A look at the best and worst baseball teams in the league.
Each week during the baseball season Athlon Sports looks at the best (St. Louis Cardinals) and worst (Houston Astros) baseball teams and players in the league. Here are our MLB Power Rankings and Players of the Week.
Athlon Sports MLB Power Ranking
1. Cardinals Maintain the best record in baseball through the first half.
2. Red Sox Finished 5-5 on recent 10-game West Coast trip.
3. A’s Have allowed the fewest runs in the American League.
4. Pirates Given up more than four runs just once in last 17 games.
5. Rays Most home wins in the majors, below .500 on the road.
6. Rangers First team to beat Max Scherzer this season.
7. Braves Justin Upton back on a hot streak.
8. Orioles MVP3: Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Adam Jones.
9. Reds Getting little production from bottom of the order.
10. Tigers Pitching has been shaky of late.
11. Indians Jason Kipnis is Cleveland’s newest young star.
12. Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt continues to carry the Arizona offense.
13. Yankees Only nine extra-base hits in seven games last week.
14. Dodgers Could be extremely active once again at trade deadline.
15. Nationals Lost 12 of 19 games vs. NL East.
16. Phillies At 24-14, Phils have best record vs. NL East.
17. Rockies Troy Tulowitzki back in lineup is welcome sight.
18. Blue Jays Haven’t won two in a row since June 23.
19. Mariners Topped the majors with 51 runs and .505 slugging last week.
20. Giants Tim Lincecum went 74 starts between shutouts.
21. Cubs Won a respectable 17 of their last 30.
22. Angels Disappointing sweep by Seattle.
23. Royals Open second half with Detroit and Baltimore.
24. Padres Still saveless in July.
25. Mets Won six of last nine, all on the road.
26. Twins Two six-game losing streaks since June 30.
27. Brewers One of the teams anxiously awaiting possible PED suspensions.
28. White Sox Played 34 innings in two days at Philadelphia.
29. Marlins Logan Morrison lone recent bright spot in lineup.
30. Astros Chris Carter, leading team in HRs and RBIs, may be traded soon.
AL Player of the Week
Adam Jones, Baltimore
The All-Star center fielder hit .400 last week with four multi-hit games. He scored eight runs with a 1.323 OPS and homered in each of the three weekend games against Toronto with six RBIs.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay
The Rays’ young righthander produced two outstanding outings last week. Through six innings against Minnesota, he allowed just one unearned run, then followed that with a five-hit shutout of Houston, with no walks in either contest.
NL Player of the Week
Buster Posey, San Francisco
The Giants’ backstop began the week with a 5-for-8 performance in San Francisco’s 16-inning marathon with the Mets. He ended the week with nine hits over five games for a .483 average and 1.191 OPS. He drove in five in one game, then scored three in the next.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Zack Greinke, Los Angeles
San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum was certainly masterful in his no-hitter against San Diego, but Greinke had two superb starts last week against division rivals. He logged seven shutout innings at Arizona and tossed a complete game shutout vs. Colorado.