Cory Lidle will hold down the number three spot in the Phillies' rotation this season. The right-hander puts up steady numbers, but doesn't seem to get much attention. The Phillies may need him to step things up in 2006.
has never gotten back to putting up the kind of numbers that he did for Oakland in 2001 and 2002. Over those two seasons, Lidle went 21-16 and posted a 3.74 ERA in 60 games. Since then, Lidle has put up rather weak numbers in stops with Toronto, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, going 37-38 and putting up a 5.06 ERA. His stint in Philadelphia has produced a 4.37 ERA and an 18-13 record.
With potential question marks behind Lidle in the rotation, the Phillies could use their number three man to step things up in 2006. Lidle has averaged 193 innings over the last five seasons and that's one key reason why the Phillies are pinning a lot of hopes on him. He generally keeps his team in the game, giving them a chance to win. And with what should be a high-powered offense in Philadelphia, Lidle should be in the right kind of spot for him.
Projection for 2006