According to MLB.com, the Dodgers are ranked second in their version of the MLB Power Rankings, sitting only behind the well-regarded Houston Astros. This is the same result as last week, but with the Astros going 5-1 this week with a sweep over the Colorado Rockies and the Dodgers going 6-1 with a sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals, they basically went toe-to-toe.
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The teams are fairly similar in production this season in basically all facets of the game. The Houston Astros are tied for the second-best record in Major League Baseball with the New York Yankees at 77-41. The Dodgers have a one game lead in that department, boasting a 79-41 record.
The Astros’ recent acquisition of Zack Greinke has made some believe that the Astros have leapfrogged the Dodgers in the ‘best team in baseball’ conversation, but this might not necessarily be the case.
The offenses match up fairly similarly, the pitching staffs are both three-headed monsters with an excellent supporting cast, and have some bullpen arms that are misses and some that are stars.
When the time comes, this matchup could very well be the one we see in late October. The Dodgers seem poised to return to their third consecutive World Series to potentially face a team they lost in seven games to in 2017. Let’s just hope this year has a different result.