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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings (May 22)

(Through Thursday night’s games, last week in parentheses)

1. Chicago Cubs. As 4-5 bump in road shows, you’re not going 24-6 every 30 games. (1).

2. Chicago White Sox. First team since 1978 Astros to turn two triple plays before June 1. (2)

3. Baltimore Orioles. Unheralded winter trade for Trumbo looking huge so far. (5)

4. Washington Nationals. Mets give Murphy ring, video, ovation – and he takes Harvey deep. (3)

5. Boston Red Sox. Big Papi on the road to one of best over-40 seasons ever. (6)

6. Philadelphia Phillies. Third-best record in NL makes them the biggest surprise so far. (12)

7. San Francisco Giants. A 7-0 roadie to Arizona and San Diego was their best since 1913. (13)

8. Seattle Mariners. Cano quickly transitioning from free-agent flop to MVP candidate. (7)

9. Cleveland Indians. Pounded out 43 runs in four-game demolition of Reds. (10)

10. New York Mets. Chronic spinal issues dogging Wright at plate and on throws from third. (4)

11. Pittsburgh Pirates. Cole says Cubs aren’t MLB’s best team. We’ll see. (8)

12. St. Louis Cardinals. Have already scored in double figures nine times, equaling their 2015 total. (17).

13. Texas Rangers. Guess all the talk in Toronto they had moved past Bat Flip Game was bunk. (11)

14. Miami Marlins. Yankees blew it by letting hot-hitting Prado go and keeping Headley. (9)

15. Kansas City Royals. Went 20-20 in first 40. When do champs kick it into gear? (15)

16. Los Angeles Dodgers. Hard to believe you can hover around .500 with Kershaw on your staff. (18)

17. Tampa Bay Rays. Outscored Jays, 31-7, in emphatic three-game sweep at Rogers Centre. (20)

18. Colorado Rockies. Chatwood with very un-Coors like 3.20 ERA. (19)

19. Detroit Tigers. Entered weekend 6-0 vs. Twins and 13-21 vs. everybody else. (16)

20. Los Angeles Angels. Have rebounded to go 6-1, including three of four against Dodgers. (22)

21. Toronto Blue Jays. Offense is too quiet: Have 0-19 record when giving up 4-plus runs. (14)

22. Oakland Athletics. Gray’s 5.84 ERA is hard to figure. (21)

23. Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s not 2001 anymore but Yankees struggled again at Chase Field. (25)

24. New York Yankees. At current rate, Girardi will overuse three-headed bullpen monster. (26)

25. Milwaukee Brewers. Fell one-run shy of three-game sweep of Cubs. (28)

26. San Diego Padres. Black hole at catcher with Norris batting .175 in 120 at-bats. (24)

27. Houston Astros. Perhaps winning two of three from White Sox can start a turnaround. (27).

28. Cincinnati Reds. Bullpen reaching levels of historic ineptitude. (23)

29. Minnesota Twins. Entered weekend 3-13 in May, 10-30 overall. How long can Molitor last? (29)

30. Atlanta Braves. Unlike Ted Nolan, Gonzalez couldn’t even make it through The Tank. (30).