We all know what Clayton Kershaw can do. Except for one bad outing, the left-handed ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ rotation is on course for a 20 win season. After Sunday’s dominating four-hitter over the Milwaukee Brewers, Kershaw is 3-2.
Rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is a surprising 3-1 after his second straight outstanding performance. On Tuesday night, the South Korean sensation struck out 12 Colorado Rockies leading his team to a big win over the division leader.
That brings us to the spot in the rotation where things drop dramatically.Veteran Josh Beckett is currently 0-3. Beckett, sitting firmly as No. 3, is without question an important part of the Dodger rotation. He is a former world champion with many big games on his resume.
Beckett has at times looked masterful, and at other times dismal. He has only one quality start this season — a game the Dodgers should have won for him, but failed to score a single run in a 1-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The big right-hander has given up a team-leading 16 runs and eight home runs in five starts this season. He has 25 strikeouts, which proves he can still fool some hitters, but only once through the lineup it seems. If he is to go deeper into the games and give himself a chance to win, he has to adjust that second or third time around.
Of course the right-hander would like to be the dominating Beckett of old, but at this juncture, the Dodgers would be happy with a higher winning percentage. With Zack Greinke, who looked sharp before his left collarbone injury, due back in June, Beckett must be counted on for wins.
His pivotal middle spot in the rotation needs some consistency in its results … and preferably for L.A., it’s on the winning side.