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Phillies Breakfast Links, September 10, 2009: Sad Brad, Minor Playoff Notes, Weekend Plans

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CASE CLOSED FOR MADSON? - Philled In
I try not to put too much stock into the whole "closer mentality" thing, but at least anecdotally, Ryan Madson has struggled when given the opportunity to close.

 

Manuel looks away from Lidge for ninth
I don't think I could be happier than if the Phillies made a deep playoff run successfully deploying a closer-by-committee approach.

 

Paul Hagen: In Phillies' Lidge situation, just business as usual for Manuel
It's not so much Charlie Manuel's fault as it is our modern bullpen system that "entitles" one guy to the ninth inning role.

 

Reading bulks up for playoffs
Michael Taylor sent to Reading to help with the playoffs, where he will almost certainly collide with Domonic Brown in the outfield, killing both instantly. Kyle Drabek will try to help and will be eaten by a jackal.

 

R-Phils fizzle vs. Aeros in opener
Reading drops Game One of their opening round playoff series to Akron by a score of 9-4.

More after the jumpo!

 

SAL playoffs: Lakewood 4, Kannapolis 2
Lefty starter Matt Way goes seven innings, striking out seven. Travis d'Arnaud with an RBI single.

 

HLP states his case: Michael Bourn as the Astros' team MVP - The Crawfish Boxes
MVP of a fourth place team... sounds about right. Oh wait didn't they destroy the Phillies last weekend? I still hurt.

 

Phils' Eyre to have elbow examined
Not good.

 

Phillies recall reliever Escalona and first baseman Tracy
Escalona expected to fill the LOOGY role until Scott Eyre returns (if he returns....)

 

Phillies Notebook: Kendrick in line to start Sunday in Phillies' doubleheader vs. Mets
Oh boy... good thing the Mets are done.