If you drafted Brad Lidge as your closer, you probably didn’t follow our fantasy baseball relief pitchers advice: draft closers late, but always get one more than your competition.
After the season Lidge had last year, who wouldn’t want Lidge on their fantasy baseball team this year? Lidge was perfect last year–41 for 41 in save opportunities during the regular season and 7 for 7 in the post-season.
Today, however, the Phillies announced that Lidge is going on the disabled list. He’s been less than terriffic this year–a 7.27 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP with 6 blown saves. In the Phillies 4 game set with the Dodgers, Lidge blew saves in both of LA’s wins.
Ironically, Lidge’s injury was due to the post-game celebration after Lidge got the final out of the 2008 World Series! Only in Philly could that happen!
Lidge told the now defunct Rocky Mountain News during the off-season:
”All of a sudden, I felt like my knee did something weird,” Lidge said. “So after about 5, 10 seconds at the bottom of the pile, I was like, ‘All right, get up.’ Like the joy was over, and my knee felt it was about to give.”
After Carlos Ruiz embraced Lidge, a runaway train named Ryan Howard blind-sided the couple. Howard said on the Official World Series video that he had planned to “take them out.” He certainly did. Lidge is now on the DL.
Enter the “Bridge to Lidge.” Ryan Madson is now the Phillies’ closer. Madson, who had a less than stellar stint as a Phillies’ starter, found himself as the set-up man in the Phillies’ bullpen. His velocity really peaked during the post-season last year. So far this year, Madson has notched 2 wins and 2 saves. In 28 1/3 innings, he has 31 K’s, a 2.22 ERA, and has not allowed a homerun all season.
The Phillies remain atop the NL East in what looks to quickly become a two-team race now that the Marlins have shown they are pretenders. And, the Nationals just downright suck. So, there’s a lot of wins left this year for the Phillies.
And, a lot of saves for Madson.
Fantasy Baseball Dugout recommends that you pick up Ryan Madson in all formats of fantasy baseball leagues.