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Manual Would Have Been Wise to Address the Closer Situation Sooner

Posted: 25th September 2009 by Ken Marone in MLB
With the postseason quickly approaching, skipper Charlie Manual has a major issue looming over his head. Or maybe it's more of a headache. If he has the lead in the ninth, who does he call on to save game come playoff time? Manual and the Phillies now find themselves using a "closer-by-committee" to finish games with a little over two weeks until the NLDS begins. And while Philadelphia holds its collective breath over which ...

No Treat For The Mad Dog

Posted: 13th September 2009 by Ken Marone in MLB
Ryan Madson was thrust into the closer role this weekend after watching his fellow bullpen member Brad Lidge nearly blow his eleventh game of the season against the Washington Nationals.  And while Madson got the save that night the "Mad Dog" hasn't looked good since being officially named the unofficial closer for the Philadelphia Phillies. After coming into the game with a one run lead on Saturday night, Madson recorded two quick ground outs.  Fernando Tatis ...