Those who survived 1993 see shades of Mitch Williams in the rapidly deteriorating Brad Lidge situation.
“Those of us who remember 1993 are seeing history repeated. Mitch Williams was clearly cooked by the time he got to the World Series. His fastball was down to 87-88, but Fregosi had no alternative. As it turned out, Williams career was over. ... While I disagree with common sense's implication that anyone can be a closer, I do like his idea of restoring the two-inning closer. The Phillies have less than two weeks to fix the bullpen for the playoffs. That means taking action right now. Why not alternate Madson and Park as two-inning closers? If there's a rough patch of lefties in the 8th or 9th then you mix in Happ or Eyre (if he's healthy). One thing that can't happen is to continue running Lidge out there. I understand why CM did it, there was a chance for Lidge to get right and why go into uncharted waters of finding another closer if you don't have to? But time has now run out. They've got a handful of games left to determine the best alternative.” – clout
“Someone needs to give Cholly a way out of the corner he's put himself in. Rube, a delegation of players, or Lidge himself, has to step up and tell the old fool to knock it off. Eyre, Walker, Condrey, Park, Madson and the rest of them all need to volunteer to pitch the 9th. Pick a name out of a hat each night, or give them one batter each. They're all professional pitchers. The result can't be any worse.” - curt
Beerleaguer: In or out, the Phils won't have a closer set for October. The best they can hope is to catch lightning in a bottle with the hottest hands: Tyler Walker, Chan Ho Park, J.A. Happ come to mind. It’s no crazier to try Walker, who hasn’t saved a game since 2006, than to continue down this path with Lidge. With 11 blown saves, the situation is well beyond reproach. As I tweeted last night, if Cholly had the guts to break it off at 10 blown saves (Sept. 8) and resisted the temptation when Madson needed rest and Brett Myers got hurt, the Phils would have had time to maybe get something going. Easier said than done? No, because history tells us Lidge will juggle good seasons with miserable ones and there was absolutely no evidence to support a reversal.
Dude's hanging balls right down Broadway every single night, Charlie. Come on, chief.