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Ryan Madson | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/28/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 9 (0) / PHI
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Ryan Madson gave up three runs while retiring only one batter in the bottom of the ninth inning in Houston to blow a save and take a loss on Friday.
Madson started the ninth inning with a two-run lead. He retired Marwin Gonzalez on a bunt attempt. Jose Altuve singled and stole second. Madson struck out Carlos Correa on a wild pitch that allowed the batter to reach first base safely. Madson then faced Luis Valbuena, who hit a clutch walk-off home run. The blown save was his fourth in 21 chances. Madson's ERA shoots up to 3.47 as his record falls to 3-3. This will loosen his already tenuous grip on the closer's role in Oakland. It helps that his primary competition for the job, Sean Doolittle, is on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. Jul 9 - 1:49 AM

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Ryan Madson pitched a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Astros to earn his 17th save.

Madson needed an impressive six pitches to get the job done, inducing a pair of groundouts and a flyout to seal the deal. The right-hander is now 17-for-20 in save chances this season. Madson has a 2.75 ERA and 1.28 WHIP through 36 innings of work, and he could end up being a trade candidate later this month given his success in the season's first half.
Jul 8 - 12:27 AM

Ryan Madson tossed a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Twins for his 16th save of the season.

Madson worked around a two-out walk to Robbie Grossman to finish off the victory. The 35-year-old now has back-to-back solid appearances since a shaky outing against the Giants last week. He’s 16-for-19 in save chances this season to go along with a 2.83 ERA and 29/13 K/BB ratio over 35 innings. He has looked vulnerable at times, but Sean Doolittle's shoulder injury should give him a longer leash.
Jul 4 - 5:25 PM

After setting up for Sean Doolittle on Thursday, Ryan Madson picked up his 14th save with a scoreless ninth against the Angels on Friday.

Madson also pitched a scoreless inning Thursday before Doolittle gave up two runs in nearly blowing the lead. Tonight's save was just Madson's second of June, but that's less because of usage and more because the A's are struggling. He remains the primary closer.
Jun 25 - 1:58 AM

Ryan Madson was credited with a blown save and a win Friday as the A's edged the Angels 3-2.

Madson got the final out of the eighth in a 2-1 game, but he gave up a run in the ninth to take his third blown save of the year. He went on to pick up a win after Marcus Semien walked with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Jake Smolinski and Billy Burns followed with singles, ending the game. Had Madson closed it out in the top of the ninth, it would have been his first save since May 30. Unfortunately for him, the A's haven't been generating many late leads recently.
Jun 18 - 2:04 AM

Ryan Madson gave up a walkoff RBI single to Carlos Correa in the 12th inning Saturday.

Madson was called on in the bottom of the 12th with the game tied 5-5 and the top of the Houston batting order due up. George Springer doubled, Jose Altuve laid down a sacrifice bunt, and then Correa hit a shot down the right field line to end it. Madson took the loss, his second of the season, and watched his ERA rise from 2.31 to 2.66.
Jun 4 - 9:21 PM

Ryan Madson nailed down his 12th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's win over the Twins.

There was no sweat here, as Madson recorded a couple strikeouts and a foulout to protect the one-run lead. Madson pitched the eighth inning Sunday against the middle of the Tigers' order and gave way to Sean Doolittle in the ninth as the lefty converted the save. That will happen on occasion as the A's play the matchups, but Madson is still the primary source for saves in Oakland.
May 30 - 7:00 PM

Ryan Madson was crushed for a two-run, walk-off home run by Leonys Martin in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Mariners.

The A's took a 5-2 lead after six innings and looked poised for the win, but a two-run home run by Robinson Cano in the eighth drew the M's to within 5-4 and set the stage for a very, very sudden collapse by Madson in the ninth inning. After recording the first two outs in the frame, the A's closer surrendered a double to Nori Aoki. Next batter up was Martin and, as the saying goes, the rest was history. Madson still holds a 2.66 ERA (it was 1.83 before Tuesday's fateful homer) and is 11-for-13 in save chances.
May 25 - 1:41 AM

Ryan Madson tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Rays on Friday for his ninth save of the season.

It wasn’t easy. Madson gave up an infield single to Kevin Kiermaier to begin the frame and hit Brandon Guyer with a pitch with one out before walking Logan Morrison to load the bases, but Danny Valencia bailed him out with a great defensive play on a Evan Longoria liner and Steve Pearce flied out to end the game. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Oakland. Madson is 9-for-9 in save chances this season to go along with a 1.15 ERA, but he has allowed six hits and six walks over the span of his last five appearances.
May 14 - 1:03 AM

Ryan Madson loaded the bases with one out but escaped the jam unscathed on Saturday, earning his eighth save of the season against the Astros.

Madson walked two of the first three batters he faced, and a single by Colby Rasmus loaded the bases with Evan Gattis stepping to the dish. Madson regrouped to get Gattis to ground into a double play, ending the game and preserving the Athletics' 2-0 win. The right-hander has been terrific this season, owning a 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 10/3 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings.
Apr 30 - 6:43 PM

Ryan Madson now has seven saves in 2016, after navigating a painless inning to secure a 8-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays challenged Ezequiel Carrera's being called out in the ninth, as he tried to bunt for a one-out hit, but that proved unsuccessful and Madson easily collected his seventh save. He's been one of the more pleasant stories of the young season, as he's finally clawed his way back to a closer's role after missing three years due to injury. The right-hander has yet to issue a single walk in 2016 and has struck out eight batters in 9 2/3 innings.
Apr 22 - 11:02 PM

Ryan Madson got two outs to earn his sixth save of the season Thursday against the Yankees.

Liam Hendriks was given the chance to secure a four-run lead, but one out and two singles later, A's manager Bob Melvin called on his closer to finish the deed. Madson obliged, striking out Starlin Castro and getting Carlos Beltran to ground out to end the game. Madson has allowed just two earned runs over 8 2/3 innings thus far, collecting six saves to go with a 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 8/1 K/BB ratio.
Apr 21 - 11:52 PM

Ryan Madson pitched a perfect 11th inning Tuesday to record his fifth save of the season in a win over the Yankees.

He needed just 12 pitches to dispose of the Bombers in order to preserve the one-run victory. It's possible the A's will use Sean Doolittle to close some games when the opposition has lefties due up, but Madson is pitching well and clearly the preferred option right now.
Apr 19 - 11:07 PM

Ryan Madson picked up his fourth save of the season on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run advantage over the Royals.

John Axford worked ahead of him in the eighth inning while Sean Doolittle did not pitch. Madson has been the top option out of the A's bullpen in the early going, compiling a 2.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over seven innings of work.
Apr 17 - 7:00 PM

Ryan Madson was called on for the save Saturday and delivered, yielding an unearned run to close out the Athletics' 5-3 win over the Royals.

It's been anyone's guess as to whom the ninth inning belongs to, as both Madson and Sean Doolittle have earned saves, but Doolittle was used in the eighth while Madson pitched the ninth on Saturday. A walk and an error put Madson behind the eight ball, but he pitched out of it to earn his third save of the year. It's hard to fully trust either reliever while both are being used late in games, but Madson has three saves to Doolittle's one and may end up getting the bulk of the chances being a right-handed pitcher. It's a situation worth monitoring.
Apr 16 - 9:31 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
3Matt McBride
1B1Danny Valencia
2Yonder Alonso
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Arismendy Alcantara
3Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Ryon Healy
LF1Khris Davis
2Mark Canha
CF1Coco Crisp
2Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Jake Smolinski
3Andrew Lambo
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Chris Bassitt
4Rich Hill
5Felix Doubront
6Henderson Alvarez
7Sean Manaea
8Daniel Mengden
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Fernando Rodriguez
7Ryan Dull
8Andrew Triggs
9Jarrod Parker
10Daniel Coulombe