The Dodgers have flat-out been one of the very best teams in baseball this season. Through 53 games, they have accumulated 35 wins and lead the National League West by 7 games over the Padres and Diamondbacks. They have also put up a run-differential of +79 which is best in the National League.
ESPN Power Rankings
And yet, for the second straight week, ESPN has dropped the Dodgers down in baseball’s power rankings. Los Angeles slid back to number 3, giving way to the streaking Minnesota Twins who jumped all the way up from number 5. And to be honest, they probably deserve that jump.
The Dodgers went a respectable 4-1 from Monday to Sunday of this past week. Two off days in a single week is going to make the power rankings a little difficult to place you, regardless of how well a team performs. The Dodgers scored 36 runs in just 5 games, all of which were on the road.
The Twins, on the other hand, absolutely dominated en route to a 6-0 record for the week. They tore through the Angels, piling up 27 runs in three games, including an 8 home run game. They then took it to the White Sox, pouring on 26 runs in a three-game sweep.
Interestingly enough, the Dodgers held steady at second in Major League Baseball’s official power rankings. That ranking systems has the Yankees in at number 3 and the Twins at number 4. In both rankings, the Astros reign at number 1 overall. Houston is 35-19 and tearing through the American League West.
The Dodgers will face one of their biggest challenges of the season this week, as they square off against some of the best members of the Met’s pitching staff. Los Angeles drew reigning Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom in game one tonight.