Dodgers Power Rankings Roundup: Week 9
Below is a graph of where the Dodgers have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Dodgers this week:
Dodgers ranked 12th - "Los Angeles is hoping Kenta Maeda's most recent outing (five innings, no runs on two hits) gets him back on track. He had been 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA in his prior five starts. Coming into Sunday, the Dodgers were 9-1 in starts by Clayton Kershaw and 17-23 in starts by anyone else."
Dodgers ranked 11th - In Jonah Keri’s weekly power rankings he selects four teams to write about. Although your team was not chosen this week, Jonah’s work is well worth the read.
Dodgers ranked 12th - "Club 10-1 in games Clayton Kershaw starts, 17-23 in games he doesn't start."
Dodgers ranked 8th - "The Los Angeles Dodgers dropped to their lowest ranking of the year last week when series losses to the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres earned them the No. 16 spot.
However, a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds and a series victory over the New York Mets thanks to another terrific outing from ace Clayton Kershaw on Sunday Night Baseball vaults them back into the top 10.
With 10 more strikeouts on Sunday, Kershaw has now punched out double-digit batters in seven of his last eight starts. His strikeout-to-walk ratio gets more and more ridiculous each time he takes the mound, as it now stands at 105-to-5.
As for reinforcements for Kershaw in the rotation, left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu suffered a setback last week when he experienced soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder. He's been scratched from his scheduled Monday rehab start as a result, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, and a timetable for his return is still unclear.
The slow return of Ryu played a part in opening the door for 19-year-old Julio Urias to make his MLB debut last week. He lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed five hits, four walks and three earned runs with nerves no doubt playing a factor, but he also flashed the plus stuff that makes him such a highly regarded asset."