Dodgers Move Up in Week 2 MLB Power Rankings
The first series of 2023 is over, and your Los Angeles Dodgers went 2-2. Not exactly what many fans may have expected, but there is a ton of games left to be played. The Dodgers have now moved on to their series against the Colorado Rockies and already took game one in convincing fashion. This week, they also found themselves moving up in the MLB power rankings.
The Boys in Blue opened up the season as the fifth-best team in the league, according to the Athletic, and going into the first full week of the season; LA finds themselves one spot up.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers
Last Power Ranking: 5
Highlight:Uno, dos, Trayce! It took three games for Dodgers manager to start outfielder Trayce Thompson — that’s how long it took to get a left-handed opposing starter — and Thompson crammed three games of production into one. One homer, two homers, three homers! All, as MLB stats guru Sarah Langs pointed out, hit at exactly the same exit velocity: 107.5 mph. Each traveled farther than the previous one. Thompson’s barrage earned him a start Sunday against a righty. He went 0-for-4, but he’s still hitting .375.The Athletic, Zach Buchanan, Nick Groke and Stephen Nesbitt
LA came out in game one of 162 on a solid note with their ace Julio Urias on the mound. After allowing one run in each of the first two innings, he pitched in six complete innings and showed why he deserves to be LA’s number-one option. LA’s offense on Friday was sluggish after only getting five hits and scoring one run in a loss. On Saturday, LA exploded for ten runs, five of those coming in the first inning; and Kershaw showed no signs of slowing down as he only allowed one run solo homer to Christian Walker. The offense came back down to earth on Sunday, as LA only collected four hits on one run.
Overall, nothing to be too worried or concerned about for the Dodgers. This team is filled with new players and young ones who are still getting the hang of things. LA will look for a better series against the Rockies and get another crack at the Arizona Diamondbacks in another four games series at Chase Field, this time.