Due in large part to committing 2 throwing errors himself, Brad Lidge blew another save yesterday, his 8th of the season and 2nd in 5 days. While his struggles earlier in the season can be at least partially attributed to his knee injury, this doesn't appear to be a issue anymore.
The big question is who closes if Lidge doesn't? Ryan Madson was less than impressive filling in as the closer during Lidge's DL stint earlier this season. Brett Myers was effective as a closer in 2007 (and didn't want to go back to starting), but he's still rehabbing after his hip injury. And now there's the issue of his eye being injured, and how it actually happened. He at first told the Phillies that it was from playing catch with his 4-year-old son; now he's saying that he slipped while getting out of his truck. Aside from the fact that this has delayed his rehab, it raises questions of what REALLY happened, and why he felt the need to lie about it. J.C. Romero experienced tightness in his forearm during a rehab outing on Friday night and will get an MRI, so he's out of the equation. There's no one else in the bullpen who is a closer.
Looking outside the 25-man roster, I don't see them getting a closer who'd be an improvement over Lidge through a trade as I'm sure they'd never get anyone of that caliber through waivers. According to Jim Salisbury's column in the Inquirer this morning, Reading pitcher Scott Mathieson, who had two reconstructive surgeries on his elbow in 2007, has gotten his velocity back in the 92-98 MPH range, and is just working on his location. Could he be an answer?
There is one other option that might be considered: have Pedro Martinez close, and put Jamie Moyer back in the rotation. For now, that's a move that would appear to weaken the rotation, but his demotion to the bullpen might put a fire into Moyer that we haven't seen from him. Right now, Moyer is wasting away in the bullpen, and let's face it, if it had been someone BESIDES Jamie Moyer in that situation, he probably would've either been waived or sent down to the minors. The move would also cut down on the amount of innings that Pedro would have to work. It might not be the ideal solution, but it might have to be done come October.