2009 Brad Lidge: 0-8, 11 blown saves, 1.86 WHIP, 7.48 ERA. That is the highest single season earned run average and third highest walks+hits/innings pitched (WHIP) by a closer in the history of Major League Baseball. He's put 107 runners on base is just 55.1 innings. He's allowed at least 1 earned run in 27 of his 63 appearances, meaning 43% of the games he pitches in the opposition is tagging him for at least 1 run.
The man that helped secure the World Series championship is likely to do the polar opposite of that this season. With this dilapidated bullpen, Manuel doesn't have too many other options, so expect more gut-wrenching, heartbreaking losses to follow.
The Phillies were 79-0 when leading after eight innings last season. This year they are 75-10.
"It's incredibly frustrating," Lidge said. "I'm disappointed, but they hit the ball tonight. They did a good job. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get another chance to get something started again, but, yeah, I'm definitely frustrated a little bit at a loss, but I'm sure there are some things I can do better."
Get something started? Like a rally for the opposing team that ends with a blown save and a loss?
Sure there are some thing I can do better? Like not allowing a run every damn appearance or having the worst season ever in the history of closers?!
*Quote pulled from The Zo Zone.
I feel like I'm watching an episode of Little People, Big World when a Marlins game is on because of Santa's elves Cody Ross and Dan Uggla.