When the injured Brad Lidge returns to the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen, he will not be fortunate enough to resume duties as the closer. While he’s been out, Ryan Madson has done so well manager Charlie Manuel says things won’t change. Even with the loss of duties, he has no problem applauding Madson for his season thus far.
“I think, honestly, that he’s the best closer in the National League right now,” Lidge told reporters recently. “And I have no problem saying that.”
Madson has been outstanding for the Phillies thus far. In nine save opportunities, he has successfully closed out ball games and posted a 0.47 ERA with 23 Ks in 19 innings pitched. One has to wonder if his success will make Phillies fans forgive his wife.
Madson has been solid, but has he been the best closer in the NL? Maybe not. Here are a few NL closers who have arguably been better this season: