– Brad Lidge
. We keep getting suckered into letting him keep the job after he has a few decent outings because he's the only guy on the staff who has ever done it well for any length of time. But you can't suffer too many more losses like Saturday night vs the Nats
, where your offense battles back, Chooch
gets a clutch hit to put you ahead in the top of the 9th
, and then Lidge
craps all over it. But yet every time you think this team will be demoralized after he blows a save, they bounce back like they did on Sunday. And then Lidge
teased us again on Sunday by having an easy 1-2-3 inning. In this relationship it seems like we're Elaine
and he's Puddy
and we keep staying with him because there is no one better. At this point they ought to have some brand of hard liquor sponsoring a Lidge
save situation, since I'm sure many of us are reaching for something strong at that point.
– Chan Ho Park. Park was released by the Yankees over the weekend after they acquired Kerry Wood from Cleveland. I don't think he can close though. The Phils wanted to keep Park last off-season and ended up signing Danys Baez to replace him after Chan Ho signed with the Yanks, so he should be worth a look. At the very least he would be an upgrade over Herndon and Baez, and the Yanks would be paying most of his salary. And he was one of the few guys in the pen last year who could give you multiple innings. Right now their entire relief staff seems to be 1-inning pitchers.
– Other? Anyone else would have to acquired through waivers. At best most likely you'd just be adding another arm to the pen for depth and not someone who could step in and close games for you.
So it's looking like Lidge's job by default again for now unless he really implodes.