A look at the best and worst baseball teams in the league.
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.
â1. Red SoxâBig Papi is back and hitting better than .500 so far.
â2. Rangersâ11-5 vs. AL West, but donât face Oakland for another two weeks.
â3. BravesâWent 3-7 on painful road trip, now four key games with Nats.
â4. RockiesâRox get scare with Tulowitzki shoulder injury.
â5. GiantsâNo. 8 hitter Brandon Crawford leads team in homers and OPS.
â6. YankeesâShortstops sans Derek Jeter are hitting just .177.
â7. TigersâPitching dominated Atlanta in key sweep.
â8. AâsâLost eight of 10 vs. AL East.
â9. NationalsâJordan Zimmermann becoming new ace.
10. DiamondbacksâWon all five of Patrick Corbin starts.
11. PiratesâTook two of three in St. Louis to move into first place.
12. RoyalsâClean-up hitters batting just .198.
13. CardinalsâWill get two starts from Adam Wainwright this week.
14. RedsâShin-Soo Choo has brought a .492 OBP to the leadoff spot.
15. OriolesâOwn three of the top 10 batting averages in the majors.
16. DodgersâBig week coming up vs. Rockies and Giants.
17. RaysâFive of last six losses have been by one run or in extra innings.
18. PhilliesâSpent just two days at .500 this season, canât rise above.
19. BrewersâFacing 19 straight games against winning teams.
20. TwinsâKevin Correia has revitalized his career.
21. MetsâMatt Harvey is 4-0, 1.54 ERA. Rest of staff: 6-13, 4.88.
22. MarinersâTom Wilhelmsen last 10 IP: 3 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs, 8 Ks.
23. AngelsâEasy to blame superstars, but Angels arenât getting good pitching.
24. White SoxâBatting .229, scoring less than 3.5 runs/game.
25. PadresâStarters must get deeper into games.
26. CubsâStarters have a 3.14 ERA, but just a 5-12 record.
27. IndiansâLost eight of last 12.
28. Blue JaysâSeason falling apart eerily similar to Miami in 2012.
29. AstrosâHave Seattleâs number this season.
30. MarlinsâOn pace to rank with all-time worst teams.
AL Player of the Week
David Ortiz, Boston
Big Papi was a welcome sight at Fenway Park last week. The slugger, on the disabled list to begin the season, has hit safely in all games he has appeared including six last week. For the season, heâs batting a robust .516 with six multi-hit games so far. For the week, he hit .478 with a couple of home runs and nine RBIs.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Matt Moore, Tampa Bay
The Rays continue to rely on their pitching to keep the club in the race. Moore has been nothing short of spectacular all season. In 14 innings last week, the lefthander gave up five hits and four walks and struck out 18 to win both of his starts.
NL Player of the Week
Russell Martin, Pittsburgh
The surging Pirates bolted into first place after winning two of three in St. Louis. The Bucsâ catcher raised his season average last week from .216 to a respectable .267 by batting .375 with four homers.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh
The young lefthander found his groove last week, tossing 13 shutout innings in road wins over Philadelphia and St. Louis. In 13 innings, he allowed just five hit and four walks. He struck out 10.