August 01, 2006
According to the Post, it seems like Cory Lidle has diarrhea of the mouth:
In a conference call with New York media yesterday, Lidle said, "Unfortunately over the last few years I haven't had a clubhouse that expected to win with me.
"We would go to the field on the days I was pitching and it was almost a coin flip as to knowing if the guys behind me were going to be there."
Shocking? Not really. Remember what Lidle said about Barry Bonds this past May? Face it, Lidle is a yapper.
Yankees fan favorite Arthur "Diamond Earring" Rhodes had this to say about Lidle's recent comments:
"When he started, he would go 5 1/3 innings and (the bullpen) would have to win the game for him. The only thing Cory Lidle wants to do is fly around in his airplane and gamble.
"He doesn't have a work ethic. After every start, he didn't run or lift weights. He would sit in the clubhouse and eat ice cream."
Wow. Who does Lidle remind you of now? Big mouth. Not into conditioning. Likes the wild life. Sound like David Wells to you? It does to me.
And, just like with Boomer Wells (when he was in New York), if Lidle wins, no one will care about the sound-off baggage that comes with it.
As far at the "5 1/3 innings" and gone comment. Check Lidle's game log this season, to date, for yourself:
Lidle has gone at least 6 IP in 16 of this 21 starts this year. That's OK with me. That will work just fine in New York.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 1, 2006 09:50 AM
Steve, if Lidle was relying on Arthur "Small Game" Rhodes to win games for him, you can see why he felt the way he did.
6 innings and a .500 record from the 5 spot sounds good.
Absolutely, I'd take 6 IP and a 4.74 ERA out of the 5th spot. The ERA's not great but it beats Ponson any day of the week.
And for Lidle's career, he's 41-25 with a 4.04 ERA after the break. Sounds good to me, no matter how much smack he talks about his former team.
Plus, with Wagner and now Lidle essentially saying the same things, I'm beginning to sense that perhaps they're not malcontents as much as they're telling the truth.
There's no question that Philly is messed up. Still, Lidle should not say what he said - sometimes you just have to bite your lip.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at August 1, 2006 11:49 AM