The Los Angeles Dodgers headed into the All-Star break with a 51-40 record, which is good for second place in the NL West. However, there is both good news and bad news with the Dodgers current standing. They are 11 games above .500, which is the highest mark of the season and they are 2.5 games ahead in the wild card race, but, they sit 6.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers will look to go on a little run once games resume as the team gets healthy and try and close the gap on the hated ones from up north. Until then though, Dodgers fans had the pleasure of watching Corey Seager and Kenley Jansen participate in the All-Star break festivities in San Diego.
The All-Star break doesn’t stop the weekly power rankings from coming out though, so lets look where the Dodgers stand at the halfway point of the season.
ESPN Power Ranking: Dodgers No. 8 (Last week No. 7)
Reasons: While there is no doubt the Dodgers would love Clayton Kershaw back as soon as possible, the bullpen is responding well to the extra workload. Only once since Kershaw went down has a Dodgers starter lasted longer than 7 innings but the bullpen still has a MLB leading 2.83 ERA for the season.
Get used to seeing this, the Giants are in the No. 1 spot
Bleacher Report Power Ranking: Dodgers No. 7 (Last week No. 6)
Reasons: With Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu making their respective debuts, and Brett Anderson not too terribly far away, things may be getting better much sooner for a Dodgers rotation that has been plagued by inconsistency all season. They named Clayton Kershaw the Dodgers first half MVP and Cy Young and Corey Seager the Rookie of the Year.
The Giants are ranked No. 1
Sports Illustrated Power Ranking: Dodgers. No. 9 (Last week no. 7)
Reasons: SI also lauded the collective performances of the rotation, picking up the slack after having the ace go down. They were especially appreciative of Kenta Maeda, who has seemingly flown slightly under the radar this season despite easily being the second best pitcher in the rotation.
Take a wild guess who’s number 1?
USA Today Power Ranking: Dodgers No. 9 (Last week no. 7)
Reasons: No reasons given
Surprise! The Giants aren’t at the top! (no, regrettably I’m joking, they’re no. 1 again)
Dodgers Average Ranking: 8.25
As with most of the season, the Dodgers are near the top of the lists and their play on the field has justified the rankings. With an almost full compliment of pitchers, look for the team to keep up their good play and hopefully gain some ground on the Giants and get them bumped from the top of at least one of these lists.