Last week the Dodgers had a better week, but a lower standing in the power rankings. Forgive my acerbity, but the power rankings can often be difficult to understand in respect to their rhyme or reason.
New Power Rankings, who dis?
— MLB (@MLB) July 29, 2019
Dodgers, Defense, And Deadlines
The past week had some fairly hurtful lows for the boys in blue. Some tough defensive games, some offensive struggles, and of course some bullpen blunders, all lead to a 2-3 week for the Dodgers. Losing two straight at home to the Los-Angeles-Angels-of-Not-Los-Angeles-but-of-Anaheim was pretty low. Losing an ugly game at the end of the Nationals series only put the microscope even sharper on the Dodgers recent defensive blunders.
Dodgers Nation already touched on the defensive blunders, including Joc Pederson at first base. It’s gotten uglier. As far as bullpen blunders, it’s a few days before the trade deadline, and hopefully the bullpen as even a slightly new look by August.
Gettin’ Jiggy With The Power Numbers
Will Smith dropping a record 6 RBI’s on the Nationals was certainly a glee inducing sight for Dodger fans. His power numbers at the catching position probably already doubled the OPS the Dodgers had been getting there for weeks. It was a sight to see. That said, nobody should expect Will Smith to be a .900 OPS producer all year. All the Dodgers should expect is better than what they had been getting before.
Denver, Then Home
Starting today, the Dodgers have 3 games in Denver. If the offense can continue to mash up in Denver where there’s no real gravity, they can take 2 out of 3. After that, they’re back home against the flailing Padres. I’ve written many of these power rankings over the past few weeks. Look for the Dodgers to be #1 next week. I’m calling it now, you can book it!