Is 2013 Los Angeles Dodger Lefty Ted Lilly’s Last Hurrah?
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a talented pitching staff. One of the bullpen’s best is left handed pitcher Ted Lilly. Lilly is a 37-year-old, 14 year, MLB veteran, and this year could be his last in LA.
Having been drafted by the Dodgers in the 23rd round of the 1996 draft, Lilly has been with six different MLB teams. He has tremendous talent, and his best years were with the Chicago Cubs from 2007-10. Lilly’s best year was 2008 when he won 17 games. With Lilly, the Cubs made the playoffs in 2007 and 2008.
Lilly is a finesse pitcher, with five different pitches in his arsenal. He has good control and movement, and great ability to throw his variety of pitches with pin-point accuracy. Lilly has a four-seam and a two-seam fastball, and throws in the 86-90 mph range. He throws two different breaking balls, a big curveball and a nasty slider. He also features a changeup.
The Dodgers picked him up in a trade in 2010. Lilly won his first five starts, and finished that year with a 7-4 record with a 3.52 ERA, 77 SO and only 15 BB. 2011 was his best year in LA, finishing the year with a 12-14 record, 3.97 ERA, 158 SO and 51 BB.
Last year, Lilly had shoulder surgery, and his season ended on May 23 after eight starts. He finished with a 5-1 record and a 3.14 ERA. Lilly says he’s completely over his shoulder problems, and is looking forward to getting back to work. It would be nice to see him come back from surgery and pitch well again.
Lilly is one of four starters battling for the final spot in the Dodger rotation. In a crowded starting rotation and an abundant bullpen that spot may be hard to get. He has missed one start this spring because of flu-like symptoms, but if he has a great spring, he has a good chance of finding that spot on a talented pitching staff.
Dodger fans would love for Lilly to be back to 2011 form, and have a great year. He is only signed through 2013, so this could be his last hurrah with the Dodgers.