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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Player Analysis: #63 Ryan Madson RP

Overall Season Numbers

Overall Opponent's AVG/OBP/SLG & wOBA: .254/.306/.370 & .277
-vs. RHB: .243/.273/.358 & .254
-vs. LHB: .268/.344/.384 & .303

IP: 82.7
K: 67
BB: 23
WHIP: 1.234
BB/PA: .068
K/9 IP: 7.29

Overall Career Numbers

Overall Opponent's AVG/OBP/SLG & wOBA: .270/.333/.419 & .313
-vs. RHB: .269/.316/.402 & .310
-vs. LHB: .272/.352/.441 & .316

IP: 439
K: 343
BB: 140
WHIP: 1.355
BB/PA: .074
K/9 IP: 7.03

Ryan Madson has been the definition of consistent since his first real season with the Phils in 2004. If one were to take Madson's 2006 season stats out of the mix, Madson would have never have had a WHIP over 1.268. In 2006, Madson started 17 games, a role that did not fit so well at the time. This past season saw Madson really develop as a late game reliever. The "Bridge to Lidge" was hitting 97MPH toward the end of the season and throughout the playoffs. Madson had always had decent velocity on his fastball, but 97 MPH was at least 3 MPH faster than his usually speed. As can be seen, Madson's splits are relatively close, and both pretty good for a reliever. This can be attributed to the fact that along with his 4 seam fastball, Madson also had a very effective changeup, curveball, and 2 seam fastball that he could use to his advantage when the situation demanded it. Early in Madson's career, while usually effective, Madson relied on his curveball and change up which at the time weren't as good as they currently are. He experimented with many different pitches throughout his early seasons, and really seemed to find his few pitches that he could use interchangeably.

Madson played a HUGE part in the Phillies 2008 success. He could be counted on in every single situation that Manuel put him in, and despite what some people (HOWARD ESKIN) say about him, I loved seeing him after the 6th inning. Madson provided Manuel with great flexibility due to the fact that he could bring Madson in no matter what the lineup looked like in the 7th or 8th inning. His splits against lefties were slightly above average, which allowed the Phillies to not use up as many pitchers except as a luxury when they so choose to go with the sure thing against lefties in JC Romero.

While I am certainly a firm believer in the, "if it ain't broke don't fix it" motto, with Madson's new found pitches and velocity, he could eventually see himself become a starter again. Starters are much more valuable to a team than are relievers, and while I don't like the possibility that Madson could revert back to his 2006 season numbers if moved into the rotation, potential injuries could bring about drastic changes. The Phillies could avoid this problem by adding FA arm Derek Lowe, who they most certainly will pass on. Barring injury, expect Madson to be almost as reliable this season as long as his velocity returns in 2009.

Next up: #54 Brad Lidge CL

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