For most of the first two months of this season the Dodgers looked like the team to beat in the NL West but their early-season magic has not been able to withstand injuries to both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Without their two best hitters, the Dodgers scored just 10 runs last week en route to a 1-6 record that cost them first place in the division and seven spots in the Power Rankings.
Even the team's attempts to bring in reinforcements failed when Carlos Lee decided he'd rather stay in Houston than accept a trade to Los Angeles. What the team really needs is Kemp and Ethier back in the line-up, but even with those two potentially returning soon, the Dodgers are going to have to figure out where else they're going to get some offensive production, because the Giants' pitching staff figures to make this division race extremely tight all summer long.
NOTE: All stats are through Sunday, July 1.
Rankings written by the staff of Fangraphs. The system used to rank the teams is based not on the current standings or a gut feeling about team quality, but on how well they've performed at the underlying traits that predict future performance better than wins and losses.
wRC+ is an offensive index where 100 is league average and every point above or below that denotes how far from league average a player's performance has been up to that point. It is adjusted for park and league, so it takes into account the context of a player's surroundings, and allows for comparison of performance from players in different situations and in different times.
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