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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Game 41: Lidge blows another save (23-18)

This afternoon's game against the Yankees should have been a victory for the Phillies; unfortunately, unlike last year's team, the Phils do not have an automatic victory anytime they lead after 8 innings. Brad Lidge was knocked around by the Yankees today for 3 runs in only 1/3 of an inning.

Ryan Madson pitched the 8th inning, and considering Lidge's troubles early this year, it is not unreasonable to begin thinking that Madson should be allowed to close games where he looks good (today was one of those games). In addition, the first two batters Lidge faced in the 9th inning tonight were left-handed. Madson, who had better numbers than Lidge against LHB last year, could easily have pitched to Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira to lead off the bottom of the 9th, and then Manuel could have gone to Lidge for A-Rod.

Either way, you can't really blame Manuel at all for today's loss. But, if Lidge keeps allowing these homers, it is important to remember that Ryan Madson is better than many closers in the MLB.

Tomorrow the Phils go for the series victory at 1:05 pm when LHP Cole Hamels faces LHP C.C. Sabathia.

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