What else can I say? If you read this blog regularly or within the past two weeks, I've said Brad Lidge should no longer be the closer on the Phillies baseball team, I still think that. He's earned it! He doesn't deserve to be the closer anymore due to horrible perfomances. How much more does a guy have to go out there and give up a game before Charlie Manuel realizes this? I don't think after tonight with the tough loss that the Phillies suffered due to Lidge giving up the game, there shouldn't be too many people who think Lidge should be the closer anymore.
If you've followed Lidge all year, he hasn't been the same pitcher. Yes, he's gotten those familiar strikeouts and here and there put out some fires. However, he's no longer 'the man'. Charlie Manuel has repeatedly said, 'He's my man, he's the closer on this baseball team.' After tonight, that should change. He gave up a walk off home run to the Pirates tonight, who celebrated as if they have won the NLCS or something. Yes, it's a big moment for them beating the reigning World Series champs but it also tells us that Lidge is very unstable and in need of a sabbatical from the closer's role.
Jimmy Rollins had a breakout night with two home runs, he's paced this team to a victory tonight. It should have never been lost. The thoughts turn now to who should be the closer? You've got Madson that should be in the running, and now you have an apparently healthy Brett Myers who seems like he is back up to speed with his fastball and healthy looking. The decision on who will take the reins won't be simple but it is a decision that needs to be done now.
Here's the tale of the tape for tonight's game one with Pittsburgh:
Rollins 2-5 with 2 home runs - .244 BA
Utley 2-4 with a double - .302 BA
Ibanez 0-3 what happened to Ibanez? Is he still hurt? - .284 BA
Team RISP 2-14
and finally the worst stats of the night:
Brad Lidge: 9 blown saves on the year, 0-6 7.33 ERA
This should be the final appearance for Lidge as a closer until he get's 'fixed' if that is possible now.
Phillies lose 6-4 in Pittsburgh in Game #123 on the season and
the first of three games in Pittsburgh, PA. Phillies record: 72-51
1st place 6.5 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves