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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May 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Cody Bellinger (35), and center fielder Joc Pederson (middle) and right fielder Yasiel Puig (right) celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins 7-2 at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Cody Bellinger (35), and center fielder Joc Pederson (middle) and right fielder Yasiel Puig (right) celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins 7-2 at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /

Outfield

The Cubs’ outfield is a rotating door as seen by the many different combinations out there. Jason Heyward was the big signing who flopped and is looking to have a comeback season. Kyle Schwarber is seeking to complete the season healthy but is struggling with his batting average thus far.

Ben Zobrist, the super utility man, is a mainstay in the lineup because he can play every position on the field, and is a vital part of the Cubs’ roster. Both Albert Almora Jr. and Ian Happ are battling for the reps in center field. The two young studs look like they can be excellent for many years to come.

The Dodgers, when healthy, have an everyday outfield of rookie sensation Cody Bellinger in left, Joc Pederson in center, and Yasiel Puig in right. Bellinger is a special player with the bat in his hands. He started off very hot but has come back down to earth following this start, yet he still leads the Dodgers in RBI despite his late start to the season.

Joc Pederson is a fantastic defender, who has shown signs of being a great hitter but has not been able to put it all together. Yasiel Puig is probably the best defensive right fielder in the MLB but has continued to struggle with consistency at the plate. He has all the tools but has not seemed to get it going.

Verdict

Both outfields are very similar.  Heyward and Puig are in the lineup because of their defensive ability, but in right field, the edge goes to the Dodgers because Puig has shown signs of improvement at the plate.

In left field, considering the rapid cool down of Bellinger and the ability of Zobrist/Scwarber with their bats, the slight edge goes to the Cubs. So it all comes down to center field. The Dodgers have the edge here with Joc Pederson over both Happ and Almora. So winning the outfield 2-1, the Dodgers get the edge in the outfield.

Dodgers, Tied 3-3

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