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Bill Shaikin ranks the 30 MLB teams

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:

1. WASHINGTON: Masters of the big finish, with five walkoff wins in six games. (6)

2. BALTIMORE: On pace for its biggest AL East margin since 1971, when Orioles had four 20-game winners. (4)

3. DODGERS: Only club to sell 3 million tickets already. Number of clubs still under 2 million: 17. (1)

4. OAKLAND: Closer Sean Doolittle: 203 batters faced, 79 K, 5 BB. (3)

5. ANGELS: Showdown? Tickets as low as $8 available to three of four games vs. A’s next weekend. (2)

6. KANSAS CITY: Setup men Davis (0.80) and Herrera (1.51): combined 440 batters faced, 0 HR. (7)

7. SEATTLE: If Kershaw is an MVP candidate, how about Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07)? (8)

8. MILWAUKEE: 2009 draft would be disaster without Khris Davis (7th round), Scooter Gennett (16th). (5)

9. ATLANTA: Jordan Walden, traded by Angels for Tommy Hanson: 2.85 ERA in 97 G for Braves (’13-’14). (12)

10. DETROIT: Ex-Angels SS Andrew Romine (2 HR in 195 AB) pitches, gives up 2 HR in first 3 AB. (9)

11. ST. LOUIS: All-Star middle reliever Pat Neshek’s WHIP: 0.581. This is not a misprint. (10)

12. MIAMI: Reliever Bryan Morris, ex-Dodgers prospect traded in Manny Ramirez deal: 0.50 ERA. (18)

13. PITTSBURGH: Edinson Volquez ($5 million), BrewersMatt Garza ($52 million) each at 146 IP, 3.58 ERA. (11)

14. SAN FRANCISCO: Pregame wine tasting on Friday. “If anyone orders Merlot, I am leaving!” (16)

15. N.Y. YANKEES: David Robertson: fastest to 500 K in club history (377 IP). Next fastest: David Cone (486 IP). (15)

16. CLEVELAND: City revives League Park, Indians’ home from 1901-46, as youth baseball facility. (14)

17. TAMPA BAY: Alex Cobb, who beat former Ray David Price on Thursday: 7-0, 1.99 in last 10 starts. (17)

18. TORONTO: Blue Jays complain Creighton University Bluejays logo looks like, well, a blue jay. (13)

19. SAN DIEGO: Padres batting .226, lowest in NL. Opponents batting .234, lowest in NL. (20)

20. HOUSTON: Outscored Red Sox, 24-23, in four at Fenway; outscored Yankees, 12-9, in three in Yankee Stadium. (25)

21. N.Y. METS: 2B Daniel Murphy: 187 career doubles, tied with Strawberry for 8th on all-time Mets list. (21)

22. CINCINNATI: Closer Aroldis Chapman, last Sunday: walk, walk, walk, walk: 0 IP, 0 H, 4 R. (19)
 
23. CHICAGO CUBS: Attendance down 20%, payroll down 45% since last playoff team in 2008. (26)
 
24. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Abreu: .305/.362/.600/33 HR/93 RBI. Trout: .289/.375/.559/28 HR/90 RBI. (22)
 
26. PHILADELPHIA: Team president: GM Ruben Amaro “is not on the hot seat.” Fans: Why not? (28)
 
25. MINNESOTA: 2B Brian Dozier is first Twins player with 20-20 season since Torii Hunter (2004). (24)
 
27. BOSTON: OF soon could be two-thirds Cuban with Yoenis Cespedes and newly signed Rusney Castillo. (23).
 
28. TEXAS: Shin-Soo Choo turned career-high .423 OBP into $130-million deal. This year: .342 OBP. (29)
 
29. COLORADO: In first year after Todd Helton retires, number of players with at least one game at 1B: 10. (30)
 
30. ARIZONA: Dodgers make last visit to Arizona this week, too soon to clinch. Jump in pool anyway. (27)
 

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