(Through Thursday’s games. Most recent ranking in parenthesis)
1. Chicago Cubs. Season-high win streak pushes pace to 103 wins. (1).
2. Washington Nationals. Werth’s on-base streak hits 40 games. (4)
3. Texas Rangers. Neck injuries end Fielder’s career with 319 HRs − same total as father. (7)
4. Cleveland Indians. Host Jays in big showdown opening Friday night. (2)
5. San Francisco Giants. Still atop division after 8-16 start to second half. (3)
6. Toronto Blue Jays. We’ll see how long, and how well, a six-man rotation works. So far, so good. (8)
7. Los Angeles Dodgers. From stardom to Triple-A: A massive fall from grace for Puig. (9)
8. Baltimore Orioles. Trumbo slam is MLB-leading 32nd homer of season. (6)
9. Boston Red Sox. Ortiz bobbledhead promotion shelved for doll’s racially offensive look. (5)
10. Seattle Mariners. Used big surge to get past Astros for second in AL West and clear role in wild-card hunt. (15)
11. Detroit Tigers. Tough loss in 15th in Seattle after scoring to take lead. (14)
12. Miami Marlins. They’re plenty good enough to stay in wild-card race for good. (10)
13. St. Louis Cardinals. Adams, Holliday join walking wounded. (13).
14. Houston Astros. Snapped slump by erupting for 25 runs in doubleheader sweep at Minnesota. (12).
15. Pittsburgh Pirates. Trip to PNC produced big rooting interest for Cheese Chester in Great Pierogi Race. (17)
16. New York Yankees. Girardi turned A-Rod’s final week into quite the mess. (16)
17. New York Mets. Heat turning up on Collins after disastrous Citi sweep by Diamondbacks. (11)
18. Kansas City Royals. At 9-1, Duffey has cut walks and become staff ace. (18)
19. Colorado Rockies. Six-game homestand this week … against Nationals and Cubs. Ouch. (19)
20. Chicago White Sox. Robertson remains waiver trade candidate. (20)
21. Philadelphia Phillies. Franco gets to 20 home runs. (21)
22. Milwaukee Brewers. Scored in every inning of win over Braves, a first in franchise annals. (25)
23. Oakland Athletics. Just acquired from Dodgers for Hill, prospect Jharel Cotton comes one out shy of perfect game in outing for Triple-A Nashville. (24)
24. Los Angeles Angels. Trout slumps, whole team slumps. (22)
25. San Diego Padres. Incredible rise for ex-Bison Schimpf to earn NL Rookie of the Month for July. (23)
26. Arizona Diamondbacks. Ran wild in New York, stealing 13 bases in three-game sweep. (26)
27. Tampa Bay Rays. Briefly fell behind Twins for AL’s worst record. (27)
28. Cincinnati Reds. Pen has given up 23 homers to first batter faced. Yikes. (28)
29. Minnesota Twins. Hoping to work out new deal to stay in Rochester (29)
30. Atlanta Braves. This week’s two-gamer with Twins a long way from ’91 World Series. (30).