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. BravesProjected date to clinch: Sept. 13 at home vs. San Diego.
2. TigersBatting .341 with 11 homers, 48 runs over last eight games.
3. DodgersBeginning to show signs of coming back down to earth.
4. Red SoxGiants and Dodgers hit just .167 off Red Sox last week.
5. Cardinals13 straight games vs. Reds and Pirates. #makeorbreak
6. PiratesUnsuccessful in last five stolen base attempts.
7. RangersAveraging 6.2 runs per game since Nelson Cruz suspension.
8. RaysBegin key 10-game West Coast road trip this weekend.
9. RedsStarting pitching continues to carry Reds.
10. A’sNext three opponents (Det./T.B./Tex.) may decide postseason fate.
11. IndiansLast shot at Tigers this weekend.
12. YankeesWon 11 of 15, within 3.5 games of wild card.
13. OriolesTough nine-game road trip to Boston, New York and Cleveland.
14. Diamondbacks13 straight games vs. losing teams before next series with L.A.
15. NationalsStill time to make a charge, but running out of games fast.
16. RoyalsContinue to tease fans just enough.
17. Rockies15 of last 30 games vs. teams currently in playoff position.
18. MarinersBest below .500 team in American League. #uselessinfo
19. PadresTyson Ross has been a very pleasant surprise.
20. AngelsBatting just .246 over last 20 games.
21. GiantsTwo teams had more triples last week than Giants had homers.
22. PhilliesWon six of eight, with one of the losses in 18 innings.
23. TwinsCould be key spoilers in all three AL divisional races.
24. MetsMatt Harvey injury news could be devastating.
25. Blue Jays16-year string of better records than Royals likely to end.
26. White SoxGiven up 29 runs over last nine games (8-1).
27. BrewersMay have found future stars in Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis.
28. CubsFive NL teams have worse run differential.
29. MarlinsEmergence of Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna is encouraging.
30. AstrosCould 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.