-By now you’ve heard the news that Brad Lidge will not be the closer for the duration of the regular season. Really? That wasn’t rocket science. However, is it completely true? If you read between the lines of what Ruben Amaro is saying, Lidge’s name is still very much involved for the ninth inning spot.
In Andy Martino’s Philadelphia Inquirer article the GM goes on to say, “I don’t think any decision has been made officially. Lidge could still be one of the guys. It could be Madson, could be Lidge, or it could be a few different guys.”
So, then he’s not out of the running? Why did Amaro go public with a response to the situation that really offers no information. I understand he is trying to keep his closer and his manager out of harms way, but why not just stay tight lipped and allow it to play out. Making a mockery of the situation only draws the ire of more fans.
-Pedro Martinez will miss his start tonight against the Brewers as he continues to deal with a sore neck. I wouldn’t take this as a huge deal. It’s actually the smart thing to do here, considering the triage unit that the bullpen has become.
Martinez will likely make one or two more starts before the end of the regular season. In that time, will it answer questions about the playoff rotation? Could this injury actually make Pedro a viable candidate for closer?
Consider this: if Pedro is unable to make another start for the next week, he will lose his stamina heading into the playoffs. J.A. Happ has proven his health, returning from the strained oblique. Could that then push Charlie into making Pedro the closer, especially if he’s unable to last deep into games. Quite an interesting scenario is upon us.
-According to Mark Miller of Yahoo, Chan Ho Park is going to be looked at for the closers role once he is fit to return. Park is still dealing with a hamstring injury. In Martino’s article, Charlie Manuel says that Brett Myers would be the most viable candidate to close, however, he’s still hurt too and unsure of a return date.
So who it is? This ridiculous back and forth is growing tiresome. What I want is for Manuel and Amaro to come out and say, “this will be a closer by committee.” That way, everyone’s name is involved and it still allows for them to use whomever at their leisure while making Philadelphians happy that a resolution has been found. That’s not so hard, is it?