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As the 2009 regular season comes to a close, the Phillies have secured their third consecutive NL East title. Coupled with a devastating lineup that features four 30-home run men and a pitching staff loaded with the game's top southpaws, the Phillies appear to be in prime position to contend for a second straight World Series Championship. á Right? á Possibly. It all depends on the closer. á Last season, the Phillies were able to win their division and advance through the playoffs with relative ease due in large part to Brad Lidge's historic perfect season. á This season? á Not so much. á Lidge's 11 blown saves leaves him three short of the single-season major league record. His 7.34 ERA ranks dead last among all closing pitchers in the major leagues. á In fact, in the history of ba ...

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