The Dodgers always have at least one player for me to never trust. A player that can't perform at a high level on a consistent basis. I usually get most frustrated at the type of player that has great talent and shows it on occasion, only to falter during his next game.
Chad Billingsley is that type of player. He has had some really good seasons in the past. Billingsley had an ERA+ of 135 in 147 innings during the 2007 season. He was only 22 at the time. In 2008, Billingsley was able to strike out a batter per inning over his first and only 200 inning season.
He can't put up his 2011 numbers again this season. The Dodgers would have no chance at the postseason.
I have officially stopped making fun of Billingsley. I have berated him for much of his career due to his playoff failures, his inconsistencies, and the "one bad inning" that he seems to have every game.
All Dodger fans know about the "one bad inning" he puts up in his starts. Billingsley may be cruising through 5 innings of work then will start walking guys in the 6th and giving up hits to weak hitting shortstops.
This is the year where Billingsley bounces back and reclaims the form he had in 2008 or 2010. The 2011 Billingsley will not return. He is going to pitch well and I hope my new found encouragement for him will help.
Billingsley is a stiff no more.