I chalked a lot of Chad Billingsley's second half swoon last year up to injuries and maybe some overuse. I really liked him as a bounce-back candidate for 2010. He's just now finishing up a 45 pitch, 6 run second inning to the Reds. It doesn't seem like he has any idea where his pitches are going and he and Russel Martin don't seem to be on the same page at all.
I haven't been able to watch any of his other starts this year, so if anyone out there in Dodgerville can help out, leave a response. How does he look? I thought I heard something about the Dodgers tweaking his pitching mechanics in the offseason. I know it's only been 3 starts so far, but he really looked like he's got no idea out there today.
What a complete disaster. 7 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned, through 3 IP. He's coming off a pair of disappointing starts in which he couldn't even finish the 6th. And I thought I was gift-wrapped a win this week in my pitching ratios with my opponent starting Lackey and Cook yesterday. NOT A CHANCE.
by jake_twothousandfive » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:32 pm
This feels like more than just a bad start to the season. His Spring Training stats (1-1, 4.67 ERA, 17 IP, 20 hits, 15 Ks, 10 BB) don't look too good either.
It's hard to know what to do with a player like this. You can't drop him and his trade value couldn't get any lower. I guess I'll just have to sit him on my bench in the league that I have him for his next few starts and hope that he turns it around.
"Don't take anything for granted, because tomorrow is not promised to any of us." ---Kirby Puckett
one of the problems i have with FBB is keeping tabs on players that I do not own. I had no idea Billingsley was off to such a bad start. He was just dropped in my league by one of the more puzzling managers... here's hoping i can nab him with a #6 waiver.
+1 to what Jake said. He's only 25 and this weak start hasn't done anything to his high potential. I would bench him till he strings together 2 good starts against decent opponents. He still has time to right the ship.