Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best (Texas Rangers) and worst (Houston Astros) baseball teams and players in the league. Here's our MLB Power Rankings and Players of the Week.
1. RangersScheppers-Ross-Nathan bullpen is tough to crack.
2. GiantsMatt Cain with back-to-back strong starts.
3. CardinalsEven with sketchy bullpen, allowed fewest runs in majors.
4. YankeesWon five straight, four by two runs or less. #MoreCloseGames
5. NationalsJordan Zimmermann leads NL with six wins.
6. Red SoxLost five of seven at the hands of Twins and Blue Jays.
7. OriolesOnly 6-5 in one-run games this season.
8. RedsJust 6-13 against teams with winning records.
9. PiratesNext 13 games vs. Brewers, Astros and Cubs.
10. Tigers19-3 when scoring 4+ runs; 1-12 when scoring fewer.
11. BravesJustin Upton hasn’t homered since April 27.
12. DiamondbacksCommitted just eight errors this season.
13. RockiesWon just seven of last 20 as bullpen innings mount.
14. A’sRecent 3-7 road trip featured .210 batting average, 4.55 ERA.
15. RaysBroke out with 52 runs to lead majors last week.
16. RoyalsAlex Gordon is carrying the offense.
17. MarinersBats remain silent hitting just .211 in May.
18. IndiansMajors’ best record in May at 9-2.
19. PhilliesRight side of infield has 46 of team’s 82 RBIs.
20. TwinsJoe Mauer: .600 OBP, 10 runs last week.
21. PadresHeadley and Venable hitting .344 in May, rest of team, .176.
22. White SoxChris Sale toyed with history last Sunday.
23. CubsKevin Gregg, yep, that Kevin Gregg, leads team with six saves.
24. MetsMatt Harvey just keeps dealing.
25. Blue JaysLed majors in home runs (15) and steals (10) last week.
26. DodgersFive of eight losses in May by one run.
27. BrewersCarlos Gomez, Jean Segura are 1-2 in NL batting race.
28. AngelsOn pace to lose 100 games.
29. MarlinsHave won just one series this season.
30. AstrosOpponents are batting .300.
AL Player of the Week
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay
The Rays are beginning to perk up and it’s no surprise that Longoria has been carrying the offense. Last week he hit safely in all seven games, batting .464 with a 1,496 OPS. He had eight extra-base hits, three homers and drove in 11 runs.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Chris Sale, Chicago
The lanky lefty’s gem on Sunday night against the Angels provided the highlight, but Sale was terrific in both starts last week. In addition to the one-hitter Sunday, Sale allowed just one run in 7.1 innings for a no-decision in a win at Kansas City. In 16.1 innings, Sale had a 0.43 WHIP and 0.59 ERA.
NL Player of the Week
Jean Segura, Milwaukee
The Brewers haven’t been very good recently, but their shortstop has been outstanding in the field and at the dish. Last week he batted .500 with four multi-hit games in the Brewers’ five games. Over the weekend at Cincinnati, he was 8-for-12 with a pair of homers, two doubles and four runs.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Shelby Miller, St. Louis
The young righthander made just one start last week, but what an outing it was. Miller allowed a leadoff single to Eric Young in the first inning, then retired the next 27 in order. The one-hitter was the first shutout of his career.