While Progressive Field in Cleveland buzzed with activity on Monday as the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians prepared for Tuesday night’s World Series opener, Dodger Stadium was eerily quiet, a 28th consecutive World Series-less October passing through Chavez Ravine.
Two wins shy of their ultimate goal, the Dodgers collapsed in the final three games of the National League Championship Series, getting outscored 23-6, out-hit 33-17 and committing six errors.
The gap between the teams seemed wide, and with a highly talented core of players who are 26 or younger, a group that includes Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs could be a strong impediment to the Dodgers’ title hopes for years.
But as Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts surveys the two clubs in the wake of his team’s disappointing finish, one that came on the heels of its fourth straight NL West title and an exhilarating five-game division series win over Washington, he doesn’t see a great divide.
“You look at youth, veteran leadership, starting pitching and guys out of the bullpen, I think that as far as overall balance, the clubs are pretty similar,” said Roberts, who was named NL manager of the year by The Sporting News on Monday. “As we went into the series, I thought we matched up really well with them.”
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