Chad Billingsley's start certainly didn't end the way anybody wanted, but unlike some who want to use this performance as further evidence that he's unreliable, I find it extremely hard to take away anything negative from this showing.
The Nationals are a solid offensive team, and the fact remains that Billingsley absolutely dominated them. Was it perfect? Of course not. I was as frustrated as anybody that he couldn't locate some of his pitches, and it was totally his fault that the homer he surrendered was of the 3-run variety. However, any criticism leveled at him for allowing five baserunners and striking out nine batters over six innings borders on delusion.
It's probably true that I show more confidence in our young stars than most would at this point, but th ...
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