Wednesday's power rankings

1. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians. With 18 strikeouts in eight innings, he had a chance at the major league record of 20 K's ... only to not come out for the ninth inning, done after 113 pitches. I wrote a bunch of words on Kluber's game here. (Short version: I think it was an overreaction to a pitch count that didn't need to be overreacted to.)

2. Michael Taylor, Washington Nationals. Taylor was in the game only because Bryce Harper had been ejected for arguing a checked swing. All he did was hit a grand slam in the ninth inning that gave the Nationals a 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks.

3. Jeff Francoeur's arm, Philadelphia Phillies. Fun way to end a game, unless you're a Pirates fan. Frenchy threw out Steve Lombardozzi at home plate for a game-ending double play and 3-2 victory, giving Jonathan Papelbon his 113th save with the Phillies, a club record.

4. George Springer, Houston Astros. Springer returned from the concussion DL and broke a 3-3 tie with the Giants in the eighth with this home run off Jeremy Affeldt.

5. New York Rangers. Yes, this is a baseball blog, but the NHL playoffs are terrific drama and the Rangers-Capitals series lived up to the hype, with all seven games decided by one goal and the Rangers winning Game 7 in overtime -- becoming the first team to rally from 3-1 series deficits in consecutive seasons. The Texas Rangers also won, beating the Royals 5-2, as Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder homered off Yordano Ventura. Note: Choo is starting to heat up.