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Dodgers Climb Up Near the Top in Latest MLB Power Rankings

A good week for the Dodgers to make the jump.



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. 

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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. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Don’t fool yourself, the only reasons why the Dodgers are climbing in the standings, because the Pads have been loosing and the Gnats are mediocre

  2. The Giants can’t sustain their current level of play. Posey has already cooled from his incredible start. Farhan Zaidi appears to be doing a great job with the new faces on the team. But they’re riding a wave that’s going to fizzle soon. If the Giants had put this team on the field last year they could have been a real threat in the short season. But 162 games weeds out the pretenders.

  3. Dodgers lineup scares no one. Start a lefty against us and we’re in big trouble. Bullpen still can’t hold a lead most of the time. Starters have made us competitive for the most part thank God.

    • While the BP has had us holding our breath much of the year, to say that the BP can’t hold a lead is not correct. The Dodgers BP, especially the past month or so hasn’t blown leads with any regularity. Fortunately (but also worrisome) is that the BP has been especially shaky when the Dodgers have big leads and then the game starts to unravel. But, the Dodgers have held on to win almost every one of those games.
      It was mentioned in last night’s game that the Dodgers have not blown a lead after the 7th inning of a game in almost a month-but that does include games in which the BP given up multiple runs to make the game closer.
      I suspect, I hope, that down the stretch and in the playoffs, we won’t be seeing Mitch White, Phil Bickford, Nate Jones, Edwin Uceta, Dennis Santana, etc, etc. in a position to blow big games.

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