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Brad Lidge: Heart Attack Closer of the Year

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 29:  Brad Lidge #54 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates the final out of their 4-3 win to win the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays during the continuation of game five of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 29, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Ryan SmithCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2016

Well, the Phillies won another one last night, but not without ninth-inning drama.

After Ryan Howard hit a solo home run to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, Brad Lidge came in to close out the game.

Lidge, who has blown seven saves so far this year, faced Yunel Escobar. Escobar hit a fly ball to right-center, but right fielder Jayson Werth made a nice play and caught the ball.

That's when I thought, "Yes, only two more outs!"

Then, Adam LaRoche singled to center. Pinch-runner Matt Diaz then proceeded to steal second base.

Lidge struck out Ryan Church for the second out. He then walked pinch hitter Greg Norton.

With men on first and second, I thought "Oh no, it's Tuesday all over again!"

Nate McLouth stepped in and hit a high fly ball to left.

I held my breath as I watched the ball soar through the air. Then, I watched it land in left fielder Raul Ibanez's glove.

Broadcaster Tom McCarthy then informed the fans the it was "okay to exhale."

I, along with many Phillies fans watching the game, exhaled.

Let's face it, Brad Lidge has struggled this year. My 75-year old grandfather isn't allowed to watch the Phillies game if Brad Lidge is pitching.

They should flash a warning on the screen before Lidge comes in to pitch. It should say "WARNING! Those have heart problems should watch this inning with caution!"

Whenever Lidge comes in, people get nervous. When he saves the day, we rejoice.

Luckily, Brett Myers is returning to the Phillies soon. He enjoys closing and was good in that role. He could get a few save opportunities this year if Lidge continues to struggle.

Plus, there is no need to worry about Myers going into a mental funk like last year. He's a free agent after this season, and the Phillies haven't expressed interest in re-signing him.  

Something must be done about Brad Lidge. He has to regain his All-Star form, or even an above average form.

If he doesn't, the Phillies may run into problems down the stretch.

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