Since being included as part of the mega trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox in 2012, Josh Beckett has found some difficulty in making an impact with the Boys in Blue.

At the time of the trade, Beckett was 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA. Beckett made seven starts with the Dodgers to finish out the 2012 season, going just 2-3, however posting a 2.93 ERA with his new club. Signed to a contract paying him over $15 million, lofty expectations were naturally placed on Beckett for the 2013 season.

Unfortunately for Beckett and the Dodgers, it would be another difficult year that was cut short after eight starts and an 0-5 record. The 2003 World Series MVP underwent surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, which casted more doubt on what he’d be able to offer the Dodgers in the final year of his contract.

Beckett has recovered better than most anticipated and in his seventh start of the 2014 season, the right-hander at last earned his first win in the Dodgers’ 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins Tuesday. The first win isn’t to suggest Beckett has been the reason for any games the Dodgers dropped in which he started — he also only has one loss thus far. If Beckett is able to maintain his efforts, the Dodgers will have a formidable pitching staff once Hyun-Jin Ryu gets healthy.

Dodgers Nation wishes Beckett a happy 34th birthday!
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