For the first time since May 10th, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in sole possession of first place in the NL West. After a 15-5 dismantling of the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night, coupled with a Giants 4-3 loss to the Pirates, the Dodgers now have a .5 game lead over the hated ones.
While there is another month and a half left in the season, with all the injuries and general uncertainty with the roster, the resilience of the club to climb all the way back to the top is admirable.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 17, 2016
As has been the case all season, the Dodgers are hovering near the top of the weekly power rankings from outlets around the country. Lets take a look at where the Boys in Blue stand this week.
ESPN Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking, No. 8 (Last week No. 10)
Reason: Despite the loss of two more starting pitchers in the forms of Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, the Dodgers keep trudging along. While the offense has arguably been the hottest in baseball since the All-Star, the overall numbers still don’t jump off the page. But, this hasn’t stopped the team from catching the Giants and if/when Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill get healthy, the Dodgers could have the look of a scary team.
The Chicago Cubs are No. 1 for ESPN
Bleacher Report Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking, No. 6 (Last Week No. 7)
Reason: B/R praised sluggers Corey Seager and Justin Turner for carrying the team this season. While Seager has been the Dodgers best hitter all year, Turner has especially turned it on after the All-Star break as he has a 1.044 OPS, 10 doubles, 8 homers and 23 RBI’s in 24 games.
The Cubs are first here as well.
Sports Illustrated Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking, No. 9 (Last Week No. 8)
No reasons given. Unsurprisingly, the Cubbies are first for SI too.
USA Today Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking, No. 8 (Last Week No. 8)
No reasons given. Yup, the north siders are No. 1 again.
CBS Sports Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking, No. 9 (Last Week No. 7)
Reasons: While the team hasn’t exactly needed Rich Hill yet, the sooner he can get this blister deal sorted out the better. The Dodgers are reaching the breaking point with the amount of injuries the starting rotation has sustained and getting Hill into the fold would help right the ship. The other piece acquired at the trade deadline, Josh Reddick, hasn’t quite performed like team had hoped but it looks like that may finally be changing.
I guess when you’re 30 games above .500 you’re gonna be first in all the power rankings (it’s the Cubs again if you couldn’t tell).
Average Dodgers Power Ranking: 8
With the Dodgers finally over taking the Giants, power rankings are the last thing that the fans or the organization will be worrying about, but, it’s still fun to see what non-partial parties think of the team.
The Dodgers continue their road trip on Wednesday as they continue their series with the Phillies. Scott Kazmir is on the mound going against Jake Thompson with first pitch set for 4:05 PM PST.