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Lidge looking for Friday return

Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 3:59 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Phillies (former?) closer Brad Lidge has yet to pitch in the majors this season, as he's battled arm injuries. He feels he's ready to re-join Philly, however, after working a perfect inning for Class-A Lakewood. It was Lidge's eighth rehab outing, in which he's pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed four runs. His velocity reportedly isn't where it's been in the past, however, Lidge still believes he's ready.

"Everything feels good, finally,'' Lidge said (Philly.com). "My slider feels great right now. As I always say, that's a real important pitch for me. That's normally how I get guys out.''

He also expressed that he was hopeful that he would join the Phillies Friday.

Lidge, 34, had 27 saves with a 2.96 ERA and 1.23 WHIP last season for the Phillies. He was a perfect 41-for-41 in saves in 2008 before a disastrous 2009 season.

Lidge will have to contend with Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo for save chances, but if all three are pitching up to their respective abilities and remain healthy, there's potential for a dominant back-end of the bullpen. And that's on a team with the best starting rotation in baseball.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:16 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:16 am
 

Lidge looking for Friday return

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Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Lidge looking for Friday return

He got LUCKY 48 straight times.....damn....he has pretty good luck. He should have played the lottery that yr



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:29 am
 

Lidge looking for Friday return

The heart attack man is coming back.....his perfect season was far from perfect if you actully watched him pitch.  Liners and sharp grounders never found holes and he got LUCKY.  His slider is a good strike out pitch but why even swing at it when it is in the dirt 90% of the time.  I hate watching him pitch as he really is a heart attack man.  He always puts guys on and then a wild pitch or walk and they are in scoring position.  I feel 100% more confident with Bastardo.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 8:22 am
 

Lidge looking for Friday return

or Danny Baez....



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:52 am
 

Lidge looking for Friday return

I will say this for a point of optimism:

If you all remember last year, he didn't have the velocity on his fastball either.  He might have hit 89-91, but his fastball was miring in the mid-80's.  The thing that was allowing him to pitch more effectively was a lot more control on that slider of his, locating it for strikes by taking something off of it, and throwing it again with more bite to get someone to strike out.  In short, he used it more often than the fastball because he was using it differently. 

I know it's not like Rivera and his cutter, but it's the same concept.  If he can pitch effectively by locating the slider wherever he wants it, he could be good with it and not have to worry about the fastball's velocity and just focus on location.

Just like the secret to real estate: Location, Location, Location.

That's all.  Other than that, I'm just in a wait-and-see.  The guy is 34 now and has a slew of injury problems with that arm, from his shoulder to his elbow, he just hasn't remained healthy and that's a big part of being an effective player.  You need to be healthy, because if you're not your performance will suffer even if you can play through it.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:45 am
 

Lidge looking for Friday return

It did wonders every season, just I didn't wear it at the most opportune (least) times.

I will say, I wore it every game during the playoffs, and he hasn't blown a save in a Phillies uniform in the postseason.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:22 am
 

Lidge looking for Friday return

Good points, thebull19; pretty much what I was going to say when I read the story.  The mere fact that he feels good--well, we've heard that before.  Heck, I feel good, but that's not enough for me to be effective in their bullpen.

The optimistic take on it would be that if they're even considering activating him shortly, they must be reasonably satisfied with his velocity, whatever it is--or that they think it's gradually improving, at least.  They'll probably start out by using him in non-sensitive situations, even mop-up work, and see how that goes before they start relying on him seriously.




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Lidge looking for Friday return

Look at it like this: no matter what, it's very unlikely he'll be any worse than David Herndon.


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