With the calendar now turning to July, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to continue with their hot play and build on their lead in the National League West standings.
The Dodgers relied on strong pitching to vault them to the top of the NL West, which they received from Josh Beckett, who is scheduled to take the mound Tuesday. The right-hander is 5-4 this season with a 2.11 ERA that ranks third in the NL.
Beckett hasn’t missed a start since he came off the disabled list to make his season debut April 9, but it’s come at somewhat of a cost as manager Don Mattingly said he’s dealing with soreness, via Adam Lichtenstein of MLB.com:
There’s times where he doesn’t throw a bullpen. I think it’s always general. At times he has some hip stuff he deals with, but it’s been general stuff. It hasn’t been anything about his surgery or his arm, just general soreness.”
Mattingly added the time between Beckett’s starts is something the Dodgers manage closely:
Josh is always the guy that, in between starts, we worry about,” Mattingly said. “Because he’s just kind of battled every time we get ready for the next one.
Since his no-hitter May 25, Beckett has gone at least six innings in five of his last six starts. Over his last three starts, Beckett’s thrown seven innings, including dueling with Adam Wainwright in a hard-fought win.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, Beckett was still on track to make his scheduled start but in the event he is unable to, the Dodgers will likely turn to Red Patterson, who was held out of his start Monday.
Patterson made one start with the Dodgers this season, allowing one run in 4.2 innings on May 1. He’s 3-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 14 starts in Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
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