I’ve already gotten started on 2 of the 3 off-season features on ReclinerGM – the all-time tournament, and the top-20 prospects. The third is a continuation of a project I started earlier this season, rankings the top-20 individual seasons in Phillies history. We continue on with #16, Brad Lidge in 2008.
Stats and Ranks
*65+ IP Required
Some Interesting Stats and Facts
- 11.94 K/9 is the highest rate in Phillies history among pitchers with 60+ IP
- Gave up 0 runs in 62 of his 72 appearances
- Did not blow a save the entire season, including the post-season (48 total saves)
- Lowest ERA among relievers in the NL with 65+ IP (1.95)
- One of 9 pitchers in MLB history to have a sub-2 ERA, 40+ saves and 90+ strikeouts in a season
- Finished 4th in the Cy Young voting and 8th in the MVP voting despite throwing only 69.1 innings
- On July 25th against Atlanta, Lidge gave up 5 runs in 0 IP. In his other 71 appearances, he had a 1.30 ERA.
- Right handed hitters had only 12 hits against Lidge the entire season, for a .105 average
Why He’s Here
It’s very strange to write this post now, after a 2009 where Lidge had one of the worst seasons by any reliever, on any team, in MLB history, but this exercise isn’t about a career, it’s about one season in a vacuum.
Lidge’s 2008 was the best season of any Phillies reliever in team history. He was the 5th Phillies closer to record 40+ saves. He had the 5th lowest ERA of a Phillies reliever with 65+ IP since 1920. He had the most strikeouts by a Phillies reliever since Jeff Parrett’s 98 in 1989 (he needed 106 IP). As already mentioned, he had the best K/9 rate in team history.
But as we all know, what set this season apart from all the others was that it was indeed perfect. In a sport that is dominated by failure, Brad Lidge saved 41 games without blowing one, he won 2 games without losing one, and in the playoffs, he saved seven games, without blowing one, or even giving up a single run in the NLCS or World Series.
Previous ‘Top-20 Seasons’ Entries
Five pitchers that just missed (and criteria for rankings)