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's our MLB Power Rankings and Players of the Week.
Athlon Sports 2013 MLB Power Ranking
1. CardinalsEarned first home three-game sweep over the weekend.
2. PiratesTied with St. Louis and host a five-game series later in July.
3. Red SoxBoston’s 54 wins are most in the majors.
4. A’sTough stretch at Pittsburgh and vs. Boston to end first half.
5. RangersYu Darvish should be considered for All-Star start.
6. RaysGood to have David Price back atop the rotation.
7. RedsHomer Bailey’s no-hitter highlights the week.
8. DiamondbacksTied with Boston for the majors’ largest division lead.
9. BravesLook out below! The Nationals are coming.
10. OriolesOffense struggling; produced just 20 runs in last seven games.
11. TigersWill face White Sox for the first time this season this week.
12. IndiansMichael Brantley only Indian with more RBIs than whiffs.
13. NationalsMaking a strong run at the Braves before the break.
14. YankeesDerek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez finally playing rehab games in minors.
15. DodgersOfficially back in the hunt.
16. AngelsCreeping toward contention, but not there yet.
17. PhilliesUnclear whether Phillies will be buyers or sellers at the deadline.
18. Blue JaysNeed to finish first half strong at Cleveland and Baltimore.
19. RockiesJust 3-6 in last nine games vs. NL West.
20. GiantsTeam hit just .177 in six games last week.
21. RoyalsThird-fewest extra-base hits in the majors.
22. PadresBlew a gasket when they reached the .500 level.
23. CubsCan Cubs find a trade partner for Alfonso Soriano this season?
24. MarinersHisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez are 1-2 in ERA in AL.
25. TwinsLost 12 of 16 since June 20.
26. MetsMatt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jeremy Hefner terrific young trio.
27. BrewersDeserve to have two starters in All-Star Game.
28. White SoxShould begin unloading players any day now.
29. Marlins16-11 since June 8, third-best in National League.
30. AstrosSix losing streaks of five or more games this season.
AL Player of the Week
Adrian Beltre, Texas
The Rangers’ third baseman led the majors with four long balls last week ending a 22-game homerless streak. Beltre now has a nine-game hitting streak that includes four multi-hit games, as he batted .478 with a 1.607 OPS last week.
AL Pitcher of the Week
David Price, Tampa Bay
The Rays are ecstatic over having their ace back on the hill. Returning from a triceps injury, Price allowed just 11 hits with no walks over 16 innings in wins over Houston and the White Sox.
NL Player of the Week
Brian McCann, Atlanta
The Braves have been waiting for their catcher to break out this season, and last week he did just that. Batting an even .600 for the week, McCann raised his average from .250 to .304. He has multiple hits in his last four games.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles
The former Cy Young winner and the Dodgers are rolling as Kershaw is the only pitcher in the bigs with a sub-2.00 ERA. Last week he shut out the Rockies on four hits, then followed with a masterful eight innings at San Fran.