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Dodgers Not Among Top 5 World Series Contenders, According to MLB Analyst

The Dodgers enter Friday tied for the fourth-best record in baseball, and tied for the best record in the National League. Despite inconsistent pitching and a ton of injuries in the rotation and bullpen, the Dodgers remain the Dodgers, and have been one of the powerhouses in baseball this season.

The Dodgers lead the National League with 319 runs scored and plating 5.6 runs for game, which is better than the historic 5.2 runs per game the team scored last season.

Suffice to say, this Dodgers team is as good as any in the league, especially considering their recent series win against the Braves in Atlanta and their 5-1 record against the Padres this season.

Nevertheless, the Dodgers remain disrespected.

Over on the MLB Network, former MLB veteran Mark DeRosa made his list of top World Series contenders as we enter June. He gave his top five contenders, and somehow left the Dodgers off the list entirely.

DeRosa put the Braves at No. 1, the Rays at No. 2, the Astros at No. 3, the Rangers at No. 4 and the Padres at No. 5

The Braves are a great team, although like I said before, lost two of three to the Dodgers at home and barely avoided a sweep.

The Rays are the best team in baseball, and got the best of the Dodgers in Tampa Bay with a 2-1 series victory.

The Astros and Rangers haven’t yet played the Dodgers, but both teams are off to hot starts this season. And then there’s the Padres, arguably the biggest disappointment in baseball right now, who sit at 26-30 and out of the postseason picture right now. And, like I said before, went 1-5 against the Dodgers in May.

Now I’m not saying the Dodgers need to be considered the World Series favorite right now, but it does seem a little disrespectful to leave them off of a top-five list, especially considering they’re only going to get better as they get healthier as the season goes on.

A healthy Julio Urias is returning to this team soon, which will shore up the rotation. One of Michael Grove or Ryan Pepiot should also make an impact on the rotation, until Dustin May is able to return.

Then, in the bullpen, Walker Buehler is hoping to return sometime in September, while Daniel Hudson and Alex Reyes are hoping to be back sometime in June or July.

And then there’s the chance that the Dodgers make a move before the trade deadline, something that could elevate this team even more.

The Dodgers may not win 111 games like they did last year, but this team — especially on offense — looks as good as last year’s aquad. When the pitching gets healthy, they could be one of the most dominant forces in baseball.

Sometimes, it feels like MLB analysts just disrespect the Dodgers for the sake of disrespecting the Dodgers. This feels like one of those times.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

One Comment

  1. The Dodgers “bests” fall on a lot of deaf ears, mine included because of the horrendous disrespect for our Catholic faith. As a loyal fan from their Ebbets Field days I cannot measure the depth of my disappointment in this atrocity.

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