Tag:Tommy Hanson
Posted on: June 28, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 5:22 pm
 

On Deck: BoSox, Phils headline marquee matchups

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


Red SoxPhilliesMARQUEE MATCHUP: The highly anticipated series between possible World Series contenders is finally here, and there's a marquee matchup to kick things off with Josh Beckett and Cliff Lee dueling. Beckett has been otherworldly in the early going, a stark reversal from his forgettable 2010 season. He hasn't pitched since June 15 because of the flu, but is coming off a one-hitter and has a 1.86 ERA on the year. Cliff Lee, meanwhile, is striking out batters like never before and has been just what Philly wanted. "Anytime the Red Sox come in, it's big for us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told the AP. "It's big for our fans. ..."It's good for us to play Boston. I think we're going to get a good look at some good pitching and also a good team, a very good hitting team. That's good for us. That's a good test for us." Red Sox at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

Hanson
PinedaYOUNG PHENOMS: Twenty four-year-old Tommy Hanson is a spring chicken, but he's two years older than his competition this evening. Hanson, who is one of the better young pitchers in the league no one really talks about, is being activated off the disabled list and will have high expectations heaped on him after Braves starters posted a 1.80 ERA over the last eight games. Hanson missed time with right shoulder tendinitis and has a 2.48 ERA on the season. Pretty good, but Michael Pineda has a sparkling 1.99 ERA in seven home starts and boasts his own 2.45 ERA. This should be quite a duel to see. (Now watch it turn into a slugfest.) Braves at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

GreinkeBRIGHT LIGHTS:
Zack Greinke will make his first appearance against the Yankees since 2008, but will come in with a less than impressive 4.77 ERA. And yet, once you strip out luck and defense, it would be at 1.84 as xFIP reveals. That's nasty, and that's on the strength of 80 strikeouts and just nine walks in 60 1/3 innings. The ERA may not reflect it yet, but Greinke has been incredible. He's coming off a seven-inning win over the Rays, allowing just one run and punching out 10 -- his second game in a row with 10 strikeouts. He'll oppose Freddy Garcia, who continues to defy logic with a 3.30 ERA. That would be a career low if he sustains it. (He won't.) Brewers at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 7:59 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Braves' Hanson scratched from Friday start

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Tommy HansonBad news for the Braves -- Tommy Hanson has been scratched from his start on Friday with right shoulder tendonitis. The team will continue to evaluate him over the next couple of days and probably keep their fingers crossed that it goes away.

The good news is Braves fans will get a chance to see right-hander Randall Delgado, who will start in his place against the Rangers at Turner Field on Friday.

Hanson has been spectacular this season, going 8-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 starts, with a 1.042 WHIP. His six hits per nine innings leads the National League. Batters are hitting just .189/.268/.303 against the 24-year-old this season.

Delgado will be making his big-league debut. The 21-year-old is 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 13 starts at Double-A Mississippi. Delgado was named the team's No. 3 prospect by Baseball America before the season, behind Julio Teheran and Freddie Freeman. The native of Panama led the Carolina League in strikeouts (120) last season despite being promoted in July. He recorded 162 strikeouts overall, the most in the Braves' system. 

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Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:34 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 9:32 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Prince leads Brewers into first

Prince Fielder

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Prince Fielder, Brewers -- Fielder's two-run homer capped a four-run sixth inning, giving the Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals and putting Milwaukee atop the National League Central. Fielder was 2 for 3 with a walk and leads the National League with 58 RBI. His homer was his eighth in the last 10 games -- a period that has seen the team go 8-2. The Brewers are 25-9 at home, the best mark in baseball.

Tommy Hanson, Braves -- The Braves right-hander struck out a career-high 14 batters in seven innings in a 4-1 victory over the Astros. Hanson gave up one run on three hits, walking two. Hanson's now 8-4 with a 2.48 ERA on the season and 3-0 with a 0.97 ERA in five career starts against Houston.

Vin Mazzaro, Royals -- Mazzaro entered Sunday's game with a 17.47 ERA, giving up six runs in five innings against Toronto last week. On Sunday, he didn't give up a single run in seven innings against the Angels, allowing just five hits. It wasn't easy, the Angels put their leadoff hitter on base in five of the first six innings, but the Royals turned five double plays to help him out. Mazzaro walked five and didn't strike out any batters, while just 53 of his 102 pitches went for strikes. Mazzaro not only picked up his first win of the season, but also saw his ERA drop by nearly seven runs to 10.80.


Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies -- Jimenez gave up 11 hits and seven runs (although just two earned) while striking out two and walking one in 5 1/3 innings of a 10-8 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. Jimenez is 0-5 with a 7.05 ERA at Coors Field this season. All seven of the homers he's allowed this season -- including three against the Dodgers -- have come at home. Opponents are hitting .333 against him at home and .127 on the road.

Scott Sizemore, Athletics -- Sizemore was on the other side of this list just two days ago, but his error Sunday helped lead to the A's ninth loss in their last 10 games. Sizemore tied the game in the seventh with a solo homer, but in bottom half of the inning he threw wide to second on a double-play attempt with one out, allowing a run to score and leading to another. It was the 51st error of the season by the A's, second only to Texas for the most in the American League.

Adam Jones, Orioles -- Jones misplayed a liner by Evan Longoria in the eighth inning that then rolled to the wall and allowed Longoria to circle the bases for a two-run inside-the-park home run. "I missed the ball," Jones told MASNSports.com's Roch Kubatko. "I had a shot at it. I just missed the ball." It wasn't a crucial pair of runs for the Rays, but it was an embarrassing moment for a former Gold Glove winner in a sloppy loss for the Orioles. 

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 7:54 pm
 

On Deck: Jeter's big homestand

OD

By Matt Snyder


Jeter Watch: Derek Jeter has entered the home stretch in his quest to reach 3,000 hits, and he now has a 10-game homestand where he could possibly make it. But he'll have to pick up the pace. He needs 14 hits to reach the plateau. He's averaging 1.09 hits per game so far this season, so that would give him about 11 hits during the homestand. Tuesday night, there's much more going on for the Yankees than Jeter, as the Red Sox come to town. The battle is as it always should be in the minds of many fans from the northeast: For first place in the AL East. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by one game. Taking the hill for the Red Sox is Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94). Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34) will go for the Yankees. As for the Jeter watch, he's faced Lester 41 times in his career, gathering 12 hits in 38 at-bats (.316) while striking out nine times. Boston at New York (AL), 7:05 p.m. ET. WATCH LIVE SCORING

Homecoming: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla and manager Fredi Gonzalez are returning to Sun Life Stadium for the first time in an opposing uniform. Uggla's return is the much bigger deal, as he manned second base for the past five seasons for the Marlins. He racked up 154 home runs, 465 RBI, 499 runs, 170 doubles and two All-Star appearances during that time and was one of the premier power-hitting second basemen in baseball. This season for the Braves, well, things haven't quite gone as planned. Uggla is hitting .172 with a .552 OPS. Coming off the best season of his career, he's compiling his worst stats, and it's not even close. The homecomings coincide with a series that is important for both the Braves and Marlins. Each are trailing the Phillies by four games in the NL East. The Marlins have lost five straight, and the Braves have dropped four of six. Tommy Hanson (6-4, 2.82) takes the mound for the Braves, and the Marlins send 21-year-old Brad Hand for his major-league debut. He was 7-1 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in Double-A. Atlanta at Florida, 7:10 p.m. ET. WATCH LIVE SCORING

Moving CarGo: For the second straight game -- and only the second time all season -- the Rockies will send Carlos Gonzalez out to center field and also bat him leadoff. The move to center comes because of Dexter Fowler's injury, but Ryan Spilborghs could have been an option, too. Moving CarGo to leadoff seems designed to do whatever it takes to jumpstart him and the Rockies' offense. There's obviously no correlation between playing a different position and better production at the plate, but Jim Tracy is trying any kind of mix to get Gonzalez on track. After an MVP-caliber season, Gonzalez is hitting .249 with a .728 OPS. Last season, those figures ended at .336 and .974. The experiment didn't work Monday night. Gonzalez went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Tuesday, he'll give it another go in San Diego. The Padres send Tim Stauffer (1-4, 3.99) to the mound to face off against Ubaldo Jimenez (1-5, 4.98). Of note there: Jimenez had been terrible until a shutout last time out. Colorado at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Streakin'? Votto yes, Braun no

Joey Votto



By C. Trent Rosecrans

One streak ended on Wednesday, and it wasn't Andre Ethier's hitting streak. 

While the Dodger outfielder has gotten the headlines with his 29-game hitting streak -- interrupted with a sore left elbow on Wednesday -- two other players had perhaps even more impressive streaks going. Entering Wednesday's games, both Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Cincinnati's Joey Votto were the only players in Major League Baseball that had reached base in every one of their team's games this season.

Votto extended his streak to 30 with a single in the ninth inning, part of a Reds ninth-inning rally, while Braun's streak ended at 28 in the first game of a doubleheader against Atlanta. 

Braun went 0 for 4 with no walks against the Braves, lowering his slash line to /. Braun entered the game 6 for 15 with four homers in his career against Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson, but flew out twice and grounded out twice against the Braves starter and then flew out in the eighth against Scott Linebrink, to end his streak.

Braun will have a chance to start a new streak later today in the second game of the doubleheader.

While Ethier has garnered the headlines, both Votto and Braun have been better than Ethier. Votto is hitting .358/.485/.594 with five home runs and a 2.3 WAR (before Wednesday's game), according to Baseball-Reference.com. Braun is hitting .339/.430/.661 with 10 homers and a 1.5 WAR and Ethier is hitting .370/.436/.529 with three home runs and a 1.2 WAR.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 11:07 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 4/17: Grady's back

By C. Trent Rosecrans Grady Sizemore

Grady Sizemore, Indians -- Off the disabled list, the Indians' center fielder homered in his second at-bat and also doubled, going 2 for 4 in his season debut for Cleveland. Sizemore missed 11 months with a knee injury. Cleveland also moved into sole position of first place in the American League Central with their win and the Royals' loss. 

Josh Collmenter, Diamondbacks -- Making his big-league debut, the right-hander pitched two perfect innings in the 11th and 12th against the Giants and picked up the win when Stephen Drew drove in the winning run in the 12th for a 6-5 Diamondbacks victory. Collmenter struck out two and 22 of his 30 pitches were for strikes. Collmenter has a severly over-the-top motion that he learned throwing tomahawks in the Michigan woods.

Miguel Olivo, Mariners -- Seattle's catcher came into Sunday's game mired in an 0-for-24 slump, but after going hitless in his first three at-bats of the day, he singled and scored the winning run in the seventh inning of a 3-2 victory over Kansas City. Not only did Olivo break his slump, it helped break the Mariners' four-game losing streak.

Ryan Franklin

Ryan Franklin, Cardinals -- The Cardinals closer blew just two saves all of last year and has already blown four this season, including Sunday's game against the Dodgers. He's converted just one save this season and is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA.

Tommy Hanson, Braves -- Hanson pitched well enough in his five innings, allowing five hits and three runs, striking out nine, but it was his work with the bat that lands him on this list. In the second inning, with bases loaded and one out, Hanson missed a bunt and Eric Hinske was caught out at home.

Astros defense -- With a 6-3 lead going into the seventh, the Astros made three errors leading to three unearned runs in the seventh and eighth innings of the team's 8-6 loss to the Padres. Pitcher Fernando Abad made two errors on one play in the seventh inning and shortstop Angel Sanchez added another in the Padres' four-run eighth.

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:48 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 2:21 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 4/12: Alexei's missiles

By Matt Snyder

3UP

Alexei Ramirez, White Sox. The Cuban Missile launched a few bombs of his own Tuesday night, the latter of which emphatically ended an extra-innings victory for the White Sox. All told, he scored three of the White Sox's six runs and drove home four of them.

Tommy Hanson, Braves. The Braves entered the game having lost of five of six games while Hanson was 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA after two starts. With the offense entering the game reeling, a big pitching performance was needed to ease some of the pressure, and Hanson came through. The 24 year old worked seven shutout innings against the Marlins, only allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five. The outing -- along with the five runs the offense scored -- should be enough to get the team back on track.

Michael Pineda, Mariners. The burly right-hander is a specimin, I tell you. He stands at 6-foot-7 and hits up to 99 on the radar gun. Through seven shutout innings, he was absolutely dealing for the Mariners. They tried to get one more out of him and he didn't have enough steam left to finish the eighth. Still, he ended with 7 1/3 innings, five hits, two earned runs and seven strikeouts against a pretty potent offense in the Blue Jays. He picked up his first career win in his first career start at Safeco Field. 

3DOWN

The Cubs. What a disaster. Poor planning left this one an obvious loss for the Cubs. The players sure played like they expected to lose, too. Let's see ... three errors, Tyler Colvin loses a fly ball, back-to-back Astros bunt singles began the start for relief pitcher James Russell -- who was on a 55-pitch count by the way -- and you have the recipe for an 11-2 loss. To be fair to Russell, his final line shouldn't have looked near as bad. Nearly every batted ball found a hole and the defense was atrocious behind him. Plus, he's a reliever that was trying to get through three innings before the Cubs emptied the rest of the bullpen (is it spring training?). One Chicago outlet said Jeff Samardzija was a "bright spot." Really? He allowed three hits, a walk and two earned runs to the Astros in three innings. I'll grant it was probably the best he's ever looked, but that's not saying much at all. Just erase this one from memory and move on.

Cardinals pitching staff. Not to be outdone by their rivals, the Cardinals coughed up 13 runs to the Diamondbacks. Considering Chris Carpenter was taking the hill, this one has to be considered worse. He was lit up for eight runs on eight hits and three walks in just four innings. He gave up a reported 478-foot bomb to Justin Upton. What's worse for the Cards, the offense actually crawled back into the game -- cutting it to 9-8 at one point -- but then the middle relief melted down. The final tally: 13-8 D-Backs.

Cory Luebke, Padres. Well, he got two outs in the top of the 11th, but then everything unraveled. The blow-by-blow for the rest of the inning reads as follows: single, double, walk, single single, homer to dead center, groundout. That's six runs on five hits, including a mammoth exclamation point by Drew Stubbs to make it 8-2 -- the eventual final. Have fun trying to chip away at that ERA now an inning at a time, Cory. That's quite the unappealing uphill battle.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:44 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 2:01 pm
 

Braves announce rotation

The Braves have announced their rotation for the NLDS against the Giants (via David O'Brien on Twitter ):

Game 1: Derek Lowe
Game 2: Tommy Hanson
Game 3: Tim Hudson
Game 4: Brandon Beachy or Lowe on short rest

The Giants have yet to announce their rotation.

UPDATE: MLB.com's Mark Bowman (via Twitter ) notes Jiar Jurrjens will pitch an instructional league game tonight, but wouldn't be used until the NLDS at the earliest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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