The Dodgers took full advantage of an easy schedule this week and won 5 out of 6 games between the Pirates and Rangers. And while they did get blown out on Saturday night in Los Angeles, they did manage to take a step forward in the power rankings.
MLB released their latest power rankings update and the Dodgers jumped all the way up to number 2. They made the jump from number 4 the week prior. This week also had a lot of good things about it aside from the wins, including big performances from Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw.
As has been the case for most of the year, the Dodgers starting rotation carried them through the week. But they also got some pretty big contributions from guys like Mookie Betts who has been trying to bust out of a season-long slump.
The Dodgers are also now just a game out of first place in the NL West chasing the Giants. Funny enough, the most they have chased all year is 3 games. Even with their tough losing streak where they went 5-15 and lost a bunch of stars to injuries, Los Angeles never fell out of contention.
And now the Dodgers are (mostly) back to full health. They lost Max Muncy to an oblique injury this week, but the expectation is that he will not have to miss a significant amount of time. Up next, Los Angeles has the Phillies and Diamondbacks this week.
While the Philadelphia series should prove to be highly competitive, Arizona has lost its last 10 games. They’ve also lost 24 of their last 26 games.