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Brad Lidge Out as Philadelphia Phillies Closer

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIISeptember 11, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 08:  Brad Lidge #54 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates victory against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on April 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

It was only a matter of time before the Philadelphia Phillies relieved Brad Lidge of his closing duties. Yesterday, it became official. Lidge is out as Phillies closer.

Minutes before last night’s game against the Washington Nationals, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel announced that Lidge will only pitch in “low-stress” situations, and Ryan Madson and Brett Myers will share the closer duties until Lidge becomes “right.”

There’s nothing like going into the postseason having no clue who is going to pitch the ninth inning.

The Phillies better figure out who is going to pitch the ninth inning in the playoffs real quick. They have the starting rotation and offense, but if they don’t have the guy to nail the hammer down in the ninth—it could be one and done for the Phillies in the playoffs.

I wrote yesterday that my guess was Myers would end up closing. If I was Manuel, I would have Myers close and keep Madson in the eighth inning. Madson has been great in the eighth inning, and I wouldn’t want to screw around with that.

Will Lidge close again for the Phillies?

“He could close,” Manuel told MLB.com. “He hasn’t lost nothing. I’m telling you right now, he definitely can still close. I see where he could be our everyday closer again. Yeah, of course.”

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Really Charlie? “He hasn’t lost nothing?”

I guess Charlie Manuel never heard of the word confidence. Once that goes, you have no shot.

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