I am mystified at this Tommy Hanson business. Except for the fat pitch to Pudge, Tommy his pitching on the edges and corners, and batters are, once again, just reaching out and spanking those edge pitches like it’s no big deal.
I’ve never seen a pitcher get crushed on the edges and corners like Tommy Hanson does in 2010.
To change subjects, Bub, you asked about Arthur Blank owning the Braves. It is well known that Blank’s true love is baseball and his first choice in franchises was the Braves, not the Falcons. He bought the Falcons because they were for sale at the time. It is also true that Blank put together a substantial offer to buy the Braves when Time Warner put them on the market, but the Liberty Media deal was an asset swap that saved both companies tons of money. Interviews with Blank at the time really conveyed his disappointment. So, given all that, I would assume that if he has the money, he would certainly be a player. There used to be rules in the NFL that if you owned one of their teams, you could not own any other sports franchise. But given his attempts to buy the Braves before, I assume those rules are no longer in place.
What a terrible disappointment. Not proud of the Atlanta Braves tonight. They ought to be ashamed of that performance. No way to be sure, but it sure looks like they took a day off. They’ll be lucky to leave Cincy in first place if they don’t turn around immediately. Been a while since I pulled out the D word, but I think it applies:
I was going to save this for a show, but here goes – I actually think that Hanson is frustrated with high pitch counts in the early innings and not going late into the game, so he is overly aggressive at throwing strikes early on in an attempt to get quicker outs. I think other batters know this, so they come up looking for strikes. I think that he settles down after a while, but the temptation might be hard to resist. I don’t know if I buy the release point issues – I think that he throws too many strikes and is too aggressive, it doesn’t seem like a control issue.
I could be completely wrong, of course. Just like Steve was about Prado.
“I could be completely wrong, of course. Just like Steve was about Prado.”
hahahaha. That’s great.
I agree, Ham. It reminds me of the way the Braves pressured Chuck James to get later into games, and instead of having a two-pitch lefty that was good for 6 innings, we suddenly had a no-pitch lefty that was good for no innings.
Sometimes a pitcher just is what he is. If Tommy can be an ace for 5-6 innings per game every five days until he’s been in the league a few years, let the guy adjust slowly, says I.
Having a full time LF or CF would certainly help in this department, as it would provide an extra reliever to the roster.