Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 8/27/12

It seems like just recently Josh Beckett was one of the most important pieces on the Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series MVP as his team proved they were the best in the world. He was a 3x all-star with the Bo Sox, and was even named the best pitcher in baseball in 2007. Yet, the five-year difference between 2007 and 2012 is an eternity.

Beckett has dealt with his fair share of up and down seasons, with his record and ERA fluctuating greatly on a year-to-year basis. In 2007, he was 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA. However, in 2008 Beckett was 12-10 with a 4.03. This good season every other year trend continued during his entire stay with the Red Sox, finishing 17-6 with a 3.86 in 2009 and 6-6 with a 5.78 in 2010. In 2012, (what is supposed to be an off year according to history) Beckett sits at 5-11 with a 5.23.

So which Josh Beckett will the Dodgers be getting? The 2007 Best Pitcher in Baseball, or the worn out righty who keeps getting shelled by the Yanks?

The answer is the good Josh Beckett. Sometimes players just need a change of scenery to get them motivated again, as the Dodgers are hoping will happen with Hanley Ramirez as well as Beckett. In addition, Dodger Stadium is known as a pitcher’s park, meaning Beckett should surrender less homeruns.

New Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano, who spent the season with the Mets last year, has career lows in ERA and WHIP and already has 11 wins on the season. If Chris Capuano can vastly improve at an older age, why can’t Beckett? Of course that is stretch that would make sabermetric followers want to scream, but you get the point.

Beckett will be able to serve as the number two pitcher behind Kershaw so he gets more favorable matchups. In addition, the NL West is MUCH different than the AL East. There are numerous soft spots in the lineups of teams like the Giants and Nationals, which Beckett will be able to take advantage of when he is pitching against NL opponents in the playoffs.

Look for Beckett to help the Dodgers not only make the playoffs, but a run while they are there. With Beckett’s big game experience and new motivation, we just may see that classic Josh Beckett that has been missing during this year.

-Langer

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