Nationals in Top 10 Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals cracked the top 10 in the latest Power Rankings standings, going from 11th to 9th. They have the best record in baseball since Memorial Day at 27-12. The top 4 teams remain the same: Dodgers, Yankees, Twins, and Astros. The only difference is the Twins and Astros swapped 3-4 places. The Dodgers will start the second half of the season getting back Corey Seager, A.J. Pollock, and David Freese, all coming off the DL... or I guess the IL now: Disabled List vs. Injured List, even Major League Baseball is getting PC.

Sometimes, though, getting back key players is not always a good thing when your team is playing well, sometimes you need to leave what is working alone. Now Manager David Roberts seems to have a good problem in getting back 3 key players, but the Dodgers already have the best record in the Majors, and a 4.5 game lead in the NL over the Braves, so maybe he should keep riding the hot lineup. The Dodgers really don't have much to play for in terms of best record in baseball. The AL won the All-Star game, and will thus host the World Series, so even if the Dodgers end up with the best record in baseball, the best they can hope for is home-field advantage throughout the NL Pennant, and will have to open the World Series on the road, if they make it that far.

The Dodgers made it to the past 2 World Series, but both years the AL won the All-Star game, and that might have played a role in why the Dodgers lost. Last year wouldn't have mattered as the Red Sox had the better record, but in 2017 they had the best record in baseball, but Houston ended up winning. So it remains to be seen this year, a lot depends on which team can stay healthy.