We all know how good Clayton Kershaw is… and if you didn’t notice, he is left handed!
The last time I checked, Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano were also left handed. That means that right here, right now, the Dodgers have three left handed starters. Aaron Harang and Chad Billingsley are the only right handed starters (unless you want to include Nate Eovaldi).
Ideally, you would like to separate the left handers with a right hander. So, one would assume that this would be the rotation:
- Kershaw (L)
- Billingsley (R)
- Lilly (L)
- Harang (R)
- Capuano (L)
That’s what would seem to be the best rotation, but maybe it would benefit Chad Billingsley to lower his expectations. Drop Billingsley to the #3 spot and let Lilly pitch behind Kershaw. “But two lefties are not good back-to-back in the rotation.“ That’s conventional wisdom, but other than being left handed, what is similar about Clayton Kershaw’s style and Ted Lilly’s style?
It appears that the Dodgers might be thinking of moving Ted Lilly behind Clayton Kershaw, and his outing yesterday gives it credence, as does his last two months of 2011 when he barely allowed two earned runs a game. Ted Lilly could be primed for a big year, with Nate Eovaldi is waiting in the wings.
Moving C-Bill to #3 would do two things: (1) take the pressure of being the second-best pitcher on the staff off of him; and (2) maybe make him pitch with a chip on his shoulder (which can sometimes be a good thing).
Time will tell.