After the Los Angeles Dodgers acquisition of Rich Hill and Josh Reddick at the trade deadline, the team is now in a good position to make a strong push towards the playoffs. The first game after the deadline didn’t go quite as planned, but, the team has still been playing very well as of late.
Because of the Dodgers recent performances, they have seen their position improve in the weekly power rankings from national outlets. More importantly, the team has gained ground on the San Francisco Giants, as they are now just 2 games back in the NL West race. However, they are still in the drivers seat for the first wild card spot.
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The Dodgers continue their 3 game series with the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night as Brock Stewart takes the mound for his second major league start.
Dodger home run leaders:
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ESPN Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking No. 7 (Last Week No. 9)
Reasons: Thankfully for the team, Corey Seager hasn’t slowed down a bit since his appearances in the home run derby and all star game, slashing .396/.418/.604 since the break. Seager looks to be a lock for NL Rookie of the Year and has been a stalwart in the Dodgers lineup all season as well as providing solid defense at shortstop.
The Chicago Cubs occupy the top spot in the ESPN rankings.
Bleacher Report Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking No. 6 (Last Week No. 4)
Reasons: B/R praised the move to get Hill and Reddick at the deadline even though they did acknowledge the risk in acquiring Hill who started his Dodgers career on the DL. If Hill and Reddick can both produce like they did for the A’s this season, they will definitely bolster the Dodgers roster and provide some much needed stability to both the starting rotation and outfield.
After getting Jonathon Lucroy and Carlos Beltran at the deadline, the Texas Rangers are No. 1 here
Sports Illustrated Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking No. 9 (Last Week No. 10)
No reason given. The Cubbies are at the top for SI as well.
CBS Sports Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking No. 8 (Last Week No. 10)
Reasons: CBS lauded getting Reddick in particular if for no other reason than his solid defense in right field. With noted amazing defender Joc Pederson patrolling center, and Reddick in right now, there will be web gems aplenty for 2/3 of the Dodgers outfield.
The Cubs jumped two spots to get back in the top spot.
USA Today Power Ranking: Dodgers Ranking No. 8 (Last Week No. 10)
No reason given. No surprise here, the Cubs are also No. 1 here too.
Average Dodgers Power Ranking: 7.6
While seeing where the boys in blue end up in each weeks power rankings is always fun, the primary concern for the team and fans alike should be catching that team from up north. The Giants have come out of the All-Star break as cold as can be and if there was ever time where the Dodgers could overtake them in one fell swoop, it’s now.
After the Dodgers finish up in the Mile High City, they will be welcoming Big Papi David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox into the ravine for a three game weekend series.
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