Apr 26, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT
Chad Billingsley seemed to be in danger of losing his rotation spot after an ugly outing last week, but Joe Torre stuck with him and the 25-year-old right-hander bounced back with six innings of one-run ball Sunday.
Billingsley actually took the tough loss in a 1-0 game as Scott Olsen surprisingly shut out the Dodgers for seven innings, but it was a very encouraging start that included five strikeouts and two walks.
Billingsley’s struggles date back to last season and prior to Sunday he was 4-8 with a 5.43 ERA in 117.2 innings since last year’s All-Star break. One strong outing is obviously nothing to get overly excited about, but given his age and track record Billingsley stands out as an excellent bet to get back on track unless he’s been pitching through some sort of injury all this time.
He’s too good and too young to be that bad for much longer.
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