Monday, May 25, 2009
Brad Lidge Really Pisses Me Off
Brad Lidge is currently the worst closer in Major League Baseball. Yesterday I pointed out that he wouldn't be the closer if not for his increasingly suspect contract extension of 3 yrs $37.5M. Today I'll tell you why we should all be worried. This isn't the "Mr. Perfect" 48 saves in 48 opportunities Brad Lidge of 2008. This is the return of the outcast from Houston Brad Lidge of 2006/2007. That's the Brad Lidge that was demoted/promoted/demoted/etc. from the closer's role. He gave up 19 homeruns in those two seasons combined, and has surrendered 6 this season. However, even in 06/07, he was able to control his pitches and not give up tons of base hits, but that's far from the case here in 2009. Lidge has walked 12 batters in only 19.2 innings, while putting the ball on the tee for 29 hits.
The Phils literally can't afford to demote him. They're already paying Thome, Eaton, and Jenkins not to play for them, and are strapped with a foolish Moyer contract, so demoting a $12M per year closer to setup man with the chance of him turning into a basketcase is unwise. Guess they'll just have to keep running him out there and hope he figures it out. Until then, expect low win totals from our starting pitchers due to his blowing of saves.
MLB Closers Ranks:
4 Blown Saves- last
9.15 ERA- last
2.08 WHIP- last
How the hell are the Phillies actually in 1st place in the NL East with Lidge at closer and pitchers like Blanton, Moyer, and just demoted Ho Park making starts?