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John McGrath’s MLB power rankings

1. St. Louis Cardinals (1): Third baseman Matt Carpenter appears revived from four-day layoff for “extreme fatigue.”

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (4): Going into weekend, Dodgers had won 10 consecutive home series dating to last September. Franchise record is 11.

3. Kansas City Royals (2): Starters must start going deeper into starts in order for Royals to preserve their lights-out bullpen.

4. Detroit Tigers (3): Miguel Cabrera loves day games. Entering weekend, he had hit all eight of his homers under the sun.

5. Washington Nationals (15): Nats had too much talent not to heat up after sluggish 2-7 start.

6. New York Yankees (5): Jorge Posada latest example of a quiet Yankees player liberated to speak his mind in retirement.

7. Houston Astros (6): Starter Collin McHugh on the end of his 11-game winning streak: “It’s over, right, so can we stop talking about it? Good.”

8. Minnesota Twins (8): Hall of Famer Paul Molitor might need to find room in his crowded trophy case for a 2015 AL Manager of the Year award.

9. New York Mets (7): Streaky, hot-cold Mets appeared to be in frigid mode during Cubs’ four-game sweep at Wrigley Field.

10. Tampa Bay Rays (9): Former Mariners prospect Erasmo Ramirez, traded to Rays for reliever Mike Montgomery, earned his first 2015 victory last week vs. Yankees.

11. Toronto Blue Jays (16): Jays can rake, but can they rake enough to compensate for hobo-stew rotation?

12. Chicago Cubs (13): Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant looking like North Siders’ best young power-hitting duo since Billy Williams and Ron Santo were kids.

13. San Francisco Giants (11): Momentum elusive for defending World Series champs, but don’t discount their status as defending World Series champs.

14. Pittsburgh Pirates (10): UCLA product Gerritt Cole, the No. 1 overall draft choice in 2011, has grown into role as Bucs’ ace.

15. San Diego Padres (19): Injury epidemic putting Padres’ lineup in perpetual day-to-day flux.

16. Los Angeles Angels (24): The rotation has stabilized, the bullpen is solid, and if Angels can achieve some offensive consistency, an underperforming AL West could be theirs for the taking.

17. Cincinnati Reds (14): Hip ailment that prevents catcher Devin Mesoraco from squatting has forced him into taking a crash-course in outfield defense.

18. Boston Red Sox (21): If Sox had anything close to a reliable pitching rotation, they’d be scary.

19. Baltimore Orioles (20): After disappointing first season in Baltimore, Ubaldo Jiminez wearing look of staff anchor.

20. Miami Marlins (12): If it had been possible to keep Giancarlo Stanton’s pavilion-clearing moonshot at Dodger Stadium airborne, the ball — recorded at 114 MPH off the bat — makes it to the moon on Aug. 3.

21. Seattle Mariners (27): James Paxton had no control and still threw six shutout innings last week. No telling what greatness awaits the power-throwing lefty when — OK, if — he solves his location issues.

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (18): There’s nothing more dispiriting to a team than the absence of confident closer.

23. Chicago White Sox (23): Sox bracing for an 11-game, late-May/early-June road trip that will determine whether they’ll be relevant in July.

24. Texas Rangers (22): Shaking off .096 April, Shin-Soo Choo’s 14-game hitting streak enabled him to enter weekend with a .243 batting average.

25. Atlanta Braves (17): Matt Wisler, part of the prospect package the Braves got from San Diego for closer Craig Kimbrell, soon could join rotation.

26. Cleveland Indians (28): Tread-milling Tribe entered weekend without having won consecutive games since April 8-9.

27. Colorado Rockies (25): Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is tired of losing … Rox need pitchers. The Mets are rich with pitching and crave a bat ... connect the dots.

28. Milwaukee Brewers (30): Crew playing marginally better since Craig Counsell replaced Ron Roenicke as manager.

29. Oakland A’s (26): Was it only a year ago Sunday that A’s, at 27-16, shared the best record in baseball with the Brewers?

30. Philadelphia Phillies (29): At age 37, journeyman right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang, 5-11 with the 2013 Mariners, leads league in starts.

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