Originally written on Feelin' Kinda Blue  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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As the old adage goes, the fastball is the best pitch in baseball. There's a reason for that. Without a good fastball, the secondary stuff doesn't matter.Now, a good fastball doesn't have to be 95 MPH-plus, but it has to be consistent and located well.This is where we come to Chad Billingsley.The Dodgers' starter was a top prospect ever since he was drafted with the 24th pick of the 2003 MLB Draft. He was once viewed as the future ace of the staff. However, his struggles (which haven't been as bad as advertised) and the emergence of Clayton Kershaw have negated the need for an ace.But there's no excuse for Billingsley to be anything worse than a great No. 3 starter or solid No. 2 starter. He's too talented to be anything less. Not trusting his fastball is holding him back from success.Billingsley debuted in 2006 for the Dodgers as a fresh-faced 21-year-old. He struggled a bit, as one would expect a guy who began his career so young to do. His 3.80 ERA w...
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