Looks like all the irritated Phillies fans will get to see what kind of damage Ryan Madson can do with save opportunities. Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who has already amassed six blown saves in 2009, has been sent to the Creampuff list:
Right-hander Brad Lidge was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee, retroactive to June 7, the Phillies announced today. To take his spot on the 25-man roster, the Phillies selected the contract of catcher Paul Bako from double-A Reading.
Lidge, 32, is 0-3 this season with 13 saves and a 7.27 ERA in 28 relief appearances. Opponents have hit .306 against him. In his last seven games, Lidge was 5-for-7 in save opportunities with a 1.42 ERA and a .182 opponents' batting average.
Is the balky knee the reason for Lidge's lack of success this year? After all, fella didn't blow a save at all last year. But he's always been the type of pitcher to walk guys and give up tater tots. Perhaps the problem is all in his head, sort of a social anxiety disorder that plagued Khalil Greene. Because yes, I am a certified psychologist with an absolute grip on human behaviors.
Which begs the question: HOW DO YOU LIVE LIKE THIS, PHILLIES FANS?