The Los Angeles Dodgers are like that kid you don't care much for at school but you can't help but to admire. They come from a storied traditions and being incredibly rich comes along with that. It's difficult to miss even if you're trying to tune it out. But then somehow they are incredibly wise, smart and are well adjusted. Can't they just have one flaw to make the rest of us feel, admittedly delusionally, like we have the same opportunities.
What TV Channel is Cubs-Dodgers on?
Cubs-Dodgers will be shown on MLB Network at 8:05 p.m. ET. You can live stream MLB Spring Training Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Cubs-Dodgers
When: Thursday, March 4
Where: Camelback Ranch - Glendale, AZ
Time: 8:05 p.m. ET
TV: MLB Network
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB Spring Training free with fuboTV)
Seriously, how is the league supposed to compete with a staff that already featured Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw only to sign the reigning NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer and not to mention David Price who sat out last year because of the pandemic after coming over in the Mookie Betts trade. That's not a rhetorical question. How is this possible? Did we mention that they have Mookie Betts? Okay that was rhetorical.
The Dodgers are like the Tampa Bay Rays with money. It makes since knowing President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman first held that title in Tampa. They have mixed great homegrown talent like NLCS and World Series MVP Corey Seager and former NL MVP Cody Bellinger and are able to sign any MLB veteran to gel this team together. That was never more prevalent when they re-signed their third baseman Justin Turner who might be their most important addition. He keeps their chemistry alive in that clubhouse. For the past five seasons, the Dodgers have been in the mix but they have finally put it all together. Don't expect that to stop any time soon.
The Cubs have been on a different trajectory than the Dodgers in the last five years. After beating the Dodgers in the 2016 NLCS on to win their first World Series since 1908, they really haven't been close since and have really stepped backward the last couple seasons. None of that became more clear than losing to the Miami Marlins in the playoffs.
Sure anything could happen in a 60-game pandemic shortened season but this franchise is still rebuilding and the Cubs are just simply better. Certainly much better than getting swept by them in the Wild Card round only for them to get swept by the Braves in the NLDS. The Cubs are in a put up or shut up season. Manager Joe Maddon and GM Theo Epstein are gone. The honeymoon phase is over with David Ross and if they don't win, it could be on new GM Jed Hoyer to rebuild this club from the ground up.
On top of those huge departures, Yu Darvish after having a career renaissance on the North Side is now in a Padres uniform. Getting Jake Arrieta back from the Phillies is a nice story but we can't expect him to replace Darvish or get back to his Cy Young winning ways. Joc Pederson coming over from the Dodgers is a nice addition in the outfield but is coming off a terrible 2020. If this club is out of it by August, this my be the last time we see the core of the team that made Wrigleyville title town again.