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Mike Harrington’s MLB Power Rankings (June 18)

(Through Friday’s games. Last week’s rankings in parenthesis)

1. Chicago Cubs. Starters ERA is outrageous 2.28; no team has finished under 2.43 since 1920. (1).

2. Washington Nationals. With Papelbon down, Petit answers call to post second career save in 178th relief appearance. (2)

3. Texas Rangers. Lewis carries no-hitter into ninth inning in Oakland. (3)

4. San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner and Cueto in 28 starts: 18-3, 2.01 ERA, 197 Ks, 46 walks. (5)

5. Boston Red Sox. Big Papi emotional after 521st home run, tying Ted Williams. (6)

6. Baltimore Orioles. Blue Jays poking holes in starting pitching. (4)

7. Toronto Blue Jays. Look out, opponents: Scored in double figures five times in seven games. (14)

8. Cleveland Indians. Leading division but you wonder about back end of bullpen. (7)

9. New York Mets. Second straight lost season for Wright, headed for neck surgery. (8)

10. Seattle Mariners. King Felix lands on DL for first time since ‘08 with calf strain. (9)

11. St. Louis Cardinals. Adams pushing .350 in last 30 games, about to have ABs to qualify for batting title. (10).

12. Kansas City Royals. Harshest home/road split in the majors at 23-8/13-23. (18)

13. Los Angeles Dodgers. Roberts tells media they’ll make the playoffs and adds, “Tweet that.” (11)

14. Miami Marlins. A five-pitcher, one-hitter stymies Rockies. (13)

15. Detroit Tigers. Fulmer’s 32∑ straight scoreless innings longest for a rookie since Valenzuela (15)

16. Pittsburgh Pirates. Cervelli injured, offense struggling, record has slipped below .500. (12)

17. New York Yankees. Sabathia’s 0.82 ERA is best in the bigs since May 1. (16)

18. Chicago White Sox. Stunning fall from 23-10 start to fourth in AL Central. (17)

19. Colorado Rockies. Still pushing to get to .500. (23)

20. Tampa Bay Rays. Supported Orlando with 40,135 on Pride Night, largest regular-season crowd since ‘06 opener. (20)

21. Milwaukee Brewers. Where and when does Braun get dealt? (21)

22. Houston Astros. Have 13 one-run losses, most in the AL. (22).

23. Arizona Diamondbacks. Tied franchise mark with six homers in rout of Phils. (26)

24. Los Angeles Angels. Awaiting a run that hasn’t happened and wasting another prime Trout season. (24)

25. Oakland Athletics. Ex-Bison Gravemen goes season-high seven innings against Angels. (25)

26. Philadelphia Phillies. Looking as inept as everyone predicted in the spring. (19)

27. San Diego Padres. Myers named to join alums Hoffman and Winfield as All-Star Week ambassadors. (27)

28. Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton back after missing eight games with concussion. (28)

29. Atlanta Braves. A real, live three-game winning streak. (29).

30. Minnesota Twins. Are on pace to lose 114, most since ’03 Tigers. (30)