No, don’t worry – there’s nothing wrong with Chad Billingsley. The point here is a pitcher batting in the road grays, because after tonight’s game in Chicago (Eric Milton on ESPN! …whoooo?) the Dodgers don’t play a road game in an NL park until July 3 in San Diego - which just so happens to be the day that Manny returns.
The entirety of June’s road schedule will be in AL parks, as the Dodgers play three each in Texas, Anaheim, and Chicago. So get used to the DH! For a second, I wondered if that would be the time that you’d have to drop off of 13 pitchers (which will be restored when Hiroki Kuroda takes AJ Ellis’ spot on Monday), because if you’re adding another bat to the lineup, you’re down to just two non-backup-catcher reserves, which is quite a thin bench. But then I thought about it for a bit, and I realized the exact opposite might be true. You’re not pinch-hitting for anyone in this lineup, and now you don’t even have to worry about the pitcher. Why shouldn’t Joe Torre just throw in Mark Loretta as DH, or sometimes Juan Pierre or Andre Ethier with Jamie Hoffmann in the outfield, and toss the lineup card away?
And that is why I prefer the National League.