A look at the best and worst baseball teams in the league.
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 Ranking
1. Braves Projected date to clinch: Sept. 13 at home vs. San Diego.
2. Tigers Batting .341 with 11 homers, 48 runs over last eight games.
3. Dodgers Beginning to show signs of coming back down to earth.
4. Red Sox Giants and Dodgers hit just .167 off Red Sox last week.
5. Cardinals 13 straight games vs. Reds and Pirates. #makeorbreak
6. Pirates Unsuccessful in last five stolen base attempts.
7. Rangers Averaging 6.2 runs per game since Nelson Cruz suspension.
8. Rays Begin key 10-game West Coast road trip this weekend.
9. Reds Starting pitching continues to carry Reds.
10. A’s Next three opponents (Det./T.B./Tex.) may decide postseason fate.
11. Indians Last shot at Tigers this weekend.
12. Yankees Won 11 of 15, within 3.5 games of wild card.
13. Orioles Tough nine-game road trip to Boston, New York and Cleveland.
14. Diamondbacks 13 straight games vs. losing teams before next series with L.A.
15. Nationals Still time to make a charge, but running out of games fast.
16. Royals Continue to tease fans just enough.
17. Rockies 15 of last 30 games vs. teams currently in playoff position.
18. Mariners Best below .500 team in American League. #uselessinfo
19. Padres Tyson Ross has been a very pleasant surprise.
20. Angels Batting just .246 over last 20 games.
21. Giants Two teams had more triples last week than Giants had homers.
22. Phillies Won six of eight, with one of the losses in 18 innings.
23. Twins Could be key spoilers in all three AL divisional races.
24. Mets Matt Harvey injury news could be devastating.
25. Blue Jays 16-year string of better records than Royals likely to end.
26. White Sox Given up 29 runs over last nine games (8-1).
27. Brewers May have found future stars in Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis.
28. Cubs Five NL teams have worse run differential.
29. Marlins Emergence of Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna is encouraging.
30. Astros Could be mathematically eliminated by week’s end.
AL Player of the Week
Jason Castro, Houston
The All-Star catcher swung a torrid bat last week, hitting .529 with a 1.913 OPS. He reached base safely in all six games, including a walk on Sunday in his only appearance. He was 3-for-3 on Saturday and had six extra-base hits for the week.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Jarrod Parker, Oakland
Parker was outstanding in his two starts last week, winning both, which represent Oakland’s last two victories. In 17.0 innings, Parker allowed 13 hits, three walks and whiffed 13 for a 0.94 WHIP and 1.06 ERA.
NL Player of the Week
Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia
The Phillies’ backstop batted .440 with a 1.302 OPS last week. He hit two home runs and drove home six. He amassed eight knocks in his last three games, including three in the Phillies’ 18-inning loss on Saturday in which he caught the entire contest.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Jose Fernandez, Miami
Last week, the young righthander was 2-0 with a 0.85 WHIP and 0.69 ERA. In 13 innings, he gave up eight hits, three walks and struck out 16 as he continues to be one of the few bright spots in Miami this summer.