Los Angeles Dodgers: 6 Things They Can Do to Improve the Rotation for 2013

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Los Angeles Dodgers: 6 Things They Can Do to Improve the Rotation for 2013
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Don't let the second-best team ERA in the National League fool you. The Dodgers have one dominant starter in the rotation, and we all know who he is. Reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw is trying to defend his title with a stellar 2012 season, but he needs some help if his team is going to become a consistent contender.

Though offseason additions Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano have been much better than expected and more than serviceable, they are starting to crack down the stretch. Both have shown their true colors recently, especially Capuano, whose ERA is starting to rise faster than the Dodgers' payroll.

The other three main starting options are inconsistent to say the least—newly acquired Josh Beckett hasn't had a full shot with the Dodgers yet, but looked pretty good in his first start on Monday.

Chad Billingsley is on the DL after a dominant five-start stretch in which he looked unhittable, but Dodgers fans will tell you horror stories of the heavy-potential, low-reward righty. And waiver addition Joe Blanton has been downright awful.

My point is, no matter how much money and prospects the Dodgers spend on adding bats like Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, none of it matters if the pitching doesn't hold up.

And though they might scrape by this season and snag a playoff spot, there is a lot of work to be done before 2013 if they truly want to be taken seriously. Here are six suggestions for improving the rotation before next season.

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