Maybe Brad Lidge's unsightly ERA and 6 blown saves aren't a "stuff" or "psyche" problem, but rather a physical problem. Yep, the lights have gone down on Lidge today as he was placed on the DL with a bum knee retroactive to June 7th. He continually assured everyone that he felt fine, but the injury report tells otherwise. Either way, the man needs a mental vacation, and the Phils need a break from his 9th inning meltdowns. Look for Ryan Madson to be the interim closer and for Scott Boras' mini-Mo in training prophecy to gain further legs.
Veteran backup catcher Paul Bako takes Lidge's roster spot. Phils need some bench help, but it's difficult to see how a soon-to-be 37 year old .231 hitter will offer any. This just proves how thin the Phillies are in terms of positional depth in the minors. Oh yeah, Bako Bits bats lefthanded too.
Phils with the clear upperhand in tonight's matchup with JA Happ going against some bozo for the Mets named Johan Satan-something-or-other.