Coming into the season, Dodgers starter Josh Beckett was supposed to be the club’s third starter and provide veteran stability to the rotation. After being acquired from the Boston Red Sox last summer, Beckett was solid in posting a 2-3 record with a 2.93 ERA.
After his departure from Boston didn’t go so well, many speculated that Beckett would re-gain some of his form and thrive in pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium. However, so far this season Beckett looks like a shell of his former self and has been arguably the worst Dodger pitcher this season.
Beckett isn’t happy with the results and after his start on May 2nd, the veteran right hander admitted he wasn’t too happy:
“It’s just frustrating,” he said. “I’m frustrated.”
So far this season, Beckett is 0-4 with a 5.13 ERA and prior to his last start against the Diamondbacks, he wasn’t able to pitch into the sixth inning in three consecutive starts.
Tonight, Beckett has the opportunity to pick up his first win of the season against Jordan Zimmermann and the Washington Nationals.
In his career, Beckett is 7-2 against the Nationals, though some of those starts were against the Montreal Expos. Regardless, he has the chance to keep the Dodger momentum going after a successful series against the Marlins.
With the Dodger schedule getting tougher, Beckett is going to need to produce if the team is going to rebound from their rough start. Their 15-21 record can be attributed to injuries, but Beckett and Chris Capuano need to provide the rotation with secondary help.
The Dodgers take on the Washington Nationals for three games tonight at the Ravine and Beckett will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.