Cubs: 3 key early season matchups – #3: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs
A clear-cut World Series favorite, the Los Angeles Dodgers land at #1 on this list to close out the first month of the 2022 season. With the acquistions the Dodgers have made over the offseason, there is no team in the National League more poised to run roughshod through the Senior Circuit.
The Dodgers have made the NLCS in six different seasons since 2013, missing the postseason just one time during that span. While only winning it all the one time back in 2020, it’s blatantly obvious Los Angeles’ winning ways aren’t going away any time soon as they continue to add to an already stacked roster.
In the past eight months, the Dodgers have acquired two more superstars to go along with Mookie Betts in the form of Trea Turner at the trade deadline last season and first baseman Freddie Freeman this offseason. Losing Max Scherzer to the Mets, who are stacked in their own right is a tough blow, but LA and its seemingly endless resources continue to re-gather and re-strengthen every year.
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This year, the Dodgers pack an extremely potent lineup, particularly against right-handed pitching. Seeing what the Cubs can do in any three of these series will be of interest to us all. Here’s to hoping a new-look rotation and a hungry lineup can cause some chaos in the first half.