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Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses.

1. Houston Astros. All roads to AL spot in World Series go through Minute Maid Park, where they were MLB-best 60-21. (2)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Prohibitive favorite to reach World Series but hoping to avoid first three-peat string of losses since 1911-13 NY Giants. (3)

3. New York Yankees.  With two games left, had 305-303 lead on Twins in race for all-time HR lead in a season. (1)

4. Minnesota Twins. Just second 100-win season in franchise history -- and first since 1965.  (4)

5. Atlanta Braves. Groin strain ends Acuna's 40-40 bid at 41 homers, 37 steals. (5)

6. Oakland Athletics. Dropped into tie with Rays for wild-card host after walkoff loss in Seattle. (6)

7. Tampa Bay Rays. First trip to playoffs since 2013 but fifth since 2008. (7)

8. Washington Nationals.  Amazing turnaround from 19-31 but perennial question remains: Do they ever get to the NLCS? (10)

9. St. Louis Cardinals.  Desperately trying to hold off Brewers down the stretch. (9)

10. Cleveland Indians.  Could finish with their most wins in a non-playoff year since 1921. (8)

11. Milwaukee Brewers.  With Central title in reach, gave up 11 runs in opener of critical series at Colorado. (11)

12. Boston Red Sox. Ownership announces it wants payroll under $208M next year. Farewell, Mookie and J.D. ? (13)

13. New York Mets. Historic rookie year for Alonso won't carry into October. (14)

14. Arizona Diamondbacks. Fine job by Lovullo & Co. to finish second in NL West after offseason trade of Goldschmidt. (15)

15. Chicago Cubs. Complete collapse marks end of Maddon era. (12)

16. Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler will almost certainly pay with his job after colossal disappointment. (16)

17. San Francisco Giants. Pillar wins team's Willie McCovey Award for Most Inspirational Player. (18)

18. Texas Rangers.  Farewell, Globe Life Park (1994-2019). Hello, Globe Life Field in 2020. (17)

19. Cincinnati Reds. Legendary radio voice Marty Brennaman signs off after 46 seasons. (19)

20. Los Angeles Angels.  Wonder if they kick Ausmus out the door to bring back Maddon. (20)

21. Chicago White Sox. Derailed Indians' playoff hopes by taking final two games of series. (22)

22. San Diego Padres. With Machado and so many prospects on board, big decision looms on manager. (21)

23. Colorado Rockies. Tapia's pinch-hit grand slam derails Brewers' division charge. (23)

24. Seattle Mariners.  Solid year for UB product Murphy, who enters weekend at .270-18-40. (24)

25. Pittsburgh Pirates. No word yet on Hurdle but ownership doesn't like writing checks to finish contracts. (25)

26. Toronto Blue Jays. MLB-record six rookies hit 10+ home runs -- and all were Bisons alums. (26)

27. Kansas City Royals. Yost heads into retirement with all the memories of '14 and '15. (27)

28. Miami Marlins.  Mattingly got his extension, but reportedly agreed to pay cut to do it. (28)

29. Baltimore Orioles. Nunez gets to 30 HRs during Friday's win at Fenway. (29)

30. Detroit Tigers. Pity the season ticket-holders: Team went 22-59 at home. (30)

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