Saturday, June 06, 2009

A Lidge Over Troubled Water

I think this series has shown what two equally good teams the Phillies and Dodgers are. Both teams have had great starting pitching, Hamels having the best outing of the bunch. The Dodgers defense has probably played a little better, but the biggest difference has been the two closers. If you had Broxton and Lidge swap teams for the last two games, the Dodgers would definitely be scurrying to avoid the sweep on Sunday. Broxton has been his amazing self and Lidge has more than regressed back to the mean from last years amazing season. Kudos to Broxton (and the rest of his bullpen mates) and even the Dodger hitters for taking advantage of the struggling Phillie closer. The pitching stats from the series are listed below...

Pitching Stats This Series:
  IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 FIP
Phillie Starters 22 5.32 0.41 0.41 2.75
Dodger Starters 15.2 7.47 4.02 0.00 2.88
Phillie Bullpen 7.1 8.59 3.68 2.45 6.06
Dodger Bullpen 18.1 4.91 2.45 0.00 2.93
Brad Lidge 1.2 10.80 5.40 5.40 10.40
Jonathan Broxton 2 22.50 0.00 0.00 -1.80