Remember the name Chad Billingsley? It might be one of those names you have to scratch your head and think about for a minute, but I am sure, if you are a baseball connoisseur, you’ll recall that Billingsley was once a mainstay in the Dodgers’ rotation. Yes, the very team that he will be facing off against tonight in LA. For the first time in ten years Billingsley will be taking the mound as a member of the opposite team. Note that he was not with a major league team last season. He did have some good years with the Dodgers and provided plenty of nights where he looked like he was an All-Star. In his last season pitching, 2013, he was only able to make it two starts before exiting with an injury. His last full season was in 2012, posting an ERA of 3.55 with the Dodgers. Opposite Billingsley is Brett Anderson. A pitcher I think the Dodger organization would be thrilled with if they can get a similar career out of. The second coming of Clayton Kershaw might be a little unrealistic, but we’ll see how his career ends up panning out. In any case, I can say that Anderson has been very Kershaw like of late. Jump below for the rest of my preview for this contest between the Phillies and Dodgers.
Last night was easy. You can’t say that all the time, but let’s call it for what it was, the pick would have hit if the total was set at 16.5. Instead we had a much more favorable number of 7, which ended up rising to 7.5 by the first pitch. Whether you got it at 7 or 7.5 it didn’t matter, because it was all gravy for whatever number you acquired it at. Further, Chris was able to nail the Tigers at a nice price, so there was nothing to complain about by any stretch of the imagination from our perspective. We’re back looking for more Tuesday night.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. L.A. Dodgers
Chad Billingsley (0-2, 7.71 ERA) vs. Brett Anderson (5-4, 3.00 ERA)
Like Kershaw, Anderson is a lefty, which generally speaking is a great tool to have in the shed on a major league roster. Like I alluded to previously, Anderson has been playing like Kershaw as well lately. Note that in each of his last three games, he yielded just 1 run in each outing. That equates to an ERA of 1.35, and additionally, he had a strong 1.10 WHIP. In his last ten starts, Anderson has given up more than 3 runs only once, and actually had only one 3 run start. Thus, in eight of ten starts he allowed under 3 runs.
This was supposed to be a comeback story for Chad Billingsley, but the story hasn’t gone so well for him thus far. He has a sky high ERA of 7.71, with three out of his four starts being disasters, surrendering 5 runs or more in each. You have to remember that he didn’t even play last season, so this has been a bit of a test run for Billingsley that hasn’t gone so well. Due to injuries on the Phillies’ staff, their hand is being fed to them in an unfortunate way. I don’t like backing experiment projects with my money. And in fact, this matchup has all the makings for a shellacking. It looks too easy, but I think it probably will be.
PICK: DODGERS -1.5 (-112)