Like a rag doll…lifeless and limp, no two ways about it. Hunter Pence crushed one of Lidge’s pitches out to Dallas tonight. Has Pujols’ ball landed yet? If it hasn’t, Pence’s ball may be joining it in orbit around Planet Earth.
There were at least 8 hats being passed around as people put in dollar bills, paying up their bets. Pence is good, very good, but that blast was reminiscent of Pujols in Game Five. Now, if this was Wags against Chipper, I’d believe the "power vs. power" argument, but not from Lidge, not anymore.
I also don’t buy the platitudes of "it’s only spring training" or "he’s still working on pitches." It’s 3 days before the regular season and no, he’s not "working on pitches" anymore. He is going with the pitches he will use in the regular season and if the Pence homer is a harbinger of things to come, the Astros are in for a long year from Lidge. Garner better have a very short leash on him. If he has two bad outings in a row, he should be moved to the 7th inning and Qualls and Wheeler moved up a notch.
If the 7th inning experiment doesn’t work, trade him, send him down to AAA, put him on the DL, anything but keep trotting him out there. Lidge is broken and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men won’t be able to put him back together again.