Call it bad timing. But nobody could have imagined Ryan Madson would have blown up like that. Even the outs were bad. Well, both of them. Madson entered his first major league start with 33.2 innings of beautiful relief work, four earned runs total allowed. Then he got strafed for six earned - three homers - and got only two outs. It was so bad. I was yelling at the TV. Screaming at Bowa to take him out before my ERA gets so bad that Pedro, Unit and Schill won't even save it. It could have been worse! Madson left with men on! Essentially, Mr. Madson, who was owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues, was having a Brad Lidge season. Unhittable, lots of Ks, doesn't affect your start limit. Then he gets a spot start, and I imagine many of you - like me - activated him. I did utter this line on Monday to a co-worker: "I'll activate Madson for this week, since he has two starts, but I have a feeling it's not going to go well." Not go well? It went worse than that Parcells press conference. At least Madson threw strikes. OK, so what now? Already this morning, and this is amazing, 10.8 percent of Madson owners have dropped him. Not benched him, cut him. That's a ton in such a short time. I don't think I'd automatically punt. Madson was awesome before Tuesday. I bet he bounces back with 4 or 5 nice innings on Sunday at the Twins. He's young. It's one brutal outing. Let's try to move on. It won't be easy.
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