WOW! He did it again. Charley Manual is the most stubborn mule-headed manager alive today. When he says "Brad Lidge is my Closer", he means it! If it's the ninth inning in a save situation, Brad is coming in to pitch. Charley ignores the FACTS! Brad Lidge is having the worst season of his career. It may be the worst performance ever by a so-called "Closer". He has proven over and over that his performance is absolutely unpredictable and totally unreliable.
Hey, I have nothing against Brad Lidge. I'm sure the man is trying to do his job. But - for whatever physical or pyschological problems he has right now - he's just not the guy he was in 2008.
It's Charley Manual and Ruben Amaro I'm ready to blast. Do you guys really want to blow the chance to repeat as World Series Champions? Game after game is being jeopardized! For heaven's sake, do you need some bowling balls dropped on your heads? WAKE UP GUYS!
That game against the lowly Astros last night was absolutely sickening to watch. Here are the Phillies, not hitting very well for the last couple of weeks, scratching and clawing their way back from a 3 - 0 deficit to take a 4 - 3 lead into the eighth inning. Now, enter returning hero Brad Myers, back from hip surgery much sooner than all the doctors predicted, throwing 94 MPH fastballs and retiring Houston in the eighth. Great! Now Myers will set the Astos down 1-2-3 in the ninth and earn the save! What a heart-warming story! What a morale builder for the team! A Comeback story that should headline today's Sports pages! BUT WAIT !!!!!
Charley says "Brad Lidge is my Closer". Forget Brad Myers. Forget Scott Ayre the lefty. Forget the rest of the staff. Lidge MUST come into the game!
Folks, I KNEW the game was in serious jeopardy when I saw Charley do it again. Sure enough, Lidge could not throw strikes. The weak-hitting Astros enjoyed free passes to first base. Lidge fell behind all the Houston hitters. When he did come in with a strike, it was right down the middle and very very hittable. By the way, Ruben Amaro, thanks for giving Chris Coste away so that he could be a hero for the Astros last night in the ninth inning. When Lidge hung one over the plate, Coste bashed it for a basehit. As I said, the ninth inning was disgusting to watch.
It sure can't help the team's morale to know that no lead is safe and your manager cares more about being loyal to one player than he does about winning. Maybe that's fine in Little League ball, but this is supposed to be Major League Baseball. Wake up Charley! Wake up Ruben!