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3 up, 3 down: Billingsley, Bergesen dazzle

Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:42 pm

By Evan Brunell

Chad Billingsley, Dodgers -- Billingsley actually drew the loss, but it was far from his fault. He went eight strong, limiting the Diamondbacks to just one hit and an unearned run, walking two and whiffing eight. Hardly deserving of a loss, no? The "loss" dropped his ERA to 3.36, which is 21st in the NL which sounds unimpressive but the 26-year-old appears to be returning to the dominance of his 2008 season. The Dodgers are sorely in need of some good news amid the fracas surrounding the owner, Frank McCourt, and declining attendance. Billingsley is that guy.

Ramon Hernandez, Reds
-- A fine performance for Hernandez, who is actually playing less than Ryan Hanigan these days. That should change, as Hernandez contributed a 3-for-3 night with two runs scored and two RBI, adding a walk and punching two home runs off of Kyle McClellan. The night, which was already high in tension given Johnny Cueto's first start against St. Louis since effectively ending Jason LaRue's career, ended in a 7-3 Cardinals victory. The win pushed the Reds to half a game ahead of St. Louis for the divison lead.

Brad Bergesen, Orioles -- Who saw this coming? Bergesen is a good-enough No. 4/5 starter, but a complete game against the first-place Rays, limiting them to four hits? Yeah, didn't see that coming. Yet, that transpired Saturday as Bergesen punched out five Rays to one walk. Sadly, this probably is his career highlight, but it's quite a fine one, indeed. The win was his first of the year against four losses and pushes Baltimore to two under .500, with Tampa Bay holding onto a two-game lead over the Yankees thanks to a suddenly surging Red Sox taking down New York.

Juan Rivera, Blue Jays -- Rivera did end up scoring a run in the 11th thanks to walking, but prior to then he was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. That's just not going to fly, especially since Toronto has been trying to deal Rivera and his slightly-bloated contract the second they gladly took it from the Angels to dump Vernon Wells. Rivera is at .217/.314/.283 on the season. At this rate, not only is he untradeable, but he's at risk of being released by Toronto if and when they deem Travis Snider ready to return.

Aaron Harang, Padres -- Harang put together his fourth straight disastrous outing by turning in a 4 1/3-inning effort against the Rockies, giving up seven runs, four walks and seven hits. He punched out a paltry seven, and Harang's ERA is all the way up to 5.05. Not exactly what people expected after his hot start to the season combined with his new home in Petco Park. He'll get a chance to right himself next week against the Brewers at home.

Gavin Floyd, White Sox -- Floyd has been pretty good for the White Sox and has been one of the saving graces of their brutal season, but Saturday he contributed to it with five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Athletics, which isn't easy to do in Oakland's park. Floyd's been so solid this season, the effort only pushed his ERA to 4.22.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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3 up, 3 down: Billingsley, Bergesen dazzle

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:27 am

3 up, 3 down: Billingsley, Bergesen dazzle

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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:02 pm

3 up, 3 down: Billingsley, Bergesen dazzle

Yeah, actually, I do.  I know you're probably ROTFLYAO at that, but ... I think he'll regress next year.  All credit to him thus far though; I'd have given him the MVP too.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:26 pm

3 up, 3 down: Billingsley, Bergesen dazzle

Sorry, to be off topic....but Schildkrotte I had to see if you still felt D.Rose is just on a "hot streak"

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:45 pm

3 up, 3 down: Billingsley, Bergesen dazzle

I'm not going to defend Aaron Harang, but since when is seven K's in under five innings "paltry"?  Brunell seems to think EVERY major-league pitcher strikes out nine to ten guys in six innings, because a lot of these tag lines are about pitchers who "only" notched four or five strikeouts in an outing.  Frankly, it makes me wonder if the guy knows jack about baseball, much less pitching.  Harang's problem isn't alack of K's; in fact, it may be that he's too reliant on strikeouts and not pitching well to contact--nibbling too much, throwing too many bad balls in an attempt to punch a batter out, and then ending up either walking him or giving up an extra-base hit when he *has* to throw a strike.

Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:57 pm

3 up, 3 down: Billingsley, Bergesen dazzle

The frustrating thing about Billingsley is he can fall apart in one inning.  He avoided that tonight and looked great.  However, apparently he is going to have another problem and that is the woeful Dodger offense.  Short of Ethier and Kemp there isn't a really good major league bat on that team.  Bills has upside, but it's limited by the support he's likely to receive.

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