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MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers are Back on Top

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates a 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds, with David Freese #25 and Max Muncy #13 at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are back at the top of the National League power rankings, as chosen by Nick Swisher in a segment on MLB on Fox.

Currently sitting at 15-9, the Dodgers have the second most wins in baseball. They are one win behind the Seattle Mariners, who are 16-9. They have a run differential of +29, which is third in baseball behind the Mariners (+60) and Tampa Bay Rays (+42).

After a rough stretch where they dropped six straight, the Dodgers have won seven of their last 10. The hot stretch has put them back ahead of the former division-leading and part-time NL West favorite, San Diego Padres.

Offense

The offense is currently second in baseball with 136 runs scored. They are behind the Mariners who have scored 160. The Dodgers have been carried by Cody Bellinger, whose production would make Mike Trout and Barry Bonds jealous. So far, Bellinger is leading the majors in batting average (.424), slugging percentage (.882), OPS (1.382), runs scored (26), and wins above replacement (2.0). His 11 homers put him two behind Christian Yelich for the league lead and one ahead of his teammate, Joc Pederson. The offense should be even better when Corey Seager and Justin Turner start hitting.

Pitching

The pitching has allowed 107 runs, which puts them right around the middle of the league. They have dealt with injuries to key pitchers like Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Rich Hill and Tony Cingrani. With Kershaw and Ryu now back and Hill returning soon, their pitching is deeper and better than most teams in the league. Julio Urias and Ross Stripling will head to the bullpen to give manager Dave Roberts two more quality options for late in a game. Their biggest problem has been Joe Kelly as he currently holds an ERA just below 10 and he’s cost them multiple games. If he can start pitching better, they could have one of the best bullpens in baseball.

Final Thought

Overall, this is a really strong team that should continue to improve as the season goes on. They will once again be in the playoff race and could very well get back to the World Series.

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Written by Blake Williams

I'm a journalism major currently studying at Los Angeles Pierce College. I've been a Dodgers fan since 2007 and a stats nerd since 2012. Around the age of 13, I decided I want to work in baseball and be around the game as much as I could. I wasn't good at playing it so I looked for other ways to make working in baseball possible. I believe writing about it is my path, so here I am!

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