Can Lidge Go 47-for-47?
So far this season, including October, Brad Lidge has appeared in 72 Phils games. they are 72-0. He is 46-for-46 in save situation. Ironically, however, there is one large blemish on his record. He lost the All-Star game in the 15th inning. The winning pitcher was the Rays Scott Kazmir. That's why the Rays have home field in this World Series.
Also, Lidge is the fellow with all those '05 October nightmare memories. Albert Pujols titanic homed run in Houston beat him in an NLCS in which his ERA was 7.20. Then, as the White Sox swept the Astros, Lidge lost twice and had his confidence, and then m echanics, so damaged that he went from elite closer to career in jeopardy.
Now, he's recovered. Now is his first moment back on a Series stage -- holding a one-run 3-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth in the din of the Trop dome against the heart of the Rays order. Whether this is a long exciting Series or perhaps another of our quite unsatisfying October anti-climaxes is in Lidge's hands -- right now.
October 22, 2008; 11:46 PM ET
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