HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
I always feel like I write the same things over and over about Chad Billingsley, and evidently, I am not the only one who feels that way. Tony Jackson of ESPN/LA.com absolutely nailed it today. This is a must read if you are a Dodger fan. He starts by saying:
I’m not going to beat up on Chad Billingsley. Not this time. Because I don’t want to. And that is all the justification I feel compelled to come up with. I’m not going to do it, because I am tired of doing it.
He goes on to finish like this:
So why, then, does it seem like it’s always the same story?
Why does it seem like the quotes from manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt (I didn’t even bother talking to Honeycutt after this one) are always the same, about how Billingsley is doing fine but that he just needs to find more consistency? I mean, how much more consistent can a guy be when it seems as if the writers who cover him are writing the same story after every one of his starts?
The answer, then, is that maybe where Billingsley is concerned, this is consistency. Maybe this is his level. Maybe this is the pitcher he will always be — and given the fact he has won at least 11 games in each of his five full seasons in the majors, maybe that ought to be good enough for all of us. Maybe, much like another former first-round draft pick who plays for this team and is pretty good but never seems to get any better, a certain left-handed-hitting first baseman, we should stop expecting Billingsley to be a great pitcher and be satisfied with the fact that he is a pretty good one.
Maybe Chad Billingsley is what he is: A good, solid back of the rotation guy and maybe the Dodgers are looking for a real #2. Cole Hamels would fit that search. Do the Dodgers have what Philly would want to get Hamels… and would the Dodgers want to pay what they are asking? Would Bills be part of that deal?
Could it be Bills, Lee, Tolleson and another player for Hamels? I think the Dodgers will TRY AND sign him in the off-season, but with him in the rotation now, the off-season could start much later.
There are rumors flying about Ryan Dempster and I think he would be a huge asset this season, but I wouldn’t want to pay much for him. He could be as good as Hamels THIS year.
The Dodgers current #2 starter goes today – Capuano!