It’s been a very long time since the Dodgers were not number 1 in the MLB power rankings. In fact, they have not been moved from that top position since they traded for Mookie Betts last year. Los Angeles started the 2020 preseason at the top, and they are still there.
Just a week into the season, the Dodgers are number 1 again. It’s difficult to justify moving them down at all when they lose just 2 games in the first 10 games of the season. And while Opening Day was a huge disappointment, Los Angeles has come back in a big way.
They’re also doing it the hard way early on. The Dodgers have been without Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts since the start of last week. Both superstar outfielders sustained injuries, but only Bellinger was placed on the Injured List. Dave Roberts hopes to have Betts back by Tuesday.
Through 10 games, the Dodgers have scored the second-most runs in the National League at 57. Their pitching staff as a whole ranks in the top 5 in the NL, but it’s the starting rotation that has done the heavy lifting early on.
They’re getting production from all over, including guys like Zach McKinstry who was forced into more playing time. The Dodgers are also seeing their faith in Corey Knebel pay off early, as he has easily become one of the top arms out in the bullpen.
Now just imagine what they’ll be like when they’re 100 percent healthy…