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 Yu Darvish has strikeout pitch working this season.
2. Red Sox Bats went silent in sweep at the hands of the Rangers.
3. Giants Buster Posey, Guillermo Quiroz hit walk-off HRs in sweep over L.A.
4. Cardinals A 13-6 road record boosts Redbirds to best overall mark in NL.
5. Tigers Miguel Cabrera three home runs shy of Triple Crown position.
6. Braves 10-game roadie on tap against three +.500 teams.
7. Yankees Just one of last eight wins by more than two runs. #CloseGames
8. A’s Busy bullpen logged more innings than starters last week.
9. Nationals Must get Adam LaRoche’s bat going.
10. Royals Five postponements already this season.
11. Rockies Haven’t won two in a row since April 20.
12. Reds Hit just two homers, but won four of six last week.
13. Pirates 16-9 since horrendous 1-5 start.
14. Orioles First team to play 20 road games already this season.
15. Diamondbacks Only team in NL West with winning road record.
16. Rays No Rays hitter has been intentionally walked this season.
17. Phillies Offense bottomed out at .182 over last seven days.
18. Mariners Batting just .223 on the road.
19. Twins Lead-off hitters have majors-worst .248 OBP.
20. Brewers Cleanup hitters batting .188 with no home runs.
21. Padres Jedd Gyorko making Rookie of the Year push.
22. Indians Batted .338 last week, which led majors.
23. Dodgers 64 extra-base hits rank lowest in majors.
24. Mets Of 37 runners in scoring position, Ike Davis has driven in eight.
25. White Sox Only Miami has scored fewer runs this season.
26. Angels Too talented — and too expensive — to be this far down.
27. Cubs Anthony Rizzo beginning to heat up — .357 last week.
28. Blue Jays Quickly settling in at the bottom of this list.
29. Marlins Swapping places with Houston may happen a lot in 2013.
30. Astros With eight wins, only team stuck in single digits.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Justin Verlander, Detroit
The Tigers’ ace has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. Last week, in two outings, he pitched 14 innings and gave up just seven hits and four walks with 17 strikeouts. He won both games with an ERA of 0.64 and a 0.79 WHIP.
AL Player of the Week
Ryan Raburn, Cleveland
The former Detroit utilityman has found a home in right field in Cleveland. Last week, Raburn hit .591 with two four-hit games, a three-hit game and a two-hit game. He homered twice in back-to-back games for his only four long balls of the season. During the week, he raised his season batting average from .214 to .344.
NL Player of the Week
Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee
It appears that the fleet center fielder known for his defensive prowess has turned the corner offensively. Last week he hit .462 with three home runs. His eight runs, six extra-base hits and five steals all tied for the best in the majors.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Sergio Romo, San Francisco
San Francisco’s closer made five appearances last week and notched four saves and a win. He retired 15 of the 18 batters he faced, allowing just three singles. His durability and reliability permit Bruce Bochy to manage games cautiously to the Giants’ advantage.