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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Chad Billingsley Takes Final Trip to the Mound

Dodgers @ Padres
Game 2

Chad Billingsley (11-10, 4.23) vs. Aaron Harang (13-7, 3.82)
Chad Billinglsey is 70-51 with a 3.68 ERA in His Career

Tiffany Billingsley and Chad Billingsley - Premiere Of "Bluetopia"
Chad & His Wife Tiffany

Chad Billingsley's season has been up and down with both glimmers of greatness and myriads of meltdowns. We can't forget the May 14th loss to the D-Backs when Bills only allowed 1 hit and 1 unearned run on an error when he threw to second base and Miles and Carroll were no where to be found. Or there was his complete game 3-hitter on July 3rd when he lost to the Angels because of a Branyan homer. Then of course there was the September 8th debacle in Washington when he only lasted 2 1/3 innings. Luckily the bullpen pitched scoreless ball afterwards and the Dodgers scored 3 runs in the 9th to win the game 7-4. 

Bills will try to avoid another meltdown when he pitches for his final time this season in San Diego tonight and tries to capture his 12th victory. Chad has had a few good starts in a row, and he looks to finish strong as he heads into his multi-year contract with the Dodgers. During Spring Training he signed a 3-year deal worth $35 million with an option for a $14 million 4th year. He is 11-7 in his career against the Friars with a good 2.76 ERA. Billingsley made his Major League Baseball debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 15, 2006, against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park in San Diego, California. The Dodgers went on to win 7-3 in that game. In 2008 Bills had a record 0f 16-10 with a 3.14 ERA and was even 5th in the NL with 201 strikeouts. This season he only has 149 strikeouts so far. After his ace-like season in '08 Bills has been somewhat stalled and in 2009 and 2010 he was 12-11 and this season is looking quite similar. Bills is a decent hitting pitcher and has 9 hits this season with 1 homerun. Can Billingsley ever attain ace stature? I'm not sure, but he is one of the core players which we have built this team around. He may not ever be on Kershaw's level, but he has potential if he can put two good halves together during the season. 

Aaron Harang will pitch for the Padres, and he is looking for his 14th win in a surprisingly successful season for the righty even though the Padres are mired in last place. He is 3-6 with a 4.83 ERA in his career against the Dodgers. Matt KEMvP has 1 homerun and 4 RBIs against him in 9 ABs. 

The Dodgers have won 6 of their last 7 games, and we are now 2 games over .500. The Dodgers are 12-4 against the Padres this season and 5-2 at PETCO Park.


Gordon 6
Sands 9
Rivera 7
Loney 3
Mitchell 5
FedEx 2
Sellers 4
Bills 1

Thankfully we're back to a lineup without three automatic outs in it like last night. Sands is hitting 2nd in the lineup today and should see some good pitches batting in front of KEMvP. Loney is back at 1st, and FedEx is behind the plate again.

Let's hope for some more Bison blasts! Only 3 more for 40!

Go Blue!

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