Astros’ All-Time Best Seasons: Closing Pitchers

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Yeah. Despite that devastating home run that Brad Lidge yielded to Albert Pujols, he still had one of the greatest years in Astros’ history.

Brad Lidge (Credit: Lisa Blumenfield)

2005 was one of two all-star seasons for Lidge. The other came in 2008 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen. In 2005 Lidge had these statistics:

  • 2.29 ERA
  • 2.13 FIP
  • 1.146 WHIP
  • 42 saves/46 opportunities (91.3%)
  • 65 games finished
  • 70 2/3 innings pitched
  • 5 home runs allowed (0.6 HR/9)
  • 103 strikeouts to 23 walks (4.48 K/BB)

That performance came on the heels of a season in which Lidge established himself as a big league closer with 29 saves. His ERA in 2004 was an impressive 1.90 in 94 2/3 innings. The season before that Brad had been voted 5th in the rookie-of-the-year process.

Brad has now officially retired from baseball with 603 1/3 innings pitched. He compiled a 26-32 record with a 3.54 ERA and 225 saves throughout his 11 seasons at the big league level.

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