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,
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...