When Brad Lidge went down to injury at the end of spring training, the Phillies weren’t sure of who to turn to as the closer. Ryan Madson seemed much more comfortable as a set-up man than as a closer last year. That led to the Phillies deciding to give 39-year old righty Jose Contreras a chance to close. Contreras only had 4 saves in his career (all coming last season with the Phillies) coming into this year. But, he has been outstanding so far this year for the Phillies. Contreras has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with 2 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Contreras has 4 whiffs in only 3 innings so far this year as his stuff plays much better as a late inning reliever as it did when he was a starting pitcher. The Phillies need Contreras to keep up the good work because Lidge is going to be out until at least the All-Star Game.