LOS ANGELES -- Chad Billingsley makes his return to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, pitching for the Phillies in the second game of a four-game series. While the right-hander may have had a sad, prolonged ending to his Dodgers tenure, his time in Los Angeles was a productive one.
Billingsley was 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA, a 110 ERA+ in nine years as a Dodger, which was really seven seasons plus two starts in 2013 before Tommy John surgery marked the beginning of the end.
Billingsley is one of 13 pitchers to strike out 1,000 batters as a Los Angeles Dodger.
The 2003 first-round pick is one of just five pitchers to win as many as 50 games for the Dodgers after being drafted by the Dodgers. Only Orel Hersisher, Bob Welch and Clayton Kershaw have won more.
This season Billingsley has had a rough go of it with the Phillies. Still recovering from flexor tendon surgery, he didn't debut until May 5, then after three starts he missed about seven weeks with a right shoulder strain. On the season he has allowed 20 runs on 33 hits in 21 innings, with eight strikeouts and six walks.
Billingsley in his career is 41-27 with a 3.78 ERA in 102 career games at Dodger Stadium, including 90 starts, with 525 strikeouts and 225 walks in 554⅓ innings. His 41 wins at the 15th-most at Dodger Stadium, one behind Hideo Nomo.
Brett Anderson starts for the Dodgers, fresh off of 17 strikeouts in his last two starts, a pair of seven-inning performances. Anderson has won each of his last three starts, allowing one run in each game.
Since May 1, Anderson has a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts, allowing four runs once and three runs once, with the rest of the starts two or fewer runs.
Anderson on the season leads baseball with a 68.4-percent ground ball rate, which would be the highest by a Dodgers pitcher in all the years for which FanGraphs has play-by-play data. The current three highest years are by Derek Lowe, peaking at 67 percent in 2006.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
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