Skip to main content

What the hell else was I going to write about...?

It will be too late for many people's liking, but it's really about time to NEVER USE BRAD LIDGE IN A SAVE SITUATION ON THE ROAD AGAIN. Lidge in 2009 road games- 0-6, 8.10 ERA, 15 saves, 10 blown saves.

One of my favorite statistics that I regularly update here on PhoulBallz is the percentage of games that Brad Lidge has allowed earned runs in this season, compared to the 18% he allowed in 2008. This year, Lidge has allowed earned runs in 43% of his outings. And, as a reminder, in 2007 Brett Myers allowed earned runs in just 21% of his relief appearances.

Considering Lidge's season-long struggles, what is the solution when Brett Myers is ailing with a back muscle/shoulder injury, when Chan Ho Park has an injured hamstring, when Ryan Madson looks just as inept in the 9th inning as Brad Lidge seems and when JC Romero is still unavailable to pitch due to a forearm injury? Well, on Wednesday night, with Hanley Ramirez batting with two outs and the tying run on 3rd base, your answer was Scott Eyre. Ramirez ended up walking, which led to a Jorge Cantu game tying single, then Ramirez later scored the winning run on Brett Carroll's game ending hit. Eyre would have been the ideal pitcher to face Hanley in that spot, needing just one out. Eyre is a lefty. Ramirez is batting 39 points lower against lefties this year than he is against right handers. He also has hit just ONE of his 23 homers against lefty pitchers this season. Furthermore, Eyre has been exceptional on the road this season, having allowed only 1 earned run in 22 road games. The Phillies stated that Eyre was available for Wednesday night's game, and he should have been used.

Don't confuse the outcome with the decision either...sure, Ramirez was not the batter who got the walk-off hit, but that doesn't change the point that a better match up, with a left hander facing the batter, is more likely to end the game there.

Charlie Manuel has spoken plenty about Brad Lidge getting back on the right track. Okay, even if he was on the track, he's just standing still on it. When that train comes through, it makes an awful mess.

It makes sense to some extent that the Phillies might try to stand by Lidge based on financial details. Brad Lidge is currently the third highest paid player on the team. He is owed a guaranteed $24.5 million dollars, going forward. Sure, there's an investment involved and he costs a lot, but he's costing the team more than money right now. Lidge is costing the Phillies games.

Can Brad Lidge continue looking in the mirror and not see what he has become? It doesn't matter. Can Charlie Manuel continue watching Lidge blow games and not make changes? Hopefully, not.

----------------------

PhoulBallz has had plenty of Lidge posts this year. Follow these links to a couple favorites you may have missed.

Lidge Will Prevent a Repeat

Lidge needs to renegotiate his deal with the devil

-----------------------

Follow PhoulBallz.com on Twitter HERE!

BallHype: hype it up!

Comments

Allen Schatz said…
A nicely done entry on your part, fine sir. As I wandered off to nighty-night time last evening (admittedly more annoyed at Rick Sutcliff's overt and mean-spirited attacks on ESPN re: Lidge), a thought came to mind on the closer spot for the post-season: J.A. Happ. I haven't beat it up yet enough to say more, other than "hmmm, I wonder". Anyway, good stuff as always.
Jay Floyd said…
Thanks, Allen.

Happ is a good enough idea to consider. There are surely options. And the options increase and get better if certain guys can get and/or stay healthy.

I'm just a phan of the committee concept right now. Last night, in that situation I cited, Eyre would have been a great choice. Other times, based on match ups, maybe Madson or another guy would be the right choice.
mvr joe said…
committee is way better than nothing.....which is what lidge is this year....a big zero....the phils can still pull this off.....but only if charlie actually gets over "last year lidge" and finds a fix
As of today, 09/24/09, the Phillies have a record of 88-63. To date, Lidge has 11 blown saves on the year. If Lidge had converted those save opportunities, the Phillies could potentially have 98 wins right now, which is more than any team in baseball (yes, even the Yankees). He makes me sick.

Popular posts from this blog

Rappers in Phillies Caps

Weekend greetings to you phine pholks out there. Today's post features pictures of rappers wearing Phillies caps. Why rappers in Phillies caps, you ask? Because... Any other questions? We will start things off properly by going with a highly recognizable hip hop star. 50 Cent stays constantly relavant by consistantly creating radio friendly material to help sell (G) units, while he "keeps it real" by still rapping about the thug life he lived before becoming the 2nd highest earning black entertainer in America. 50 is seen here in a recent interview rocking a throw-back Phillies cap. Next up we'll use a throw-back screen cap from what may be the very first major appearance by a rapper wearing Phillies gear. Chuck D, of legendary rap group Public Enemy, wore a Phillies cap in the music video for rap anthem Fight The Power in 1989. The song was the lead single from the soundtrack for Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing . Next up we'll go with some home gro

Who is Your Favorite Willie 'Mays' Hayes?

PhoulBallz.com is wondering which individual who has portrayed Willie "Mays" Hayes is the favorite of the public. Hayes, of course, is the character made famous in the Major League motion picture series. In Major League , Willie "Mays" Hayes was portrayed by budding Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes, who would go on to action movie superstardom. Snipes has starred in major motion pictures like the Blade trilogy, Passenger 57 , Undisputed and many more. Snipes remains an impact Hollywood actor, despite legal troubles related to income tax evasion. Snipes was replaced for the sequel, Major League II when his busy career, and possibly the film's budget, would not allow him to return, by Omar Epps. Another budding actor, Epps had previously worked with director David S. Ward, on the film The Program , and landed the role of Hayes, who had become a Hollywood action star over the off-season that occured between the two films. Epps' career portraying athletes rol

PhoulBallz Interview: RHP Ben Brown talks TJ recovery, O'Hoppe, cancelled season

Image- MiLB.com Out of action since last May when it was determined he required Tommy John surgery, righty pitching prospect Ben Brown is using the downtime of the pandemic hiatus to continue his physical recovery.  A 33rd round draft selection of the Phillies back in 2017, Brown made his professional debut that same year, posting a 2.57 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in 10 appearances in the rookie level Gulf Coast League.  The following season, Brown began to make a name for himself in the GCL, striking out 16 batters in one July appearance.  He would post a 3.12 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 10 games (eight starts) before earning a promotion and finishing the season with a pair of outings with Class A short-season Williamsport. Brown, a Long Island, NY native, opened last year with Class A Lakewood.  In four appearances with the BlueClaws, he struck out 20, walked four and allowed no runs in 13 2/3 innings and looked well on his way to making an impact on betting odds and available promo codes