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2018 Dodgers Review: Ryan Madson

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World Series - Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After being acquired on August 31, Ryan Madson struggled during his short-stint in LA, most notably during the World Series.

What went right

Through the NLDS and NLCS, Madson was one of the most reliable pitchers out of the bullpen for the Dodgers.

Against the Braves, Madson faced five hitters, while inheriting three runners. The right-hander didn’t allow a single runner to score, ultimately getting the win in the series-clinching Game 4 for the Dodgers.

During LA’s seven-game series with the Brewers, Madson appeared in five of them. In five innings of work, Madson allowed only one run and struck out five.

What went wrong

Madson’s 2018 World Series is one that he, and Dodgers fans, will hope to soon put in the past. Appearing in four games, Madson inherited seven runners, allowing all seven to score.

His first outing came in Game 1, where he relieved Clayton Kershaw in the fifth inning. With two runners already on, a wild-pitch and a walk would load the bases with zero outs. After getting J.D. Martinez to strike out, a fielders choice and a base hit would bring in two runs, giving Boston a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

A day later, Madson entered in the fifth inning again with two outs in a place Pedro Baez should’ve stayed in the game. With the bases already loaded, Madson walked Steve Pearce to tie the game, then allowed a two-run single at the hands of Martinez. The Dodgers went on to lose the game, falling behind in the series, 2-0.

Madson entered Game 4 with a 4-0 lead and one out. He got Jackie Bradley Jr. out, but allowed a three-run home run to Mitch Moreland, cutting LA’s lead to only one run. The Dodgers would go on to lose the game, 9-6.

2018 particulars

Age: 38

Stats with Dodgers: 6.48 ERA, 13 SO, 8.1 IP

Game of the year

In Game 4 of the NLDS, Madson entered the game in the fifth. The Dodgers trailed Atlanta 2-1, and the bases were loaded with one out. With the Braves on the verge of extending their lead, and possibly pushing the series to five games, Madson escaped the jam, and helped preserve the season for LA.

He got back-to-back pop outs, escaping the inning untouched. The Dodgers took the lead in the sixth, and ended up winning the game, and the series. Madson was credited with the win.

Roster status

Madson is currently a free agent.