This is the mechanical flaw the Phillies have identified as the cause of Jon Lieber’s medicore season. Once he fixes it, the Phillies can write their ticket to the World Series.
Lieber (3-5, 5.79arm slot ERA) has been out for over a month recovering from a groin injury. The 36-year-old right-hander was having an off year before that, foreshadowed by a terrible spring and opening-day shellacking by St. Louis.
The Phillies Corps of Pitching Engineers identified the problem as a dip in his pitching motion. Others, like Pete, my neighbor who will occasionally check box scores, are more likely to point toward age. I'm with Pete.
Ian Snell (7-6, 5.00 ERA) starts for the Pirates. Snell was tough on the Phillies earlier this season, tossing 7 shutout innings back on April 28. The Pirates won that series 2-1 at PNC Park.