Have you ever seen Ryan Madson show that much emotion before? I thought for a second he might go apeshit spastic like K-Rod.
After yesterday's win over the Brew Crew the magic number is down to 3 but more importantly the Phils may have found their closer. I know it was only one game and he's blown plenty of saves already this year, but with the season long meltdown of Brad Lidge and a dearth of options, Mad Dog has to be the man in the ninth.
Scott Boras has touted Ryan Madson as the second coming of Mariano "The Sandman" Rivera. I guess we'll get to see if the mad agent is right about the Mad Dog. I hope he pitches like Mariano Rivera and not Saul Rivera...or Ben Rivera. [Side note: not that many "Rivera" pitchers in the history of MLB.]
Cole Hamels versus Yorman Bazardo. You may remember Bazardo as that guy who was pitching in a 2009 Grapefruit League game for the Phils and you didn't know who he was. And like most other Phillies that don't fit into the plan (see: Coste, Gas Can Geary, Mike Costanzo, Jason Michaels, Michael Bourn, etc.) he ended up with Ed Wade and the Astros. So far this season Bazardo has given up 13 earned runs in 13 innings. His ERA is higher than Brad Lidge's! Easy win for the Phils.