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NL West Power Rankings After One Month of Baseball

By Daniel Sperry
Sep 28, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) and right fielder Hunter Pence (8) and shortstop Daniel Descalso (3) and center fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) celebrate after the end of the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 2 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) and right fielder Hunter Pence (8) and shortstop Daniel Descalso (3) and center fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) celebrate after the end of the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 2 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) reacts in the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /

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The Dodgers also started bad, and haven’t been that consistent. However, this is till a team that won the NL West without Clayton Kershaw for a majority of the season. They’re still quite good, but their offense has been the subject of some questions.

The Dodgers have below a 100 wRC+ as a collective unit, and are only slugging .402, good for 15th in baseball. To go along with that, Adrian Gonzalez, a key cog in their lineup, is hitting below .250, and only has an OPS of .684. His slugging percentage is the lowest it has been over his entire career. I anticipate him raising that up a little bit, but someone entering their 35 year old season is going to experience a bit of a drop-off.

The Dodgers are hoping that some of their younger studs, like Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Corey Seager end up carrying some of the drop-off from guys like A-Gon. So far, Seager has been up to the task. Bellinger is still getting his big league feet under him, and Joc Pederson is currently on the 10-day DL. The big surprise has been Justin Turner, who has been exceptional at the plate to start this season.

The Dodgers have four major guys on the DL at the moment, which is certainly some cause for concern. When they get most of these guys back, the Dodgers should be looking pretty good for the summer run. If they can handle their injuries like they did in 2016, they’ll be back on top of this list in no time.

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