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A Tale of Three Lefties

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:

  1. Kershaw (L)
  2. Billingsley (R)
  3. Lilly (L)
  4. Harang (R)
  5. 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.

 

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8 Responses to “A Tale of Three Lefties”

  1. JOSEPH OLIVAS says:

    AGREE 100%

  2. Bill Russell says:

    I’m just not a Ted Lilly fan. I hope I’m wrong about him.

  3. bill says:

    Of course as the rotation re-sets from 5 to 1 it would be lefty lefty, Capuano and Kershaw, and if Lilly is the “’2″ it would be 3 lefties in a row followed by 2 righties once you go through the rotation one time. Just pointing this out. If the fifth starter is skipped first time around due to the off day and Clayton pitches the home opener it’s likely Capuano would follow him. Way too much is made of lefty- righty anyway

  4. Jae says:

    I notice that the Dodgers have the best record in the National League, which in turn, keeps people from posting, because they have nothing to bitch about! They hate to hear Mark say “I told you so.”

  5. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Bill,

    I thought the same thing about 5 to 1. However, at least it’s a soft tossing lefty being followed by the hard throwing Kershaw (like Mark said in comparing Lilly to Kershaw). Definitely different looks. Also, there are times when moving from one starter to the next will occur in two different series. In those cases lefty lefty doesn’t matter. In any case, with Kershaw being so different than either Lilly or Capuano, all that probably has to be avoided is Lilly followed by Capuano, or vice versa.

    Finally, with a rotation of Kershaw, Bills, Lilly, Harang, Capuano, we don’t have a righty following a righty. That would seem to be a positive.

  6. DodgerDude says:

    Hey Dudes,

    HOW ABOUT THEM DODGERS?

    COME ON NOW!

    LET’S GIVE THEM SOME PROPS.

    WHERE ARE ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO SAID HOW BAD THE DODGERS WERE GOING TO BE THIS YEAR?

    HIDING… I PRESUME! YOU SHOULD BE!

  7. Gonzo says:

    Dude it’s spring training. Most of the jersey numbers are 60 and over. A month into the season I’m exited but not for this.

  8. SpokaneBob says:

    dito Gonzo, spring training just does not matter, At least until the last week.

    It is probably more important to to have a difference between stuff from one cay to another than to have a lefty – rignty change.

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