A new season beckons with an old question: Can Chad Billingsley be a more consistent winner for the Dodgers?

The right-hander is coming off an 11-11 season with a 4.21 earned-run average, his third consecutive year of being on or near the .500 mark in wins and losses.

Billingsley, 27, particularly struggled on the road last year, with a record of 5-7 and a 5.34 ERA.

"Bills is obviously looking to — I won't say rebound — but be better than what he was last year," Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. "He knows he's better. We need him to produce."