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Dodgers’ Problems Start and End with Pitching

The old adage, “You can never have enough pitching” has never been truer for a team than it has for the 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers.

After starting the season with what appeared to be—by far— the deepest rotation in baseball, the Dodgers staff is reeling.

Aaron Harang was traded to the Mariners, Zach Greinke in on the DL, as is Chris Capuano, and Chad Billingsley is out for the year as he undergoes Tommy John surgery. Oh, and Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Ted Lilly, has been absolutely brutal in his rehab starts while also having issues with Dodgers management.

For those of you keeping track, that means a 9 man deep rotation is now calling up prospect Stephen Fife to join the rotation. Well, at least until Capuano gets back.

For the Dodgers organization that spent so much money in the offseason, they couldn’t have had much worse of an April thus far. At 8-10, the Dodgers are at least treading water at the moment, but they are going to need some people to step up quickly.

To amplify the losses of all these starters, their best offensive player, Matt Kemp, is hitting .235 with 0 HR’s. This has led the Dodgers offense to produce the 29th most runs in the league.

On the bright side, once Greinke gets back, the Dodgers will once again have a pretty formidable 1-3.

Until then though, the question is, can this shell-shocked rotation/team at least keep the Dodgers within striking distance in the NL West. 

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