Sunday, April 12, 2009

Madson Makes Me Laugh

It's been so much fun watching Ryan Madson develop as a pitcher. From a gangly youngster who looked awkward on the mound, he has gradually evolved into one of the premier set-up men in the game.

And with the addition of a 96 mph fastball that came from out 0f nowhere last August, Madson's combination fastball-change-up can make the best hitters in baseball look silly. What he just did to Fowler was classic.

Following two 90+ mph fastballs, Madson then threw an 81-mph change-up. Fowler swung...sort of. It was more waving at the general vicinity of the plate as Fowler was just eaten alive by that change-up. It made me laugh.

Now, let's get that go-ahead run and bring in Lidge to close this puppy out!

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