The Los Angeles Dodgers are the best in the biz when it comes to wins, winning percentage, and a whole lot more. On Friday, the club rightfully topped yet another MLB power rankings list.
NEW POWER RANKINGS.
These are the top 5 teams in baseball.
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) August 21, 2020
For Baseball America, Kyle Glaser cites LA’s league-leading run differential as a stat that best tells the story for their season so far.
66: The number of runs the Dodgers have outscored their opponents by this season. The next-closest team, the Twins, has outscored their opponents by 39 runs. Eight of the Dodgers’ 19 wins have come by at least five runs, including their latest win Thursday.
The top five list when it comes to run differential looks like this:
- LAD (+66)
- MIN (+39)
- OAK (+31)
- CLE (+31)
- HOU (+29) bang bang
With the bats, the club leads all of baseball in home runs (50), runs batted in (145), and runs scored (151). And their doing this with a team on-base-plus-slugging of .777 (4th in the NL).
Of course, the Dodgers aren’t just doing it on offense. In fact, the pitching staff has been at or near the top of the league in most categories all season long. Their 2.72 team ERA is best in the National League and second in all of baseball. However, the bullpen has stood out as a powerhouse for the boys in blue.
- ERA 1.85 (1st)
- Opp. AVG .186 (2nd)
- WHIP 1.00 (2nd)
- HLD 20 (3rd)
- WAR 2.0 (3rd)
As mentioned at the start, Los Angeles owns the most wins in the league (19) and boasts the best winning percentage in baseball at .704. Moreover, they also own the National League’s best winning percentage on the road with a .786 mark, having gone 11-3 away from Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers start a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies — their first matchup of the season — at home this weekend. The season reaches its half-way point at the completion of that series.