Dontrelle Willis Dull As Detroit Tigers Fall To Los Angeles Dodgers

Adam Biggers@@AdamBiggers81Senior Analyst IIMay 22, 2010

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 27 :  Pitcher Dontrelle Willis of the Detroit Tigers pitches in relief against the Toronto Blue Jays February 27, 2009 at Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Dontrelle Willis just can't seem to get on an even keel.

It's a problem that he's had since he arrived in Detroit two years ago.

There have been times that he has looked like the D-Train of old, back in his Florida Marlin days, when he was a fan favorite.

And more times than not, he appears as the secondary piece of the Miguel Cabrera deal.

Just like he did in the Tigers 4-1 loss to defending National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Most Tiger fans have "at least we have Miggy" in their minds, and look at Willis like a gift that one pretends to like.

"Thanks for the pair of socks. Of course I like them as much as my new iPad."

To pinpoint an exact moment when Willis began to unravel wouldn't be a difficult task. 

It was the fifth inning when he threw yet another wild pitch, and gave up two runs.

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After he surrendered a single that subsequently put the Dodgers in scoring position, Manny Ramirez, who feasts with runners on, beamed a missile at Detroit third baseman Brandon Inge.

Inge couldn't corral the liner, and another run crossed the plate.

Perhaps it's Willis' history with Dodger-blue that came into play.

It's no enigma—he just can't make it happen against Los Angeles' second favorite team.

In seven career starts against Los Angeles, he has compiled a massive 6.93 ERA, and routinely gets beat like a pinata at a child's birthday party.

Armando Galarraga (1-0, 1.59 ERA) is slated to take the hill at 4:10 p.m Saturday, and the inter-league series will come to a close Sunday.