The Dodgers had themselves one heck of a road trip to the east coast his week. They managed to take 4 of 6 games from the Phillies and Nationals before sweeping the Diamondbacks in 4 games out in the desert. An 8-2 record for a road trip is pretty good for any team, and they needed it.
That was enough to get them back where they belong in the MLB Power Rankings. The latest update has the Dodgers back at the number one spot after being down to number two the week before. They knocked off the Yankees for the top spot this week.
Entering the Memorial Day game, the Dodgers had won 13 of their last 15 and were drastically outscoring opponents. They put up 93 runs over that stretch with a crazy run differential of +50. Sure, they dropped the series opener against the Pirates on Monday night.
But the Dodgers are very much reminding people what sort of powerhouse they can be this year. Key pieces like Mookie Betts are stepping up, and that’s paying off big time over this long stretch of games. The combination of Betts and Freddie Freeman at the top of the lineup is everything that fans in Los Angeles could have hoped for.
If they can get guys like Max Muncy and Justin Turner right at the plate, there is absolutely no stopping this Dodgers offense. The pitching staff still needs some help, but Andrew Heaney and Clayton Kershaw shouldn’t be too far off from a return.
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