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Have All The Lights Burned Out?: Brad Lidge Has Lost His Edge

Published by on June 7, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The optimist in me wants desperately to believe that Phillies closer Brad Lidge is still the same pitcher that was absolutely perfect in 2008.  However, this part of me is being shouted down by the raging pessimist in me that cringes every time an opposing batter connects with a Lidge fastball.

Last year, even early on in his perfect season, Lidge produced a confidence that no matter the situation; he would rise to the occasion.

In 2009, that fire and determination seem to be no longer there.  And so goes the confidence as well.

His slider is still a formidable pitch, but he has become far to predictable in his repertoire to be pitch like the 2008 version.  Repetition in a game like basebal...

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