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2009 Projection: Brad Lidge

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, April 04, 2009 05:30 PM | Comments: 2
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Brad Lidge, RP (RHP)
Age: 32

2008: 69.1 IP / 2-0 / 1.95 ERA / 35 BB / 92 K / 41 SV / 0 BS / 1.23 WHIP

Summary: In 2008 there was no more sure thing in baseball than Brad Lidge. You can count three poor performances by Lidge in 2008 — one was a one-run deficit that turned worse, one was a larger lead that got closer, the other was the division clincher, a real nailbiter. Every other time Lidge stepped on the mound? Money. He gave up just 17 runs on 50 hits in his 69 innings. And of course, 41 times he was asked to save a baseball game. Every single solitary time, he did it. Add a couple more in the postseason. He went 48-for-48 in save opportunities in 2008.

Career Level: Prime (Year 2)

Green Flags: He’s coming off one of the great relief seasons in baseball history. … His K rate remained tremendous, recording an 11.94 K/9 (he’s among all-time leaders). … His .204 average against was his best since his great 2004 season; the number has improved each season since 2006.

Red Flags: His fastball is losing velocity each season — now at 94.3 mph from 95.4 mph in 2007. Still, his slider is losing velocity at the same rate, which offsets this problem. … Lidge’s walk rate climbed to 4.54 BB/9, his worst full-season rate in his career.

Prognostication: Will Brad Lidge be perfect again? Probably not. But as long as the slider works with the fastball, Lidge will be an elite closer. Don’t expect anything life-changing, but Lidge should have a very good season yet again.

2009 Projection:
71.2 IP / 2-2 / 2.51 ERA / 36 BB / 90 K / 43 SV / 4 BS / 1.28 WHIP

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  • Posts: 0 Chutley

    41 out of how many?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Tim, it seems that when looking at your forecast for pitchers, only Blanton (OK, Haap too although his ERA is bordering the Eatononesque bounderies of the known universe at 4.88) and Madsen. Everyone else is either losing velocity or their ERA’s are inflated from last year.
    Are we supposed to see an upside? The stats show me a mediocre at best pitching staff both in starters and bullpen.
    Lidge, lost velocity, higher ERA and not a perfect season (I agree, still great but not untouchable).
    Hamels, lost velocity, injury (?), higher ERA – about 15 wins – I hope this is low.
    Condrey, Romero, Erye, Durbin – all inflated ERA’s – you have Carlos Carrasco as only pitching 15 innings with little success.
    There has to be quite an offense behind this so-so pitching staff in order to pull a “repeat”.
    My friend is coming over soon (he’s late already). Time to put in the 2008 WS DVD and break out the 2008 WS glasses, we are breaking them in today – heading to the game about 5-5:30. Go Phils!

     
 
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