What is happening to him this season is what many feared would happen to him from the get-go. These types of struggles are nothing new for Brad, as he had a tumultuous career in Houston, going from good to bad, to great to abysmal. He had an historically perfect season closing last year, but now he's having an historically awful one. If not for his huge contract extension, he would no longer be in that role. 7 blown saves, 4 losses, 7.29 ERA, 1.76 WHIP. He has the worst ERA in the history of the game for a closer with 20+ saves in the season. Lidge has allowed runs in 20 of his 46 games (43%).
Let the games begin. Pedro Martinez makes his return to the majors wearing a Phillies jersey. I never would have believed that a season ago. He hasn't been healthy for about 2 years, as he pitched hurt most of last season which lead to his horrible stats. I'm just hoping for something better than Moyer at this point, which means about 6 innings with a 4ish ERA. Reports have him hitting 93 mph and sitting in the 90-91 mph range with his fastball, so his pitches seem to have their life back. The game is nationally televised on ESPN, and I have to admit I'm excited.
Moyer says he feels "disheartened" and "misled" about the Phillies decision to take him out of the rotation and put him in the bullpen. I think Ruben Amaro could respond back to the media in the same manner, because Jamie misled them into thinking he still could be an effective pitcher and his performance has been disheartening. Like I've said in the past, I love and respect Moyer, but he's lucky the Phils didn't give him the Old Yeller treatment.
*Matt Stairs has only 1 hit in July/August. 1-24 ain't helping the bench, especially not with Eric Bruntlett occupying a spot.
*Chase Utley looks tired. Not sure if he is, but he sure as hell looks it. He's in a 3-22 funk. Shame we didn't have a utility infielder to plug in and give him a rest. Damn you Eric Bruntlett!
*I like Ben Francisco.
*Marlins and Braves both won last night, so lucky the Phils stole the game from the Cubs to keep their distance.