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Phils' Lidge: "I feel pretty locked in"

October 20, 2009 8:56:21 PM PDT
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After going 0-8 with a 7.21 ERA and 11 blown saves in the regular season, Lidge appears to have regained his 2008 form. He is 3 for 3 in playoff save chances and hasn't allowed a run in four appearances, spanning three innings.

"When I brought him in the game and I told him some things that we wanted to do, and he was very calm, and he talked to me very at ease, and he was very comfortable," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "And when I see that out of him, I think he's definitely ready to pitch, and he's in a good frame of mind and he's ready to go. I like that because his talent, he's a very talented pitcher, and his talent most of the time is going to win the game for you. Right now I kind of like exactly where he's at."

Lidge was perfect last year, saving 41 games in the regular season and seven more in the postseason to help the Phillies win the World Series. But he struggled throughout this season and temporarily lost his closer's job a couple of times.

"Once the postseason rolls around, I think there's kind of a different level of focus, and fortunately for me so far it's worked out pretty good to where I feel pretty locked in," Lidge said. "A couple things kind of happened at the right time, and you've just got to try and run with it."

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