Chicago Cubs: Comparing these two teams’ recent successes
For argument’s sake, let’s just look at the last four years. Now, before getting into this, you have to acknowledge – the Dodgers’ recent run of success spans far longer than those four campaigns. Los Angeles won 92 and 86 games, respectively, in 2014 and 2013.
Meanwhile, the Cubs’ rebuild under the guidance of Theo Epstein’s regime was still in the works. Chicago won 73 and 66 games in those same seasons. The North Siders never really turned the corner till 2015 – and when they did, it was out of nowhere.
The Dodgers haven’t seen a sub-.500 season since 2010 – when they went 80-82. That marks their only such campaign since 2006. Keep in mind that includes an overhaul of the baseball operations department similar to what we saw in Chicago.
Los Angeles went from a spend-big , rely on free agency mentality to developing more young talent and supplementing them with star power. The best part if you’re out in Hollywood? This team never missed a beat.