Tommy Hanson proves the strikeout is overrated

Today was vintage Tommy Hanson, and that’s not altogether positive. He struck out 9, bringing his K/9 ratio to nearly a strikeout an inning, roughly equal to his career mark. Yet he only pitched 5 innings.

He’s reached the 7th inning only twice this year and last season, in 22 starts, he made it into the 7th 7 times. The last time he pitched into the 8th? Sept. 27, 2010. He has 1 CG for his career.

Contrast that to Brandon Beachy, whose K/9 ratio has dropped from 10.7 in 2011 to 6.6 this season. He completed 7 innings only once last year but has done it three times already this year.

I’ll take the innings.

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5 Comments on Tommy Hanson proves the strikeout is overrated

  1. I think MMmbop should have been allowed to stay in the 5th. He was at 87 pitches with good command.

    I like a pitcher that makes batters swing and miss. That doesn’t mean he has to have a high K total. I think Hanson will increase his innings load. His stuff is too good.

  2. I hope you’re right, but the sample size, as they like to say, indicates he won’t.

  3. Jack Straw // May 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm //

    On the radio Powell said opposing teams bat .210 against Hanson the first time through the order, .280 the second time around, and by the third time through the order it is over .315. He isn’t gonna pitch deep into ballgames as long as this continues.

  4. rankin' rob // May 14, 2012 at 6:37 am //

    Good morning, my first place Atlanta Braves!

  5. Derek Lowe just pitched a complete game shutout in which he had no strikeouts. He’s also leading the AL in ERA and wins. The apocalypse is clearly upon us.

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