Kershaw, Padilla and a revived Billingsley are as tough a pitching threesome in the league. Now they have Ted Lilly too. Make that four!
Billingsley, in particular, has had stellar numbers in his last four outings and would be considered a Cy Young candidate in a time of lesser competition (Halladay, Josh Johnson, Wainwright, etc.) He has given up 5 earned runs in the last 5 games, averaging six-plus innings per game.
While Kershaw may be hit and miss, he still has the ability to shut down a team and Padilla has turned into a wily veteran mixing a wicked fastball with an even more wicked floater that rarely hits 50 mph.
Lilly's 3.68 era adds to the pitching power that will hold down the opposition.