Each week during the baseball season Athlon Sports looks at the best (St. Louis Cardinals) 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. CardinalsMaintain the best record in baseball through the first half.
2. Red SoxFinished 5-5 on recent 10-game West Coast trip.
3. A’sHave allowed the fewest runs in the American League.
4. PiratesGiven up more than four runs just once in last 17 games.
5. RaysMost home wins in the majors, below .500 on the road.
6. RangersFirst team to beat Max Scherzer this season.
7. BravesJustin Upton back on a hot streak.
8. OriolesMVP3: Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Adam Jones.
9. RedsGetting little production from bottom of the order.
10. TigersPitching has been shaky of late.
11. IndiansJason Kipnis is Cleveland’s newest young star.
12. DiamondbacksPaul Goldschmidt continues to carry the Arizona offense.
13. YankeesOnly nine extra-base hits in seven games last week.
14. DodgersCould be extremely active once again at trade deadline.
15. NationalsLost 12 of 19 games vs. NL East.
16. PhilliesAt 24-14, Phils have best record vs. NL East.
17. RockiesTroy Tulowitzki back in lineup is welcome sight.
18. Blue JaysHaven’t won two in a row since June 23.
19. MarinersTopped the majors with 51 runs and .505 slugging last week.
20. GiantsTim Lincecum went 74 starts between shutouts.
21. CubsWon a respectable 17 of their last 30.
22. AngelsDisappointing sweep by Seattle.
23. RoyalsOpen second half with Detroit and Baltimore.
24. PadresStill saveless in July.
25. MetsWon six of last nine, all on the road.
26. TwinsTwo six-game losing streaks since June 30.
27. BrewersOne of the teams anxiously awaiting possible PED suspensions.
28. White SoxPlayed 34 innings in two days at Philadelphia.
29. MarlinsLogan Morrison lone recent bright spot in lineup.
30. AstrosChris Carter, leading team in HRs and RBIs, may be traded soon.
AL Player of the Week
Adam Jones, Baltimore
The All-Star center fielder hit .400 last week with four multi-hit games. He scored eight runs with a 1.323 OPS and homered in each of the three weekend games against Toronto with six RBIs.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay
The Rays’ young righthander produced two outstanding outings last week. Through six innings against Minnesota, he allowed just one unearned run, then followed that with a five-hit shutout of Houston, with no walks in either contest.
NL Player of the Week
Buster Posey, San Francisco
The Giants’ backstop began the week with a 5-for-8 performance in San Francisco’s 16-inning marathon with the Mets. He ended the week with nine hits over five games for a .483 average and 1.191 OPS. He drove in five in one game, then scored three in the next.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Zack Greinke, Los Angeles
San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum was certainly masterful in his no-hitter against San Diego, but Greinke had two superb starts last week against division rivals. He logged seven shutout innings at Arizona and tossed a complete game shutout vs. Colorado.