In the carousel that is the Dodgers starting rotation only one pitcher has a seat with their name on it. Clayton Kershaw proved why again on Tuesday night pitching 8.2 innings of shutout baseball. One starter got off the carousel while two got on Wednesday though.
The Dodgers placed Josh Beckett on the 15 day disabled list on Wednesday, retroactive to May 14th. Beckett had a minor groin strain in Monday’s blowout loss to the Washington Nationals. He gave up 4 runs in 3 innings Monday.
After the game Mattingly said that the injury was minor, but the Dodgers are playing it safe, since they are safely out of contention at the moment. They are currently 1.5 games behind the Padres in last place in the division, 6.5 back of the first place Giants.
Getting back on the carousel are Zack Greinke and, tangentially, Jonathan Sanchez. Greinke is making his first start Wednesday night against the Nationals, since Carlos Quentin broke his collarbone April 15th. The Dodgers signed Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal. They optioned him to Triple A Albuquerque. Sanchez can opt out of the deal though on July 1st if he has not made the major league club. Since Sanchez has had a disastrous two seasons since leaving the Giants, Dodgers fans hope that enough other pitchers get back on and stay on the carousel that Sanchez will opt out.
Josh Beckett has not been the ace he was with the Red Sox and Marlins. Plus his 5.19 ERA is nothing to write home about. But the Dodger’s pitching staff is in the bottom 5 in run support in the league. The offense needs to pull it together as much as the staff not named Kershaw.