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What If Los Angeles Dodgers’ Josh Beckett Has a Big Year?

Los Angeles Dodgers Josh Beckett

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

How many teams in Major League Baseball have two Cy Young award winners and a third pitcher who finished second in the balloting in 2007? That’s how good the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching staff is, and that’s why LA is so excited this year. To have Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and a talented Josh Beckett puts the Dodgers in contention for the National League West. But what if Beckett has a big year?

Beckett has the ability — he can still throw in the 93 MPH range. He has a myriad of pitches: four seam, two seam, cut fastball, curveball, changeup and he can throw a nasty slider. He is a former 20-game winner (2007) with the Boston Red Sox, and he has compiled 132 wins in 12 years. Beckett was an All-Star in 2007, 2009 and 2011. He seems to be exceptional every other year.

Hey, this is 2013. Beckett now is out of Boston, away from the love-hate relationship he had with the media and drama in the dugout. Let’s face it, Red Sox fans don’t like anyone to say it, but Boston has been more drama than the TNT network. The managerial trouble and lack of dedication on the part of their players has been lived out in the clubhouse and the network news.

Boston fans are glad Beckett’s gone, but what if they were wrong? What if Beckett bounces back and had a great year? What if Beckett is one of three Dodgers’ starters who win 15-20 games? Sound too far-fetched? That’s what they are averaging a year. If Beckett bounces back with a big year, forget the NL West. We’re talking Pennant, and if they all stay healthy: World Series. Bye-bye Boston.