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 for August 6, 2012.
1. Reds — Aroldis Chapman toughest pitcher in majors.
2. Nationals — Closer Drew Storen finally gets his first save this season.
3. Yankees — Two four-game losing streaks since All-Star break.
4. Rangers — Scored 41 runs in last five games, but gave game away Sunday.
5. Pirates — Needed more than one of three vs. Reds; now have 11 at home.
6. Braves — Allowed just 23 runs over last 13 games.
7. Dodgers — Six streaks of three or more wins or losses since break.
8. Angels — Lead the majors in scoring after All-Star break.
9. Giants — Sweet sweep at Colorado.
10. Cardinals — Sweep Brewers during 1982 Reunion Weekend.
11. A’s — Magic seems to happen every night in Oakland.
12. White Sox — Won nine of 12 since being swept at Detroit.
13. Tigers — Miraculous win on Sunday to complete sweep of Tribe.
14. Orioles — Chris Tillman has been nice lift since joining rotation in July.
15. Rays — Batted just .225 in July.
16. Diamondbacks — Next 10 games vs. contenders.
17. Blue Jays — Have no pitchers in top 70 in ERA.
18. Mariners — Efficient work by King Felix in the Bronx on Saturday.
19. Red Sox — Lost three of four vs. the Twins.
20. Mets — R.A. Dickey one of four 14-game winners in majors.
21. Twins — Are Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau back in top form?
22. Marlins — Won just five of last 19 games.
23. Phillies — Acquired Hunter Pence at 2011 deadline, dealt in 2012.
24. Indians — Lost heartbreaker to Detroit to cap horrendous stretch.
25. Brewers — Lost 14 of 19 since break when not playing Houston.
26. Padres — Chase Headley earning team MVP honors.
27. Royals — Last two wins have come in extras.
28. Cubs — Eight of next 14 games are against the Reds.
29. Rockies — Absolutely no pitching in Denver this season.
30. Astros — Can’t join the American League soon enough.
AL Player of the Week
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles—It was bound to happen. As soon as Pujols signed the $250 million pact over the winter, it was a given that he would eventually be Player of the Week. The Angels’ first baseman batted .424 and slugged 1.121 for the week. He led the majors with six home runs and 13 RBIs. He also scored six times. His 11 extra-base hits helped boost his average for the season from .277 to .289.
AL Pitcher of the Week
David Price, Tampa Bay—The Rays just can’t seem to get their offense going, much to the dismay of their pitchers. Price was winless in two starts last week, but threw 15 innings and allowed only seven hits and five walks. He struck out 16 and capped the week with eight shutout innings against Baltimore in a game the Rays would lose 1-0 in 10 innings. He has allowed just four earned runs in his last 29 innings.
NL Player of the Week
Buster Posey, San Francisco—The All-Star catcher is proving to be a valuable cog in the Giants offense. Posey batted .500 last week, and his six walks gave him an on-base percentage of .600. He homered in three straight games and drove home nine runs.
NL Pitcher of the Week
A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh—Escaping New York proved to be just the ticket for Burnett, who is now 14-3 for the Pirates. Facing a sweep at the hands of the NL Central leaders at Cincinnati, the Pirates moved Burnett’s start up a day and he didn’t disappoint. He went 8.2 strong innings and gave up just two earned runs in the win. Earlier in the week, he tossed a one-hit shutout at Chicago.