. Pittsburgh Pirates. Hopes squashed for fourth straight wild card berth. (18)

18. Miami Marlins. Still alive for first winning season since 2009. (17)

19. Colorado Rockies. Five home runs in first 29 at-bats for UB's Murphy since callup. (19)

20. Chicago White Sox. Housecleaning likely after fast start got frittered away. (20)

21. Philadelphia Phillies. Plenty of good talent as Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Double-A Reading both make playoffs. (21)

22. Milwaukee Brewers. At least the parking lot brats are always worth the trip. (22)

23. Los Angeles Angels. Pujols will become ninth 600-HR man early next season. (23)

24. Oakland Athletics. This isn't 1974. Football lines on Coliseum field look ridiculous these days. (24)

25. Tampa Bay Rays. Hard to believe that Archer is tied for MLB lead with 18 losses. (25)

26. Arizona Diamondbacks. Greinke is 13-7 but a 4.37 ERA was not what all the big money was supposed to produce. (27)

27. San Diego Padres. Hope for future: El Paso affiliate won PCL title, lost to Scranton in Triple-A title game. (26)

28. Cincinnati Reds. Pitching staff has allowed MLB-record 244 home runs. (28)

29. Atlanta Braves. Enciarte climbs fence to steal walkoff homer from Mets' Cespedes. (29).

30. Minnesota Twins. Fewer than 1,000 fans on hand for midweek makeup vs. Tigers. They knew they weren't missing much. (30).

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