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. RangersYu Darvish has strikeout pitch working this season.
2. Red SoxBats went silent in sweep at the hands of the Rangers.
3. GiantsBuster Posey, Guillermo Quiroz hit walk-off HRs in sweep over L.A.
4. CardinalsA 13-6 road record boosts Redbirds to best overall mark in NL.
5. TigersMiguel Cabrera three home runs shy of Triple Crown position.
6. Braves10-game roadie on tap against three +.500 teams.
7. YankeesJust one of last eight wins by more than two runs. #CloseGames
8. A’sBusy bullpen logged more innings than starters last week.
9. NationalsMust get Adam LaRoche’s bat going.
10. RoyalsFive postponements already this season.
11. RockiesHaven’t won two in a row since April 20.
12. RedsHit just two homers, but won four of six last week.
13. Pirates16-9 since horrendous 1-5 start.
14. OriolesFirst team to play 20 road games already this season.
15. DiamondbacksOnly team in NL West with winning road record.
16. RaysNo Rays hitter has been intentionally walked this season.
17. PhilliesOffense bottomed out at .182 over last seven days.
18. MarinersBatting just .223 on the road.
19. TwinsLead-off hitters have majors-worst .248 OBP.
20. BrewersCleanup hitters batting .188 with no home runs.
21. PadresJedd Gyorko making Rookie of the Year push.
22. IndiansBatted .338 last week, which led majors.
23. Dodgers64 extra-base hits rank lowest in majors.
24. MetsOf 37 runners in scoring position, Ike Davis has driven in eight.
25. White SoxOnly Miami has scored fewer runs this season.
26. AngelsToo talented — and too expensive — to be this far down.
27. CubsAnthony Rizzo beginning to heat up — .357 last week.
28. Blue JaysQuickly settling in at the bottom of this list.
29. MarlinsSwapping places with Houston may happen a lot in 2013.
30. AstrosWith eight wins, only team stuck in single digits.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Justin Verlander, Detroit
The Tigers’ ace has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts. Last week, in two outings, he pitched 14 innings and gave up just seven hits and four walks with 17 strikeouts. He won both games with an ERA of 0.64 and a 0.79 WHIP.
AL Player of the Week
Ryan Raburn, Cleveland
The former Detroit utilityman has found a home in right field in Cleveland. Last week, Raburn hit .591 with two four-hit games, a three-hit game and a two-hit game. He homered twice in back-to-back games for his only four long balls of the season. During the week, he raised his season batting average from .214 to .344.
NL Player of the Week
Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee
It appears that the fleet center fielder known for his defensive prowess has turned the corner offensively. Last week he hit .462 with three home runs. His eight runs, six extra-base hits and five steals all tied for the best in the majors.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Sergio Romo, San Francisco
San Francisco’s closer made five appearances last week and notched four saves and a win. He retired 15 of the 18 batters he faced, allowing just three singles. His durability and reliability permit Bruce Bochy to manage games cautiously to the Giants’ advantage.