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August 17th, 2023 Week 19: MLB News and Rankings

WEEK 20: MLB News and Rankings

Hey there, baseball enthusiasts! Ready for some real diamond action? It's time to break down the latest hard-hitting news, intense trades, and power rankings that are shaping the pulse-pounding journey through this week's MLB showdowns. Let's dive in and get gritty with America's favorite pastime.

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POWER Sluggers 💪

Ohtani continues his stronghold at the apex of the hitter power rankings.

  1. Shohei Ohtani, Angels Leading the American League with 42 home runs and topping the Majors with a 1.071 OPS, Ohtani inches closer to his 2021 MVP season record and Troy Glaus' Angels single-season mark of 47.

  2. Matt Olson, Braves Surging in the MLB home run race with 43 homers and a MLB-leading 107 RBIs, Olson's second-half surge propels him upwards. Can he reach 60 homers?

  3. Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves A mainstay in the top three, Acuña's .335 batting average, 27 home runs, 55 stolen bases, and 109 runs scored make him a force to reckon with.

  4. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers Freeman's consistency shines with a .339 average, 23 home runs, and a 1.003 OPS, accentuated by an MLB-high 44 doubles.

  5. Mookie Betts, Dodgers  Debating the best duo, Betts excels with a .293 average, 31 home runs, 81 RBIs, and a .973 OPS. August showcases his prowess.

  6. Cody Bellinger, Cubs Bellinger's resurgence continues with a .327 average, 18 home runs, 17 stolen bases, and a .933 OPS, boosting the Cubs' playoff hopes.

Week 20 - Power Rankings

  1. Atlanta Braves (78-42) 
  2. Baltimore Orioles (74-47)
  3. TB Rays (73-50) 
  4. Texas Rangers (72-49)
  5. LA Dodgers (73-46) 
  6. Houston Astros (70-52)
  7. Toronto Blue Jays (67-55)
  8. SF Giants (64-57)
  9. Philidelphia Phillies (66-55)
  10. Chicago Cubs (62-58) 

Red Hot (Blue) Dodgers

Following their record-setting 2022 season with 111 wins, the Dodgers entered this year amid doubts about their ongoing dominance in the National League West. However, as the '23 season progressed, the narrative remains unchanged. The Dodgers persist as a regular-season force, continuing their excellence in the Majors and securing victories with unwavering consistency.

Their latest triumph, a commanding 7-1 win against the Brewers at Dodger Stadium, extends their winning streak to an impressive 10 games, accompanied by a remarkable 14-1 record since August began.

Throughout this streak, the Dodgers' winning formula has proven multi-faceted. Their pitching, from the starting rotation to the bullpen, remains reliable. Kershaw, making his second appearance after a left shoulder injury, limited the Brewers to one run and two strikeouts in five innings before the bullpen took over. Their strategic approach includes managing Kershaw's workload to ensure his peak condition for October, a luxury driven by their substantial 10-game lead over the Giants in the NL West.

At the plate, the Dodgers exhibit versatility. Whether it's the lower order, the bench, or the star-studded lineup, they consistently find ways to excel. Betts' standout performance, going 3-for-4 with a walk, highlights the synergy with Freeman's contributions. This cohesive approach defines the Dodgers' season.

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