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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

Through Friday's games. Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Cleveland Indians.  Join 1954 and 1995 teams in winning 100+. First two lost World Series. (1)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers.  Went 10-6 after ending 11-game losing streak. (2)

3. Houston Astros.  Behind red-hot Verlander (5-0, 1.06), gave MLB a first since '03 by becoming third 100-win team. (3)

4. Washington Nationals.  Harper returns just in time for the postseason. (4)

5. Arizona Diamondbacks. Dodgers hoping they get knocked off in wild-card game. (5).

6. Boston Red Sox.  Oddly under the radar as postseason approaches. (6)

7. Chicago Cubs.  Dangerous again as first reigning Series champs to make playoffs since '12 Cardinals. (7)

8. New York Yankees. Looks like it will be In Severino We Trust for wild-card showdown with Twins. (8)

9. Colorado Rockies.  Blackmon sets MLB record with 101st RBI from leadoff slot. (9)

10. Minnesota Twins. Molitor engineers remarkable turnaround from 103 losses to postseason in one year. (12)

11. Milwaukee Brewers.  Counsell told team to pack for 10 days, hoping to get all the way to division series in LA. (10)

12. St. Louis Cardinals.  Two straight playoff misses for first time since 2007-08. (11)

13. Kansas City Royals. Final weekend for key core members of '14-15 Series teams: Hosmer, Cain, Moustakas, Escobar. (16)

14. Los Angeles Angels. Trout joins A-Rod, Foxx, Mantle as only ALers to reach 200 HRs by age 26. (13)

15. Texas Rangers. Ground broken for retractable-roofed Globe Life Field, to open in 2020. (14)

16. Tampa Bay Rays.  Longoria joins Eddie Mathews as only 3B to hit 20 HRs nine times in first 10 seasons. (19)

17. Seattle Mariners. Cruz pushing for fourth straight 40-HR season. (15)

18. Miami Marlins. Giancarlo's road to 60 should lead to an MVP. (18)

19. Baltimore Orioles.  Alvarez gets video tribute in return to Pittsburgh. (17)

20. Toronto Blue Jays. Hernandez takes huge advantage of Bisons callup with eight homers, 20 RBIs in September. (20)

21. Oakland Athletics. No move to Mets: Melvin agrees to extension through '19.  (21)

22. Pittsburgh Pirates. Barely avoided first 90-loss season since 2011. (22)

23. Atlanta Braves. After 10-10 record in 31 starts, knuckleballer Dickey pondering retirement at age 42. (24)

24. San Diego Padres.  Lost at least 85 games for seventh straight season. (23)

25. New York Mets.  Collins says he's not ready for retirement, even if Un-Amazins move on from him. (26)

26. Cincinnati Reds.  Votto poised to become first Cincy player to start all 162 since Rose in 1975. (25)

27. Chicago White Sox. Hawk Harrelson broadcasting final road series this weekend in Cleveland; set to retire after 20 home games in '18. (28)

28. Philadelphia Phillies. Neris' 20 straight saves is club's longest run since Lidge in 2008. (30)

29. Detroit Tigers. Complete collapse after Verlander trade led to Ausmus' outster. (27)

30. San Francisco Giants.  Final outing Saturday for retiring Cain, mound hero of '12 Series champs. (29)

 

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