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Lidge had another messy outing Thursday against Cincinnati, allowing four of six batters to reach. Phil Garner eventually pulled Lidge in favor of Dan Wheeler. Lidge was working in a non-save situation, but he didn't do anything here to inspire confidence going forward. Lidge owners might want to get Wheeler on the roster as insurance, if that's still an option.
flowbee wrote:Lidged was booed pretty good by the Astros fans tonight so I heard
flooredyas wrote:Well Yahoo thinks highly of him. Pending trade-Carlos Lee for Lidge.
Roto league with 10 cats each for pitchers and position players.
They over-ruled my veto on the trade. Don't quite know what to say in my next objection.
In another league, where saves count minimally, I just dropped him to stream starters. He has been a disaster for me this year, and I
finally decided to dump him. I feel better now.
Padsin05 wrote:a week ago I traded Felipe Lopez, Chad Tracy and Brad Lidge for Carl Crawford. People said I was giving too much, god I am so happy now
Try the cutter: It's undeniable that Brad Lidge is having his share of struggles this year, and on Friday he gave some insight as to what he's doing to try to right the ship.
Lidge is experimenting with a cut fastball, a project he took on during Spring Training but hasn't pursued in earnest until recently. His struggles, especially against left-handers, has prompted him to try to mix things up a bit.
Entering Friday's game, left-handers were hitting .413 against Lidge, whose ERA is 4.95 in such situations. He understands these numbers are not acceptable, and he's hoping he can find some success with the cutter in an effort to offset his problems.
The decison to try out the cutter stemmed from his performance against the Reds on Wednesday. After allowing a hit, hitting a batter, throwing a wild pitch and striking out the next hitter, manager Phil Garner called upon left-hander Trever Miller to face the left-handed hitting Ken Griffey Jr.
"If I would have stayed out there [Wednesday night] closing, then I wouldn't have worked on [the cutter]," Lidge said. "But I realize I'm not getting left-handed hitters out as well as I should be. There's no doubt. The stats don't lie. That's a fact. I'm trying to come up with something."
He mixed in the cutter with his usual fastball-slider routine in the ninth inning on Thursday, with poor results. Lidge vowed to continue to look for answers as to why he's not having the same success he enjoyed in '04 and '05.
"I know I'm struggling," he said. "I know I'm not throwing the ball well. I'm trying to do everything I can to right the ship."
Astros turn down Rangers' try for Lidge
Jul 29 - In order to get bullpen help, the Rangers offered catcher Rod Barajas and outfielder Brad Wilkerson to the Astros for right-hander Lidge, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports. The Astros turned down Texas, and now Lidge will not be traded.
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