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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

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

1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Sudden slide sparks questions about October staying power. (1)

2. Houston Astros. This may be the year for Altuve's MVP award. (3)

3. Cleveland Indians. Outscored foes, 76-22, in sweeping 11-game roadie that forged record winning streak. (4)

4. Washington Nationals.  Will hit finish line of their NL East runaway on current homestand. (2)

5. Arizona Diamondbacks. Lovullo closing gap on Roberts for NL Manager of the Year. (6).

6. Boston Red Sox. Apple Watchgate shows they believe in the Patriot Way too. (5)

7. Chicago Cubs. Showdown with Brewers marks first Friday night game in Wrigley Field history. (7)

8. Colorado Rockies. A 4-17 collapse put seemingly sure wild-card in jeopardy . (8)

9. New York Yankees. RIP to former GM Gene Michael, architect of the Core Four and 90s dynasty. (9)

10. Minnesota Twins.  Clutch three-run ninth at KC keeps them in second wild-card slot. (10)

11. Milwaukee Brewers.  Might be last-chance time for both division and wild-card with Cubs in town. (11)

12. Los Angeles Angels. Scioscia uses AL-record 12 pitchers in 11-inning win at Oakland. (15)

13. St. Louis Cardinals. Stayed alive in playoff chase with 7-3 road trip. (14)

14. Baltimore Orioles. Dropped first series to Yankees in Camden Yards since 2013. (13)

15. Texas Rangers. Crunch time: Play 13 straight vs. Yankees, Mariners, Angels. (16)

16. Tampa Bay Rays.  Slipped below .500, time running out on wild-card hopes. (15)

17. Seattle Mariners. Open brutal stretch Monday of 13 in a row vs. Rangers, Astros and Indians. (18)

18. Kansas City Royals.  Had a nice run but slipped below .500 and are just about toast. (19)

19. Miami Marlins.  Baseball doesn't mean much in South Florida this weekend. (17)

2o. Pittsburgh Pirates. Dropped final two of series with Cubs after four-game winning streak. (20)

21. Toronto Blue Jays. Bisons fans know first-hand how lack of depth KO'd season when injuries struck. (21)

22. Atlanta Braves. Solid gesture in offering free tickets to Irma evacuees from Florida with Marlins in town. (22)

23. San Diego Padres.  Quartet on the mound pitched 11-hit shutout -- yes, 11 -- to salvage finale against Cardinals. (23)

24 New York Mets. Wright has shoulder surgery, insists he's mounting another comeback. (25)

25. Oakland Athletics.  Angels not happy with Chapman's sign-stealing attempts. (26)

26. Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton fractures thumb, still hopes to play in final two weeks. (27)

27. Detroit Tigers. Mahtook makes YouTube forever by flubbing home run over Comerica fence. (24)

28. Chicago White Sox. Crushed by red-hot Tribe in four-game set. (28)

29. San Francisco Giants. Panik sets franchise mark with 12 hits in three-game series vs, Rockies.

30. Philadelphia Phillies.  Herrera is first in MLB with 20-game hit streak this season. (30)

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