July 22, 2004

Lieberthal shames himself in 8th inning

Mike Lieberthal can expect to sit Friday following today's clutch day at the plate.

With the bags juiced, Lieberthal stepped in with two out and popped up the first pitch he faced from Armando Benitez. The pitch was only his third of the game.

Tale of two catchers
At about this time in Atlanta, Johnny Estrada hit a walk-off sac fly to win the game in the 10th for the Braves.

Forget center; make a pitch for catcher
The Phils need to live with platooning Michaels, Glanville, and Ledee at center until Bryd is ready. Like his hair, Lieby's game is wearing very thin, and they shouldn't expect it to improve.

BPF Crystal Ball
Time for the first installment of BPF Crystal Ball, wild predictions based loosly on fact. Feel free to call up WIP and quote them as fact, however. Say you read it in the Reading Eagle.

Expect the Phillies to add a bullpen arm before their roadtrip. LHP Ron Villone of Seattle has been rumored. Geoff Geary, shelled for 4 runs today, will head back to Scranton.

Center field and catcher will be addressed in a three-way trade with Pittsburgh and the NY Yankees before July 31.


At 11:25 PM, Blogger Brian said...

I made the call for Lieberthal earlier in the year. But the last two months he has been drastically better, granted his pop out today was pretty discouraging, but he's there.

At 11:12 PM, Blogger Tom G. said...

I think Lieby gets a bad rap. Look at his month by month stats, they are higher every month.

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

Even still, catcher's an area where the Phils need to get younger. In a year or two, I fear they're going to have a real problem unless they make a move.

While getting Lieby out of town would be hard, and you guys are right - his numbers have slowly gotten better and there's no immediate need to move him, - bringing in a young guy would be a sharp move.

I like the deal Seattle made with Chicago for Freddy Garcia. They were sure to get a young catcher, Miguel Olivo, back in return, ensuring that the future of that position is at least in stable hands after Dan Wilson can no longer pull the load.

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Tom G. said...

In terms of planning for the future, I completely agree. Lieberthal is 32 and we all know the lifespan of good offensive catchers isn't much better than that...

As far as Lieberthal's performance overall has been, I decided to add a little comment on it on my Phillies slanted blog (ballssticksstuff.blogspot.com)...C'mon by...


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