Before the season -- well, at least after Manny Ramirez was re-signed -- the book on the Dodgers was that the lineup would be fantastic, but that the rotation could present a problem. It hasn't been a problem for at least the last couple of days as Clayton Kershaw was dominant last night, striking out 13 in seven innings of work, walking only one and deserving a better fate than the no-decision he earned. Chad Billingsly was just as good on Monday, and between them, Kershaw and Billingsley pitched 14 innings, struck out 24, walked only one guy and have given up only two runs on six hits in the past two games.
Dodgers starters are third in the NL in ERA and third in pitching overall, and there is no question that this team is going to score some runs. Right now Los Angeles is tied for first with a Padres team that will inevitably fade given their dearth of talent and depth. Given that the other would-be challengers in the division look like utter basket cases, the allegedly up-for-grabs NL West may be anything but in relatively short order.