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 July 30, 2012.
1. Reds—Everything falling into place in Cincinnati.
2. Nationals—Will Stephen Strasburg be available down the stretch?
3. Yankees—Followed a 2-5 West Coast trip by losing two of three to Boston.
4. Rangers—Need to get Josh Hamilton back on track soon.
5. Pirates—Playing well, but can’t keep pace with ultra hot Reds.
6. Dodgers—Sweep at San Francisco has Dodgers and Giants virtually tied.
7. Braves—Stingy pitching allowed just five runs over last four games.
8. Angels—Former Angel Fernando Rodney saves Sat. and Sun. games.
9. Giants—Nothing more painful than getting swept at home by Dodgers.
10. A’s—Green and Gold is red hot in Oakland.
11. Cardinals—Let weekend slip away in Chicago.
12. Tigers—Made huge splash with trades and filled big hole at second.
13. White Sox—Young Sox are not going away.
14. Orioles—Buck Showalter has so much to build on for the future.
15. Rays—With Evan Longoria coming back soon, you never know.
16. Blue Jays—Jays have been within two games of .500 since June 25.
17. Diamondbacks—Arizona has Giants and Dodgers looking over their shoulders.
18. Mariners—11-6 since All-Star break; brighter days ahead.
19. Red Sox—Felix Doubront is latest Red Sox ace.
20. Mets—Wheels are coming off and team is breaking down.
21. Indians—7-2 vs. Tigers this season, but ended weekend two under .500.
22. Marlins—Contenders in the offseason, sellers at the trade deadline.
23. Twins—Winning records vs. Cleveland and Kansas City this season.
24. Padres—3.16 ERA at home, 4.47 on the road.
25. Brewers—Bullpen has been absolutely terrible all season.
26. Phillies—Doesn’t look like a spark will happen.
27. Cubs—Totally different team on the road than at home.
28. Royals—Same sad story of struggle in K.C this summer.
29. Rockies—Won just four of 15 since the break; season getting bleaker.
30. Astros—Tough to find a silver lining right now.
AL Player of the Week
Paul Konerko, Chicago— Teammate Alex Rios led the AL in RBIs and Adam Dunn scored the most runs, but it was Konerko who was the most consistent man in the middle of the lineup for Chicago last week. He batted .435 and drove home seven runs. His power stroke had been missing since a minor wrist injury earlier this month, but he hit three home runs and added a double.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Scott Feldman, Texas—The Rangers have been scuffling terribly of late, but Feldman was terrific in two starts last week. He allowed just one run to the Red Sox last Monday and tossed eight shutout innings in a 2-0 win over the AL Central-leading White Sox Sunday night. Two of the Rangers’ last three wins are courtesy of Feldman, who did not walk a batter and struck out 10 in his two outings.
NL Player of the Week
Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee—The Brewers have not been very good of late, losing nine of their last 10 games. But the bullpen deserves most of the blame, certainly not the offense. Ramirez has done his part. Last week he batted .417 with four doubles and a pair of home runs while nursing a wrist injury that caused him to miss Sunday’s game.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Mike Minor, Atlanta—The young lefthander seems to be coming into his own after several false starts over the past two seasons. He logged 15 innings for the Braves last week without walking a batter. He gave up just 10 hits and whiffed 13. He allowed just two runs against Miami, but lost 2-1 before pitching eight innings and defeating the Phillies, 2-1.