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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Time for Lidge to go

It's time for Houston manager Phil Garner and GM Tim Purpura to do something other than just demote Brad Lidge from the closer's role.

Just TRADE HIM already. It's obvious Lidge needs a change of scenery. After failing to get out of the ninth inning -- again -- on Thursday against Cincinnati, Lidge saw his ERA rise to 5.74. He's 0-3 and has blown a handful of saves and nearly blown several more.

The Astros need a bat. Scratch that, they need several bats. One way to start accumulating those is to deal Lidge, who every now and then looks capable of turning it around and once again becoming a dominant closer.

This is a deal that is way past due. Lidge has had time to recover from his disastrous 2005 postseason and it's apparent he either will not -- or cannot -- do that in Houston.


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