Ryan Madson's usual dominance has slowly faded since taking a line drive off his hand against the Rangers May 20, concludes one Beerleaguer reader, along with a consensus of Phillies' writers.
Before the May 20: 18 G, 18 IP, 2-0, 0.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 8-for-8 SV, 11.5 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 5.8 K/BB, .175 BAA, 15 percent swing and miss rate, 10 percent LD rate, 1.67 GB/FB ratio.
After May 20: 13 G, 13 IP, 1-1, 4.15 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 7-for-8 SV, 7.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 2.7 K/BB, .300 BAA, 10 percent swing and miss rate, 23 percent LD rate, 0.82 GB/FB ratio.
Lost grip on change-up? "I wondered why two weeks ago against the Cubs on a Sunday when I saw Madson that he had no feel at all for his change-up and was almost all four-seam fastballs except a cutter he threw to Geovanny Soto. Literally threw one change-up that outing in 17 pitches. It was rather odd. Know I think I know why. His hand his hurting and is having a hard time finding his grip on his change-up. It would explain why he has had the notable drop in ground balls the last month or so." - MG