After losing two games to the Giants, Dodgers fans had to watch plenty of MLB pundits turn on their team. So much so that Bleacher Report bumped them all the way back to 15th in the MLB power rankings. Since then, things have gone very right for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers went on to sweep the Astros in a short, but feisty two-game series. They also took three of four from the Diamondbacks in the ensuing series. In that time, their offense has started to wake up and their pitching has been unbelievable.
The Athletic released their MLB power rankings for the week, and the Dodgers rightfully sit at the top. But unlike in year’s past, it’s not the usual suspects getting things done. The bullpen has allowed a total of five earned runs, the lowest in all of baseball. As a whole, the pitching staff has a ridiculous 1.84 earned run average and allowed just four homeruns.
The Dodgers are also tied for the MLB lead in homeruns with the Yankees. That despite the fact that most of their best players aren’t even firing on all cylinders yet. Mookie Betts has started to heat up as of late, but is still hitting just .289 on the year. Over his last three games, he is 6-for-11 with 5 extra-base hits.
If the Dodgers have yet to reach their peak potential, the league might be in a whole heap of trouble. Betts is sitting out of Monday’s game against the Padres nursing his sore finger.