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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings for May 17

(Rankings through Friday’s games. Last week in parentheses.)

1. St. Louis Cardinals. Won two of three in Cleveland despite 40 strikeouts. (1)

2. Kansas City Royals. Defense and bullpen are so good. (2)

3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw on 100th win: “Kind of cool.” (5)

4. Houston Astros. Experts waiting for starting pitching to slide. Might be a long wait. (4)

5. Detroit Tigers. No. 400 puts Miggy at top of the list for Venezuelans. (7)

6. Chicago Cubs. Maddon’s magic working: It looks like the ‘08 Rays again. (8).

7. New York Yankees. Whitley could be looking at Tommy John surgery. (6)

8. Minnesota Twins. Great job by Molitor: Went 18-10 after 1-6 start. (9)

9. New York Mets. Swept at Wrigley, fell to 7-12 after 13-3 start. (3)

10. Washington Nationals. Took only 35 games for them to wake up. Beware, rest of NL East. (12)

11. Tampa Bay Rays. Drew less than 46,000 for FOUR games vs. Yankees. Move them to Montreal. (10)

12. San Diego Padres. First rain delay at Petco in four years. (14)

13. Los Angeles Angels. Trout making highlight-reel catches seemingly every night. (21)

14. Cincinnati Reds. Team Average thus far. (15)

15. San Francisco Giants. With 2.43 ERA, big bounceback season for Lincecum. (17)

16. Chicago White Sox. Rodon moves into rotation. (25)

17. Toronto Blue Jays. Treading water until Reyes is back at short and Bautista in outfield. (16)

18. Atlanta Braves. Middle-of-the-road offense heavily reliant on Freeman. (11)

19. Pittsburgh Pirates. Polanco’s pratfall at Wrigley goes right into blooper infamy. (19)

20. Boston Red Sox. Bad combination: 27th in batting average, 28th in ERA. (20)

21. Seattle Mariners. Cruz hits weekend as AL Triple Crown holder. (27)

22. Baltimore Orioles. Jones can’t do it all himself. (22)

23. Arizona Diamondbacks. Searching for late-inning relief help. (18)

24. Miami Marlins. Stanton pounds a 475-footer clear out of Dodger Stadium. (13)

25. Texas Rangers. After injury-plagued ‘14, Fielder pushing .350 thus far. (23)

26. Cleveland Indians. Consistently inconsistent: Haven’t won two straight since opening series. (28)

27. Colorado Rockies. With skid snapped at 11 games, time to trade Tulo. (24)

28. Philadelphia Phillies. Franco promoted after batting .355 for IL IronPigs. (29)

29. Oakland Athletics. Looks like GM Beane ran out of magic this time. (26)

30. Milwaukee Brewers. Started 5-5 under new skipper Counsell. (30)