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MLB Power Rankings: Cubs in prep mode as playoff jockeying continues

(Through Thursday's games. Last week in parenthesis)

1. Chicago Cubs. Need to avoid billy goats and Bartmans as postseason cranks up. (1).

2. Texas Rangers. Best record in AL means a lot: Entered weekend 52-26 at home. (2)

3. Washington Nationals. Sick bay grows: Ramos injury is potentially devastating. (4)

4. Boston Red Sox. Love image of Big Papi mowed into Fenway's CF grass for final series. (3)

5. Cleveland Indians. Pitching injuries have opponents eyeing them as best playoff foe. (5)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers. A division-winning walkoff home run was Scully's last call in Chavez Ravine. (6)

7. Baltimore Orioles. Showalter's crew bounces back with two key wins in Toronto. (9)

8. Toronto Blue Jays. Fans fearing reprisal of famed 1987 final-week collapse out of the playoffs. (7)

9. Detroit Tigers. Good chance they'll need to play Monday makeup vs. Tribe. (8)

10. New York Mets. Pure class the way they handled Fernandez tributes in Miami. (10)

11. Seattle Mariners. Solid under-the-radar job from first-year manager Servais. (14)

12. San Francisco Giants. Need wins against Dodgers, who don't have much to play for. (12)

13. St. Louis Cardinals. Will rue horrible home record if they don't get in. (11).

14. Houston Astros. Running out of time in uphill climb from awful April. (13).

15. New York Yankees. Great sendoff for Teixeira, great sendoff for Big Papi. (15)

16. Miami Marlins. They get this number for a far greater reason than baseball. RIP, Jose. (18)

17. Kansas City Royals. Fourth straight year defending Series champion has missed postseason entirely. (16)

18. Pittsburgh Pirates. Have just been Team Average most of the year. (17)

19. Chicago White Sox. Ventura noncommittal about return, although ownership is open to it. (20)

20. Colorado Rockies. Arenado joins Pujols as only players since 1940 with 125+ RBIs in two straight seasons under age 26. (19)

21. Los Angeles Angels. Team's record will damage Trout's MVP candidacy, even though it shouldn't. (23)

22. Philadelphia Phillies. Final weekend for Howard, last connection to '08 Series champs. (21)

23. Milwaukee Brewers. Could also be final weekend for Braun, who continues to draw big trade interest. (22)

24. San Diego Padres. Bon voyage to Dick Enberg, also a voice to the NFL, basketball and Breakfast at Wimbledon. (27)

25. Cincinnati Reds. Didn't get replay review they deserved on Cards' walkoff win. (28)

26. Oakland Athletics. Ex-Bison Graveman made 31 starts, finished 10-11. (24)

27. Arizona Diamondbacks. Miller completes horrible season with 11 scoreless innings. (26)

28. Tampa Bay Rays. Archer beats White Sox, avoids 20th loss. (25)

29. Atlanta Braves. Farewell to Turner Field, where record was just 1-7 in NL Division Series since berth in '99 World Series. (29).

30. Minnesota Twins. Farewell and good riddance to worst season ever. (30).

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