Another Brad Lidge save opportunity, another bitter pill to swallow. One doesn't even need to see tomorrows interviews to know that Charlie Manuel, when asked why he continues to go to Lidge, will answer "He is my closer." I would love, LOVE, to believe that Charlie is holding out for Brett Myers to return to the team so he can be given a chance at the closer role, but right now that would be hard to believe. Fans and media alike are second-guessing Charlie's decisions to continue to throw his support behind Lidge as a closer and it will continue to get worse ever time he chooses him over another pitcher. When does enough become enough? Nine blown saves....nine wins. Even if the Phillies manage to make the playoffs this year, who do they turn to in the last inning to hold down a lead? It is too late in the season to be having this kind of problem, especially for a team leading the division. I could run down the list of pitchers in the bullpen who could be given a chance to close, but what's the point. So at this point, what do you do if you're Charlie Manuel? How much longer do you stick with your closer? Who do you put in to nail down these wins? I'm no pro when it comes to baseball, but there is one thing I am sure about. Brad Lidge, for this 2009 season, is not an effective closer and I cannot continue to put faith in his ability, hoping he will show that form from 2008. Whatever has gone wrong with his stuff, it has gone terribly wrong and he is dragging down his teammates and his team with him. I hope I'm not the only one noticing that the Phillies defense gets pretty sloppy behind Lidge, like they're trying too hard to cover for his mistakes or something. I don't know. Hopefully something will be resolved in this situation, that's what I have to believe.