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Daily Dose: Lidge blows another one

Sep 24, 2009, 1:25 AM EDT

Brad Lidge blew his MLB-leading 11th save Wednesday, dropping to 0-8 with a 7.48 ERA. Asked afterward why Lidge continues to receive save chances, Charlie Manuel said: “I keep sending him back out there and hopefully he does the job. That’s about all I can say. I pull like hell for him every time he goes out there.” Brett Myers isn’t an option because of shoulder problems and Manuel doesn’t trust Ryan Madson. So …
Benjamin Franklin once opined that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results, which would make Manuel certifiable. Philadelphia has enough cushion in the NL East that allowing Lidge to cough up lead after lead hasn’t hurt their postseason chances, but all that margin for error vanishes in less than two weeks and the Phillies’ bullpen is as big a mess as ever.
While the “pull like hell for him” approach to managing proves dicey, here are some other notes from around baseball …


* Tim Hudson allowed nine hits and two walks in six innings Wednesday, but worked around the many base runners by inducing three double plays among 16 ground-ball outs. Hudson was no sure thing to pitch at all this year after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last August, but hasn’t missed a beat since returning last month and is now 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA through five starts.
His average fastball has clocked in at 90.1 miles per hour after living between 90.3 and 90.9 in the four seasons prior to going under the knife, his breaking-ball velocity is also similar to pre-surgery levels, and perhaps most importantly he’s maintained the extreme ground-ball tendencies that have long keyed his success. Hudson looks strong so far, but the Braves still have a tough call on his $12 million option for 2010.
* Milton Bradley issued a public statement Wednesday, apologizing to both the Cubs and fans. Meanwhile, the team agreed to make his 15-game suspension with pay so that Bradley and the players’ union wouldn’t raise a stink. In other words, he’ll make about $400,000 to take a two-week vacation and then this offseason the Cubs will do everything possible to shed the two years and $20 million remaining on his contract.
AL Quick Hits: Jermaine Dye finally snapped out of his second-half funk with a pair of homers Wednesday … Josh Beckett made a rare start without Jason Varitek as his catcher Wednesday, winning with Victor Martinez behind the plate … After a brief stint in the bullpen, Francisco Liriano is slated to replace Jeff Manship in the rotation Sunday … Justin Masterson was rocked for eight runs Wednesday, making him 1-5 with a 5.21 ERA since joining the Indians … X-rays on Jorge Posada’s injured foot came back negative, but Jose Molina got the start Wednesday … Matt Wieters went 2-for-4 with a homer Wednesday and is batting .377 this month … Tim Wakefield is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Blue Jays on a week’s rest … Carlos Guillen homered from both sides of the plate Wednesday as the Tigers stayed 2.5 games up on the Twins … Wade Davis struggled Wednesday after throwing 124 pitches in his last start … Denard Span (head) is hoping to rejoin the lineup Friday.
NL Quick Hits: Bobby Cox announced Wednesday that he’ll return for one more year as Braves manager before moving into a front-office gig … Prince Fielder smacked his 42nd homer Wednesday to take over the NL lead with 131 RBIs … Martin Prado was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup after being hit on the knee by a liner during batting practice … Lou Piniella said Wednesday that the Cubs may opt to shut Rich Harden down for the season … Chad Billingsley returned to the rotation Wednesday with nine strikeouts and a Quality Start … Carlos Ruiz (wrist) could rejoin the lineup by early next week after an MRI exam showed no structural damage … Kevin Hart was rocked for eight runs Wednesday, making him 1-7 with a 6.93 ERA since joining the Pirates … Bud Norris tossed six scoreless innings Wednesday to out-duel John Smoltz … Mark Reynolds broke his own single-season strikeout record and no one really cares … Adam LaRoche stayed hot Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

  1. bartlesby - Sep 24, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    Actually, Einstein said it. Doesn’t make Manuel any more sane, though.

  2. Shely - Sep 24, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    If you followed this guys career, he was un-hitable in Houston until the playoffs where the great one (Sir Albert)took him deep to beat the Astros in game 6. They forced the final game 7 in StL. and Oswalt won for them. However, Lidge has never been the same and has gotten worse as the seasons passed by. Could he still be bothered by that gigantic blast off Alberts bat?
    Cinti. Shely

  3. Pat - Sep 24, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Shely, perhaps you missed Lidge’s performance last season, when he went undefeated, 45-0. worst comment ever, j’ass.

  4. Shely - Sep 24, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Oh yea you are correct. He had ONE good season, anyway. Why did Houston get rid of him? I seem to remember he did have some slight problems at the end of last season, but recovered nicely. I don’t follows the Philthys too closely, but just try to keep up with the news.
    Shely in Cinti.

  5. Keppnitreel - Sep 24, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    I think Shelly he had one PERFECT season.

  6. Jake - Sep 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    He sucks and so does anyone who thinks otherwise.

  7. Shely - Sep 24, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    What is in your favor, is that if the Philthys play the Cards by some chance for the pennant, they don’t have to worry about a closer, as the starters will probably close down StL. However what happened last year doesn’t count today. He is a losing pitcher, and will have to be replaced for the playoffs. The A-L champs will make mince meat out of him should he even be on the roster for the post season. It is all in his head, because he is much better than what his record shows. Maybe next year, he will have a perfect season again, but it will not help today.
    Shely

  8. Frank - Sep 24, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    I, acting as the GM for the Cubs will take Brad Lidge in exchance for our erstwhile closer Kevin Gregg. Who got screwed on this one??

  9. sean - Sep 24, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Maybe Pedro Martinez can close.

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