At times, it’s hard to know how your team is truly doing in a bubble. What is meant by that is – when you’re just following one team day over day. Moreover, that team you follow is likely the Los Angeles Dodgers. While we all know they are pretty good, it’s always interesting to see how a mainstream publication sees them stacked up against the rest of the league.
Now, that publication is Yahoo Sports MLB. Furthermore, they have the Dodgers at number one ahead of the Yankees, Twins, Astros, and Braves.
We're at the halfway point of the MLB season.
Our MLB Power Rankings break down who's good, who's not, who's a surprise and who's a disappointment.
— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) July 1, 2019
At the season’s midpoint, here is what Yahoo says about the top-ranked Dodgers.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (57-29; last week: 1)
There aren’t too many holes to poke in the Dodgers right now. They have the most wins in baseball, the best run differential and they’ve done it while playing the fifth-toughest schedule. They have the second-best ERA in MLB and they’re sixth in runs scored. It’s the complete package. Of course, for these Dodgers it’s not a question of being good in the regular season. It’s about getting it done in October. That’s a ways away, but so far they look better prepared than we’ve seen in recent years.
To be sure, we all feel what Mike Oz at Yahoo is saying. The regular season for Los Angeles is merely the appetizer setting up the main course of the proverbial baseball postseason. Indeed, the Dodgers have shown that they’re likely the class of their own division without being at full-strength.
Obviously, it’s only a power ranking as we near the All-Star break. What’s more important will be how the Dodgers use the remaining games to solidify the bullpen, catching situation, and a starting rotation that has seen some instability.
In the end, that will tell the story of the 2019 Dodgers. However, it’s important to note that in one of the middle chapters; the Dodgers were at the zenith.