8. The Dodgers Upgrade an Upgraded Rotation
We all know about the Dodgers phenomenal starting rotation. For the last two years the MLB has been looked down upon by the trio of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun Jin Ryu. This past year it almost looked like the trio may have added a fourth after Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter and continued to play well after that. Beckett pitched a career best 2.89 ERA in 20 starts before suffering a season ending injury. However, the plans of the Dodgers having potentially four shut down pitchers was shut down after Beckett announced his retirement. Until now. The Dodgers have announced two new starting pitcher signings, the first being Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy, after a disappointing start to the year in Arizona, was traded to the Yankees and proceeded to become their ace in the time he had there. In 14 starts he pitched 90.1 innings with a 7-5 record and, what would be, a career low 2.89 ERA. He should fit in just fine as the Dodgers fourth man. Now, to fill the fifth and final starting spot the Dodgers signed 26 year old Brett Anderson. For all his injury troubles, Anderson does still bring in a 3.73 career ERA and will finally make this Dodgers rotation the best in baseball, if he can stay healthy.
2015 Stat Prediction: McCarthy- 32 GS, 14-14 record, 3.55 ERA, 198 IP, 175 K
Anderson- 28 GS, 8-11 record, 3.80 ERA, 154 IP, 120 K