Originally Posted by princeton
I bow to that more constant basher of Lidle, M2.
For me, the frustrating part with Lidle ended once the games started. He's been what I expected and I can't fault him for that.
My only issue with Lidle at this time is I wouldn't under any circumstances bring him back in 2005 (an idea that was still be bounced around until recently).
On the bright side, hopefully the Reds learn from the Lidle signing and avoid similar mistakes in the future. Perhaps JimBo's chief fault was blind spot recidivism. Maybe DanO will prove more adept at self-diagnosis.
Quick observation on Lidle, he'd been a second half pitcher in years where he'd experienced a moderate first half workload. The Jays rode him hard early last season (125.1 pre All-Star IP) as did the Reds this season (121.1 pre All-Star IP). For a guy whose season high IP is 192.2 that's just too rough a ride. A radically different usage pattern (as compared to his glory days in Oakland) has produced radically different results.