The Los Angeles Dodgers have been incredibly hot as of late, having won 5 in a row and hit homers in 12 straight games. Last night they beat the 1st place Nationals 3-2 thanks to a 3-run shot by Grandal and look to do the same tonight with Urias on the mound. It is not just the fans who have been impressed by this stellar offense. Let’s look at what ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, and Sports Illustrated have to say!
Each week the major media outlets rank all 32 MLB clubs. Who holds the power this week?
ESPN Power Rank: Dodgers No. 12 (Last Week No. 11)
Reasons: Los Angeles needs better contributions from the back end of its rotation. Through Saturday, Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda were a combined 16-5 with a 2.06 ERA and 0.829 WHIP. All other starters were 9-16 with a 4.74 ERA and 1.366 WHIP. — Diane Firstman
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) June 19, 2016
The Giants moved 3 spots up to No. 2. Cubs remain No. 1.
Bleacher Report Rank: Dodgers No. 7 (Last Week No. 11)
Reasons: The Los Angeles Dodgers jump back into the top 10 after series wins over the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers last week, and two walk-off wins in their last three games give them plenty of momentum heading into a big matchup with the Washington Nationals.
On offense, Justin Turner has finally snapped out of it at the plate. He turned in a huge week and is now hitting .281/.329/.609 with three doubles and six home runs in June.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 18, 2016
The Giants moved 1 spot up to No. 3. Cubs remain No. 1.
USA Today Rank: Dodgers No. 9 (Last Week No. 12)
No Reasons given.
The Giants remain at No. 4. The Cubs Remain at No. 1.
Sports Illustrated Rank: Dodgers No. 9 (Last Week No. 12)
No Reasons given.
Giants moved 2 spots up to No. 3. The Cubs remain at No. 1.
Dodgers Average Rank: 9.25
For the most part, the team moved up in the rankings, which is great! After this week, with two wins under their belt already, let’s hope that they move up even more!
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