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

 

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.

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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  1. yarritsblake

    I wonder how the other starters fared when you eliminate the debacle that has been Bolsinger this season.  Kazmir is inconsistent, but been steady since the awful April.  Ironically in June, he hasn’t given up more than three runs in a start, but his ERA is 4.95 due to only lasting past the 5th inning in one start out of four this month.  Urias has been getting better and better, and his last three starts he sports a 1.88 ERA, and a 22/3 K/BB ratio (13.81 K/9 and 1.88 BB/9 rates).

    And ironically, despite all the criticism, our bullpen has the best NL ERA, and is 2nd in ERA in the majors.  Which is a pretty great accomplishment given how harshly people have been criticizing the Dodgers bullpen this year.  But honestly, going month by month, you can see where most of the criticism spiked: the end of April.  For about two weeks, the bullpen was a dumpster fire, but since than, in May our ERA was 2.98, and in June it has been 2.14 so far.  

    The only thing that has been a big question mark really is our lineup.  Between injuries, inconsistency, and under-performing, our lineup has probably been our biggest weakness.  I wouldn’t say our starters are the biggest weakness simply because the only reason it seems the rotation has been poor has been due to injuries mainly.  But with the enormous depth we have in terms of starting pitching, this hasn’t led us to have an extremely difficult time.  That said, I really think we should consider trading for a big bat using the might of our surplus of starting pitching prospects.  We can make a good splash for a big bat, or heck even a lights out set-up man (a la Andrew Miller), without having to give up Urias or DeLeon.  Between Stewart, Cotton, Stripling, Holmes, Alvarez, and others, we have more than enough solid pieces to grab some major league talent.

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