Jon Lieber Won’t Let You Get Rid Of Him That Easy

6 Mar

Here’s a snyopsis of what Lieber brought to the table yesterday from good ol’ Marcus Hayes’ recap of the Phils-Reds spring training game:

He bore down and pitched two scoreless innings against Cincinnati, giving up three hits with three strikeouts among 41 pitches. He effectively used all four of his pitches, and his slider was occasionally nasty.

“I’m just watching the catcher’s mitt, just getting ready. Pitching. Preparing for Opening Day,” Lieber said.

 Apparently the man was sharp.  He needed only 41 pitches to go 3 innings, bringing back memories of various points in his 2005 campaign with the Phillies when he looked like an all-star on the mound.  If Lieber can continue to perform like this in the fair weather in Clearwater, why would we want to trade him for bullpen relief?  At that point we should tell Adam Eaton that his services would best be used out behind the centerfield wall. 

You don’t trade a starting pitcher if he reclaims his form.  You use that guy to win ballgames.  Just don’t ask him to carpool.


2 Responses to “Jon Lieber Won’t Let You Get Rid Of Him That Easy”

  1. phuturephillies March 6, 2007 at 10:06 pm #

    I disagree. Eaton, though injury prone, has more upside than Lieber. Lieber is much older, and has much less room for error. If Eaton goes down, we have three serviceable arms to bring up and plug in, and maybe 4 if Castro remains a starter. I think if you can get a decent piece for him in the pen, you make the move.

  2. Spencer March 7, 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    I’m torn. You trade from a position of strength, and right now we need to add to the bullpen and don’t need a 6th starter. That said, the rotation does look particularly nasty with a returned to form Lieber dealing every 5th day.

    Either way – him pitching this well in spring is a good thing as it makes any decision a win win decision.

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