Muscle Sport Magazine

Phils Can’t Put Out the Fire

A year ago, Brad Lidge was flawless as the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies and led them to their first World Series championship since 1980. He was an incredible 41 for 41 in saves to chances with an ERA under two during the regular season and was one of the vital ingredients for the team’s success.

Although the Phils are in first place in their division, it is mostly by default. Lidge came crashing back down to earth with an 0-3, 7.86 ERA with 13 saves in 29 games before going on the disabled list. Ryan Madson stepped into the stopper’s role and had nearly as many blown saves (three) as saves (four). With Lidge making his first appearance in nearly three weeks, the fans at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark can only hope that the 2008 version is the one coming back.


Philadelphia leads the Mets – another team decimated by injuries –  by one full game in the National League East with a very paltry 38-34 mark, by far the weakest division leader in Major League Baseball. Considering that we are not even at the half way point in the season yet, it may come down to who can keep the most warm bodies on the field.

Photo by Bill Menzel

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