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The Times' MLB power rankings

The Times' MLB power rankings

Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games: 1. ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals are on pace to win 104 games this year. (1) 2. HOUSTON: What were the odds that the Astros would be the American League's best team on July 1? (4) 3. WASHINGTON: Bryce Harper used a red, white and blue bat with the Washington skyline on it. And hit a home run. (3) 4. KANSAS CITY: In what could, amazingly, be a postseason preview, the Royals were swept by the Astros. (2) 5. PITTSBURGH: Gerrit Cole has given up more than two runs in a game just three times this year. (7) 6. DODGERS: Since mid-May, the Dodgers have had one winning streak of longer than three games....

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