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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 first ticket to the postseason is booked. Welcome, Cardinals. (1)

2. TORONTO: Josh Donaldson, closing in on 40 home runs, a .300 average and 120 RBIs, is a strong MVP candidate. (2)

3. N.Y. METS: The acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes will go down as one of the best deadline acquisitions in history. (7)

4. DODGERS: This week, Don Mattingly compared Corey Seager to Derek Jeter. (5)

5. CHICAGO CUBS: The Cubs are on the cusp of a guaranteed playoff game at Wrigley Field. (6)

6. PITTSBURGH: The Pirates lost Jung Ho Kang — and are losing hold of the first wild-card...