BitterDodgerFan wrote: bigh0rt wrote:
lidge will not repeat the perfect season and hitters will lay off the slider.
They never have before, when he's had it working like he does; why would they suddenly start now?
they did when he was in houston, and he lost much confidence from it.
Lidge was a different pitcher while in Houston, as his whole approach to throwing which pitch and when was different. In Houston, 55-60% of the pitches he threw were fastballs, with about 40-45% sliders. In Philly, he completely altered his approach, and those numbers got switched. Last year, only 43% of his pitches were fastballs, and 56% were sliders. It would be pretty difficult to lay off slider when that is the pitch he most often throws.