Each week during the baseball 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. Rangers—Texas survived first blown save and three HRs by Miggy.
2. Cardinals—Young pitchers must step up to replaced injured starters.
3. Yankees—In first place in tough division despite numerous injuries.
4. Red Sox—Would like to have Justin Masterson-Victor Martinez trade back.
5. Reds—Johnny Cueto’s return improves an already strong rotation.
6. Pirates—Tied for second-best record in NL.
7. Giants—Lost four games in which they’ve scored six runs or more.
8. Braves—First time all season best lineup on the field together.
9. Nationals—Sputtering offense has scored just nine runs in last six losses.
10. Indians—Won 17 of 21, but can starting pitching hold up?
11. Rays—Injury to David Price could be devastating to surging Rays.
12. Tigers—Starting pitchers did not enjoy trip to Texas.
13. Diamondbacks—Won nine of 13 to bolt back into first place.
14. Rockies—Plated 31 runs while taking three of four from Giants.
15. Orioles—Winning road record (14-9), losing at home (9-11).
16. A’s—Won three one-run games in sweep over Royals.
17. Phillies—Ryan Howard: .050 with runners in scoring position, 2 outs.
18. Padres—Won 15 of last 20 when not playing at Tampa Bay.
19. Royals—Leadoff hitters are batting just .190 off K.C. pitching.
20. Mariners—No. 9 hitters batting an NL-esque .151.
21. Twins—Tough tests at Atlanta and Detroit this week.
22. White Sox—Offense begins and ends with Alex Rios.
23. Cubs—Would Cubs really consider a move from Wrigley?
24. Mets—David Wright/Daniel Murphy: .307; rest of team: .209.
25. Blue Jays—Batted .303 last week, but team ERA was 5.02.
26. Dodgers—Adrian Gonzalez has 22 percent of team’s RBIs.
27. Angels—This lack of winning isn’t what Albert Pujols signed up for.
28. Brewers—Lineup is too good to be this bad.
29. Marlins—Suffered four three-game sweeps this season.
30. Astros—Thankfully, Houston and Miami will not meet in 2013.
Al Player of the Week
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
Miggy continues to separate himself from the rest of the league, much like Barry Bonds did 10 years ago. With four hits, including three home runs, Cabrera raised his major-league leading batting average to .387. He batted .429 with seven RBIs and seven runs for the week.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Justin Masterson, Cleveland
The surging Indians have won eight of Masterson’s 10 starts this season, scoring a total of three runs in the two losses. The new Cleveland ace pitched a complete game shutout over the Yankees last week, and followed up with seven shutout innings in a 6-0 win over Seattle. For the week, he threw 16 innings, gave up seven hits, five walks and struck out 20.
NL Player of the Week
Joey Votto, Cincinnati
Quietly and consistently, the Reds’ first baseman shows why he is the best hitter in the National League. He hit .583 last week with a pair of home runs, five RBIs and seven runs. He drew five walks to go with his 14 hits over the six games.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Homer Bailey, Cincinnati
After a complete game win over Miami, Bailey tossed seven shutout innings at Philadelphia in the Reds’ 3-2 loss. Over his 16 innings last week, Bailey allowed 11 hits, a walk and struck out 13.