The Los Angeles Dodgers have a talented pitching staff. Ted Lilly is one of them. However, this 37 year old, 14 year Major League Baseball veteran is battling for a chance to stay in LA. He has tremendous talent, and his best years were with the Chicago Cubs from 2007-2010. At one time Lilly was a top MLB pitcher, but now he is fighting to find a spot on the Dodgers’ staff.
The Dodgers picked him up in a trade in 2010, and he has had three pretty good years. Lilly won his first five starts in LA, and finished that year with a 7-4 record with a 3.52 ERA, 77 SO, and only 15 BB. In 2011, he finished 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 is one of four starters battling for the final spot in the Dodger rotation. In a crowded starting rotation and abundant bullpen, that spot may be hard to get. He has missed one start this spring because of flu-like symptoms. So far this spring he is not doing well; in 6.2 innings, he has a 9.45 ERA with a 2.40 WHIP.
Dodger fans would love to see Lilly back to 2011 form and have a great year. He is only signed through 2013, so unless he turns it around quickly, this may be his last year with the Dodgers. If Lilly doesn’t make the starting rotation, he could help in the bullpen. Time will tell what happens to him, but so far, he is losing the battle.