Which pitchers contributed the most to the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise over the past decade?
Few teams have a history of pitching like the Dodgers. From Sandy Koufax to Clayton Kershaw, some of the best hurlers in the sport have made their living wearing Dodger blue—a tradition that continued throughout the 2010s.
After looking at the best positional players of the past decade, this article focuses on the best pitchers since 2010.
In coming up with the list, I considered both superlative seasons and longevity. Who provided consistency on the mound over the past decade? Who reached the highest peaks? Were there a few pitchers who did both?
It turns out there are four clear-cut hurlers who belong on this list, and then it gets tricky deciding who should be the fifth. There are several candidates who share similar profiles as starters who had strong seasons, but through either injury or something else, couldn’t continue their performance over the long run. There are also a few who just didn’t pitch long enough to be included on a list for best of the decade.
Honorable mentions: Walker Buehler, a great start but not enough time to qualify for best of the decade; Kenta Maeda, fairly consistent over four seasons but never quite rising to the level to be considered a top pitcher; Rich Hill, again close to making the cut, but not quite enough time to qualify; and Chad Billingsley entered the decade seeming like a sure thing to make a list like this one, but injuries slowed him down.
Without further ado, here are the five best Dodger pitchers of the past decade.