Baseball Press presents "The 606", a look at the most intriguing pitching matchup of the day, with a final prediction of the winning pitcher. You may be asking yourself "What exactly does The 606 mean? There's no major league baseball for that area code- it's in Eastern Kentucky!" BBP isn't listing players from Eastern Kentucky either. The 606 is short for 60 feet and 6 inches. If you still don't understand, I direct your attention to Official Rule 1.07 from Major League Baseball, referring to the distance from the pitching mound to home plate. Now that we've got that squared away, let's take a look at today's featured pitching matchup for Wednesday, August 11th.
Yesterday in the 606, the Reds and Cardinals provided plenty of fireworks but unfortunately for Johnny Cueto the outcome was not a desired one. Jaime Garcia improved to 10-5 on the year pulling the Cardinals back into a tie atop the NL Central.
Loss: Johnny Cueto (5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1.31 WHIP)
The 606 Season-to-Date Record (W-L-ND): 93-80-57, 3.80 ERA (608 ER in 1438.1 IP)
In today's 606, the West Coast visits the East Coast as a power righty from L.A. hopes to bump his win total into double digits for the fourth straight season as the veteran in Philadelphia looks for the first non-Astro win of his career.
RHP Chad Billingsley
- LAD (9-6, 3.82 ERA) vs. RHP Roy Oswalt
- OAK (6-13, 3.50 ERA)
Chad Billingsley has yet to grow out of that stigma that is attached to young pitchers with loads of potential that just haven't put it all together consistently. In a nutshell that stigma can describe his season. He will have starts where he just dominates teams, and has strung those kind of starts together as well. Most recently he went three consecutive starts against the Giants/Padres/Giants where he did not allow a run, pitching a complete game shut out against the Giants in the first game of that group. He is also the same pitcher though that has had outings where he has looked absolutely terrible while getting blown up for 7 runs a couple times in less than 5 innings. So that brings us to Wednesday in Philadelphia, which Chad Billingsley is going to show up? He has yet to face Philadelphia this year, but in the three starts he has made in Citizen's Bank Ballpark over his career he is 1-1 with an impressive 2.25 ERA. In the small sample sizes of at-bats Phillies' players have against Billingsley, Ryan Howard is the only one that has taken him deep - and Chad won't have to worry about him today.
Roy Oswalt's move from Houston to Philadelphia was suppose to help that anemic win total that he had with the Astros this year. So far in two starts with his new team he has been denied that 7th notch in the win column. His first outing it was his fault, the second outing the bullpen let him down so the third time has to be a charm right? Well, even though the Phillies offense has been producing lately - even without Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Shane Victorino - Oswalt made the claim, since his last start, that he is going through a dead arm period that he seems to go through every year around this time. Knowing that, and the productive history that current members of the Dodgers have against Roy, he may have to wait for the 4th time around. Even though not one singular player has huge power numbers against Oswalt, there are several Dodger regulars that may be the "death by a thousand cuts" for Oswalt. Scott Podsednik
(.300 in 30 AB), Ryan Theriot
(.292 in 24 AB) and Casey Blake
(.429 with a home run) could all be holding the knives before it is said and done for Oswalt.
Final Prediction: Chad Billingsley