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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parenthesis.

1. Houston Astros. Hard to believe any team could go 27-8 in first 35 road games. (1)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Jansen is automatic: 4-0 with 15 saves, 50 Ks, no walks, 0.91 ERA (3)

3. Arizona Diamondbacks. Bludgeoned Rockies for 26 runs in taking last two of series. (4)

4. Colorado Rockies. Even in a 5-2 stretch, big struggles for rotation (2)

5. Washington Nationals. Once Scherzer lost no-hitter, Dusty can't leave him in to lose the game. (5)

6. Boston Red Sox. Big Papi's No. 34 gets hung forever on Fenway facade. (7)

7. Cleveland Indians. Bats booming during 8-2 stretch that's taking control of AL Central. (10)

8. New York Yankees. Torres injury in Buffalo one of the big blots in an awful week. (6)

9. Milwaukee Brewers. Knebel update: 0.96 ERA, 12-15 in saves, 65 Ks in 38 innings. (9)

10. Tampa Bay Rays. In second wild-card spot through 75 games. No one saw that coming. (12)

11. Minnesota Twins. Sano making the faraway upper deck at Target Field look like an easy target (8)

12. Chicago Cubs. Trending upward but 11-game roadie will be a tough stretch. (11)

13. Seattle Mariners. Hit weekend 24-14 at Safeco, tied for AL lead in home wins. (19)

14. Los Angeles Angels. Did plenty of bombing during two wins in the Bronx. (13)

15. Texas Rangers. One of seven AL clubs to enter weekend at or within two games of .500. (14)

16. Kansas City Royals. Just 20 months after ALCS showdown, host Jays with both teams under .500. (16)

17. Baltimore Orioles. Better make a move for another starter fast. Maybe two. (18)

18. Toronto Blue Jays. Made Bautista their leadoff hitter  in desperation move. (17)

19. St. Louis Cardinals. So they're really going to be below .500 all season? Hard to figure. (20)

20. Atlanta Braves. Not in playoff hunt but second in NL East would be a huge accomplishment. (24)

21. Pittsburgh Pirates. They think they're still in it. They're not. (27)

22. Miami Marlins. Like Trout in Anaheim, Stanton seems wasted here with a bad team. (21)

23. Chicago White Sox. With NHL Draft on West Side, Buehrle's No. 56 gets retired Saturday on South Side. (22)

24. Detroit Tigers. Six-game skid drops them to AL Central cellar. (15)

25. New York Mets. Allowed franchise-record 15 home runs in four-game beatdown by Dodgers. (23)

26. Oakland Athletics. Another new stadium model revealed. Will it ever get done? (26)

27. Cincinnati Reds. You wonder if this is the year Votto is finally moved. (25)

28. San Diego Padres. Lineup at Wrigley was the most who-are-these-guys collection you've ever seen. (28)

29. San Francisco Giants. Amazing they fell 20 games out of first place before July. (29)

30. Philadelphia Phillies. Having 1-13 stretches in your season will quickly turn you into a 100-loss team.(30)

 

 

 

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