Tommy Hanson pitched like John Thomson crossed with Kyle Davies, and though his stats say stud he’s yet to pitch in the 8th inning this year. He’s improving, no doubt, but if I had to win a game tomorrow JJ gets the call. A healthy Huddy would be next. Hanson’s just not there yet.
As for Fredi Haas (who was the first to coin that — speak now so proper credit can be given) … is there any justification for pitching Kimbrel in the 9th? He’s coming off consecutive strong outings. Then Fredi brings him in to a situation in which closers routinely fail. It was Kimbrel’s third appearance in four days. There were other options. Yet 22 needless pitches were thrown.
At least Uggla finished with two promising AB’s. There’s still a decent chance he’ll emerge from his slump. What are the odds Fredi suddenly becomes smart?
A quick aside: Brian Jordan doesn’t hold back. He’s greatly improved behind the mic. More BJ, no Chip.