Brad Lidge will spend time on the DL and will not get over 20 saves.
Can you justify this?
I can justify it all right. Like anything I write, I can justify it.
Lidge has pitched close to 200 innings in the past 2 seasons. For a young relief pitcher that is a huge amount, for a young pitcher with a long injury history, that spells DANGER.
He pitched 107 innings last season. He was worked very hard until as late as October the 20th.
This season, the Astros bullpen is pathetic. Take out their No 1 and 2 starters and there rotation is paper thin. Lidge is going to be asked to do a lot of work again and something has to give.
He is a very likely candidate to be on the DL some time this season.