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Friday, December 26, 2008

Player Analysis: # 54 Brad Lidge CL

Overall Season Numbers

Overall Opponent's AVG/OBP/SLG & wOBA: .198/.297/.269 & .266
-vs. RHB: .105/.227/.175 & .181
-vs. LHB: .273/.354/.345 & .337

IP: 69.3
K: 92
BB: 35
WHIP: 1.226
BB/PA: .120
K/9 IP: 11.95

Overall Career Numbers

Overall Opponent's AVG/OBP/SLG & wOBA: .210/.303/.337 & .275
-vs. RHB: .184/.279/.313 & .258
-vs. LHB: .239/.329/.363 & .293

IP: 470.3
K: 653
BB: 205
WHIP: 1.201
BB/PA: .104
K/9 IP: 12.50

What needs to be said about Brad Lidge that hasn't already been said. Yes, he recorded the final out of sooo many of the Phillies games this past season and postseason. Yes, he was a perfect 41 of 41 during the regular season in saves. Yes, he was THE man for the Phillies this year. I do realize that everyone noticed these things, and if you really watched, you also noticed how many close calls he had especially in the latter half of the regular season. Obviously if he didn't blow anything, than I can't really complain, but he had everyone freaking out on quite a few occassions. Quite shockingly, despite being absolutely sickening against righties (12 hits allowed all season) he is pretty bad against lefties. He let them reach base more frequently than Ryan Madson, and most of these runners got on base by way of hits rather than walks. Lidge walked more than his share of batters this year which was attributed to all the deep counts he worked. Yes his K/9 IP was pretty ridiculously high, but I would bet that the majority of those strikeouts came on sliders that wouldn't have even reached the plate in little league.

I most likely seem very pessimistic about such a positive player on the Phillies World Championship team. This is just my release of all the pent up panic/fear/insanity that I developed over the 2008 season. I wonder if Lidge would have been so ridiculous effective had his opponents used any sort of patience at the plate. If I were an opposing manager I would tell my players they would be fined by the front office for each pitch they swung at. Had the opposition watched every pitch he threw (until of course the Phillies caught on to their permanent take sign, which of course would have been never since Charlie doesn't know what a take sign is) the Phillies probably would not have made the playoffs.

Hopefully in 2009, Lidge comes a little closer to the strikezone, and retains his abilities to keep hitters off balance with his sliders. Don't be upset with me. I love him, he helped the Phillies give me my first Philadelphia World Championship. I just hate the fact that his success came in large part due to faults of the opposition. Part of me still thinks though, that if he had to throw the slider for strikes, righties wouldn't even come close to it. But lefties? Watch out.

Cheer Brad Lidge and his 58' slider.

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Anonymous said...

Without looking at pitches/plate appearance i would say that TB def made an adjustment on both regards: they used lefties off their bench and seemed to take more pitches than previous opponents.

Scott Graham said...

From memory, and with looking at the pitches/PA (avg of around 4.5 for the WS) I do remember getting that feeling. It seemed like most of the playoff teams (would at least work the counts, but then still wound up swinging at garbage with two strikes). The P/PA in each of his playoff appearances were 5.83, 4, 4, 4.33, 4.6, 4, 4.75, 5, 4.

However, i just took a random sample of throughout the season and saw some 6s and 7s. It seems that everything was pretty much about the same. I thought I noticed that too though.