Cory Lidle and the Phillies have their work cut out for them tonight against the league's hottest pitcher, Brandon Webb. The sinkerball right-hander enters the game riding a 25-inning scoreless streak.
It’s Beerleaguer tradition during Cory Lidle starts to recommend some other activity during his half of the inning. Lidle (4-5, 4.86 ERA) has been a lock to allow about 3-or-4 runs per outing, usually over six innings. Lidle gave up three runs and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday.
It’s not that he’s a bad pitcher. He’s just a predictable one, and not an especially captivating one. Dish duty is usually a good activity, but at 9:40 p.m., most of us are ready to relax. Amateur astronomers could find the time useful to dust off the telescope and look at stars. Or if you’re not into that, ABC will air the 2006 ALMA Awards, recognizing Latino artistic achievement during the past year. So there are lots of choices. Baseball Tonight also airs at 10 p.m.
Phans may not want to watch the top half of the inning, either, as Brandon Webb (8-0, 2.01 ERA) enters the game as the hottest pitcher in baseball. Webb is riding a 25-inning scoreless streak and has been tough on the Phils, going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against them last year.
Here’s the latest on Julio Santana, if anyone cares. The injured reliever is currently on rehab assignment in Clearwater and there is no word when he will return. Personally, I’d rather go the rest of the way with Clay Condrey or Brian Sanches than the injured right-hander, on the 15-day disabled list since May 13. Besides a spare tire, Santana is hefting around a 7.56 ERA. Just release him.
Rheal Cormier has allowed just one hit in his last six appearances. The veteran left-hander (one of my picks to have a comeback year) has an 0.79 ERA dating back to last season, not including a perfect WBC for Team Canada.
Another Drabek pitching in PA?
CNNSI’s mock draft has the Phillies taking high-school starting pitcher Kyle Drabek in tomorrow’s amatuer draft. Drabek, a student at Woodlands HS in Texas, is the son of former Pirates pitcher Doug Drabek.