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MLB power rankings: Playoff picture begins to takes shape

Yardbarker Logo By Matt Whitener of Yardbarker | Slide 2 of 30: The stakes have been high for the Stros of late, and they have met the demands. Their recent winning streak reached seven games over the weekend before ending on Sunday but after their final series of the regular season with the Red Sox was already in hand. Over along the way, both A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow received well-deserved extensions and Alex Bregman kept up his second-half tear, reaching 30 homers for the first time.

2. Houston Astros (Previous: same)

The stakes have been high for the Stros of late, and they have met the demands. Their recent winning streak reached seven games over the weekend before ending on Sunday but after their final series of the regular season with the Red Sox was already in hand. Over along the way, both A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow received well-deserved extensions and Alex Bregman kept up his second-half tear, reaching 30 homers for the first time.

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