The Dodgers schedule started off so promising last week. After sweeping through the NL East-leading Braves in 3 games, Los Angeles headed up to San Francisco for a 3-game set. It did not go nearly as well as we had all hoped.
After losing on Friday night in bizarre extra-innings fashion, the Dodgers rebounded to dominate on Saturday night. They sent out Walker Buehler on Sunday which seemed like a guaranteed win at the time. What followed was an offensive explosion but the Giants and a series loss for Los Angeles.
That’s probably why the new MLB power rankings still have the Dodgers down at number 2. They remain there just behind the Giants, who continue to come in at number 1 week after week. And they’ll likely stay there until Los Angeles takes the division lead.
The Dodgers will also be tested over the next 2 weeks of games. Of their 13 games, 10 come against teams that are legitimate playoff contenders. They will play 3 against the Padres and 3 against the Reds after this 4-game set with the Cardinals. They will play 3 against the Diamondbacks mixed in between.
But the Dodgers are also getting healthy and should see 2 starting pitchers return over the next week. Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin are both out of rehab assignments and should be joining the team very soon.