Wholeheartedly agree - but it’s still fun to have these discussions, too.I think this is the answer - scaling is dumb in this series (and in general) because the writers will make whatever Pokemon they want seem strong and capable of beating whoever without major regard for previous battles. There's no real consistency. It's been an "issue" (if you consider it as such) since long before I even started watching the series. Honestly it's better to just enjoy the battles for what they are and try and focus less on "should they be capable of this?" which sucks for people who want justification for x Pokemon's strength, but what can you do?
At least this time the lack of power scaling makes kinda sense because they gave Ash a team that is very strong in the games, so it makes a bit more sense on why he is so strong