Let's make one thing clear, Charlie, Lidge is not our closer, he's your closer. Manuel's well-documented loyalty to veterans, especially ones with multi-year contracts, is officially killing the Phillies in the Dallas Green sense of the word!
Lidge blew another save and the game in the bottom of the ninth inning yesterday, ruining the Phils comeback and negating a chance to move within 2.5 games of division leader Atlanta.
Poor Roy Oswalt must be wondering why he waived his no-trade clause to come to this. In his first game the Phillies offense did its best imitation of Houston's anemic attack. In his second game he must have recalled his former teammate Lidge giving up a career-altering home run to Albert Pujols.
The Phils have one more chance to beat the Nationals this afternoon. Cole Hamels gets the ball. Hopefully, Brad Lidge will not.