Starting pitcher Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers...

Starting pitcher Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout prior to facing the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (June 10, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

The panic is setting in for owners of Chad Billingsley. They are ready to drop the Dodgers' righthander after a stretch of three starts that have been awful. In 13 2/3 innings, he has allowed 30 hits, 14 earned runs, eight walks and struck out nine increasing his ERA to 4.65 and WHIP to 1.52.

There's nothing to suggest that Billingsley won't turn it around. It's just an awful period. The velocity is fine, the K/9 of 8.09 and BB/9 of 3.84 are right around his career averages.

There's some bad luck at play with a .336 batting average on balls in play (BABIP), which is above his career average of .304. Billingsley induces grounders at a 46 percent rate and doesn't allow many home runs.

Billingsley had a 6.11 ERA and 1.58 last June and a 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP after the All-Star break. Don't drop Billingsley and if you can get him at a discount, do it.

Alcides Escobar (Royals, SS): He has great speed, but struggled to get on base. He had just 10 stolen bases in 145 games with the Brewers last season with a .275 on-base percentage. Escobar hasn't done much until recently. He is 16-for-32 in the last nine games with five stolen bases, including one in four straight. The middle infield is thin so if you need steals, consider Escobar.

Charlie Blackmon (Rockies, OF): Another good add for speed in deeper mixed leagues. He has five stolen bases in 35 plate appearances.

Zack Greinke (Brewers, SP): If you can find an owner who mainly looks at ERA, he can come cheaply. He is at 5.23 and is coming off a game against the light-hitting Cubs in which he allowed eight hits and six earned runs. Greinke has a terrific 70/9 K/BB ratio. A BABIP of .360 and a low strand rate of 57 percent help explain the high ERA.

Scott Baker (Twins, SP): Not sure how he's owned in less than 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Baker has an 8.39 K/9, 2.47 BB/9, 3.55 ERA, and 1.22 WHIP. He does get hurt by home runs being a fly ball pitcher with a 1.29 HR/9, but should be owned in more leagues.

Tim Stauffer (Padres, SP): He is just 2-4, but blame the Padres' offense. He's not just a product of Petco either. In 85 innings, he has a 68/23 K/BB ratio with a 3.28 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and a 54 percent ground ball rate.

Sergio Santos (White Sox, RP): Beware of Santos losing grip of the closer role. He's a converted shortstop with little experience on the mound. Santos has blown a save, lost a game and was shaky in converting a save in his past three games. He gets a lot of strikeouts, but poor command (5.68 BB/9) could cost him.

Jonathon Niese (Mets, SP): Very underrated with a 69/30 K/BB ratio in 88 1/3 innings, 3.46 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Allowed two earned runs or fewer in six straight starts.

All statistics entering Friday