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Phillies Breakfast Links, August 27, 2009: Big Brett, Closing Time, Stretch the Lead


Without Lidge, Phillies bullpen one of the best
One day, a brave manager with a boatload of talented arms will blow up the "Cult of the Closer."


Pitcher Oliver Perez next Mets' player to be done for year with injury
I feel like the Mets should just be in Operation: Shutdown mode right now. Got a nagging injury? Get some surgery, tomorrow.


There’s no closing argument: Wagner simply wants to fit in - The Boston Globe
Good luck with that...


Bill Conlin: Amaro needs to force Manuel to change Phillies closer
There's some good stuff in here, including a "closer-by-committee" suggestion.


At Reading, Phillies pitcher Myers looks sharp again
Me, I hope there's a BIG FIGHT!


Friars break out bats to beat Braves
Padres defeat the Braves 12-5, setting them eight games behind the first-place Phillies.


And judging by Tyler Walker's physique lately, he's been closing the buffet quite a bit lately. ZING.


Changing closers isn't easy
It's a little disingenuous to say that Ryan Madson blew his fifth save last night; some of those came when he lost leads in the 8th inning, as set-up guy.


Reading's Galvis adjusts to double A
No-hit shortstop prospect Freddy Galvis rips a homer in his second game for Double-A Reading. The R-Phils are now 2 1/2 games ahead of Erie for the last Eastern League playoff spot.