Brad Lidge Blows Another Save
After a perfect season last year, Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge has come crashing down to earth. On Wednesday against the Florida Marlins, Lidge blew another save and picked up another loss. At this point, one has to wonder how much longer the Phillies can keep using Lidge as the team’s closer.
Last season, Lidge was 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA and was a perfect 41-for-41 in save opportunities. This year has been totally different. He’s 0-8 with a 7.48 ERA and has blown 11 save chances out of 42.
Heading into the 9th inning with a 6-5 lead, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel put Lidge in to close the game. A couple minutes later, Jorge Cantu tied the game with a single and then Brett Carroll won the game with another single. After the contest, Manuel was obviously upset.
“Lidge was our closer last year and we signed him to be our closer now,” said Lidge. “But he’s struggled and it’s hard for us to close a game out. It’s tough.”
Despite Lidge’s struggles, the Phillies are all but assured a spot in the 2009 baseball playoffs. At 88-63, Philadelphia has a 6.5-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. In the postseason, the Phillies will try win their second consecutive World Series championship.