A 1-0 loss is generally not very easy to swallow, but this one might be a little easier, if only for the fact that Chad Billingsley pitched like he was capable. Even though he was hung with
the loss, he pitched 6 strong innings while allowing only 4 hits and 1 run. Additionally, he struck out 5 while walking 2 and lowered his ERA to 5.40. The fact that he needed only 86 pitches in 6 innings, and had a 93-95 MPH fastball all day long is a strong statement that we can still rely on him as an elite pitcher. In April of 2009, he had an ERA of 2.14, but ended the season at 4.03. Maybe he’ll do it backwards this year. CHAD IS STILL IN THE GAME!
Sometimes, in order to get better and go to the next level, you have to go through some trials and tribulations.
Case in point: Clayton Kershaw. This time last year, most of you were saying that the Dodgers should not have brought Clayton up so soon. You said they rushed him. You pointed to his 7.29 April ERA and his 4 April Home Runs and felt like you knew a whole lot more than you did. Clayton finished the year with 2.76 ERA and only allowed 3 more HR the next 5 months! When will you learn?
RANTS & RAVES:
- These guys are too good to be bad very long.
- When you can’t blast McCourt and criticize the Dodgers, what do you do? Beat your wives? You are about to lose your edge. (that’s a joke) ;)
- Even George Sherrill seems to have gotten it together. Last you you blasted Mota in April, but he ultimately turned into a very serviceable pitcher for us.
- Ramon Troncoso was very effective for the final two innings. The Dodger bats weren’t very effective.
- Our defense, while horrid up to now, is a very good defense. Why it’s been so bad, I have no clue, but again, these players are too good to keep playing this bad on D.
- I have a feeling that Ramon Ortiz will get Padilla’s next start. If he does not do well, he is history. In his defense, his stuff has been very good – it’s just the fact that he throws that ONE bad pitch (per inning).. That has to stop!
- Think about this: Time Wakefield has more innings pitched for the Red Sox than any other pitcher, and more wins than any other Red Sox pitcher other than Cy Young or Roger Clemens. Still think there’s not hope for Haeger? Think again!
- Don’t draw conclusions from this small sampling. Look at the big picture.