Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Bigger Issue

Tonight's victory will probably be most remembered as Roy Oswalt's first at Citizens Bank Park.

More important for the Phillies is the performance of Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge.

This is the way things were supposed to work.

Both were dominant, and that might be the first time all season that this has been true.

If tonight's performance is indicative of what we can expect the rest of the season (and one hopes in the playoffs) then all of the rending of shirts over the state of the Phillies' bullpen is overwrought (though note that I still think Dannys Baez should be dropped from the roster immediately).

But this is what we need to win another title. An effective 8th and 9th inning.

I don't want another playoff run. I want another title.

Lidge and Madson are crucial to that.