As the first-place Phillies get set to pay a visit to the now second-place Braves, readers offer varied verdicts on Brad Lidge’s return to the ninth.
“I'm surprised everyone on the game chat thought Lidge pitched well. He got the save, but he was far from sharp. His command was way off, especially on his fastball. His pitches never ended up where Ruiz put the glove. To me he looked like he was really laboring trying to get the ball over the plate.” – J.R. King
“Lidge had all season to figure this out, and he hasn't. We already know that Lidge isn't suddenly going to snap out of it; it's a total crapshoot with him every time now, and that’s not likely to change. In my opinion, that means you try out Madson and Myers, and if neither of them pitch well enough to become closer, you can go back to Lidge for the playoffs, but until then you stop pitching him in the ninth.” – timr
“I'm as hard on Lidge as anyone, but I'd hardly call what happened 'allowing' a run. Even if Werth or Francisco had played it right, let alone caught it, and held Duke to a double he wouldn't have scored.” – RodeoJones
“I think it's in the Phils’ best interest to keep putting Lidge out there for the 9th until maybe a week and a half from the end of season and hope he figures things out. The bullpen works better with Lidge in 9th and Madson in 8th. If Madson closes, who is your 8th inning guy? Myers? He gave up 3 runs in 8th inning the other night. Or you can hope for 8 inning games from Lee, Hamels, but that's not guaranteed.” – jay