1. Chicago Cubs (1, last week): Bright side of Pedro Strop’s knee injury is that reliever’s right arm figures to be fresh for the playoffs.
2. Washington Nationals (2): Stiff neck latest setback for “Make Baseball Fun Again” crusader Bryce Harper.
3. Texas Rangers (3): GM Jon Daniels on doctor-mandated retirement of Prince Fielder: “I really wish our fans had been able to see Prince at his best.”
4. Cleveland Indians (4): Michael Brantley’s seasonlong quest to recover from sore shoulder shaping up as lost cause.
5. San Francisco Giants (5): Going into weekend, Giants were 0-5 in post-All Star Game starts made by Madison Bumgarner.
6. Toronto Blue Jays (7): Starters struggling to adjust to six-man rotation, but Jays appear committed to it.
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (8): Veteran hitters — Howie Kendrick, Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal — responsible for second-half surge.
8. Baltimore Orioles (6): During first three games of series at Oakland, listless O’s scored three runs.
9. Seattle Mariners (15): Management running out of ideas on how to tap sky-is-the-limit potential of starter Taijuan Walker.
10. Detroit Tigers (9): Justin Verlander — 5-0, with a 1.78 ERA since July 2 — resembling the Cy Young and MVP ace he was in 2011.
11. Boston Red Sox (10): If Sox fail to qualify for playoffs, their mental errors could cost manager John Farrell his job.
12. Miami Marlins (12): Owner Jeffrey Loria is unapologetic supporter of Miami native Alex Rodriguez, but there’s next to no chance Marlins will acquire A-Rod for stretch.
13. Houston Astros (13): Astros scored 25 runs during doubleheader sweep of Twins on Thursday, matching output of previous 11 games.
14. St. Louis Cardinals (11): Matt Holliday’s broken thumb is a crushing blow to Cards’ wild-card hopes.
15. Pittsburgh Pirates (18): Manager Clint Hurdle encouraged by new look rotation of five right-handers.
16. New York Yankees (16): Hard to imagine a more awkward farewell to baseball than Alex Rodriguez’s last week with Yankees.
17. New York Mets (14): Defending NL champs hit rock bottom last week, when dreadful D-Backs completed three-game sweep at Citi Field with 9-0 victory.
18. Colorado Rockies (17): Rookie outfielder David Dahl tied a 75-year-old record Thursday by recording a hit in 17th game of his 17-game career.
19. Kansas City Royals (20): Nothing explains Royals’ stumble more comprehensively than seasonlong slump of $72 million outfielder Alex Gordon.
20. Chicago White Sox (19): Closer David Robertson’s blown save last Wednesday was his fourth since July 18.
21. Philadelphia Phillies (21): Fans are clamoring for promotion of top shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford, but his ETA is 2017.
22. Milwaukee Brewers (23): Crew’s feat of scoring in every inning in which it batted the other day was more rare than a perfect game.
23. Oakland Athletics (24): When converted reliever Andrew Triggs took the mound against Orioles on Thursday, he became eighth different A’s starter in eight games.
24. Los Angeles Angels (22): Seven-game losing streak going into weekend was Angels’ longest since 2010.
25. San Diego Padres (25): Aggressive pursuit of such vets as Craig Kimbrel, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp during offseason preceding 2015 cost prospects required for rebuilding.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (28): Former first-round pick Braden Shipley, a 24-year-old righty, has look of future ace.
27. Cincinnati Reds (26): Adam Duvall’s determination to draw more walks has sapped rookie slugger of raw power.
28. Tampa Bay Rays (27): Rays envision ex-Giants third baseman Matt Duffy as the shortstop Brad Miller isn’t.
29. Minnesota Twins (29): Switch-hitting first baseman Kennys Vargas homered from both sides of plate last week.
30. Atlanta Braves (30): Veteran outfielder Jeff Francouer, unclaimed on waivers, can be had for a B-plus prospect.