Each week during the baseball season Athlon Sports looks at the best (St. Louis Cardinals) and worst (Miami Marlins) baseball teams and players in the league. Here's our MLB Power Rankings and Players of the Week.
1. CardinalsLost first road series since first of season — at Miami.
2. Red SoxRays at home, Tigers on the road this week.
3. A’sOakland is smoking hot since middle of May (22-7).
4. BravesB.J. actually outproduced brother Justin last week.
5. RedsFour-game set with Pittsburgh before a trip west.
6. PiratesIn June, when Bucs score five or more: 5-0, give up five: 0-6.
7. OriolesTook three of four from Red Sox over the weekend.
8. TigersWon 11 of last 15 vs. AL Central.
9. YankeesScored a scant 24 runs in last nine games.
10. RangersOffense produced just eight runs during recent six-game skid.
11. DiamondbacksSwept at San Diego, now four teams within two games in West.
12. RaysLed the majors with 16 homers last week.
13. RockiesCan potent offense continue without Troy Tulowitzki?
14. PadresFive different pitchers have shared last seven saves.
15. GiantsJune: Lost 2, won 2, lost 2, won 2, lost 2, won 2, lost 2.
16. NationalsAnthony Rendon hitting .444 in June; rest of team .216.
17. IndiansAsdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana combined .500 vs. K.C.
18. RoyalsGiven up more than three runs just once in June (11-4).
19. Blue JaysEnjoyed four-game sweep at Texas.
20. PhilliesOpponents hit .305 last week as Phils dropped five of seven.
21. TwinsWith bases empty, Joe Mauer batting .340; rest of team, .228.
22. MarinersDesperately seeking starting pitching from Nos. 3, 4 and 5.
23. AngelsTeam ERA leader? Jerome Williams. Enough said.
24. DodgersYasiel Puig has .500 OBP in first 13 games.
25. BrewersJune ERA about a run and half better than May.
26. White SoxNos. 4, 5 and 6 hitters are combined .211 this season.
27. CubsCubs pitchers holding opponents to a .210 average on the road.
28. Mets0-for-3 in save opportunities this month.
29. AstrosMonthly ERAs: April, 5.55, May 5.06, June 2.91.
30. MarlinsCalmly took two of three from best team in majors.
NL Player of the Week
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado
Without running buddy Troy Tulowitzki for the next month or so, it may be difficult for CarGo to maintain his strong season. Last week, he batted .476 with a 1.617 OPS, three home runs, eight RBIs and six runs. His six extra-base hits led the senior circuit.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee
After giving up multiple runs in each of his last nine starts, Gallardo found some magic last week. In road starts at Miami and Cincinnati, the righthander didn’t allow a run over 14 innings. He gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out nine.
AL Player of the Week
Adam Dunn, Chicago
Very little has gone right for Dunn this season, and the White Sox have struggled of late. But last week, the Big Donkey socked four home runs and drove home eight. He began the week with a four-hit game, and by hitting .389 he raised his season average from .165 to .183.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Corey Kluber, Cleveland
The Indians are struggling to stay around .500 and Kluber played a huge role last week. He allowed just one run over eight innings in a win at Texas, then shut down Washington over eight frames in a 2-0 win over the Nats. In 16 innings, he gave up 13 hits, three walks and only one run.