Madson (3-4) allowed a two-run homer to Adrian Beltre to blow his sixth save in Monday's loss to the Rangers. Madson has now blown three saves in July and is just 21-for-27 in save chances this season. The home run allowed was his seventh of the season, tying his highest mark since moving to the bullpen full-time in 2007. His 3.77 ERA would be his worst mark in that span, and at this point we have to wonder just how long his leash is.
Madson struck out a pair in a clean ninth inning to earn his 21st save of the season Sunday versus the Rays. Madson hadn't pitched in a save situation in a week, but he retired the side with relative ease Sunday, needing just 13 pitches (nine strikes) to put away a one-run game. Madson recently went through a rough patch where he blew two consecutive saves and allowed five runs over four innings, but he seems to have moved past that and should maintain his grasp on the closer's role in Oakland.
Madson picked up his 20th save as he worked around a hit for a scoreless ninth inning Monday against the Astros. Madson has recovered from consecutive blown saves July 8 and July 10 against Houston to record four straight saves since, but he hasn't made it easy, serving up four hits and two runs over that stretch. With a 3.57 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, Madson is one of the game's shakiest closers, but he continues to get the save opportunities for Oakland.
Madson was able to notch his 19th save in Saturday's 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays despite giving up a solo homer over an inning. The A's closer gave up a solo homer to Justin Smoak to open the ninth, before settling down and retiring Darwin Barney, the pinch-hitting Russell Martin and Ezequiel Carrera. The 35-year-old Madson has now converted two straight save opportunities after two consecutive blown saves, and is 19-for-24 in save chances overall on the season.
Madson recorded a perfect inning of work to notch his 18th save of the season Friday versus the Blue Jays. Madson had allowed three runs en route to blowing a pair of saves over his last two appearances, but he retired the side on just eight pitches to cap off Friday's come-from-behind win. Madson still appears to have a strong grasp of the closing duties in Oakland and should be a reliable fantasy reliever moving forward.