When the news came in that the Los Angeles Dodgers might be without starting pitcher Josh Beckett for the remainder of the 2014 season, little happened at all. The simple fact of the matter is that the Dodgers really will not miss Beckett for the remainder of the season. As good as he is and as many innings as he is able to put in the books, the Dodgers simply have way too many options for it to matter all that much.
Recently they added two starters in Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Correia to their bunch of pitchers. Few teams in the MLB, possibly no team other than the Dodgers, could have had injuries to more than one starter and seen nearly zero impact on their season. Some of that is clearly due to their gigantic payroll but also they have made some trades and waiver transactions that have mattered.
The only real problem for the Dodgers at this point is how they will keep their intensity from now until the end of the season and still be raring to go for the postseason. Many times if a team is so well off that losing a solid starter like Beckett doesn’t matter at all, they have a difficult time answering the bell with a team who has fought and clawed to get the chance to play there.
Either way, though Beckett is a solid veteran starter with tons of good qualities, the Dodgers just don’t have a problem replacing starters at this point. Whether that is ultimately good or bad for them remains to be seen. Chances are, as long as they keep Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke healthy, they’ll be alright.