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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

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

1. Boston Red Sox. Will franchise record for victories translate to fourth World Series title in 15 years? (1)

2. Houston Astros. After another 100-win season for the champs, it will be a tough chore to beat their rotation.  (2)

3. New York Yankees. Home run record moot if they can't beat A's on Wednesday. (4)

4. Oakland Athletics. First team in last 30 years to make playoffs with lowest payroll. (4)

5. Chicago Cubs.  Incredible battle with Brew Crew for NL Central title. (5)

6. Milwaukee Brewers.  In landing first postseason bid since 2011, Yelich may have wrapped up NL MVP. (7)

7. Colorado Rockies. First back-to-back playoff berths in franchise history. (10)

8. Cleveland Indians. Bad omen for playoffs: Just 23-31 against teams with winning records. (6)

9. Atlanta Braves.  They were at least a year early winning a division. (9)

10. Los Angeles Dodgers. Very dangerous in October -- assuming they get there. (12)

11. Tampa Bay Rays.  Amazing job by a bunch of no-names to push 90 wins. (13)

12. St. Louis Cardinals. Sweep at hands of Brewers killed their season. (8)

13. Seattle Mariners.  A good season not enough to end MLB's longest postseason drought. Now 17 years and counting. (11)

14. Pittsburgh Pirates. Winning season but Archer trade didn't net big results. (17)

15. Washington Nationals. Bet here is Scherzer loses Cy to Mets' DeGrom. (18)

16. Arizona Diamondbacks..  Lovullo's team started 21-8, flamed out in second half. (14)

17. Los Angeles Angels. Trout or Betts? Betts or Trout? Fascinating MVP vote at hand. (16)

18. Philadelphia Phillies.  Complete collapse in September with 6-20 mark, nine-game skid. (15)

19. Minnesota Twins.  Never came close to repeating wild-card run. (20)

20. New York Mets. Bravo to Wright for one final MLB appearance. (22)

21. Toronto Blue Jays.  Not many fired managers get the well-deserved salute beloved Gibbons got in final home game. (21)

22. San Francisco Giants.  GM Evans pays the ultimate price for another lost season. (19)

23. Texas Rangers.  Last-place finish meant end of the line for ex-Bison Banister. (23)

24. Cincinnati Reds.  Never recovered from 3-15 start. (24)

25. San Diego Padres.  Third straight 90-loss season. (28)

26. Detroit Tigers. Super sendoff for retiring Victor Martinez, a standout of '03 Bisons. (25)

27. Chicago White Sox.  "He gone". Retiring Hawk Harrelson will be missed at the mic. (26)

28. Miami Marlins. Stink: Now Jeter's real work starts. (27)

29. Kansas City Royals. Stinkier: With 100-plus losses, 2015 seems ages ago. (29)

30. Baltimore Orioles.  Stinkiest:  Went 19-62 on the road. (30)

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