Jason Marquis' first attempt at his 10th win was last week in Anaheim, and he was hammered for eight runs in 3.1 innings. Chad Billingsley, sitting on nine wins, had leads of 4-1 and 4-0 in his last two starts, but has come up empty each time. The battle for win number ten happens tonight, as these two attempt to join a quartet of AL hurlers for the major league lead in wins:
|Jason Marquis||Chad Billingsley|
Just about the only negative thing I can find about Chad Billingsley's 2009 is his increased walk rate. He's walking 4.1 batters per nine innings, and has walked four or more batters in seven of his last 11 starts. Billingsley leads the majors with 48 walks on the season. Twelve Dodgers have led the National League in walks in their history, including Doug McWeeny, who walked 114 batters in 1928. The last Dodger to lead the league in walks was Kazuhisa Ishii in 2002.
Last night, the Dodgers used eight pitchers, for just the 13th time since moving to Los Angeles (and the second time this season). They have used 8 pitchers eight times, and 9 pitchers five times.
Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci named his all-star team, and four Dodgers made the cut: Orlando Hudson, Matt Kemp, Billingsley, and Jonathan Broxton.
The Dodgers, 14-11 in June heading into the final game of the month, have a winning record in June for the first time since 2003.
Catcher Yorvit Torrealba is expected to be activated for tonight's game, so says Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
The Dodgers are 27-10 against the NL West this season.
Get your guesses in for the final "She Is Gone" here.