Dodgers still head of class

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We’re more than 80% into the season, so it’s time for one of my power ranking polls, chock full of snark.

1. Dodgers: Injuries haven’t helped, but I put them atop the poll knowing manager Dave Roberts said the team is working toward having a healthy playoff roster.

2. Padres: Remember on July 30, when I told you San Diego was the most dangerous threat on the senior circuit?

3. White Sox: Hogwash, all that talk about the South Siders only being good against bad teams. This lineup is lethal, up and down, from one to nine.

4. Athletics: The balance of this team is ridiculous, with top-10 team batting average and team ERA.

5. Rays: Don’t mind the recent split of a four-game series with last-place Boston, a mere lapse during a division title run.

6. Twins: Injuries are taking a toll on this team at the wrong time. But out of respect, they’re top six for now.

7. Braves: Are they going to blow this lead to surging Miami?

8. Cubs: Alec Mills’ no-no was the perfect late-season spark to keep Chicago rolling.

9. Blue Jays: This 11-game stretch against the Yankees and Phils will be revealing.

10. Yankees: This 10-game stretch against the Jays and Red Sox will be revealing.

11. Marlins: See Atlanta.

12. Indians: What happened to Cleveland’s offense?

13. Astros: Are they going to blow bow out of second place to surging Seattle?

14. Phillies: They belong in the upper half because of Bryce Harper.

15. Cardinals: This team loves the .500 plateau and is lingering around the wild-card race.

16. Giants: Tinkering with the rotation this late in this season is scary.

17. Mariners: See Houston.

18. Reds: Joey Votto registered his 960th career RBI on Monday, tying him with Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin for fifth on the team list. There’s that.

19. Brewers: I wonder if Giannis Antetokounmpo unfollowed their Instagram account, too.

20. Mets: The biggest blow to this team is knowing it won’t be owned by A-Rod and J Lo.

21. Nationals: Ace Max Scherzer’s durability is on a milk carton. A 2.67 ERA after his four starts; a 4.75 ERA over his last six.

22. Rockies: They opened the season 11-3. Then they went 10-22. Playoff teams don’t do that, do they?

23. Royals: Seems like yesterday this team won back-to-back pennants. They did a ride a six-game win streak into Tuesday.

24. Orioles: They’ll always have Monday, when they put two touchdowns up on the Braves.

25. Tigers: Chicago 9 wins, Detroit 1. Good news is they don’t have to play the White Sox anymore.

26. Rangers: They had the second-worst run differential (-73) in the league after Sunday’s game with Oakland. Oof!

27. Angels: The bright spot this season? Albert Pujols tying Willie Mays at the 660-HR mark.

28. Red Sox: Normally when Boston starts the season in putrid fashion, you expect a late run. Opening this year 6-18, eh, not good.

29. Diamondbacks: Coyotes left wing Taylor Hall is an unrestricted free agent. His father played in the CFL. Can Taylor hit a fastball?

30. Pirates: That 2021 overall first round draft pick is looking pretty good.

After going 1-2 last week, I rank 31st on this list.

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Thursday

Twins at White Sox: Love the White Sox overall; don’t like this matchup for them. Twins righty Kenta Maeda (5-1, 2.43) just outdueled A.L. Cy Young favorite Shane Bieber. He’ll have confidence to shine considering he’s 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA lifetime vs. Chicago. TWINS

Blue Jays at Yankees: The Yankees need to get it together over the final stretch if they want to make the postseason. Masahiro Tanaka (2-2, 3.16) gives them a good chance in this one. Lifetime he’s 13-5 with a 2.87 ERA against Toronto. YANKEES

Mets at Phillies: The Phillies have a wild-card to play for and aren’t about to lose the series-finale before the Jays arrive. Must-win mode for Philly. PHILLIES

Last week: 1-2

Season: 11-8

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W.G. Ramirez

W.G. Ramirez is a 32-year veteran covering sports in Southern Nevada, and resident of 46 years. He is a freelance reporter in Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada correspondent for The Associated Press.

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