Cory Lidle was against the four-man rotation idea. If he believes that he's better pitching every fifth day, that makes it so. Robert examined
the signifcance of Lidle's rest prior to his latest start. If the Jays can adjust their rotation to accomodate Cory in a week with an off-day and a rainout, so much the better.
He was cruising along for five innings against the Cubs that afternoon, then about ten minutes after I typed, "How do we like Lidle on normal rest?"
in Sunday's game thread, he imploded. I don't know why, but it wasn't the first time. Keep repeating: Cory gets better in the second half. An unknown quantity to the exhausted, depleted Expos, Lidle has sharp control of an assortment of pitches, so I don't see why he shouldn't join Doc as a 10-game winner. Mr Tosca will have lots of pinch-hitting options, including Josh Phelps, so depending on the score and the batting order, we should see the bullpen in action early and the debuts of both new Toronto relievers.
Javier Vazquez, one of the pitchers I would most like to see in a Toronto uniform, has retired countryman Carlos Delgado in eight previous at-bats, but this is a different year. He tired in the seventh against Oakland in his latest at around the 100-pitch mark, so the Jays will again be conscious of their deep-in-the-count philosophy. Should be a good game, the best of the series on paper, and if the Jays win, another sweep is a distinct possibility.