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Manuel: Lidge not ready to close

Posted on: May 3, 2010 6:12 pm
 

PHILADELPHIA -- And the Phillies closer is . . .

"I don't know," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Watch the game."

Surprised?

Really, you shouldn't be. This is the team and the manager that used four starting pitchers in the same game during last fall's playoffs. This is the team that made it all the way to Game 6 of the World Series without really knowing who the closer was.

Now, Brad Lidge is back from the disabled list, but Manuel said before today's game with the Cardinals that he doesn't plan to use Lidge as his closer yet. And Ryan Madson, who filled in while Lidge spent the first month of the season on the disabled list, is on the DL himself, headed for surgery on his right big toe.

And the Phillies closer is . . .

Well, Manuel suggested today that it could be Jose Contreras, who is (at least) 38 years old and has never saved a major-league game in his life.

"Right now, we're just kind of searching," Manuel admitted.

Look down the list of Phillies relievers, and it's not like there are any obvious options. Manuel has the most trust in Contreras, who has a 1.35 ERA in eight appearances, and Chad Durbin, who has a 2.19 ERA but has only four career saves (and two of those were for pitching three innings with a large lead).

The rest of the bullpen: Left-hander J.C. Romero, who has 571 big-league appearances but just four saves; journeyman right-hander Nelson Figueroa, whose one career save was in an 11-inning game last week in San Francisco; rookie David Herndon; and Danys Baez, who has 114 career saves but has a 8.10 ERA and two blown saves in 11 middle-relief appearances this season.

And the Phillies closer is . . .

"I'll make up my mind when I'm standing there next to [pitching coach Rich] Dubee in the dugout," Manuel said.

And the Phillies closer is . . .

Watch the game and find out.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:40 pm
 

Manuel: Lidge not ready to close




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Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 10:09 pm
 

Manuel: Lidge not ready to close

Lidge looked fine tonight.  Its pretty obvious that he was not healthy last year.  His slider looked nasty again tonight, and his fastball improved from his last outing, he will be fine. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2010 8:56 pm
 

The Phillies are in trouble

I'm not saying they're still not a very good team, but the Phillies have some major issues. First and foremost, their starting rotation outside of Roy Halladay is very shaky. Hamels has not gotten off to the start everyone hoped for, and Blanton, while a decent number three starter, is not the kind of guy who is going to be able to step up and be the number two guy on the pitching staff all-year long. Also, Happ is having arm issues, and Kendrick is just plain terrible.

Add in the fact that Philly has absolutely no idea who its closer is, and there has to be some concern for the two-time defending NL champs.


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