Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best (Texas Rangers) and worst (Houston Astros) baseball teams and players in the league. Here's our MLB Power Rankings and Players of the Week.
1. Rangers Scheppers-Ross-Nathan bullpen is tough to crack.
2. Giants Matt Cain with back-to-back strong starts.
3. Cardinals Even with sketchy bullpen, allowed fewest runs in majors.
5. Nationals Jordan Zimmermann leads NL with six wins.
6. Red Sox Lost five of seven at the hands of Twins and Blue Jays.
7. Orioles Only 6-5 in one-run games this season.
8. Reds Just 6-13 against teams with winning records.
9. Pirates Next 13 games vs. Brewers, Astros and Cubs.
10. Tigers 19-3 when scoring 4+ runs; 1-12 when scoring fewer.
11. Braves Justin Upton hasn’t homered since April 27.
12. Diamondbacks Committed just eight errors this season.
13. Rockies Won just seven of last 20 as bullpen innings mount.
14. A’s Recent 3-7 road trip featured .210 batting average, 4.55 ERA.
15. Rays Broke out with 52 runs to lead majors last week.
16. Royals Alex Gordon is carrying the offense.
17. Mariners Bats remain silent hitting just .211 in May.
18. Indians Majors’ best record in May at 9-2.
19. Phillies Right side of infield has 46 of team’s 82 RBIs.
20. Twins Joe Mauer: .600 OBP, 10 runs last week.
21. Padres Headley and Venable hitting .344 in May, rest of team, .176.
22. White Sox Chris Sale toyed with history last Sunday.
23. Cubs Kevin Gregg, yep, that Kevin Gregg, leads team with six saves.
24. Mets Matt Harvey just keeps dealing.
25. Blue Jays Led majors in home runs (15) and steals (10) last week.
26. Dodgers Five of eight losses in May by one run.
27. Brewers Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura are 1-2 in NL batting race.
28. Angels On pace to lose 100 games.
29. Marlins Have won just one series this season.
30. Astros Opponents are batting .300.
AL Player of the Week
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay
The Rays are beginning to perk up and it’s no surprise that Longoria has been carrying the offense. Last week he hit safely in all seven games, batting .464 with a 1,496 OPS. He had eight extra-base hits, three homers and drove in 11 runs.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Chris Sale, Chicago
The lanky lefty’s gem on Sunday night against the Angels provided the highlight, but Sale was terrific in both starts last week. In addition to the one-hitter Sunday, Sale allowed just one run in 7.1 innings for a no-decision in a win at Kansas City. In 16.1 innings, Sale had a 0.43 WHIP and 0.59 ERA.
NL Player of the Week
Jean Segura, Milwaukee
The Brewers haven’t been very good recently, but their shortstop has been outstanding in the field and at the dish. Last week he batted .500 with four multi-hit games in the Brewers’ five games. Over the weekend at Cincinnati, he was 8-for-12 with a pair of homers, two doubles and four runs.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Shelby Miller, St. Louis
The young righthander made just one start last week, but what an outing it was. Miller allowed a leadoff single to Eric Young in the first inning, then retired the next 27 in order. The one-hitter was the first shutout of his career.