Looks like he may be safe to start from here on out.
That might be jumping to conclusions. He didn't look very good in any of his first few starts and it's not as if San Diego's offense is too impressive. I'm keeping an eye on him, but I wouldn't be confident saying that he's safe to start from now on. If that were the case, I'd be scrambling to pick up Jeff Weaver right now.
that is a very good point, .. except that Jeff Weaver sucks and Bills has the stuff to be a frontline starter.
his first start he was on a pitch count where he was almost guarenteed to pitch less than 5 innings, he was trying to do too much and go as deep as possible, it was fairly obvious it was on his mind and effecting him.
his second start he gave up 3 solo home runs, now i don't know if you're aware, but he doesn't give up many HR's, for his career he has given up 26 in 412 innings, so that was very out of the norm.
sure, he's shown that he's a bit aggressive at times and it can lead to control problems, but i think he's got the stuff to compensate for it.
being cautious is fine, but he is an outstanding pitcher. i wouldn't wait too long.
Agreed that for the next month you pick your spots, but with that type of bullpen behind him, playing in that pitchers park, and in that low scoring and hitting weak division. He could be huge down the stretch for both the Dodgers and Fantasy teams.
One good start does not an ace make. But I think last night's start was closer to the "real" Billingsley than his last two starts in which he was adjusting to starting again for the first time in 8 months. My advice: if you have him, start him going forward. If you don't and he's available, then grab him if you have roster space. He's got the goods to rack up some nice fantasy stats and ya gotta love the peripherals (great pitchers park, great bullpen, weak NL division, decent run support, etc.).
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