Monday, September 28, 2009

What's To Be Done?

I was wondering what role Brad Lidge should have with the team and this classic Simpson's line popped into my head.
I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called "City Fathers" who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?"
Sure, Brad Lidge doesn't have a pile of sugar in his backyard, but the question is still valid - what should be done with this Brad Lidge?

Can he really give up the "terrifying lows" and "dizzying highs" of closing ballgames and pitch in the 6th inning? Hell, can he pitch successfully in any inning?

The stressors and pressures of closing games are one thing but a complete inability to get outs is another. He has given the team no inclination that he can walk to the mound, take the ball and record three outs without giving up at least a run. It's comical to compare Brad Lidge to Rick Allen's left arm but the reality of a useless 10 million dollar man is staring us all in the face and it's not too funny. And it has a goatee, a big mole and a bigger ERA.

So, what does Charlie Manuel think?

"I think he will get back to where he was," Manuel said. "Right now, from a mental aspect, he needs a little break."

Phew! That's a relief. I was concerned it was more than just the "mental aspect." This should be pretty easy to fix. Maybe he should fill up the bathtub, make it real bubbly, pour a glass of sweet pink wine, light a scented candle, plug in a toaster and throw it in and put on a little James Blunt. Calgon, take me away! By the time the bottle of wine is done Lidge will be an elite closer again. Problem solved. I don't know why I was even worried.
Last Night And Tonight
So maybe "easy win for the Phils" wasn't the most accurate statement I've ever written for the Phils. I always forget the "Tim Redding Factor." The shittier the pitcher is against other teams the better he will be against the Phils.

Tonight, the Phils and JA Happ square off against Wilton Lopez. He's never started a game before and he has an ERA of 8 in only 10 career innings of work. I guess the Phils will get shut out...



Bob D said...

Good to see Romero get an inning in. Hopefully the pen can get straightened out here this week and Ruiz return and play well without pain.

Myers may not have enough time to do much here this last week, but it sounds as if he will be back towards the end of the week.

Eyre says he's ready but does he go on the post season roster? he may not pitch much at all.

Condrey and Durbin are both back but we havent seen much of them.

Madson can he save games? Walker I was really high on to close games but his last 2 games have been Lidge like.

And Lidge had a scoreless inning

Park is trying to come back but he seems the least likely to be ready for playoffs.

As for the starters they have been good Blanton and Hamels had thie problems later in the game (6&7th innnings). They will keep the team in it and hopefully Pedro shows something good this week.

Oh yeah, if the Phils cannot win enough this week maybe they can sneak in as the wildcard. Oh dread the thought, but they DO NEED TO WIN THIS WEEK!

GM-Carson said...

Last night's effort was inexcusable. Not only were they facing an inferior team, but the opposing starting pitcher sucked. I don't say sucked lightly either, he's always sucked, and the fact they couldn't do squat against him disgusts me. Look how far Werth and Utley's averages have dropped, Shane's too for that matter. The just can't get hits!

GM-Carson said...

List of pitchers the Phils have recently faced (#'s before the game)
From The Zo Zone:
*Monday vs. Houston: Yorman Bazardo (0-2, 9.50)
* Sunday in Milwaukee: Dave Bush (5-8, 6.22 ERA)
* Saturday in Milwaukee: Braden Looper (13-7, 5.12 ERA)
* Friday in Milwaukee: Manny Parra (10-10, 6.42 ERA)
* Thursday in Milwaukee: Jeff Suppan (7-10, 4.76 ERA)
* Wednesday in Florida: Rick VandenHurk (2-2, 4.24 ERA)
* Tuesday in Florida: Anibal Sanchez (2-7, 4.50 ERA)

Dr. Steve said...

Shutout with under 100 pitches for the opposing team! Woo!!

The Phillies bandwagon is going to fly into the postseason really fast because of how few amount of people are on it!

GM-Carson said...

I don't know how Charlie doesn't just freak the f' out on this team. I couldn't handle being manager, I'd go Larry Bowa on the team and rip them new a-holes from here to the Earth's end in 2012 (so according to Darren Daulton).

Corey said...

ehh, they'll be fine.

GM-Carson said...

The playoffs are like a new season, everything starts fresh. As long as the Phils get into the postseason, they have a good chance to make another run at WFC2. Getting on a little hot streak here to end the season would be nice though, and would put fans at ease a bit.

Dr. Steve said...

I told my dad about the pitcher we were facing tonight and his ERA and all, and all he said was "He's due".

I love that phrase. It'll make the loss tonight easier to stomach.

GM-Carson said...

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Bob D said...

Im adding Winton Lopez to my fantasy team.