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Entries in ryan madson (6)

Tuesday
Oct262010

Uribe's Unique HR

In Game 6 of the NLCS, Juan Uribe hit an 8th inning HR off Ryan Madson, breaking a 2-2 tie and leading the San Francisco Giants to victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.  How rare was this HR?  Let's take a look.

After retiring both Pat Burrell and Cody Ross, Ryan Madson threw Juan Uribe a first pitch slider.  Uribe went the other way with the pitch, sending it over the right field wall.

Juan Uribe's HR off Ryan Madson in Game 6

Juan Uribe's ISO vs. RHP Sliders since 2008Since 2008, Uribe has hit 13 HR's off right handed sliders, and Madson's was the only one to go opposite field.  In fact, Uribe had hit no opposite field HR's at all since 2008 before facing Madson in Game 6.  And it was the second HR that Madson allowed to a RHB on a slider since 2008.

Juan Uribe's HR Locations since 2008

Friday
Oct222010

Phillies Spell Relief

Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge shut the door on the Giants and gave Phillies fans reason to look forward to a Game 6. The pitch log and stats speak for themselves. Strong relief pitching.

Scope: Relief Pitching for the Phillies in the 8th and 9th Inning of Game 5 of the 2010 NLCS.

Ryan Madson
Plate Appearances: 3
Pitches: 13 
Pitch Types: fastball(5), changeup(1), slider(7) 
Strike Rate: 76.9%
Strike Outs: 3
Contact Rate: 33.3.%
Hits: 0 

  • Buster Posey strikes out swinging.
    Vs Buster Posey (R), Bottom 8, 0 out, Bases Empty, leading 3-2
    • 0-0 - Ball on a 91 MPH Changeup - Over the Plate
    • 1-0 - Ball on a 89 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
    • 2-0 - Strike Looking on a 93 MPH Fastball - Over the Plate
    • 2-1 - Strike Looking on a 93 MPH Fastball - Over the Plate
    • 2-2 - Foul on a 93 MPH Fastball - Inside
    • 2-2 - Strike Out on a 91 MPH Fastball - Inside
  • Pat Burrell strikes out swinging.
    Vs Pat Burrell (R), Bottom 8, 1 out, Bases Empty, leading 3-2
    • 0-0 - Strike Swinging on a 90 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
    • 0-1 - Foul on a 95 MPH Fastball - Over the Plate
    • 0-2 - Strike Out on a 90 MPH Slider - Outside
  • Cody Ross strikes out swinging.
    Vs Cody Ross (R), Bottom 8, 2 out, Bases Empty, leading 3-2
    • 0-0 - Ball on a 90 MPH Slider - Outside
    • 1-0 - Strike Looking on a 89 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
    • 1-1 - Strike Looking on a 89 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
    • 1-2 - Strike Out on a 90 MPH Slider - Over the Plate

Brad Lidge
Plate Appearances: 3
Pitches: 10 
Pitch Types: fastball(2), slider(8) 
Strike Rate: 50%
Strike Outs: 1
Contact Rate: 66.7%
Hits: 0 

  • Pablo Sandoval flies out to right fielder Jayson Werth.
    Vs Pablo Sandoval (L), Bottom 9, 0 out, Bases Empty, leading 4-2
    • 0-0 - Ball on a 81 MPH Slider - Low
    • 1-0 - Strike Looking on a 81 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
    • 1-1 - Fly Ball Out on a 81 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
  • Juan Uribe grounds out, shortstop Jimmy Rollins to first baseman Ryan Howard.
    Vs Juan Uribe (R), Bottom 9, 1 out, Bases Empty, leading 4-2
    • 0-0 - Strike Looking on a 80 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
    • 0-1 - Ground Ball Out on a 91 MPH Fastball - Over the Plate
  • Travis Ishikawa strikes out swinging.
    Vs Travis Ishikawa (L), Bottom 9, 2 out, Bases Empty, leading 4-2
    • 0-0 - Ball on a 90 MPH Fastball - Low
    • 1-0 - Strike Looking on a 81 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
    • 1-1 - Ball on a 82 MPH Slider - Low
    • 2-1 - Strike Looking on a 82 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
    • 2-2 - Strike Out on a 83 MPH Slider - Over the Plate

Video of Brad Lidge's save provided by MLB.com

Thursday
Oct212010

Ryan Madson's Dominance

On the FOX broadcast of the NLCS last night, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver went over Ryan Madson's statistics when he was brought into the game, concluding that he was one of the most underrated relievers in baseball. It's true, and it's a drum I've been banging for a while -- even calling for his promotion to closer, usurping the role of Brad Lidge.

As the following chart illustrates, Madson found quite a bit of velocity some time in early August of 2008.

His strikeouts-per-nine innings rate went from 7.3 in April through July to 8.3 in August and September in 2008. In 2009 and '10, his K/9 rates were 9.1 and 10.9 respectively.

He pairs his ability to miss bats with elite control. Since '08, his walk rate never exceeded 2.6 per nine innings.

How is he so good? His mid-90's fastball is perfectly complemented by a deceptive change-up that averages 83 MPH. With as much as a 15 MPH differential, Madson's pitches become extremely hard to square up for opposing hitters.

Among pitchers who have faced at least 200 batters, Madson falls into the 97th percentile in wOBA allowed, at .168. His strikeout rate is in the 99th percentile, incredibly.

Madson becomes even more amazing when you look at his platoon splits. Although he deals with right-handed hitters better, as expected, lefties still have a very hard time hitting him. This is due to Madson peppering the outside corner with change-ups, rarely coming inside.

Against lefties, Madson's wOBA allowed and strikeout rate still fall in the 92nd and 96th percentiles, respectively. Against right-handed hitters, those two stats are both in the 98th percentiles.

Madson will enter the final year of a three-year contract in 2011. Although the Phillies have a lot of money coming off of the books, including Brad Lidge potentially, Madson -- represented by super-agent Scott Boras -- should garner a lot of attention from the other 29 teams in the Majors. He is a guy with dominant stuff that can close on just about any team.

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