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Brad Lidge's circular reasoning

Aug 29, 2009, 11:28 AM EDT

Despite a ton of blown saves and a bloated ERA, Brad Lidge remains optimistic. What’s more,  he thinks he know what his problem is:

He said one of the problems had been working with runners on base.

“I haven’t been as effective coming out of the stretch, and that is
what I am working the hardest on.  The biggest thing is working on the stretch, and when that
happens, I will be back to where I need to be, and I don’t think that
it’s that far off.”

But Brad: You’re a closer who comes in at the start of the ninth, pitching out of the windup.  if the stretch is the problem, how are all those guys getting on base in the first place?

  1. Joe M - Aug 30, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Lidge’s is right. His best, most effective pitches are not thrown for strikes. They are sliders that start in the zone and dive out. When he cannot locate his fastball effectively, hitters can lay off the sliders (or all low pitches) and eventually walk, or they pick a zone and tee off on meatballs thrown in the center third of the plate (misplaced fastballs and elevated sliders thrown in an attempt ot get a strike call).
    Locating his fastball is crucial to his success, and he has been especially horrible with that out of the stretch.

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