Chad Billingsley Getting the Results To Match the Performance

Chad Billingsley in five starts since returning from the disabled list: 34.2 innings, 6 earned runs, 27 hits allowed, 23/6 K/BB… five Dodger wins. Yes, the strikeouts are a little down, but six walks in five starts? Yes, please. On the season, that’s a 3.62 ERA and a 3.23 FIP; the latter figure puts him in the top 15 of all starting pitchers in baseball. Remember when everyone was claiming he had “no guts” and absolutely had to be cut/DFA’d/rocketed into the sun? Me neither.

So what’s leading this Billingsley revival? It’s the beard, of course! Compare that full growth above to the wispy goatee stubble he was displaying in his final start before being injured, when he allowed four runs in six innings in a loss to Arizona. Well, it’s either that or the fact that he was never as bad as people liked to think he was and his quality peripherals meant that his luck was almost certain to even out sooner or later. But mostly the beard.

Of course, Billingsley was far from alone in tonight’s blowout, much of which came in the ninth when Chad Qualls imploded to allow five additional runs. Luis Cruz – and more on him tomorrow – had the game of his life, driving in three on three hits, while Hanley Ramirez also had three. James Loney (!)  & Matt Kemp each had two hits; of the eleven Dodger hits, ten were singles. Juan Uribe, at least, went 0-4 (albeit with a walk) while batting second, sinking his season line to .186/.247/.282, so all remains right in the world. With the win, the Dodgers have won four of the first five on the road trip, briefly putting them a half-game up on the Giants as San Francisco entertains Washington tonight.

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Fun game in Rancho Cucamonga tonight, as Ted Lilly resumes his rehab by starting for the Quakes, striking out two in his single inning of work. The far more interesting story there is that Yasiel Puig makes his debut at designated hitter and third in the lineup. Puig grounded out in his first at-bat, which came just after Joc Pederson hit his 14th homer of the season.

341 comments
HarryDoyle
HarryDoyle

This is the biggest 9-game stretch (PIT-ATL-SF) of the rest of the season.  BIGGEST.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

The Cruz post is coming.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Jimmy Traina ‏@JimmyTraina

AM Hot Clicks is posted. It includes my podcast with Vin Scully, so please give it a listen: http://bit.ly/NprsUJ

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

If I throw out a "The more you know....." reference, people still get that right?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So what in the world is going on in Beantown?!?

Jon
Jon

I must say, living out here in Cucamonga has its upsides.

GordonMoody (Not a Moderator)
GordonMoody (Not a Moderator)

Not falling for the 2 hits last night Loney! Fool me once with your hot streaks, shame on you. Fool me 3 times, shame on me.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JohnM Still in the works. The Cruz post is coming

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @EephusBlue i do not understand the mindset of a person who hired bobby valentine. i thank Baal every day that bobby and tommy were unable to conspire to get him to manage the dodgers.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Who wins in a game of Late June/Early July 2012 Dodgers versus current Quakes?

Iron Brian
Iron Brian

 @el serracho Honestly, that's more information than I wanted to know. You can keep that all to yourself.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @DBrim This is a metaphor for Bobby Valentine's tears?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @EephusBlue It took forever.  I think they officially finished in 2006?  2007?  Too lazy to go and look on Wikipedia.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @DBrim I was there in the summer of 2000 and it seemed like that thing would go on forever. Haven't been back since and always wondered

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @EephusBlue Yeah but a light fixture almost fell off in one of the tunnels yesterday.  At least this time they caught the failure before it killed somebody.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @EephusBlue No, I just looked out the window.

 

Oh, and they installed "time to next train" signs at south station.  That's another thing that's happening here.

GordonMoody (Not a Moderator)
GordonMoody (Not a Moderator)

@EephusBlue @Cadtalfryn I am so spoiled by the new owners, I'm still expecting someone with the initials CH to be a Dodger at some point this year.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @Cadtalfryn More sacrifices than walks makes OBP lower than average.