Cory Lidle has been hard to get a handle on, but his trends are easy to spot when you visit splitsville.
Home ERA: 5.82
Road ERA: 3.90
Night ERA: 6.09
Day ERA: 3.42
There’s a big midseason spike in home runs because he allowed nine in July, including one game against the Astros when he gave up five of them, but early this season and lately, he hasn’t been burned with the long ball. The last one came on Aug 11. The bad news is he hasn’t gone more than five innings during that span, either.
Lidle has surrendered ton of hits this season, but early on he used his sinker to force a lot of double plays. On average, he’ll walk one or two, strike out three or four, but his best success comes by setting up pitches with previous pitches and forcing hitters to chop at sinking stuff. It seems to be a style that takes 100 percent focus.
His opponent tonight is Horacio Ramirez, who has been very good at night (3.66 ERA), but bad away from Georgia (5.50 ERA).
If the Phils are to win this game, they will need sparkling defense behind Lidle, and hope the Braves are as impatient at the dish as they've been the last two nights.