The World Series ended exactly the way it was predicted it would before the season: the Cubs finally brought another championship to Chicago. With that said, hopefully ESPN’s “way-too-early” are a little bit off.
According to David Schoenfield of ESPN, the Dodgers are ranked 4th to win the World Series in 2017. Who is first, you might ask? You guessed it, the Cubs.
Here is what the top 10 looks like:
- Chicago Cubs
- Boston Red Sox
- Washington Nationals
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Cleveland Indians
- Houston Astros
- San Fransisco Giants
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Texas Rangers
- St. Louis Cardinals
The Dodgers are ranked so high due to their starting rotation, specifically Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, and Jose De Leon.
However, here is what Schoenfield had to say on the importance of off-season moves for the team:
As we saw in the playoffs, adding some right-handed bats and re-signing Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen will be top priorities.
The Dodgers are behind the Washington Nationals on this list, though reasoning relies heavily on the hope that Trea Turner and Bryce Harper can produce and lead the team. Though it took them 5 games and having to use Kershaw as a closer, the Dodgers were able to overcome Washington in the NLDS. Hopefully, they can do the same next year as well and we can see a potential rematch between the Dodgers and Cubs in the NLCS.