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How Good Is Our Fifth Starter? Pretty Dang Good.

When I was doing my review of the Dodger pitching staff, I wondered exactly how good the average starter was at each slot in the rotation. With almost impeccable timing, Jeff Sackmann of the Hardball Times answers that question.

The Dodger rotation breaks down just as I thought it would, based on their projections. A slightly below average number one, a slightly above average number two, a great third starter, an even better fourth starter and an out of this world fifth starter. Even better, the back end of the Dodgers rotation won't fall to the league average unless four or five guys get hurt. If championships were truly won on pitching and defense, the Dodgers would be looking mighty good right now. I'll settle for contending in the NL West.