Seeing Brad Lidge struggle to get a save is not news. Even in 2008, when his season was touted as “perfect,” Lidge managed just 25 “1-2-3” innings in his 68 appearances of exactly one IP. That means that nearly two out of every three appearances resulted in at least one runner getting on base.
It’s true, we can’t expect a guy to be absolutely perfect. Heck, even that highly touted Francisco Rodriguez fellow had just 22 “1-2-3” innings in 63 appearances of exactly one IP, for roughly the same ratio (he also accumulated eight of his saves in under one inning’s worth of work, but that’s neither here nor there, of course).
The wonderful analytical site Fangraphs has an excellent breakdown on Lidge’s batter outcomes. Go read it here. There’s some encouraging stuff to be gleaned, but just as much confusing and perplexing data. Go check it out. Maybe it’s the silver lining we’ve been looking for.