Brad Lidge last pitched in 2012 for the Washington Nationals, but in June he was released from the team. Sunday, Lidge has announced that he will opt for retirement in lieu of trying to find another team to pitch with. The 35-year-old had a 9.64 ERA in 9 1/3 innings before the Nationals terminated his contract.
Lidge had battled shoulder and elbow problems all of his career and it shows as his innings decreased throughout the last part of his career; however, it was not all bad for Lidge.
He got his start with the Houston Astros and in six seasons with the team, he recorded 123 saves with a 3.30 ERA. In 2004, Lidge had an ERA of 1.90 with 29 saves in 80 appearances with a 0.919 WHIP then in 2005 with Houston, Lidge saved 42 games and has a 2.29 ERA and helped his team to the World Series before falling to the Chicago White Sox.
In 2007, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies and continued where he left off. Lidge’s strikeout totals started to decrease but in 2008, but he was a perfect 41-for-41 in saving games for the Phillies. He also saved seven games in the postseason en route to a World Series ring.
Lidge’s career was short in years, but long for him after a consistent battle with injuries. He ends his 11-year career recording 225 saves, striking out 799 batters, maintaining a 3.54 ERA in 603 1/3 innings of work. In the postseason, he recorded a 2.18 ERA in 45 1.3 innings with 62 strikeouts and has his sour grapes moment when he gave up a game-winning home run to Albert Pujols in 2005.
The Astros came back to win the National League Championship Series, as previously noted.
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