Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best and worst baseball teams and players in the league. Here's our MLB Power Rankings and Players of the Week.
1. Red Sox—Big Papi is back and hitting better than .500 so far.
2. Rangers—11-5 vs. AL West, but don’t face Oakland for another two weeks.
3. Braves—Went 3-7 on painful road trip, now four key games with Nats.
4. Rockies—Rox get scare with Tulowitzki shoulder injury.
5. Giants—No. 8 hitter Brandon Crawford leads team in homers and OPS.
6. Yankees—Shortstops sans Derek Jeter are hitting just .177.
7. Tigers—Pitching dominated Atlanta in key sweep.
8. A’s—Lost eight of 10 vs. AL East.
9. Nationals—Jordan Zimmermann becoming new ace.
10. Diamondbacks—Won all five of Patrick Corbin starts.
11. Pirates—Took two of three in St. Louis to move into first place.
12. Royals—Clean-up hitters batting just .198.
13. Cardinals—Will get two starts from Adam Wainwright this week.
14. Reds—Shin-Soo Choo has brought a .492 OBP to the leadoff spot.
15. Orioles—Own three of the top 10 batting averages in the majors.
16. Dodgers—Big week coming up vs. Rockies and Giants.
17. Rays—Five of last six losses have been by one run or in extra innings.
18. Phillies—Spent just two days at .500 this season, can’t rise above.
19. Brewers—Facing 19 straight games against winning teams.
20. Twins—Kevin Correia has revitalized his career.
21. Mets—Matt Harvey is 4-0, 1.54 ERA. Rest of staff: 6-13, 4.88.
22. Mariners—Tom Wilhelmsen last 10 IP: 3 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs, 8 Ks.
23. Angels—Easy to blame superstars, but Angels aren’t getting good pitching.
24. White Sox—Batting .229, scoring less than 3.5 runs/game.
25. Padres—Starters must get deeper into games.
26. Cubs—Starters have a 3.14 ERA, but just a 5-12 record.
27. Indians—Lost eight of last 12.
28. Blue Jays—Season falling apart eerily similar to Miami in 2012.
29. Astros—Have Seattle’s number this season.
30. Marlins—On pace to rank with all-time worst teams.
AL Player of the Week
David Ortiz, Boston
Big Papi was a welcome sight at Fenway Park last week. The slugger, on the disabled list to begin the season, has hit safely in all games he has appeared including six last week. For the season, he’s batting a robust .516 with six multi-hit games so far. For the week, he hit .478 with a couple of home runs and nine RBIs.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Matt Moore, Tampa Bay
The Rays continue to rely on their pitching to keep the club in the race. Moore has been nothing short of spectacular all season. In 14 innings last week, the lefthander gave up five hits and four walks and struck out 18 to win both of his starts.
NL Player of the Week
Russell Martin, Pittsburgh
The surging Pirates bolted into first place after winning two of three in St. Louis. The Bucs’ catcher raised his season average last week from .216 to a respectable .267 by batting .375 with four homers.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh
The young lefthander found his groove last week, tossing 13 shutout innings in road wins over Philadelphia and St. Louis. In 13 innings, he allowed just five hit and four walks. He struck out 10.