Dodgers Power Rankings: LAD is coming for that No. 1 spot

Adam Weinrib
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after striking out Chas McCormick of the Houston Astros for the last out of the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: Starting pitcher Max Scherzer #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after striking out Chas McCormick of the Houston Astros for the last out of the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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Scheme scheme, plot plot. The Dodgers made a deadline move to die for by acquiring Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, and though they’ve been among the best teams in the league all year, we might finally see the juggernaut squad we were promised all along in the season’s final two months.

The team followed up an embarrassing loss to Houston in a showcase series with a little-sweatier-than-they-wanted victory in the second game of the set, placing them on the right trajectory again.

If you want to continue to be taken seriously with the surprise team of the year also residing in your division, you have to win the games you challenge your opponent to come and steal. Simply have to.

Post-deadline, Dodgers fans have to be feeling pretty good about their outlook, though there’s still one foe they can’t quite crack, according to certain rankings.

MLB.com took the plunge and elevated Los Angeles past the San Francisco Giants in their Aug. 2 edition of power rankings. It takes a hell of a deal to justify such movement without the requisite on-field results, but we’d say the Max Max/Trea move qualifies.

ESPN, though, did not take the bait; as of Thursday, the Dodgers still sit in second behind San Francisco.

Dodgers Power Rankings: Dodgers Playoff Odds

According to our friends at WynnBET, the Dodgers are still a fairly good bet to take home some significant hardware at year’s end.

LA is still lapping the field in the National League, power rankings be damned, coming in at +145 favorites to reach the World Series. Lagging behind them significantly are the Milwaukee Brewers (+425) and Giants (+450). Once the Dodgers make their way out of the Wild Card mix (or Wild Card Game), they’re heavy favorites to clash with the best of the American League.

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But oh, by the way, they’re also favored to win that matchup. The Dodgers are +250 favorites to win the World Series, with the Houston Astros (+375) behind them. We’re on board with that rematch clash, as long as it’s an even playing field this time around.

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