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Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL -

Zach Helfand ranks the 30 teams. Last week’s rank­ing in paren­the­ses, statis­tics are through Fri­day’s games:

1. ST. LOUIS: Best record but the best fans in base­ball? Judg­ing by all-Star vot­ing , same state, but look west.(1)

2. DODGERS: A Clay­ton Ker­shaw ad­vi­sory is in ef­fect for the Na­tional League West. (5)

3. KANSAS CITY: Had them ranked ninth, but then the Roy­als fans stuffed the bal­lot box.

(6) 4. PITTS­BURGH: A.J. Bur­nett says this will be his last sea­son,. Right now, it's also his best. (4)

5. CHICAGO CUBS: Need an ace but it hasn't ben Jon Lester. He's 4-5 with a 4.25 earned-run av­er­age. (10)

6. NEW YORK YAN­KEES: Ma­son Wil­liams’ first ma­jor league hit was a home run. (12)

7. HOUS­TON: How will the Astros re­act to their first snag of the sea­son, a seven-game los­ing streak? (3)

8. MIN­NESOTA: Torii Hunter just made Twins games NSFW. (2)

9. SAN FRAN­CISCO: Chris He­ston went from a 47th-round se­lec­tion in the draft to a no­hit­ter. Not bad. (9)

10. NEW YORK METS: Get no-hit, then take over first place two games later. The 2015Mets, every­body. (8)

11. TAMPA BAY: Paula Ab­dul threw out the first pitch at the Rays game— from four feet away. (14)

12. TORONTO: Af­ter nine straight wins, the Blue Jays owned the sec­ond best run dif­fer­en­tial in the ma­jors. (21)

13. TEXAS: Raise your hand if you had the Astros and the Rangers at Nos. 1 and 2 in the di­vi­sion in June. (11)

14. WASH­ING­TON: The Na­tion­als have had three three­game los­ing streaks since May 30. (7)

15. AN­GELS: Hey, at least the los­ing streak ended at five games. (13)

16. BAL­TI­MORE: And, hey, look at the Ori­oles. Lost five games in a row, then won five in a row. (20)

17. SAN DIEGO: Noth­ing’s go­ing right for Matt Kemp. He got hit by a pitch, then tack­led by an um­pire. (15)

18. DETROIT: The Tigers’ best pitcher af­ter David Price is Al­fredo Simon. That’s a prob­lem. (18)

19. CINCIN­NATI: Some­what qui­etly, Todd Fra­zier has been the best third base­man in the ma­jors this sea­son. (26)

20. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: In his last four starts, Chris Sale has given up four runs and struck out 49 bat­ters. (24)

21. AT­LANTA: Juan Uribe is in a bet­ter place now. He has started in all but two games with the Braves. (16)

22. CLEVE­LAND: Can Matthew Dellave­dova play base­ball? The In­di­ans can use some de­fen­sive help. (17)

23. ARI­ZONA: Paul Gold­schmidt is sec­ond in the NL in home runs, runs, av­er­age, RBIs and wins above re­place­ment. (19)

24. COLORADO: The Rock­ies ac­tu­ally have a win­ning record in games out­side the di­vi­sion. (23)

25. MIAMI: Gian­carlo Stan­ton has 22 home runs. The rest of the team com­bined has 29. (25)

26. SEAT­TLE: The Amer­i­can League West is es­sen­tially the in­verse of the pre­vail­ing pre­sea­son pre­dic­tions. (27)

27. BOS­TON: The worst de­fen­sive player in the league by runs given up? That’s Han­ley Ramirez. (28)

28. OAK­LAND: The Ath­let­ics are still outscor­ing op­po­nents. But they still have the worst record in the AL. (22)

29. MIL­WAU­KEE: Con­grats, Brew­ers. You no longer have the league’s worst record. (29)

30. PHILADEL­PHIA: The Phillies over­take Mil­wau­kee for the worst record in the NL. (30)

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