Pitch Perfect: Re-examining Brad Lidge’s Performance in 2008 Using Win Probabilities Added and Leverage Index

By Jim Sweetman

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

When Brad Lidge announced his retirement late in 2012, some commentators pointed to the home run he gave up to Albert Pujols in the 2005 NLCS as the defining moment of his career. To Phillies fans, though, the image of Lidge on his knees, arms raised in triumph after recording the final out of the 2008 World Series defines that magical season, if not Lidge’s career as a Phillie. The association of this image to fond memories of 2008 is even more appropriate when one considers Lidge’s overall contributions . . .

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