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Brad Lidge

37-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 210   DOB: 12/23/1976   BORN: Sacramento, CA   COLLEGE: Notre Dame   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Brad Lidge Contract Information:

Agreed to a contract with the Nationals in January of 2012.

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Brad Lidge Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2005 28 MAJ HOU 70 0 0 70.7 58 18 5 103 23 4 4 42 2.29 1.15
2006 29 MAJ HOU 78 0 0 75.0 69 44 10 104 36 1 5 32 5.28 1.40
2007 30 AA COR 1 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
2007 30 MAJ HOU 66 0 0 67.0 54 25 9 88 30 5 3 19 3.36 1.25
2008 31 A Cle 1 1 0 1.0 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 9.00 3.00
2008 31 MAJ PHI 72 0 0 69.3 50 15 2 92 35 2 0 41 1.95 1.23
2009 32 A Cle 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2009 32 AA REA 1 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2009 32 MAJ PHI 67 0 0 58.7 72 47 11 61 34 0 8 31 7.21 1.81
2010 33 A+ Cle 2 3 0 5.2 5 5 0 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 7.94 1.35
2010 33 AA Rea 2 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.67
2010 33 AAA Leh 2 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2010 33 MAJ PHI 50 0 0 45.7 32 15 5 52 24 1 1 27 5 0 2.96 1.23
2011 34 A Lak 4 2 0 4.0 5 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.25 1.25
2011 34 AA Rea 4 0 0 3.2 3 2 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.91 1.25
2011 34 MAJ PHI 25 0 0 19.3 16 3 0 23 13 0 2 1 0 8 1.40 1.50
2012 35 A Pot 2 1 0 1.1 2 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 6.75 2.73
2012 35 MAJ WAS 11 0 0 9.3 12 10 1 10 11 0 1 2 2 0 9.64 2.46
3-Year Averages MAJ   18 0 0 14.3 14 6 0 16 12 0 1 1 1 4 3.77 1.81
Career  (View All) MAJ   603 1 0 603.3 492 237 57 799 287 26 32 225 3.54 1.29

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Brad Lidge Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201219286311.545
2011351063100.103

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201232836200.214
20114813713300.333

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20126.0011510113.503.17
20118.700012401.041.15

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20123.30015102.701.20
20119.702111901.861.97
Brad Lidge Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2005 28 MAJ HOU 70 0 70.7 13.12 2.93 4.48 0.64 82.9% 2.29 2.21 .355
2006 29 MAJ HOU 78 0 75.0 12.48 4.32 2.89 1.20 1.39 64.2% 5.28 3.65 .354
2007 30 AA COR 1 1 1.0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 3.20 .000
2007 30 MAJ HOU 66 0 67.0 11.82 4.03 2.93 1.21 1.09 78.7% 3.36 3.71 .308
2008 31 A Cle 1 1 1.0 18.00 9.00 2.00 9.00 100% 9.00 15.20 .549
2008 31 MAJ PHI 72 0 69.3 11.94 4.54 2.63 0.26 1.13 84.3% 94.3 MPH 1.95 2.49 .317
2009 32 A Cle 1 0 1.0 0.00 9.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 6.20 .000
2009 32 AA REA 1 1 1.0 18.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 -.80 .549
2009 32 MAJ PHI 67 0 58.7 9.36 5.22 1.79 1.69 1.00 62.1% 93.7 MPH 7.21 5.35 .369
2010 33 A+ Cle 2 3 5.2 8.65 3.46 2.50 0.00 28.6% 7.94 2.43 .341
2010 33 AA Rea 2 0 3.0 12.00 3.00 4.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.53 .183
2010 33 AAA Leh 2 0 1.0 0.00 9.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 6.20 .000
2010 33 MAJ PHI 50 0 45.7 10.25 4.73 2.17 0.99 0.78 80.4% 91.7 MPH 2.96 3.99 .260
2011 34 A Lak 4 2 4.0 11.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 80% 2.25 .70 .443
2011 34 AA Rea 4 0 3.2 14.06 2.81 5.00 0.00 50% 4.91 2.89 .427
2011 34 MAJ PHI 25 0 19.3 10.71 6.05 1.77 0.00 3.00 89.7% 88.9 MPH 1.40 2.99 .337
2012 35 A Pot 2 1 1.1 24.55 8.18 3.00 0.00 66.7% 6.75 .47 .951
2012 35 MAJ WAS 11 0 9.3 9.64 10.61 0.91 0.96 1.40 59.1% 90.2 MPH 9.64 5.99 .403
3-Year Averages MAJ   18 0 14.3 10.05 7.53 1.33 0.00 76.9% 3.77 3.48 .364
Career MAJ   603 1 603.3 11.92 4.28 2.78 0.85 75.1% 3.54 3.25 .325

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Worst Matchups for Brad Lidge (by OPS against, min 7 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Joey Votto CIN 7 5 1 3 2 1 0 .714 1.286 2.063
Prince Fielder TEX 8 4 2 5 2 1 0 .500 1.250 1.886
Ryan Zimmerman WAS 10 4 2 5 0 3 0 .400 1.100 1.500
Brian McCann NY-A 7 3 1 6 1 2 0 .429 1.000 1.500
Xavier Nady SD 11 4 2 2 2 5 0 .364 1.000 1.462
Rickie Weeks MIL 8 3 1 2 2 2 1 .375 .750 1.250
Albert Pujols ANA 20 6 1 6 4 3 0 .300 .500 .900
Gregor Blanco SF 7 3 0 0 0 2 0 .429 .429 .857
Jeff Francoeur SD 8 2 0 0 2 1 0 .250 .375 .775
Aramis Ramirez MIL 12 3 0 0 3 2 0 .250 .333 .771

Best Matchups for Brad Lidge (by OPS against, min 7 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Omar Infante KC 11 2 0 1 0 1 0 .182 .182 .364
Ryan Ludwick CIN 10 1 0 2 1 5 0 .100 .100 .350
Yunel Escobar TB 8 1 0 1 1 4 0 .125 .125 .347
Corey Hart SEA 7 1 0 0 0 4 0 .143 .143 .286
Angel Pagan SF 7 1 0 0 0 3 0 .143 .143 .286
Martin Prado AZ 8 1 0 0 0 1 1 .125 .125 .250
Nate McLouth WAS 9 0 0 0 1 6 1 .000 .000 .182
Josh Willingham MIN 7 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 .000 .125
Kelly Johnson NY-A 8 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Edwin Encarnacion TOR 8 0 0 0 0 5 0 .000 .000 .000

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Brad Lidge: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Lidge was released by the Nats on Monday, Amanda Comak of The Washington Times reports.

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Lidge has been designated for assignment by the Nationals, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

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Lidge gave up three runs on a hit and two walks in just a third of an inning Friday, sending his ERA soaring to 8.31.

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Lidge (sports hernia) has been activated from the DL, the Washington Post reports.

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Lidge (hernia) struck out two of the three batters he faced in Wednesday's rehab appearance, the Washington Post reports.

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Lidge (sports hernia) struggled in a rehab appearance with Class A Potomac on Monday, allowing a run on one walk and two singles, Comcast SportsNet Washington reports.

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Lidge (hernia) will begin a rehab assignment Monday, the Washington Post reports.

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Lidge (sports hernia) continues to throw to hitters at the Nationals' spring training complex, the Washington Post reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2012

Lidge missed significant amounts of time again in 2011 and finally lost his closer role with the Phillies because of it. Arm and shoulder problems have taken a toll on Lidge's velocity and forced him to rely heavily on his slider. Lidge has taken to throwing two variants of his slider in order to maintain some effectiveness. His strikeout rate was still very good last season despite his lost velocity, but his walk rate ballooned. Lidge has always been a bit wild, so a high BB/9IP isn't out of the norm, but without a fastball to rely on it makes him a much more risky pitcher. He can't be relied on even if he is able to land another closing gig in the later stages of his career. The Nats signed him in January, but he should not be considered a threat to Drew Storen for ninth-inning opportunities.

2011

Lidge missed the beginning of last season with an elbow injury and then really struggled to find his groove when he came back. Manager Charlie Manuel refused to demote Lidge, but he was eventually rewarded for his faith in his closer. Lidge finished the final two months of last season in spectacular fashion, allowing only two runs while racking up 17 of his 27 saves. Lidge has seen his fastball velocity dip over recent years which has forced him to rely on his slider more than ever. The final two months of last season give some faith that Lidge can continue to be effective despite his reduced velocity, but Ryan Madson will be waiting in the wings if he falters.

2010

Lidge managed to rack up 31 saves despite a 7.21 ERA thanks to manager Charlie Manuel's never ending faith in his closer. It wasn't until the end of the season that Lidge lost his job, but even then Manuel was willing to try him in save situations. Lidge's strikeout rate took a dip last season but remained at a dominant level. His biggest problem stemmed from his lack of control, but a very high BABIP and a 1.69 HR/9IP also played a role in all the runs Lidge was giving up. Lidge hasn't displayed good control since 2005 but he has managed to put together some very good seasons since then despite the walks. His strikeout rate has dipped since his dominant days with the Astros but he still has the stuff to be an effective closer. All he needs to do is reduce the home runs allowed and have his BABIP normalize. Be aware, though, that he had elbow surgery in November and knee surgery in January. Lidge hopes to be ready for the start of the season but he could have to start the year on the disabled list if he suffers any setbacks leading up to spring training. Ryan Madson would open the year as the Phillies' closer if Lidge is not ready to go.

2009

Lidge, the National League Comeback Player of the Year last season was phenomenal in his first year with the Phillies, converting all 41 of his save opportunities. Further, he posted a stellar ERA of 1.95 to go along with a 1.23 WHIP and led all big-league closers with 92 strikeouts. He was also 7-for-7 in save opportunities in the postseason and the only save he blew all year was in the All-Star Game, which clearly does not show up on his stats. He'll be a borderline top-five closer in 2009 fantasy drafts, but don't expect him to be perfect again this time around.

2008

Lidge endured another rocky year in Houston, and it ended up being his last in the Lone Star state. He lost his closer's job before the first week of the season was in the books, pitched well as a set-up man for two months and earned his job as the closer back in June. He then blew his first save opportunity, and went on the DL with an oblique strain. A subsequent knee injury pushed back his return to after the All-Star break, but he came back and was a fairly reliable closer for the rest of the year. He ended up saving 19 games in 27 opportunities, and posted an 88:30 K:BB mark in 67 innings. The Astros traded him to the Phillies in November, along with Eric Bruntlett, for Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary and Michael Costanzo. He figures to be the answer to Philadelphia's long-standing closer questions, freeing up Brett Myers to move back into the rotation.

2007

Lidge appeared to never fully recover from the moonshot he surrendered to Albert Pujols in Game 6 of the 2005 NLCS. He did post 32 saves in 38 chances and had a 12.5 K/9 inning rate, but his ERA and WHIP soared to 5.89 and 1.40 respectively, he walked 36 batters, and he allowed 10 home runs. Manager Phil Garner even removed him from the closer's role for a short time during the season. He seemed to become too reliant on his slider, and there was talk around the league that he was tipping his pitches. He will return in the closer's role this year, and still has the stuff to be as dominant as he once was.

2006

Lidge was not quite as dominant as he was in 2004, a fact more than made up for by the extra 15 saves. Lidge should continue to be a top-tier closer, racking up 35-40 saves a year with ERAs around 2.00 and a strikeout an inning. As safe a bet as there is in the NL.

2005

Lidge was thrown into the closer's role after a midseason trade of incumbent closer Octavio Dotel. Lidge thrived in the role, confusing batters with his excellent fastball and two different sliders, and seemed near unhittable for the last few weeks of the season. Lidge should stamp his name as one of the game's elite closers in 2005, as long as Phil Garner limits the multiple-inning save opportunities.

2004

Following the trade of Billy Wagner, Lidge moves up a notch on the organizational flow-chart. Lidge's health has always been the biggest hurdle throughout his career, but he managed to stay relatively injury-free in 2003. There's still a concern that Lidge wore down after a heavy workload early on, so the Astros will be watching his stamina closely in 2004.

2003

The Astros' first-round pick in 1998, Lidge has shown considerable promise when healthy. Unfortunately, in his short career he has already had knee, rib, shoulder, and elbow injuries, to go along with a broken arm. The knee injury is the most recent he had surgery in December to repair torn cartilage. He's expected to be ready to pitch by the start of spring training.