Well, guess what, kids? The time has come. Brad Lidge is the Closer. Again. No, notthat Closer
. Orthis Closer
. TheBullpen Closer
I've told you my thoughts on this many, many times. I think this is a mistake. We've been hearing, ever since Pujols went deep on him in Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS, that Lidge has regained his confidence. And then he's been beat up. We've been told that he's tipping pitches. That's his mechanics are off. That he's not working every day.
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I think he's lost it. I think the Astros should've traded him in the Spring to the Red Sox, who were desperate for a closer. And the Phillies have been desperate. And the Cubs. And the Yankees bullpen is already beat up and tired. And there's still a market for Lidge. But what's going to happen to that market if Lidge is destroyed yet again? And again. And again.
And I think it's interesting that Dan Wheeler only got to blow one save while closing -- his first blown save came in game two of the season, and he wasn't really closing at the time. Shouldn't he get as many opportunities as Lights Out Lidge?
Maybe things really be better this time out. But let's face it. The Astros stink. And Lidge/Wheeler's not going to get that many opportunities anyway.
But let's just say that it's probably a good thing that the Astros aren't facing the Cards and Pujols anytime soon. -- John Royal