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2012: On the Mound

Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt has some questions that need to be answered by his pitching staff beginning with Ted Lilly.

As we approach the Dodgers’ 2012 season, it seems like all of the hopes and dreams in Los Angeles have been tied to the success and improvement of hitters like Andre Ethier and James Loney. Today, however, we’re going to take a look at the other side of things – the pitching staff.

While the additions of Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano were underwhelming at best, there is reason to believe the Dodgers could post an above-average pitching staff this season that may keep them in divisional contention.

While Ethier and Loney are the key hitters, I believe that this year’s pitching success will hinge on Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly, along with a handful of young arms. And considering the dreadful lineups that NL West teams are putting out this year, it’s safe to say that good pitching could be a difference maker.

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Written by Jeff Spiegel

Jeff Spiegel has been a staff contributor for DodgersNation.com since 2012. Jeff grew up in Oak Park, California before attending the University of Oregon.

Follow Jeff on Twitter at @jeffspiegel.

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