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Dodgers rise to No. 1 in latest power rankings

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They had an undefeated week

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The latest batch of power rankings came out on Monday, with the Dodgers moving to No. 1 in most lists. Here are the latest rankings:

ESPN

This week: 2 | Last week: 3

“After watching his Dodgers get swept in San Diego, then come back home and get no-hit by the Chicago Cubs, Dave Roberts noted that his team was “embarrassed.” What followed was five consecutive wins, the last two against the first-place Giants. Kenley Jansen closed out both of those games to continue a resurgent season in which he has posted a 1.38 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and 20 saves in 22 chances. The key has been an effective slider to offset his cutter — off a grip suggested to him by former Dodgers pitcher and current broadcaster Orel Hershiser.”

The Athletic

This week: 1 | Last week: 3

The Dodgers completed their weekend sweep of the Nationals on Sunday behind eight relievers combining to allow one run over nine innings.

LA threw a bullpen game because Trevor Bauer had been placed on a seven-day administrative leave by Major League Baseball on Friday — two days after The Athletic reported the graphic details of a domestic-violence restraining order filed against the pitcher. It is hard to read, and harder to discern why it took the league even that long to place Bauer on leave. The Dodgers’ leadership spent that time pretending as if they had no agency in the matter and cracking jokes about sticky stuff.

Maybe one day the sport and the organizations within it will realize that how they handle issues like this matter a whole hell of a lot more to fans than how many batters a reliever can face.

Sports Illustrated

This week: 1 | Last week: 4

Only a reigning World Series champion with historic preseason expectations could claim the top spot in our rankings midway through the season and not receive an “A” grade. Los Angeles’s nine-game winning streak over the Cubs, Giants and Nationals has reminded us of the team’s frightening ceiling. But this is not a flawless team. The rotation has lost some of its depth with injuries to Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin. Trevor Bauer was placed on administrative leave by MLB on Friday while the league investigates gruesome sexual assault allegations against him. Even if Bauer were cleared to return this season, he and Walker Buehler possess the second and third largest differences among qualified starters between their ERAs and FIPs, hinting at looming regressions. There’s also the added element of Bauer’s pronounced decrease in spin rate following the league’s crackdown on sticky stuff. The good news for Dodgers fans is that L.A. still owns the NL’s best offense by a healthy margin, and the front office operates with a budget most other franchises can only dream of. This current, already impressive iteration of the Dodgers isn’t even their final form.

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