Are the Dodgers still MLB’s best team? Are the Cubs for real? We debate as two contenders clash

  • Joined ESPN in 2016 to cover the Los Angeles Rams
  • Previously covered the Angels for MLB.com

    Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.

This weekend’s battle between two of baseball’s best teams — the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the defending NL Central champion Chicago Cubs — began with a no-hitter that Chicago’s pitchers didn’t even realize was happening. L.A. bounced back with wins on both Friday and Saturday.

Now, with the two clubs set to clash again on Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN baseball writers Alden Gonzalez and Jesse Rogers break down where each contender stands three months into the 2021 MLB season — and debate how far each might go come October.

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