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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses)

1. Boston Red Sox. Are 45-19 vs. AL East while Yankees are just 34-26. (1)

2. New York Yankees. With Judge still ailing, McCutchen deal is last-minute attempt to fill a hole. (3)

3. Houston Astros. Hinch gets four-year extension.  (2)

4. Chicago Cubs. NL-best 44-24 mark at Wrigley has them on Easy Street for postseason.  (5)

5. Oakland Athletics. Living off MLB-best 27-11 record in one-run games.(4)

6. Cleveland Indians. Bullpen issues troublesome, even during cruise to AL Central three-peat. (12)

7. St. Louis Cardinals.  Shildt's quick turnaround gets interim tag removed. (17)

8. Atlanta Braves. Ex-Bison Duda provides a power bat from the left side. (9)

9. Seattle Mariners. Need big September to avoid playoff drought hitting 17 years.(6)

10. Milwaukee Brewers. Bad luck of MLB schedule: Only three games remaining with Cardinals as they battle for wild card. (7)

11. Arizona Diamondbacks.. Need more offense: Broke three runs just one time in seven-game stretch. (10)

12. Colorado Rockies. In the race -- with better record on road than at Coors. (14)

13. Los Angeles Dodgers.  Could not have expected to be in the thick of three-game battle in NL West. (11)

14. Philadelphia Phillies.  Can't make the playoffs when you're nine games under .500 on the road. (8)

15. Tampa Bay Rays.  Dealt ace and still went 17-10 in August (15)

16. Washington Nationals. End of an era with no results. Should have been sellers at deadline. (16)

17. San Francisco Giants.  See Nationals: GM Sabean simmering after another lost season.  (18)

18. Los Angeles Angels. Pujols out for season with knee injury, but Ohtani returning to the mound. (19)

19. Pittsburgh Pirates. Archer trade provided no postseason push. (13)

20. Minnesota Twins.  Have 17 September games against Royals, Tigers, White Sox. Utter yawn. (20)

21. Toronto Blue Jays. Utter embarrassment to get swept in Baltimore. (21)

Inside Baseball: Service-time game with prospects needs to end

22. New York Mets. Wright's rehab hits Triple-A, with one last hurrah at Citi Field possible. (26)

23. Texas Rangers. Beltre passes Gwynn and Yount, moves into 16th place on all-time hit list. (23)

24. Cincinnati Reds. Riggleman's status uncertain as finish line nears. (22)

25. Detroit Tigers. Final month of 1,900-game MLB career for Victor Martinez, called up from Bisons to Cleveland in '03. (24)

26. Chicago White Sox. Every Kopech start will be an event in September. (28)

27. Miami Marlins. Doesn't look like Jeter's crew will catch Mets, escape NL cellar. (25)

28. San Diego Padres. Stink: No excuse to slip below Marlins for NL's worst record. (27)

29. Kansas City Royals. Stinkier: On pace for 111 losses three years after winning World Series. (29)

30. Baltimore Orioles.  Stinkiest: Could break '98 Marlins' record of 52 games out of first place. (30)

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