Maybe some other year, but tonight’s battle of No. 3 starters features a headline-maker and some noteworthy early lines.
In the red corner, Cory Lidle (2-3, 4.40 ERA) enters tonight ranked 6th in the league in strikeouts (33), nine behind the leader, Pedro Martinez. Otherwise, he’s taking his job seriously as steady No. 3 starter. With the exception of his first start, Lidle has lasted between 6 and 7 innings and has allowed either 3 or 4 runs.
Lidle earned points with purists yesterday with his comments about Barry Bonds, but his biggest statement has been his steadfast refusal to Old Navy the bottom of his uniform pants, wearing them tight and ankle-high the way God intended.
In the blue corner, right-hander John Thomson enters the game with a 4.61 lifetime ERA, just 0.09 higher than Lidle’s career mark. However, Thomson this season has somehow accumulated a fantastic 1.32 ERA, largely because he has surrendered only one home run. Against the Phils, he pitched five shutout innings on April 10. Lifetime vs. the Phils, Thomson has been Ian Snell-tough, going 7-4 in 14 starts (2.53 ERA).
The 13-14 Phillies are looking to extend their winning streak to five games and climb out of the red for the first time this season.