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Camelback Ranch – March 23rd

Camelback Ranch – March 23rd

Camelback Ranch – March 23rd – PM

  • The major leaguers (except for Chad Billingsley) had the day off, but there were two minor league games which featured Chad Billingsley in one, and James McDonald in the other.  Joe Torre said that the “players are probably bored” at this juncture, so an off day can’t hurt.  Billingsley looked solid, if no spectacular as he threw 83 pitches in 6 innings.
  • He allowed 3 hits (2 of them home runs), and walked a batter and hit a batter while striking out 3.  Among his victims was Carlos Santana who struck out and grounded out while DH’ing.  Santana has been re-assigned to minor league camp.  Chad has allegedly corrected a flaw in his delivery which was spotted by Rick Honeycutt and seemed to be pleased with his performance.
  • The Dodgers need Chad to pitch like he is capable.  He is in the running for Opening Day Starter.  Joe Torre will allegedly announce who it is tomorrow.  It is between Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley.  Clayton has a 1.80 ERA and Chad has a 1.86 ERA, but may have shown enough to make him the choice with his pitching on Tuesday.  Kershaw-Billingsley, Billingsley-Kershaw.  I’m fine either way.
  • Hong-Chih Kuo is hurting again.  He was at the Ranch on Tuesday for treatment and may be close to being shut down.
  • Ken Gurnick writes that James McDonald is angry about being demoted and focused on getting back.  He feels he has something to prove.  Sometimes that is the best motivation… especially for a kid like McDonald.
  • With Belisario and Kuo likely not on the Opening Day roster, the door is opening for Josh Lindblom.
  • Someone else who will probably be on the Opening Day roster is Justin Miller.  Everyone forgets about him, but he’s a viable option.  He had a 3.18 ERA last year.
  • Click on the photos below to see a larger view

Chad Billingsley in Motion

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12 Responses to “Camelback Ranch – March 23rd”

  1. JDavis says:

    I wouldn’t mind Josh Lindblom being the 5th SP

  2. lawdog says:

    If Haeger is given a real chance to throw 180 innings, I think he’ll surprise a lot of folks. Once he gets the dancer grooved, the pitch is the easiest on the arm to throw–and almost impossible to hit unless the pitcher gets some spin on the pitch taking the dance out of it. Minor leaguers and major leaguers alike will have all kinds of trouble making contact with Haeger’s pitch once he gets it grooved. Just don’t pitch him in Colorado or Arizona. :shock:

  3. Roger Dodger says:

    But that is like 18 games or so that Haeger is not used during the season Lawdog. What, do they put him on the DL for those games and say his arm is scared?

    But you are right on, if he can put the ball over or near the plate and let it dance. So, get your dance cards ready.

  4. Ken says:

    Every time Franks talks about the NFL he gives Beans an excuse to postpone the trial 3 months.

    Washburn – Fire Borass

    Kemp – I saw a picture on the news today of Rhianna with 3 simultaneous hairstyles – BEWARE!

    McDonald shoud be angry at himself for a few months. Now he is way behind the NRI log jam.

    Mark – Does your 40-man includes 3-4 new players? Who gets cut?

    The long awaited Historic opening day pitcher announcement will come today. That is a big f….. deal.

  5. Ken says:

    Great picture. Just how far from the rubber is Bills landing. Looks like a good distance and good to see his left leg is straight but not locked.

  6. lawdog says:

    If Haeger is pitching every 5th day, he’ll only miss 3 or 4 games out of the 18 played in Arizona and Colorado. If an open date hits brfore or after a series in either place, the 5th spot in the rotation gets skipped, so he could really miss as few as 1 or 2 starts.

    You could put him on the DL for one of those games claiming his arm had a case of the “yips.” ;)

    Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.

  7. lawdog says:

    That series of photos shows Bills has his release point down, at least for a fastball. Great extension of his arm and releases just after crossing the top of his over hand delivery getting all of his lower body into the pitch. If he was a golfer driving a golf ball with that kind of lower body drive in his delivery he’d hit the ball 400 yards with a nice little draw at the tail end (his cutter?)

  8. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    OK, don’t pitch Haeger in Colorado or Arizona. The fact that those are two contenders in the West has absolutely no bearing on whether or not he’s carried on the team (REALLY?????).

    I’m not a Haeger supporter or detractor. If he can do the job, fine. But he can’t be restricted as to where he pitches. If that’s the case, pitching decisions made in any series prior to one in Arizona or Colorado will be colored by his inability to pitch in either venue. Besides, didn’t Haeger pitch effectively in ALBQ. last year? If he can pitch there, he should be able to pitch anywhere.

  9. Ken says:

    Arizona – They do have a domed stadium don’t they. Just don’t let them set the fans to blow in from center field.

    Colorado – Altitude plus cross winds will prevent Haeger from pitching effectively there.

  10. SpokaneBob says:

    I think Haeger’s value is greatest in the pen. Being able to pitch almost every day as well as being able to start with little or no notice has more benefit to Torre and the staff than just being the 5th starter.

    Prediction: Anderson will be a pleasant surprise.

  11. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Agree with SpokaneBob on both points.

    Regarding Haeger, that is, of course, if he stays with the team, which is not definite.

    In the case of Anderson, I’m not basing it on his recent hitting spree. He had a decent year in Atlanta last year and accepts his current pinch hit/backup role with the Dodgers. Given limited duty, he should remain strong all year, and be productive.

  12. lawdog says:

    I’t tend to agree with you about Haeger Bob if we had a different manager. Probably the majority of the knuckleballers were either “closers” or “set up guys who pitched often. (Back in days when there were no set up men or closers, just relief pitchers.) But there have been some very good starters who were knuckleball pitchers as well.

    If Haeger isn’t given a chance to start as the 5th man in the rotation he’ll probably be relegated to m op up relief or long relief, pitch once or twice a month, lose his confidence and control and wind up off the team before July ends. He pitched well as a starter at AAA so I think he’ll do fine there as long as he throws in the bullpen on his off days.

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