2012 Reds

More on Ryan Madson

David Schoenfield, over at ESPN’s SweetSpot, agrees with us about the newest Red, Ryan Madson; it’s a great pickup for the Redlegs:

Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty may be too old to do a backflip, but he may be attempting one right now. This is how you build a good team in a small market with a limited budget: Sign one of the better closers in the game for a one-year, $8.5 million contract, as Jerry Crasnick is reporting.

Over the past five seasons, only eight relievers with at least 300 innings pitched have a lower ERA than Madson’s 2.89 mark. Over the past two seasons, he has a 2.45 ERA, a 126-15 strikeouts-unintentional walks ratio and has allowed just 96 hits in 113.2 innings. In his first season as a closer, he converted 32 of 34 save opportunities. Importantly for the Reds, considering the cozy dimensions of Great American Ballpark, Madson keeps the ball in the park, allowing just two home runs in 2011 and six over the past two seasons.

Go read the entire thing. It’s worth your time.

The more I think about this signing, the more I like it. Kudos, Walt Jocketty.

5 thoughts on “More on Ryan Madson

  1. The best takeaway from the article was that the Reds took our bullpen weakness and turned it into a major strength. That’s huge. What wasn’t mentioned was how Walt has essentially made the roster ‘Dusty-proof’. Dusty’s successful teams in the past have been veteran teams where guys had established roles. That is the case now. About the only thing he can screw up at this point is the batting order. To that end, where do you bat Stubbs, Cozart, Heisey, and Rolen?? A lot of interchangeable skill sets there. Dusty would never go for it, but here’s what I’d do:

    Phillips
    Rolen
    Votto
    Mesoraco
    Bruce
    Stubbs
    Heisey
    Cozart

  2. Or, why does it matter if Votto hits third? Bat him second, if Phillips gets on ahead of him, a double or HR scores them both more easily than a SB attempt (which Phillips is mediocre). Over the course of a season, JV and JB gets more ABs, you minimize the exposure to whomever would’ve batted second (Cozart, Stubbs, Heisey), and you can insulate the lineup from late lefty relievers that gave us fits last year.
    Phillips
    Votto
    Mez
    Bruce
    Rolen
    Stubbs
    Heisey
    Cozart

  3. If Stubbs didn’t strike out so much he would be a great 2 hole hitter. He would have the option of bunting all the time and his speed would beat out mediocre to good bunts on a regular basis. Just a thought. I am not a huge fan of Rolen but he does bring leadership to the team.

  4. I think the order would change depending on the pitcher but for the most part, against a RHP, I’d go with this:

    BP
    Heisey
    Votto
    Bruce
    Rolen
    Mesoraco
    Stubbs
    Cozart

    Against a LHP perhaps:

    BP
    Heisey
    Votto
    Rolen
    Mesoraco
    Bruce
    Stubbs
    Cozart

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