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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

Through Thursday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses.

1. Cleveland Indians.  A streak for all time makes them the favorite for October. (3)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers.  Overlooked element to stunning collapse: Nine straight home losses after 52-14 start in Chavez Ravine. (1)

3. Houston Astros. Four years after going 51-111, clinched first division title since 2001. (2)

4. Washington Nationals.  Zimmerman sets career high with 34th homer.  (4)

5. Arizona Diamondbacks. In wake of Dodgers' struggles, Lovullo is NL Manager of the Year favorite. (5).

6. Boston Red Sox. Sale is first Red Sox pitcher to 300 Ks since Pedro in '99. (6)

7. Chicago Cubs. Rays gave Maddon a super tribute video in his return to the Trop. (7)

8. New York Yankees. If they win wild-card game, WNY fans will be all over a division series vs. Tribe. (9)

9. Colorado Rockies. In hold-on mode with Brewers and Cardinals charging. (8)

10. Milwaukee Brewers. One strike from victory, suffered killer home loss to Cubs in opener of showdown series. (11)

11. St. Louis Cardinals.  Still stalking Rockies for second wild-card. (13)

12. Minnesota Twins.  From 103 losses to wild-card spot heading into final week. (10)

13. Los Angeles Angels. Picked brutal time to face Indians (12)

14. Texas Rangers.  Still in the race but almost no margin for error. (15)

15. Seattle Mariners. Cano joins Kent (377) and Hornsby (301) as only 2B in 300-HR club. (17)

16. Kansas City Royals.  Moustakas breaks Balboni's 1985 franchise mark with 37th homer. (18)

17. Baltimore Orioles. Buck won't have to worry about forgetting to use Britton this October. (14)

18. Miami Marlins.  All eyes on Stanton's march to No. 60. (19)

19. Tampa Bay Rays. Durham wins Triple-A National Championship Game for second time in its history. (16)

20. Toronto Blue Jays. Due to starters' injuries and struggles, already set franchise mark for bullpen innings with 10 games left. (21)

21. Oakland Athletics.  Olson's 23 home runs most in history for a rookie in fewer than 80 games. (25)

22. Pittsburgh Pirates. How much longer until Penguins' season? (20)

23. San Diego Padres.  Renfroe's three-homer game is first by a rookie in franchise's 49 seasons. (23)

24. Atlanta Braves.  Likely headed to retirement, Dickey wins final home start for favorite childhood team. (22)

25. Cincinnati Reds. Barnhart signs four-year, $16-million extension. (26)

26. New York Mets.  Looks like we're heading into Collins' final week as manager. (24)

27. Detroit Tigers. Bummer to see ex-Bisons lefty Boyd fall one out shy of no-hitter. (27)

28. Chicago White Sox. Went 5-5 on 10-game road trip. (28)

29. Philadelphia Phillies. Hoskins entered weekend with 18 HRs, absurd 1.147 OPS in 45 games. (30)

30. San Francisco Giants. Current pace is 63-99 in bid to avoid first 100-loss season since '85. (29)

 

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