Maddux slighted again, and was Smoltzie better than Glavine?

I’m thrilled that the last pitcher chosen in ESPN’s ranking of the 100 greatest players in MLB history is the perpetually underrated Knucksie, #100 overall. Not so much with the highest-ranked pitcher: Roger Clemens. ESPN cautions its list is a “judgment-free zone where Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and even Pete Rose are welcome.” (Rose debased the game but earned every one of his […]

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A slither of good news

I remain convinced Tommy Hanson will be back pitching effectively come October. “I think I’m ready to get off the mound after this one,” said Hanson, who hasn’t pitched in a game since Aug. 6. “Depending on how I feel tomorrow, I don’t see why not. I felt good today. Really good. I let it […]

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It’s good the Braves have pitching depth, because they’re going to be without sore-shouldered Tommy Hanson longer than anticipated. His scheduled bullpen session Tuesday at Wrigley Field was cancelled after Hanson felt soreness again in his troublesome pitching shoulder, this time following a mere nine-pitch throwing session Monday. That was the first time he threw […]

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Tonight’s theme: Stupidity

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 […]

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Stupidest trade idea ever

Well, Heyward is younger than Ethier and the Dodgers would have time to find a new owner—and get the organization in order before they had to give him a big contract. Maybe to sweeten the deal the Dodgers would have to throw in James Loney. The Braves could use him at first base to help […]

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Turns out Jim Palmer sucked

Baseball Neanderthals point to his 268 career wins and 2.86 lifetime ERA as proof that the retired Oriole was a top-flight major league pitcher, but those of us who appreciate the value of stats know better. In 3948 career IP, Palmer struck out only 2212. In 1976, the last of his three Cy Young Awards, […]

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Batting third, Jason Heyward

Interesting that Bobby batted Heyward third today in a line-up featuring every regular with the exception of Chipper and Glaus. So far he’s delivered with a single, two walks and steal of third. Tommy H. was also sharp, tossing two scoreless innings, as was Medlen, who followed with two scoreless frames. However the Muts scored […]

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Listen and learn

I picked up an interesting nugget from local talk radio today. J.A. Happ won the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year Award and Tim Hudson finished second. This one came from the news update guy on 680 The Fan. In other news, the Thrashers have been scoring lots of touchdowns so far, and the Falcons […]

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Just saying….

First season with more than a cup o’ joe in the Bigs: Tommy Hanson, 10-3, 2.65 Tom Glavine, 7-17, 4.56 John Smoltz, 2-7, 5.48 Greg Maddux, 6-14, 5.61 Kevin Millwood, 17-8, 4.08 Roy Halladay, 8-7, 3.92, 18 starts, 18 relief appearances Tim Lincecum, 7-5, 4.00 Chris Carpenter, 3-7, 5.09 Steve Carlton, 14-9, 2.98 Randy Johnson, […]

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Reasons to watch the last 19 games

1. Tommy Hanson. Always fun to watch The Future at work. 2. Will Chipper finish with a flourish? It’d be some comfort to see his bat show some life heading into the offseason. 3. Huddy’s last few starts. Maybe his performance will help shape Wren’s offseason plans. 4. Will three Braves starters reach 200 innings? Vazquez (197 IP) […]

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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.) […]

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Hanson in perspective

Already an ace: Hanson has made five major league starts and gone 4-0 with an 0.78 ERA in the past four, after giving up six earned runs in his debut against Milwaukee. He hasn’t allowed a run since the third inning of his second start at Baltimore on June 12, and has given up 9 […]

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Time for Tommy Hanson speculation

If you haven’t checked lately, The Future is pitching rather well out in Buford, or Lawrenceville, or Duluth or Hog Mountain, wherever that taxpayer-financed ball park is. Ye Office guesses that if Kamakazi and Jo Jo keep struggling, or if one of the two of them is flat-out atrocious over the next three weeks or so, we might […]

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Medlen to the rescue?

Turns out the Braves are going to use Kris Medlen in relief, Today, in the G-Braves’ opener, Medlen retired all 11 batters he faced, striking out four. He came in to relieve Tommy Hanson, who struck out 10 in 4-2/3 scoreless innings. Which leads me to today’s poll:

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