More Tommy

Hanson is better than Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, Avery or Halladay. At least he’s fared better than any of them did in their first five big league starts.

It would be silly to suggest five games signal that Tommy H. will outshine the three former Bravos HOFers and Halladay. (Let’s hope he has a better career than Ave.) Anyway, just for fun, here’s how Hanson’s first five starts compare to those of the other guys:

  • Hanson, 4-0, 2.48 ERA
  • Smoltz  1-3, 5.53
  • Glavine  1-3 7.00
  • Maddux, 2-3, 5.40
  • Avery, 1-3, 4.23
  • Halladay, 2-1, 4.61.

Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux and Avery all had 5+ ERAs as rookies. Halladay was 8-7 with a 3.92 but split time as a reliever and starter. So far, Hanson has shown a knack for wriggling out of trouble. Damian Moss did the same when he won 12 games with a 3.42 ERA as a rookie. He was out of the bigs for good three years later.

But I don’t recall anyone speaking of Moss the way they do of Hanson. Nor do I remember the Aussie lefty having pitches at all comparable to Hanson’s.

Another note from yesterday: On the botched rundown play, KJ should have thrown the ball to second to start the double play. Stupid decision with a hitter about as slow as me and most of you reading. Yet his play was defensible. With a fast hitter, you toss to first, then you’ve got the other runner in a rundown. Sure out.

For the Braves, there are no sure outs, except when we’re hitting. The bigger mistake on the rundown play, I think, was Kotchman’s. Instead of running Youkilis toward second, then throwing to Hernandez, who could then either tag the runner or run him back toward first for an easy play, Oberk, er Kotchman immediately threw to second. That gave the runner room to maneuver. Still should’ve gotten him out.

As if that weren’t enough, KJ made an error that could have been a game-swinger. And on the ball that bounced off his glove and rolled into right field, he lay on his stomach, never bothering to get up and give chase. Joe Simpson reckoned KJ had the breath knocked out of him. I hope so. Would be nice to know, locak organ. If he still had his wind, that play deserves a benching.

In addition to his shoddy defense, KJ, of course, turned in another hitless game, the 9th in his past 10. KJ needs to go away for a while.  His average has fallen from .250 to .216 this month. Kelly had 3 doubles in a game on May 31. He has 3 doubles the entire month of June, and June will be over tomorrow.

–CD

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17 Comments on More Tommy

  1. Kotchman compounded his initial mistake by not getting out of the baseline once he saw he wasn’t getting the return throw.

  2. Kotchman generally plays good defense, but he butchered that one big time. It could have been the most disastrous play of the season had Gonzo not finished off Ellsbury.

  3. PepeFreeUs // June 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm //

    Tommy and Damian look about equally surly.

  4. 1/3 of the way to Hershiser’s record. Imagine, only 21 short years ago, Orel was allowed to finish 8 starts in a row, and pitch 10 innings in the next one…and these just happened to be his last 9 starts of the season. If that happened now, everyone would be after the manager and pitching coach’s heads.

  5. JGraham // June 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm //

    KJ also failed to get a bunt down Sunday.

  6. rankin' rob // June 30, 2009 at 7:34 am //

    It’s hard to believe, but if we somehow manage to sweep the Phils, we’re only two games out. I think that says more about the division than it does about us, though.

  7. Day off last night will hopefully help out; the home team has to play 13 in a row before the all-star break. I was looking at that too, Rob; however, Philly seems to own us at home lately. A sweep would be nice though. Unfortunately, I just don’t see this offense getting it done for us this year.

  8. Nevermind, our offensive woes will now be cured, for Frenchy is breaking out his lucky underwear!!!!!

    http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/braves/stories/2009/06/29/braves_francoeur_lucky_underwear.html?cxntlid=thbz_hm

    Has it really gotten that bad?

  9. atlpaddy // June 30, 2009 at 8:22 am //

    Speaking of bad, did anyone watch his lardness, Corky Miller, provide the backstop for the Louisville Bats last night in their win over the Gwinnett BraveS?

  10. Maybe a team with suspect pitching like the Phils is what the Bravos need to see. For my predicted 5-4 to happen, we must sweep. Hard to see it happening, especially with Hamels pitching the middle game.

  11. PepeFreeUs // June 30, 2009 at 5:45 pm //

    Last time I saw Cole pitch, he looked like he’d started taking advice from that dad who wandered onto the field in the cap commercial.

    Enjoyed seeing the G Braves on MLB Network today.

  12. tbone82 // June 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm //

    ugh…blanco and hernandez in the lineup is like having 3 pitchers. at least prado is playing. We need McLouth and Escobar back, stat.

  13. williemontanez // June 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm //

    Who wants to wager that Martin Prado WILL NOT be in the lineup Wed night?

  14. ok, ok, so blanco did well tonight. maybe he will have one of those hot streaks like he did last spring. prado showed that there is no doubt he belongs in the lineup–and notice the stat they gave at the end of the game–in the last 4 or so games, prado has the team’s only 3 hits with risp.

  15. With Hamels pitching, I’d be shocked if Prado wasn’t in there — and I think he’ll be in there to stay. Bobby may be too loyal sometimes, but he’s not stupid.

  16. PepeFreeUs // June 30, 2009 at 11:27 pm //

    Temptation…great…must…resist…

  17. I read the recap of the game this morning, and Cox was asked about Prado being in the lineup regularly, and Cox said he’s too good right now to take out of the lineup. And supposedly McClouth was just given an extra day off to make sure the hammy is good. He should be back today I hope.

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