Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Brad Lidge is greeted by team manager Charlie Manuel (L) after picking up a save following the Phillies Game 1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers during MLB's NLCS playoff series in Los Angeles October 15, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)
Lidge May Be Weakest Link In Playoffs For Phillies
The Phillies really looked like a powerhouse in Florida during the last 3 games. The Phils completed the sweep last night in Florida and they are now 12-3 for September. Roy Halladay did what he is doing best for the Phillies, that is winning baseball games. Halladay won his 19th game as he appears like he will win 20 games for the Phillies this year with his next win.
Halladay came to the Phillies to have a chance to win a championship. Roy Oswalt also came to this team to do well in the postseason. They appear poised to propel this team into the playoffs for the 4th straight year, as the Braves have let the Phillies take over the lead in the NL East.
The Phillies won this game 10-5, but in the 9th inning, Brad Lidge really ran into trouble. Lidge got into a jam when the Marlins loaded the bases, Brad walked 3 batters and even walked in a run before being taken out of the ballgame. He looked like a pitcher who is haunted by his perfect past of the 2008 season. He just isn't the same pitcher anymore. At this point in the season, the closer's role appears to be the most precarious position on the team that may be a factor for the Phils into the playoffs. Lidge just doesn't seem to have that knack to get the job done properly anymore.
It's an off day for the team today, and then it's the Nationals for the weekend. The Phillies are one of the hottest teams in baseball, I just hope they haven't peaked early.