Dodgers vs. Cubs: Who has the Edge?

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Oct 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) reacts after giving up a solo home run to Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) during the fourth inning of game six of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) reacts after giving up a solo home run to Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) during the fourth inning of game six of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 6, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Javier Baez (9) makes a play against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Javier Baez (9) makes a play against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports /

Second Base: Javier Baez vs. Logan Forsythe 

Puerto Rican sensation Javier Baez is the man holding down second for the Cubs, and he might be the most fun player to watch in the MLB.  It looks like he has the time of his life every time he steps out on the diamond and defensively he might be the best second basemen in the majors.

One thing that people praise is his ability to put down a tag. It may seem like a rare thing to notice, but if you have ever seen Baez lay down a tag, you can understand why so many people are in awe with him. Offensively he is a spark plug. If he gets going, the rest of the Cubs team will feed off of his energy which is why he is a significant component in the lineup.

With the Dodgers, Logan Forsythe is a polar opposite, personality-wise, compared to the flashy Baez. Logan comes in and does his job quietly. He doesn’t let you know how good he is; he lets his play do it for him. These past two seasons he has exploded, and this is because he is finally getting the at-bats that he deserves.

He is a reliable everyday option at second base. Forsythe is an upgrade for the Dodgers at a position that they struggled at last season. Forsythe will do and can do anything you ask. He can bat leadoff, or if someone needs protection, he can hit in the middle of the lineup. His versatility is what makes him so valuable to the Dodgers.

Verdict

This is a perfect example as to how many different personalities there are on a team. Baez for the Cubs fills the role of the spark plug and emotional leader, whereas Forsythe fills the role of silent leader and blue-collar worker.

Two completely different roles but both are equally as important. When it comes down to who is better, it is one of the closer matchups that the Dodgers-Cubs have. But because we saw first-hand how Baez can affect not only a game but an entire series, Baez and the Cubs have the edge yet again at second base.

Cubs, Chicago leads 2-0

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