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Lidge Blows the Comeback

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 25, 2009 11:51 PM | Comments: 180
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Baseball’s an interesting game.  As we saw with Eric Bruntlett’s unassisted triple play, a player can make a mistake, but turn into the hero.  A pitcher could be the best closer in baseball one year, but the opposite the next.  A team could gain momentum, but it can be reversed quickly.

The Phillies managed to come back in the ninth inning, but just like Matt Capps, Brad Lidge ultimately failed to convert the save in the Phillies 6-4 loss.

On the very first pitch of the game, Jimmy Rollins’ line shot cleared the right-center field seats to put the Phillies on the board.  On the first pitch in his second at-bat, Rollins homered again.  Two pitches, two home runs.

Joe Blanton pitched a quality start; he lasted six innings allowing three earned runs.  However, all three runs came on home runs: Ryan Doumit’s solo shot and Steve Pearce’s two-run blast.  Blanton gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out seven. 

Ross Olendorf was just as effective.  He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The Phillies were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight men on base.  The Phillies trailed 3-2 heading into the top of the ninth.

Capps had trouble in his last appearance against the Phillies.  In that game, he blew a 7-3 lead thanks to home runs by Matt Stairs and Ryan Howard.  Tonight, neither were due up in the inning, but the bottom of the order provided the damage.  Carlos Ruiz started the rally with a double.  Ben Francisco drove Ruiz home to tie the game at three.

With two outs, Shane Victorino tripled, scoring Francisco from second.  In Little League, coaches stress that the first step is always back.  Center fielder Andrew McCutchen did not follow those rules and took the first step in.  It was costly. The ball sailed over his head and the go-ahead run scored.  McCutchen would get that run back… and more.

With Lidge closing, nothing is a sure thing.  Capps already blew his save, but the truth is Lidge has been worse this year.  Luis Cruz singled to start the inning against Lidge.  That was the beginning of the end.

Brandon Moss singled to right fielder, Jayson Werth.  Werth went to scoop up the ball, but bobbled it.  Pinch runner, Brian Bixler, rounded the bases and scored from first.  Werth fired to the plate. The throw beat the runner, but was off-line so Ruiz could not apply the tag quick enough.  Tie game.  Blown save, Brad Lidge.

The next batter was McCutchen, who had a chance to redeem himself.  He did that, and more.  He hit a long drive to straight-away center field.  Victorino kept going back, but so did the baseball.  It cleared the fence for a walk-off home run.

Lidge blowing saves is becoming a re-occurring nightmare for the Phillies.  He is now 0-6 with nine blown saves and an ERA standing at 7.33.  There has to be thought as to whether Lidge’s days as a closer are numbered.  Either way, the Phillies dropped a game to the lowly, last-place Pirates, a team they must take advantage of.

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  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    I think most of you dismiss the four days in a row for Lidge. He had not pitched for five or six days before the Mets series came in and pitched well for three games, when you are trying to get his confidence back you do not send him out there for the fourth straight day. Also if Jayson Werth does not start he should not play period. Not saying it is his fault, but he has to make that play, when he sits on the bench and comes into the game he is always lost.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    That’s why that one out save Lidge got few Sundays ago was so good. It was just that…one out…and it had to help with his confidence. So yeah….limit him to one out at a time. Madosn for 4 outs…whatever. That’s Bullpen by Committee….and if it’s done the right way it can be effective.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Whats the drama with Taylor now? There’s no need to deal the guy because he isn’t going to be an opening day starter in 2010 unless you’re expecting him to immediately come up and hit .280 drive in and drive in 100 runs with power which is an unreasonable expectation. He shouldn’t ride the bench in the major and he’s not so long in the tooth as a prospect that we shouldn’t EXPECT him to see another half a year at least the minors.

    When he’s called up it might take him a year or two to even do anything more than tread water but I can tell already he’s going to get the Marlon Byrd we want to see him now then the we want him out now treatment.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    beta…he ABSOLUTELY has to make that play. He came into the game as a pinch-hitter. Maybe it should have been just that….pinch-hitting. The argument is that with a one run lead he’s better out there than Stairs (except that he messed up the play).

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    LMAO Dipsy. I agree on Feliz and Hoffman. Pedro’s done very well for us. I just like Geoff’s idea of getting a younger 3b to be ready for 2011. Hoffman is a no brainer if he gets to us. Not a lot of teams are going to be willing to pony up about 1.0 mil and the equivelant of two picks for Trevor. Maybe as a defensive move by Florida or Atlanta albeit a mil by the fish might be too steep as far back as they are.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Oh, and while we’re at it, I’ll take Craig Counsell, too, thanks.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    (apologies for tha appalling grammar in the last post)

    Hoffman’s never going to reach the Phils, he’s not making enough money to be a deterrent to a team wanting to stop the Phils from getting him especially since those teams would feel they could probably use him. Also doesn’t matter how many dead bodies you want to crawl over to get him, all the Marlins have to do is put in a claim and have the Brewers pull him back when the Marlins don’t offer any prospects. A guy has to be making Wagner/Kerry Wood money or have a no-trade clause for teams not to claim him to avoid the Phils getting a sniff

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    yea werth shouldn’t bobble the ball but even if he plays it right it’s runner on 1st and 3rd with no outs and can we really sit here can say lidge would get the next 3 outs without blowing the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Quals is on Waivers as well. The Marlins can’t claims everyone, LOL.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I just had Lidge give up a double and triple to blow another save on mlb the show. pedro pitched 7 great innings. lidge has 5 now. lol. just like real life.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Pedro Feliz is not some irreplaceable part. He is good. But he has a 5M option for next year that wont get exercised. Ben Francisco is the 4th OF and will be for the foreseable future bc hes under control for a few more years. Taylor is at his peak value now because he is blocked. Hes basically ready now. Domonic Brown will replace Werth because hes about half a season to a full season behind his development than Taylor.

    I agree about Werth. Werth is better than Michael Taylor at this point and Taylor wont take that slot or any other starting slot. And if hes not playing everyday he wont get better as a bench player. Ben Francisco has THRIVED in his part time role and not everyone can.

    They can afford to go younger at 3B to lock down the position for a few more years because they have NOONE in their system remotely close to being even a year or two away from ready at 3B. Nobody. Someone younger will save money to be used in other areas to stabliize the position. Feliz is NOT the 3B of the future or the foreseeable future. He probably will not be here next year because he has a 500K buyout vs a 5M option. Thats a no brainer. You buyout and go younger. The rest of the team is good enough to still be a contender without him.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Geoff. The Phillies will exercise that option on Feliz. A friendly wager?

    The Dispy

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    sure, George. Next batter lines a shot to Feliz right inside the bag. One out. He steps on third because the runner breaks for home. Two outs. He then notices that the runner on first is between 1st and 2nd so he throws to Utley who then fires to Howard and then back to Utley for the third out. Just your typical triple play to end the game….that’s all.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Well, I mean, this is more about taylor than it is about Feliz. Taylor is going to be sitting there for a year in AAA. We have Brown, whos speed the Phillies will value more anyways for when Werth walks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    but the ONLY position that they are thin at on teh field that is worthy of trading Taylor for is a good young 3B.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    The 3rd basemen of the future is Anthony Hewitt, the Phillies didn’t move him to that position willy nilly so I’d expect the Phils to look on the position as a year-to-year question and Pedro’s having a great year, if he has a even just a decent year next year why not extend him and give more time to groom Hewitt or someone else. What are the other options? offer stupid money to a free agent, try another Wes Helms or try and get water out of a stone with a Josh Fields type…

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Geoff who would you consider a good young third basemen worth trading a Taylor calibre prospect for?

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    NJ – Agreed. Anthony Hewitt? eeesh. That’s bad. Yup. Year to year is the way to go. I love Feliz. The other three guys are the stars of the band and Feliz is the bass player. Gotta have a bass player.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Hewitt is not one or two years away though. Unless he figures it out and races through the system he could STILL be 3 or 4 years away. I doubt feliz can give you anymore than one more year at his current level of play.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    geoff, any guys you can think of off hand as a quality, young 3B? teams will want a lot for a younger player.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Last I checked (about a month ago) Anthony Hewitt was STILL in Williamsport – where he was last year – and had JUST started to hit. Thats SSSSSSSSSSLOOOOOOOOW development. Basically, he has not improved at all in his first pro year. So he is STILL 3-4 years away like he was when he was drafted.

    Ryan Zimmermann won’t be traded. Alex Gordon has upside still and has pop and is only 25. Mark Reynolds. Peralta (not getting traded). Have to go through the rosters. But they have NOTHING at 3B in their system. Hewitt doesnt even count because hes not good enough to be considered a blue chip prospect yet. Its Feliz and just…guys.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    A’s got a heck of a player in ben Wallace. he’s destroying AAA.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Chone Figgins is an FA, but he isn’t really much of an upgarde over Feliz and he’s not that young (31).

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Someone threw out the idea of ALex Gordon for Michael Taylor … with Arbuckle in Kansas City, there is a chance that something along those lines could be realistic

    I don’t know that Gordon will be the better player, but after next season.. how much will Feliz have left? He’s already slowed in the field (better bat, but worse fielder coming off back surgery?) ..

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Very few teams are deep at third base and if you look at the stats right now there’s only 11 3rd basemen in the NL that have ‘qualifying’ stats. Most infield positions teams are pretty thin with major-league plus-bat calibre talent except 1st base where some teams consider you could put a donkey at as long as he can hit.

    The Phils have drafted a guy they consider to have incredible tools and in the mean-time they’ll address the position with Pedro Feliz or cheap options like say where Garrett Atkins will probably be a couple of years down the line. It’s not possible to have stars in the making at every position and you can only score so many runs. Look at the Dodgers, they have Casey Blake at third base who’s a couple of years older than Feliz manning third and traded away their 3rd basemen in-waiting in the Sherrill deal.

     
  • Posts: 0 george

    bill hall to play 3B?yea he was driven out of milwaukee but he looked good early in his career and a change of scenery could do him good,but seattle already traded for him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Im pretty sure that Hewiitt has been projected most places as an OF ??

    Drafted as a SS… projected by the Phillies/and moved to 3rd Base

    But everywhere else you look they lable him to be an OF

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Chone Figgins is NASTY … in every way

    when healthy, he’s one of the most underrated players in all of baseball

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Did we all really think that Feliz was anything more than a 3 year plan anyway?? Don’t get me wrong…he’s been a great addition to this team, but yeah…how much does he have left??

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    how effective do you think we could be by working a closer by committee?

     
 
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