Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Los Angeles Dodgers

by Tim Heaney on January 9, 2013 @ 12:00:00 PDT


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How will Hollywood treat the newer pieces of this rotation?

Unlike the hitters, these hurlers will enjoy their new home and the lineup that goes with it.

Zack Greinke, of course, doesn't rely on his team's park, despite his homebody splits as a Milwaukee Brewer last year. Still, he prefers the NL and real LA to AL and the in-ridiculously-long-name-only LA he briefly inhabited last year. His positive grounder-fly trend net a bonus in his new expansive dimensions, keeping Greinke on the cusp of fantasy ace-hood.

As a control-based, mistake-limiting southpaw that carries a little extra cushion, Korean import Hyun-Jin Ryu looks a lot like David Wells. He's a solid - pun semi-intended - buttress - pun fully intended - for a deep mixed staff.

Facing NL opponents makes every-other-year exceller Josh Beckett a more attractive flier. Good thing he left Boston and just had a down season. His 2.93 ERA in seven starts as a Dodger last year came with 38 K's in 43 frames. As his velocity declines heading into his age-33 campaign, his margin for error shrinks even more, but if his two-seamer can sustain his strike-zone effectiveness, he'll squeeze out one or two more surprising seasons in Ryan Dempster-like fashion.

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