Requiem for the 2016 Dodgers
To win a world championship you have to have a solid team, which the Dodgers did, AND have some players (both stars and journeymen) step up and perform at the top or above their talent level. In the past the Dodgers had Johnny Podres, Larry Sherry, Sandy Koufax, Rick Monday, Fernando Valenzuela, Jay Johnstone, Steve Yeager, Mickey Hatcher, and Orel Hershiser step up on the big stage under the most intense pressure and deliver. Unfortunately, as in the last 28 years, the 2016Dodgers did not have that. Rather, they tended to under achieve when the spotlight was brightest.
The Cubs had the more talented team. Their starting pitching was much deeper than the Dodgers'. Head to head at each position, the Dodgers had an edge only at catcher and shortstop, but nowhere else. So, the team definitely needed some above average efforts. However, even those positions where we seemed to have the more talented player, the results weren't there.
Go down the line. Utley, Grandal, Pederson, Kendrick, Gonzalez, Turner, nobody on the team other than Toles and Ethier came close to equaling their season's OPS. That's a bad combination there; out manned and under performing. Throw in some horrible performances by the Bullpen Killer B's, Blanton and Baez, and it's the end of another season that came too soon.