By Wyatt Earp | September 9, 2009
Now, before all of you militant, Kool-Aid drinking Phillies fans send me hate mail, I am well aware that the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series last year. How much of that was because of Manuel? Signs point to zero.
Luckily for those of us who are indifferent to the Fightin’ Phils, Manuel keeps getting dumber. To wit:
Brad Lidge is still the closer for the defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Thank you. Case closed. But in case you need more convincing . . .
Despite blowing 10 of 38 save opportunities and allowing two runs, two hits and two walks in a loss to Houston on Saturday, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel reiterated his support for the embattled reliever on Tuesday night.
Oh yeah, this vote of confidence will probably do wonders. Maybe instead of an “Atta guy,” Manuel should address the fact that BRAD LIDGE COULDN’T HIT WATER IF HE FELL OUT OF A F**KING BOAT!
“Lidge is our closer,” Manuel said before the Phillies played the Washington Nationals. “You’ve definitely got to show confidence in him.”
Lidge is 0-7 with a 7.15 ERA. He has allowed 59 hits in 50 1-3 innings and walked 31. Last season, he allowed two home runs in 69 1-3 innings. This year, he has given up 11. (H/T – CBS3)
And there it is. Look, the Phillies are a great team. They can hit the cover off the ball and their starting pitching has been pretty good – well, except for Cole Hamels. He sucks.
That being said, this team cannot and will not win another World Series if Lidge remains the closer. The guy is gasoline on a fire, and if Charlie Manuel thinks he can get by the St. Louis Cardinals with him as the closer, he is drinking way too much moonshine.