Billingsley & Martin; a Battery to the Future

The thing about the Dodgers win over the Padres on  Sunday was not that it avoided the second sweep by the Padres in a row, it was the Dodgers battery of pitcher Chad Billingsley and All Star catcher Russell Martin. The young battery could easily be pitching to each other in Dodgers uniforms a decade from now, in 2117.

The Dodgers easily could still have James Loney at first and Matt Kemp in  right  for a long, long time.

On the Sunday night ESPN game, octogenarian Ernie Harwell, who once announced Dodgers games in Brooklyn before Vince Scully began his 50 plus year run with the Dodgers sat in for three innings. Vin could easily be making similar guest appearances a decade from now - probably on everybody's $50 Apple Ipods.

There are those Dodgers junkies, myself included, who thought Billingsley should have begun the season as a starter and in the season's opening week not as a prelude to the All Star break.

Billingsley has a chance to match Sunday's 9 strikeout, no walk scoreless effort every time out - something not wished or hoped for or hardly expected in the case of 1-6 Brett Tomko or tall lefty Mark Hendrickson.

Two other side notes on the Billingsley gem - Rafy Furcal got his second homer (matching Nomar Garciaparra's season total). You'd have to say Furcal's lingering leg problems have swiped him of his normal power as Popeye without spinach or Superman with kryptonite.

Also CF Juan Pierre seems to have foregone his Rip Van Winkle imitation and awoken from his normal first half snooze. Pierre has swiped enough lately to more than compensate for his one armed defensive deficiencies and to add more to the Dodgers offensively than he gives up with his glove or to more precise with a throwing arm that has his opponents running on him at every and all opportunities.

Finally the Dodgers are truly mixing young and veteran players and the young guys are showing what they can do. The waiting is over and the time is now.

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