As the month of May comes to an end, the Oakland Athletics continue to lead the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels are trailing closely behind, the A’s still hold a 1 1/2 game lead over the Angels despite a week in which they went 2-4.
1. Oakland Athletics (30-20, 2-4 this week)
The A’s opened the week with an off day on Monday before traveling to St. Petersburg to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Drew Pomeranz opened the series on Tuesday night by tossing five scoreless innings, which was backed by Coco Crisp’s two doubles as Oakland cruised to a 3-0 victory. On Wednesday night, the A’s only mustered one hit, but they took advantage of Tampa Bay’s costly errors on their way to a 3-2 win. Securing the series win in the process. The Rays salvaged one win in the series on Thursday with a victory in eleven innings, sparked by Sean Rodriguez’s walk-off 3-run home run to cap the 5-2 win. Oakland then moved on to Toronto, only to get swept by the Blue Jays over the weekend. Despite being swept, the Athletics’ pitching staff had a solid weekend, only yielding eleven total runs in the three games.
Player of the Week- Sonny Gray (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER in no-decision Thursday @TB)
2. Los Angeles Angels (28-21, 4-2 this week)
The Angels continued a strong start to the season this week, which started with a series win over Houston after dropping the series opener on Monday. Los Angeles had a 9-run outburst on Tuesday night before clinching the series on Wednesday behind an absolute gem by Jered Weaver, who allowed just one run on two hits while going the distance. The Angels then came back home for a series with the Royals, beginning on Friday night with a 6-1 Los Angeles win, backed by C.J. Wilson’s performance on the mound. He allowed only one run on four hits in six and one-third innings, earning him the win. The Angels fell in extra innings on Saturday night, but came back Sunday for the series victory, punctuated by Chris Ianetta’s go-ahead solo home run in the eighth (his fifth homer of the year).
Player of the Week- Mike Trout (8-19, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI)
3. Texas Rangers (25-25, 4-2 this week)
The Rangers had a strong week, though they continue to boast just a .500 record. Which is far under Texas’ standards within the last few years. The Rangers split a mid-week series with Seattle, winning on Wednesday after being dominated by Hishashi Iwakuma on Tuesday. Texas then flew to Detroit for a four-game series with the Tigers. They took the opener on Thursday night, backed by Yu Darvish’s seven innings of two-run ball. Ex-Ranger Ian Kinsler got the best of his former team on Friday night, as he collected three doubles and three runs en route to a 7-2 Detroit win. The Rangers took the next two games, scoring twenty-four runs combined while holding the Tigers to six.
Player of the Week- Adrian Beltre (12-23, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI)
4. Seattle Mariners (24-25, 3-3 this week)
So far, the Mariners have failed their 2014 expectations, though they have played competitive baseball. They split a two-game set with the Rangers in the middle of the week before heading home to take on the Houston Astros. Roenis Elias threw for Seattle on Thursday, allowing just one run in five and one-third innings. Felix Hernandez followed up that performance on Friday with a gem of his own, allowing just one run in eight innings while striking out nine. Houston came back strong the next two days, however, picking up wins on back-to-back days to split the series.
Player of the Week- Kyle Seager (9-21, 2B, 6 RBI)
5. Houston Astros (19-32, 3-4 this week)
The Astros continue to show promise so far this season even though the wins aren’t quite there. Houston dropped two of three to Los Angeles early in the week, before splitting a four-game series over the weekend with the Seattle Mariners. Throughout the week, the Astros got constant production from Jose Altuve and Jason Castro, while getting two great pitching performances from Dallas Keuchel to start and finish the week.
Player of the Week- Jose Altuve (14-29, 3 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB)