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.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 20, 2019
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.
The San Diego #Padres, off to their best start in 21 years, already have a 3-game lead in the NL West. Magic number: 144.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 14, 2019
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.
.@Cody_Bellinger just hit the 2nd homer EVER off Josh Hader by a LHB.
Lefties were hitting .103 (16-for-156) vs. Hader. pic.twitter.com/RJLBrh5q3u
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 21, 2019
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.
Just another day at the office for Kersh. pic.twitter.com/Nx7DAKIFhf
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 21, 2019
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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