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There was a time, not too terribly long ago, that Josh Beckett was one of the best pitchers in baseball. Full stop. He was an incredibly sought-after high school pitcher in Texas, selected with the second overall pick of the 1999 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins.

Beckett raced to the big leagues, famously leading his Marlins to the 2003 World Series title with some unbelievable playoff performances. Traded to Boston after the 2005 season, Beckett performed nearly the same feat, leading the Red Sox to the 2007 World Series. He was named MVP of the 2003 World Series and of the 2007 ALCS, where Boston outlasted Cleveland in a seven game series, with Beckett turning in two dominant starts.

That Josh Becket, the one who sat at 95 mph with his fastball and used a devastating curveball and cutter to retire both righties and lefties, is gone. In his place is a question mark. The Josh Beckett ready to compete for the Dodgers fifth starter job before striking out in the free agent world is a far cry from the big game stud of a decade ago.

The Dodgers could certainly use tangible contributions from Josh Beckett in 2014. Is there a chance they the big righty produces for the Dodgers during the upcoming season?

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is a slow base runner who has had his work ethic questioned multiple times over the last year and a half. St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran is both a clever and talented defensive player. The Dodgers, who had nothing but good luck earlier this season, are having nothing but bad luck at this late stage in the schedule. These three factors combined for a Josh Beckett ground out to right field that led off the third inning of a 1-1 game that the Cardinals went on to win 2-1.

Oh, how much Boston Red Sox fans must miss him*.

Los Angeles now falls to 7.5 games back of the San Francisco Giants for the National League West Division title, and two full games behind the second Wild Card holding Cardinals. The two teams continue their four game series tonight with rookie Joe Kelly taking the mound for St. Louis against his counterpart for the Dodgers, the veteran Chris Capuano.

Godspeed, Los Angeles. Godspeed.

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