The Dodgers had a pretty successful road trip this week despite having to deal with rain delays and some pretty hot weather. But they went out to the East Coast and took 2 of 3 from the Phillies and swept the Mets after 2 extra-inning wins.
But despite that, the Dodgers were not able to move up in MLB’s Power Rankings this week. They came in at number 2 once again after the Giants pretty much kept pace with them all week. The trend of San Francisco winning when Los Angeles does continued.
But on the positive side, the Dodgers do have the best run differential in baseball at +193. It’s pretty wild that they’re still 4 games back of the Giants with that sort of success. Unfortunately, the runs have come in waves in 2021.
But the additions of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner is proving to be the difference-maker so far. With Mookie Betts on the injured list, Turner took over the leadoff spot for the Dodgers and ran with it. Through 9 games, he is slashing .265/.333/.353 and has scored 10 runs.
Scherzer has been everything that was advertised through the better part of his career. In 3 starts with them, the Dodgers have yet to lose a game. And that includes a rain delay that forced him out early against the Phillies. He’s going to be a force in their rotation down the stretch.
So while they’re not at the top spot now, don’t be surprised to see the Dodgers on top in the coming weeks.