The Dodgers have been at the top of MLB power rankings from day one. No matter the week, Los Angeles came out on top of the list every week. That does not seem to be changing as the league released its Division Series rankings today.
As expected, a quick series sweep over the Milwaukee Brewers only helped the Dodgers’ cause. They come into the week ranked 1st out of 8 teams left in the league. The Houston Astros came in ranked as number 8 of the teams remaining.
More from MLB.com writer Alyson Footer:
They’ve been our No. 1 team all year, and they did nothing to change our minds after sweeping the Brewers in the National League Wild Card Series. Now we get an NL Division Series a lot of us were hoping for: an all-SoCal showdown between the experienced Dodgers and upstart Padres. Scheduling allows clubs to reset their rotations, and that’s very good news for Los Angeles…
The fact that the Dodgers get a complete reset on their starting rotation certainly improves their chances. Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw will both be able to pitch off of 6 days rest when the NLDS rolls around.
Unfortunately, the same can potentially be said of the Padres. San Diego may come in ranked near the bottom as the number 6 team, but they got a boost with the addition of a healthy enough Mike Clevinger being on the NLDS roster. Still, putting a team featuring two NL MVP hopefuls in Fernando Tatis Jr and Manny Machado this far down on the list could be something akin to bulletin board material for this energetic ballclub.
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