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Dodgers' Lilly an underappreciated asset

Updated: April 24, 2013, 12:22 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

It seems to me there has been quite a bit of inevitability with the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation this season. For example, it was inevitable that lefty Clayton Kershaw would pitch well and that right-hander Josh Beckett, I'm sorry to say, would not. It was inevitable that right-hander Chad Billingsley and his balky elbow wouldn't last long, and on Tuesday, it was announced he'll need Tommy John surgery. It was, of course, inevitable the team would think it had too much depth back in March and dump capable right-hander Aaron Harang, whom they now need. It was inevitable that stud Zack Greinke would be injured in a bench-clearing … well, perhaps not that one.

And the final inevitability, the way I see it, is that many a fantasy owner would overlook one of the most underrated strikeout and WHIP helpers of the past half-decade in lefty Ted Lilly, scheduled to come off the disabled list and oppose awesome New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey on ESPN on Wednesday night. Sure, Harvey is the obvious headliner here, as he leads all pitchers on the Player Rater, coming off an outing in which he outdueled Stephen Strasburg. Lilly's last outing was for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and he gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings.

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