Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley was interviewed last week on SIRIUS XM, and here is how he explained his second-half struggles:
“It was a great learning experience. I’ve had some success early on, and just the second half I tweaked my hamstring and had that little nagging problem. Sitting out a couple starts, I wasn’t really doing a whole lot because you can’t really get up and run a whole lot. You’re pretty much sitting around for days (on) end. You just kind of get out of a routine. I don’t know if that was the case or I wasn’t sticking with my routine and getting out there on the mound every fifth day or making sure I get my bullpens in. It was a different experience for me, and I learned a lot from it, and it’s just going to make me that much better down the road.
“Anything that happens with your legs, when I had my hamstring problem, I was maybe probably didn’t know it, but maybe shortening my stride so it might have thrown off some timing. Mechanics is a really complicated thing, but it could have been different things. It could have been I was thinking too much, trying to do too much, overcorrecting things, and it would kind of get in my own head.
“I just want to improve on all aspects of the game, as far as managing the game in situations and whatever it may be. I always want to get better because there’s always someone behind you wanting to take your job and replace you.”
On the Dodgers declaring he would not be traded for Roy Halladay:
“It’s just great that I have the organization feel that way about you as a player. It gives me a lot of confidence.”