Watching the Gamecast on espn.com today, I was interested to see how well each player has fared in their career against Cory Lidle. Here are the career results of those guys who played:
Lowell: 7-19, HR, 2 RBI, 1.084 OPS
Cora: 0-2, .333 OPS
Crisp: 4-17, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .706 OPS
Hinske: 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2.667 OPS
Kapler: 5-12, 2 RBI, .917 OPS
Loretta: 1-6, .619 OPS
Lopez: 1-5, .400 OPS
Ortiz: 5-19, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .826 OPS
Pena: 3-6, 2 RBI, 1.000 OPS
Manny: 8-19, 4 RBI, 1.173 OPS
Those are pretty overwhelming stats. This Sox team knocks Lidle around. But today, Lidle became Cory “The Rocket” Lidle, going 6 scoreless innings. This team is not only suffering through a tough time with their pitching, but they’re in a deep offensive funk right now. Now, that being said, Alex Gonzalez was inexplicably left off the starting roster after sporting a .333 batting average and .945 OPS in 15 at-bats against Lidle. I know you want to get Cora in there sometimes and Gonzalez the day off, but why not another day?
On a bright note, David Wells pitched extremely well but was pulled after just 104 pitches and replaced by that bullpen that keeps blowing games. Sure enough, Foulke comes in and gives up the deciding run.