It’s taken a little bit of time, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have finally taken over the top spot in Major League Baseball’s power rankings. The team sits a whopping 13 games on top of the National League West, and they’re on pace to win a ridiculous 111 games.
They got a little bit of help from the struggling Astros, who lost 6 out of their 7 road trip games this week.
Big changes at the top of the MLB dot com power rankings https://t.co/azQKMBbKXy
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) June 24, 2019
There are plenty of reasons for the Dodgers to be at the top after the week they just had. They started the week off with a loss against San Francisco but went on to take six in a row from the Giants and Rockies. Oh yeah- and they found out they have a few pretty clutch rookies in the process.
Two rookie walk-offs wasn't enough?
HOW ABOUT THREE? pic.twitter.com/c7NmPCilrL
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 24, 2019
Three nights, three rookies, three walk-off wins. The Dodgers truly are the team to beat in the west right now. Their +133 run differential is far better than any other team in baseball, with the Cubs at second best in the NL at +59. The Rays are second in baseball at a +105 mark.
The Dodgers are getting it done at all the right times it seems, despite injuries to some key players. Corey Seager is still dealing with a hamstring issue that is expected to keep him out beyond July. Rich Hill is dealing with an arm issue that we have not seen much of an update on. David Freese is out for a few days with a hamstring injury of his own. AJ Pollock will be out probably until after the All-Star break after surgery on his elbow. And they lost Tony Cingrani for the year to labrum surgery.
And yet, they are 54-25 with a ridiculous home record of 34 wins and 9 losses. The team is cruising through their schedule, despite being in the midst of the longest stretch of games without a rest day all season, and a mediocre bullpen.
With a very easy second-half schedule, the Dodgers are sitting pretty at the top.