Los Angeles Dodgers: Top starting staffs in LAD history
By Jamaal Artis
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers
Starter Wins: 72
Starter ERA: 3.38
The 2017 starting staff is the best of the Clayton Kershaw era of Dodgers pitching, a modern staff where no player made more than 30 starts nor threw 200 innings. The starters’ 72 wins is good for eighth among LA starting staffs, and they did it on the strength of their depth.
Six starters made at least 15 starts and five had at least 24; those same five starters all threw at least 125 innings, while six starters had an ERA+ above 110 (100 being considered average). Kershaw was the ace, winning 18 games with a 2.31 ERA (both first in the NL), but he missed time with a back injury and the other starters picked up the slack, going 16-6 in his absence.
Trade deadline pickup Yu Darvish made the staff even stronger; he won four of his nine starts with a 121 ERA+. Dodgers starters would win five of their 10 postseason games, taking Los Angeles to the brink of the World Series title, but ultimately losing the series in seven against the Houston Astros.