It’s Monday, so that means power rankings. We haven’t done this in two weeks. Despite NFL in full swing, we’re not doing any Monday morning quarterbackng, we’re looking at MLB’s power rankings for the week.
— MLB (@MLB) September 9, 2019
Number 3 May Even Be Too Generous…
It’s funny how even good results skew how appearances make us feel. After losing two straight to the Giants at home, this week had a rough feeling. The Dodgers went 4-2 though, and for most teams that’s a decent week. The zoomed out view though, reveals some problems.
Since August 14th, the Dodgers have gone 11-10, while the Atlanta Braves have gone 17-3. The Dodgers only have a 3.5 game lead for the best record in the National League. Sweeping Colorado almost feels like a distant memory. The Dodgers 2018 boom or bust offense appears to have reared its ugly head. The Dodgers starting pitching has been fairly miserable. Perhaps it’s merely “a case of the Mondays.” Perhaps it’s just the grind of a long season. Or it could be how good the Astros, Yankees, and Braves appear to be.
Luckily, There’s a Lot Of Upside
Despite the few ugly bumps, there has been good things to take from all of this, as well. The bullpen has performed pretty well, outside of some Jansen-esque issues. The bullpen allowed zero runs to the Giants in two straight games. Had it not been for Dylan Floro giving up 2 runs Friday night, it would have been 3 straight games. Caleb Ferguson appears to have found his curveball, which has made his fastball relevant again. Casey Sadler and Adam Kolarek have been doing their jobs.
With the bats, Corey Seager found the long ball after a small slump. Max Muncy should be returning soon. On top of all that, the Dodgers still appear poised for an extended October. With a trip to Baltimore and a visit for 3 games against the Mets, next week’s Power Rankings and overall mood could be much different.