Each week during the baseball season Athlon Sports looks at the best (Atlanta Braves) 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 Rankings
1. BravesOpponents batted .172 last week.
2. Red SoxAstros and Royals batted .294 off Boston pitching last week.
3. Dodgers19 of next 22 games vs. teams with losing records.
4. TigersWhipped up on Mo Rivera twice over the weekend.
5. PiratesSwept at Colorado, now visit St. Louis for another showdown.
6. RangersAlex Rios provided a quick spark, but will it last?
7. CardinalsLost 13 of 18 and their hold on first place.
8. A’sIn AL West game of flip-flop, Oakland back in second.
9. RaysWent 2-7 vs. NL West, happy to get back to AL opponents.
10. OriolesBaltimore faring a little better vs. NL West than Rays did.
11. RedsExpect big things at Milwaukee and Chicago this week.
12. IndiansTribe may be running out of gas.
13. RoyalsFans still believe the postseason can happen for K.C.
14. Yankees21-year streaks of better records than Det. and K.C. in jeopardy.
15. DiamondbacksBelow .500 since the break and next 10 games will be tough.
16. NationalsRevenge at Atlanta this weekend?
17. RockiesSweeping the Pirates was fun.
18. MarinersHisashi Iwakuma hitting a wall: 3-5, 4.59 over last 11 starts.
19. Blue JaysOffense not the problem; 6-7 when scoring 5+ since break.
20. PadresChange of scenery appears to be good for Ian Kennedy.
21. TwinsJust two off days left the rest of the season.
22. MetsStill bullish on young pitching.
23. AngelsLost nine in a row within their division.
24. CubsBatting .226 and scoring less than three runs/game over last 18.
25. PhilliesPhillies’ last save was July 11.
26. GiantsHave a 3.09 ERA in August, but lost six of 11.
27. BrewersOnly 1.5 games worse than defending champs.
28. MarlinsNon-pitchers are batting just .235 this season.
29. White SoxScored fewest runs in American League.
30. AstrosGrowing pains keep getting worse.
AL Player of the Week
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
The best hitter on the planet continued to crush AL pitching last week. Miggy drove in 11 runs last week and among his four homers were two ninth-inning clouts off Mariano Rivera over the weekend.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Anibal Sanchez, Detroit
The Tigers are finally hitting and pitching like most experts expected coming into the season. Last week Sanchez allowed eight hits and three walks to go with his 19 whiffs over 14.2 innings in the Tigers’ wins at Cleveland and New York.
NL Player of the Week
Aaron Hill, Arizona
The underrated second baseman finished the week with a pair of hits in four straight games, including three doubles and two home runs, raising his average from .278 to .299. He batted .474 with a 1.471 OPS.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Stephen Strasburg, Washington
The Nats’ ace allowed just five and two runs over seven innings against the Braves, a game Washington would ultimately lose, then pitched the first complete game and shutout of his career against Philadelphia.