Seattle Mariners

John McGrath’s Major League Baseball rankings

1. Los Angeles Angels (1): Luxury-tax concerns impeding Angels’ search to replace injured Garrett Richards with a proven starter.

2. Oakland A’s (4): As Sean Doolittle recovers from a strained rib cage muscle, closer job goes to ex-M’s reliever Eric O’Flaherty.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (6): Double-A phenom Julio Urias, 18, unlikely to be called up for the stretch run.

4. Baltimore Orioles (2): Starters Wei-Yin Choo, Miguel Gonzalez, Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman earning a combine $10.4 million this season.

5. Washington Nationals (3): Red-hot Nats went to Philadelphia last week and got swept by the same Phillies who wore out Mariners.

6. Kansas City Royals (5): Reliever Bruce Chen, released Friday, hasn’t won since July 22 — the game that jump-started Royals’ run to AL Central lead.

7. Milwaukee Brewers (7): Crew almost traded for Colorado first baseman Justin Morneau.

8. Seattle Mariners (9): Never underestimate Jesus Montero’s ability to take a bad situation and make it worse.

9. St. Louis Cardinals (8): While catcher Yadier Molina recovered from a torn thumb ligament, opponents succeeded on 86.2 percent of stolen-base attempts.

10. Detroit Tigers (10): Ezequel Carrera off to a slow start as part of a platoon to replace Austin Jackson.

11. San Francisco Giants (11): Yusmeiro Petit’s MLB record of retiring 46 consecutive batters covered seven relief appearances and one start.

12. Atlanta Braves (12): Mike Minor, who pitched himself out of the rotation in July, now looks like staff ace.

13. New York Yankees (16): Of the 52 players who have worn pinstripes this season, a franchise-record 31 have been pitchers.

14. Pittsburgh Pirates (15): After committing 23 throwing errors in 95 games at third, Pedro Alvarez making temporary conversion to first.

15. Cleveland Indians (14): Tribe signed 38-year-old Russell Branyan — the same — to a minor league deal Friday.

16. Toronto Blue Jays (13): Jose Bautista joined Carlos Delgado and Joe Carter as Toronto players who have hit at least 25 homers in five consecutive seasons.

17. Miami Marlins (17): After losing 103 times last year, long-shot Marlins just happy to be playing meaningful games in September.

18. Tampa Bay Rays (19): With teams all but eliminated, Rays-Red Sox rivalry has lost its bite.

19. Cincinnati Reds (18): Brandon Phillips’ 10-and-5 rights have kicked in, meaning he likely will stay with Reds through ’17.

20. San Diego Padres (20): New Hall of Fame plaza at Petco Park dedicated to commissioner Bud Selig, credited with helping keep team in San Diego.

21. Chicago White Sox (23): Jose Abreu, who began weekend with 96 RBIs, looking to become first rookie to drive in more than 100 runs since Albert Pujols in 2001.

22. Minnesota Twins (22): After eight seasons, lefty closer Glen Perkins finally allowed a home run to a left-handed hitter (Alex Gordon).

23. New York Mets (21): A’s, Dodgers and Pirates eyeing 41-year-old starter Bartalo Colon, who reportedly cleared waivers Monday.

24. Philadelphia Phillies (24): Jimmy Rollins calls Ryne Sandberg’s tenuous handle on clubhouse “growing pains.”

25. Chicago Cubs (25): Jorge Soler celebrated his first career at-bat with a home run in Cincy.

26. Boston Red Sox (27): Despite Koji Uehara’s recent struggles, Sox have no plans to shut down closer.

27. Houston Astros (28): If Jose Altuve wins AL batting title, and Chris Carter the home run title, Astros will be first team with two different winners in those categories since 1992 Padres (Gary Sheffield, Fred McGriff).

28. Arizona Diamondbacks (26): Starter Patrick Corbin, a 2013 All-Star recovering from Tommy John surgery, won’t return until next June.

29. Colorado Rockies (29): Rox had back-to-back NL players of the week — outfielder Corey Dickerson and third baseman Nolan Arenado.

30. Texas Rangers (30): Nobody plays the Mariners tougher than the Rangers, 9-5 against Seattle with four games scheduled this week in Texas.