Left Field: Zobrist vs. Kendrick
Another interesting match-up. Because Ben Zobrist started in left field during the NLDS, we will use him in this discussion.
Howie Kendrick is a seasoned veteran, and can produce offensively. However, in 2016, Kendrick struggled to hit .255 for average and grounded into 20 double plays. But he does not commit errors in the outfield. He is not going to keep a hit from becoming a double by running it down, but he makes catches and can through a runner out.
Ben Zobrist compares well to Kendrick. His performance at the plate is exactly what the Chicago Cubs need. The veteran gets on-base, does not strikeout, can hit a home run, and score. As a matter of fact, he scored 94 runs this year, second best in his career.
Both Kendrick and Zobrist play multiple positions. The Dodgers and Cubs have several players that can be slotted in left field. Andrew Toles started multiple NLDS game for the Dodgers in addition to 18 games started in left field during the season. The rookie played well this year, but only had two hits and two run in the NLDS.
The Cubs can place Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, or Willson Contreras in left field and feel great.